Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1327   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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 updated rating: i finally had this in season at schlenkerla and was blown away. it emerged from the oak cask a rich jet black with a bulbous beige head, leaving thick texta lines of lacing. bottled schlenkerla beers tend to show their age in their aroma quite quickly with some creeping splintered woodiness that is thankfully largely disguised by the smoke; fresh on tap the aroma is simply a delight - beer-marinated spare ribs, wet grass thrown on a fire, honeyed rye, old well, muddy gumboots. drinking this is like the entire process of smoked food in reverse - starting rich, smoky, sticky and meaty, and ending up in a scenic grassy field wide-eyed with wonder. perhaps the most impressive feature of this beer is its sheer drinkability - a litre disappeared in no time and i expect the same will be true of the 5 litre party keg that i see before me now (a steal at 14 euros). urbockzeit will be a permanent fixture on my beer calender. old rating: never managed to find this in bamberg so i was glad to see it in san francisco. not the freshest bottle but the aroma was still a treat, burnt hay and bacon. a little sweeter than expected, rotting fruit and a little chocolate crackle and pear, lightly salty dryness, looking forward to a fresh one some time, hopefully in october at the brewery

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm1 (129) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - AUG 17, 2004
Amber thick head and dark ruby body. Strong smoke aroma at the pouring that fades away relatively quickly. Malty flavor with nuts and berries aftertones. Smooth with little carbonation, it leaves a hint of bitterness in mouth. Complex beer which needs the right environment to be enjoyed fully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Well, the smoke was indeed very powerful. It was also quite a different type of smoky flavor than the Cone Smoker, Rogue Smoke Ale, or any other Rauchbier Iíve tried. I got a definite grapey taste from the smoke. I donít know if I would call it a good taste, but it certainly did the job of concealing the alcohol behind it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 Has a smokey smell kind of like smoked bacon or beef jerkey. The aroma was intimidating, it took me 5 minutes before I even took a sip after smelling it. It is a great aroma, but not an aroma I want in a beer. Dark brown in color. Has a smoke taste. Would be great for marinating ribs or other such foods. I donít feel this is a good drinking beer. It has to be paired with something to be good. Re-rate: poured brown with a dirty white head. Aroma was smoked beef and burning wood in the winter. Flavor was smokey, sweet meats, and big malts. Kind of reminds of little smokies.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Dark honey color. Long lasting head, small bubbles. Smoky smell, a little malt and a hint of sweetness too. Sweet and smoky taste, a weak malt. All smoke, start to finish. Would be good at the grill, or with a big piece of meat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Deep dark brown color with a light tan head that lasts well. Smoke and malt in the aroma. The flavor is sweet malt with smoke. Smoke again in the finish. Any more smoke and this would be annoying, but as it is, it is perfect. Well done brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2004
Bottled. A very smoky aroma, reminiscent of smoked dried ham. The colour is very very dark brown and there is a reasonably long lasting head. The taste again is smoky but also strongish alcohol. The type of beer you either love or hate, and although it is harsh and for drinking slowly; it is a beautifully brewed skillful beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Deep brown in color, very little head with some lacing, smoked beef jerky in the nose, lots of smoked notes everywhere in the beer, very smooth & drinkable, very rich malty profile, great smoked beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
trappist glass: smells like smoked bacon! appearance: clear black body with dark ruby highlight; thin and airy white head that leaves itself soapy. flavor, aroma: bacon, wood! thatís... neat. palate: oily, smooth. overall: wow, i need to pair this with something because it does not belong by itself. where's the cheese? where's the dish? yow! i need to re-rate. this is an interesting smoked brew. SMOKE!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2004
Deep Brown, smallish head. The smoke assails your nostrils like a Kansas City BBQ! Rich sweet malty flavor, very little hop presence. The smoke permeates throughout. The best smoke beer I have tasted. I am headed to the homebrew store to buy some smoked malt, so I can attempt this style!

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