Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
(First tapping every first Thursday of October) A smoked bock beer for Bambergís strong beer season (October through December). Matured for months in ancient rock-cellars underneath Bamberg and tapped freshly from the oakwood cask. Similar to, but much bigger than the classic Maerzen style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
My bottle, shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy. Had this back to back with the Weizen. Smoke aroma balanced with sweet malt - certainly the mildest smoke of the 3 beers Iíve had by these guys, but that works here. Thin brown pour, very little head, looks bang on for the style, if not a little thin. Decent smoke and sweet taste - the smoke compliments the sweetness, staying in the background, which is remarkable for these guys. Very nutty finish. A little thin at times, and even some hops in the finish. Tasty beer, I liked it better than the Weizen (it just seemed to come together better) but not as much as the Marzen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle - given by a friend. Pours a clear, dark brown color, with a creamy off-white head, which is slow to dissipate. Aroma is of smoked bacon and ham, and very slight scent of wood ash (oak). Very smooth texture and clings to my mouth. Smoked flavor resembles more of a smoked wood in my mouth, rather than to my nose. Very mild carbonation and not harsh at all, and somewhat sweet. Flavor lingers after swallowing. I would not say its creamy, but its close. Slight detection of hops at the end, however the smokiness is very dominant, but not overpowering. Leaves ring and lace, but these vanish quickly. Simply smooth, silky, and amazingly drinkable... a relaxing drink. I enjoyed it, and my friendís recommendation was spot on. Great beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (4813) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
(Bottle) Thanks to Lubiere for obtaining this for me. Pours a medium, cramy, white head with a cola-coloured body. Nose of Schlenkerla bacon bits. Mmm... smokey and thin? A little surprising that its not more oily and less fizzy? The finish is short - which suits me fine. An average smoked beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11225) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
Dark amber bock with a thin off white head. Smoked bacon aroma, with wood chips, and pleasnt BBQ phenol. A sweet malt with smoked herring quality, and good hops with nice lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Excellent with the Kasseler ham (Danke schoen Henning). Bieropholie private import.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 27, 2006
While sitting here looking at my empty bottle, I now realize precisely how good beer can be. I mean Iíve had some great brews, but this one is not only possibly perfect, itís different and that goes a long, long way. Iím not sure how to put into words how good this brew really is, so I will simply say itís probably one of the best brews Iíve had the pleasure to enjoy. I will leave the detailed book review to other reviewers, but I will say this...the rich smokey aroma, the deep smokey taste, a nice hoppy finish...the only way they could improve on this beer would be if they included a super model with every purchase and she served it out of her bellybutton. Simply outstanding. íNuff said."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Here?s the smoke, now where is the fire....This a quite the rauchbier. Dark brown with minimal head. Very roasty, but mellows as you drink it. A fine brew in all aspects. Smells like roasty oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Beer pours a dark, clear brown with a small, light brown, creamy, mostly lasting head. The aroma is inviting: Heavy, lush, sweet malt aromas of roasted grain and coffee; heavy, warm notes of smoke, wood, and brine / green olives and a touch of spice; a moderate yeasty note of basement. The flavor is well-balanced. It begins moderately sweet and moderately bitter with a long, lightly bitter finish full of campfire-like smoke retros. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is watery, the carbonation is lively. Engaging and easy-to-drink. Would be great by the fire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2006
"First one of this style for me. Poured a dark brown with a little head which didnít last long. Aroma was strong smokey. Flavor was smokey with a slightly bitter taste to it, taste way better as it warmed "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2006
(500 ml bottle: $3.50 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) In succession, first came the Weizen, then the Mšrzen, and now the Urbock. Urbock wins hands down. The Weizen was an interesting mix of contrasting flavors. The flavors in the Mšrzen seemed more unified and connected. But the only in the Urbock does the malt have enough muscle to match the smokiness step for step. Sweet, very malty and caramely, lightly bitter, and of course, very smoky, but unlike the other two rauchbier, the smoke never dominates the flavor here, but rather complements it. I much prefer the balance this rauchbier shows. The nose, well, it is dominated by the smoked meat aroma typical of these beers, but I donít mind if the sweet maltiness gets lost in the aroma too much. Body is medium-full, somewhat sticky, and mildly carbonated, but the smoke still gives the palate life rather than becoming somewhat cloying. Dark brown in color and nearly perfectly clear. Like the other rauchbier, the light tan head is very fizzy and quickly and noisily dissipates, leaving barely a ring and a few spots of lace. Overall, this is easily my favorite of the three Aecht Schlenkerla beers, and the style that I think works best with such a significant amount of smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark mahogany with an orangey glow. Handsome, creamy beige head leaving a pretty lacework. Marked, smoky nose. Sweetish, full body with lots of roasted malt and caramel. But everything here is completely overpowered and drowned in fat, smoky flavours. No vague hints of smoke here, this is the real McCoy - a hardcore smoked. Hoppy finish. 180106

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