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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1451   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.


1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a medium off-white head. Smoked eal aroma and taste. Medium body with a light sweet smoked finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Huge smokey, leather aroma. Dark red with a creamy tan head. Very smokey flavor upheld by sweet caramel malt. Nice body. Finishes clean and slightly bitter.The smoke lingers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Deep copper-chestnut, with a big tan-colored head, intense smoky aroma, notes of smoked bacon, hint of fire beech wood in the nose, follows through on a medium-bodied smoky palate, with a sweet caramelized malt, toffeeish hint, smoky character, roasted malt, leading towards a malty, faintly smoked finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. dark amber brown beer with a nice light beige head. Strong smokey aroma - woodsy/earthy with some salty cured pork. Seet malt and smoke flavor with some light saltiness. Smooth finish. Saltier than the marzen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2005
Dark brow colour with a think longlasting tan head. Very smokey aroma. Flavor is malty and lots of smoked meat. Very well balanced. Malty and woody finish with a smokey aftertaste. A lovely beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Hickory smoked aroma, very intense with tons and tons of smoke. Dark, dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Great smokey and mesquite wood flavor with a malty, caramel background. Smoke really stands out here. Medium body with a slightly oily texture. This is really tasty stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Wow. My first smoked beer - I’ve never tried anything like this. Strong aroma of a campfire, with a flavor to match. Wonderful flavor of smoked meat and burning wood. Body is a bit thin for such a strong smoke flavor. Still a great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle. Oh dear. Does it get much better? Well I dont think so. A bit wood and very smokey. A hint of malt at first but then the smoke sets in - wow.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Ah the smoke is good. What I’d like here is a bit bigger of a beer to back up the smoke, but given there’s no smoked imperial stouts yet, nor are there too many smoked doppelbocks, I’ll have to settle with this one. Nothing beats this beer with smoked pork, or better, proscuitto. Notes of hickory and oak meet molasses and brown sugar. The smoke is actually much more evident on the nose than on the palate, given there’s enough going on in the beer itself. Great stuff, and if I were rating to style, this would be the finest smoked beer out there right now.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (22268) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2005
Bottled. Clear brown coloured with a huge beige head. Smokey aroma with notes of wood. Sweet flavour of malts, smoke, wood and hops. I don’t like smoked beers, but after 4 days in Bamberg with decent german lagers and smoked beers, I’m appreciating beers like this.


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