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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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(First tapping every first Thursday of October) A smoked bock beer for Bamberg’s 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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
This beer smelled like a camp fire with hamburgers and hot dogs cooking. And oh yeah, bacon, smoked sausage, etc. The color was a deep brown with a small white head. The flavor was smoky, but actually allowed the malt to come through. The finish was clean with a nice lingering smokiness. Highly recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Anyone for bacon? This German ’smoke beer’ packs an extraordinary aroma like pig roasting on a spit. A beautifully balanced ale that is often recommended with smoked meats but which I found paired equally well with a hard cheese. It poured with a thinnish head that was more than compensated by that ’bacon-and-ashes’ aroma. It’s firm-bodied with deliciously lingering smoky finish. A great beer to have with food. (Bottle)

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Pours a dark reddish-brown with big light brown head with large bubbles and good head retention. Aroma intense with beechwood smoked malt, which tends to give it a bacon like aroma. Beautiful flavor. The maltiness of the bock beer and the smoke balance out perfectly. Moderately carbonated. I like this one better than the other Schlenkerla rauchbiers, probably because this one is a bock and it balances better. Very nice brew!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Pours ruby/brown, with a huge, light tan head. Big aroma of smoky sausage, salmon, firewood smoke, and the kisses of my 3-pack-a-day grandmother. Tastes malty, with some hops which give way to a gigantic smoked bacon/sausage flavor. Dense, smoky palate. Whether you like rauchbiers or not, you have to admire the aroma and taste of these things.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Mmmmm....the initial aroma is thick-sliced bacon as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a rich dark brown with little head, some lacing. Pour aroma was amazing, smoked bacon and ham, wood smoke, dark malts. Flavor was more of the same, with hints of chocolate, caramel, and molasses showing through the wood smoke. Medium body, lingering smoky aftertaste. Goes well with lox or smoked ham. Well worth it if you can find it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2004
pours dark brown red with very thin head. smells like smoky bacon and ham. weird. flavor is pretty much the same. yep, good, but pretty weird.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours a velvety dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is AWESOME, tons of smoke, a little sweet, and some bacon. Flavor is the same, which I find very enjoyable. Aftertaste is very slightly dry. Very cool.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Pours a clear dark brown with ruby edges and no head - the weird thing was it didn’t really foam at all, kind of like watery bubbles that quickly dissapated. Anyway... the aroma is awesome, straight smoked pork and wood. Taste has obvious strong notes of smokey bbq along with caramel, chocoalte, roasted malt, molasses/brown sugar and a touch of dark fruit. Medium soft body with only a tiny bit of carbonation. Perhaps my bottle has been on the shelf awhile? Either way, a very solid enjoyable brew. Avoid if you don’t like smoked meats or if you’re a vegetarian.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This poured out a very dark brown with a reddish hue and a small tan head that was the result of an aggressive pour. The small head quickly falls to a coating of bubbles leaving not much in the way lace. HOLY SMOKES, is all that came to mind when I first poured this. The smell of the smoke quickly filled the room leaving not much else the way of smell besides a faint trace of smoked meat I believe was bacon. Following in suit was thee smokiness that dominated the flavor. I started to detect slightly sweet dark fruity malt notes as well as a bit of caramel as this warmed and some of the smoke died down. A bit of a smoky aftertaste lingers around after each sip. This was about lighter medium bodied and hard good carbonation and a smoky coating feel to it. Pretty drinkable stuff once the smoke mellowed out, definitely a beer I would have to be in the mood for. Overall an excellent beer that delivers on the rauchbier experience. I would like to try it next time with some smoked meat as the scent and flavor would seen to go perfectly with it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2004
Well it looks like a barbecue beer in the glass. Deep brown and great head. The nose is a knockout. This is a truly unique beer that has a great depth of character. The smoky flavour in the nose is given another dimension in the taste where the flavour takes over as one of a traditional beer profile. Bitter and significantin the mouthfeel I really do rate this beer highly.


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