Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1407   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - JUN 5, 2005
bottled, the aroma is of smoke. malty body, the flavor is dominated by smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle: Pours a rusty bronw hue with a small fizzy head but produced good lace. The aroma has notes of smoked beachwood and bacon, peat, floral hops, and a touch of caramel. The taste starts smoky as expected with a undertone of lush malt. The finish has a peaty or salty quality with some bitterness lingering. The feel is oily and surprising a tad sharp around the edges, sticky finish. This a very good brew with some nice complexity. I enjoyed it again and will in the future. Just a step below the other outstanding smoked biers I have had in the past month.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Poured a clear brownish red with a golden tint. Aromas of smoke, wood, and malt. Flavor was a little sweet from malt and caramel with a pleasant amount of smoke. Light to medium body. Nice balance and very natural tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle. In honour of the language thread going on currently I am writing this review in Canadian. 50cL bottle. This specimen is a fine example of a smoked beer. Pours a deep chesnut color with the red tones barely making there way out of the darkness, eh. Smallish off-white head fades out slowly, leaving a brown, liquid centre and white ring of foam. Fair lacing. Aroma is intoxicatingly smokey, some sniffs I get olive also. Body tends to be a touch thin. Sweetish malt flavors blend fairly well with smoke. Nice bitterness at the finish. I believe that the Marzen would be my favourite at this point, but this does quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2005
close to room temp: midnight ruby color, clear garnet at the edges. head is medium tan, rocky & foamy. smoked beef jerkey/bacon aroma. a little chocolate malt in the backround after the head dies down. flavor is smoky campfire malt, a little dry and bitter, but surprisingly a little caramel malt too. medium to thick mouthfeel, lively carbonation. dryish bitter finish and lightly salted aftertaste. If I was at the Toronado I’d be sure to get a juniper berry sausage from Rosamunde’s to go with this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 A very good rauchbier which will most likely appeal more to drinkers accustomed to the American smoked porters. The smoked character here is quite different though with more wood ash flavor. Tthis is a good beer in a unique style with an authentic flavor. It has a rich color, a touch of sweetness, and a pleasant campfire aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Nearly clear mahogany appearance, sturdy, lasting, creamy foam on top. Aroma wafts around the atmosphere on first cracking the crown and pouring the brew...smoke and meat, and all those associations...smoked salmon and sausage...a beefy nose, yes, indeed. Rich and invigorating. Taste: full, massive, muscle-y...like drinking meat! Weird, eh? But, a refreshing change of pace on the palate... the smoke never abates, and I can remember the tinfoil around the fish, from when my dad smoked his salmon...brings back memories...rich and tangy on the tongue...the bock that lies underneath adds to the tastiness of this brew, which cannot be denied. Extraordinarily unique...a malty thing, dominated by the smoke and it’s tenacious associations....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2005
bottle-pours a deep crimson red hue with a small off-white head that was fluffy and big bubbles. Man, now thats a smokey aroma-smoked pork, bacon, alderwood, campfire, all smoke and nothing else. sweet malts and smokey flavors that are slightly ashy and salty as well. some char and bbq rib flavor in there as well. Nice lucus body that coats the mouth well and deploys the flavors well. This tastes like liquid smoke and thats a good thing ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
This was great with barbeque at Blue Smoke in New York. The beer is dark, almost black, small head, but leaves wonderful lacy rings around the stein. Taste was sweet and smokey, perfect complement to the smoked beef. Good slky mouthfeel. I can’t pretend I loved it, it’s not my favorite German, but it sure worked well with dinner.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 Drinking this from a stein as suggested by fellow RateBeerian jjpm74. Thanks! Oh my goodness. This is one damn good beer... the aroma is pure campfire, and the taste is a liquid representation of one. Perfect balance of smoke and malt, with a mouthfeel that is so smooth and subtle (as subtle as a smoked beer of this caliber can be), it leaves you begging for more. Choose your favorite smoked food-- sausage, beef, chicken, whatever-- it’s in this beer. There is a slight sweet tang on the finish, but chalk that up to a pesky breeze that blows the smoke for just a moment; the smoke soon returns and lingers wonderfully on the tongue. A bit dryer than the Marzen, but no less spectacular. I must have this from a cask before I go to the Happy Hunting Grounds. I must also have EVERY offering from this brewer. People, if you have the chance, GRAB THIS BEER!

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