Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1368   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2004
Strong smoked sausice aroma. Dark brown color, light brown head, very nice lace. Sweet, moked sausice, fruity, bitter finish, strong flavors. Heavy and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2004
Dark brown to red color, nice beige head. Aroma strongly smoked with obvious bacon and smoked ham, mild chocolate comes up too. Flavor starts with strong bacon, mild chocolate and sweet tones, ends with even stronger smoke and ham, that taste lasts very long with some hops. Some alcohol comes up also in the end, but that is not disturbing. Excellent brew, nicely balanced with all smoke and mild chocolate!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
clear deep brown, off white head. smokey malt and ash at first, but as it warms some spice , brown sugar and hops open up. woody smoky finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
I sampled this at Gingerman in NY and the taste was not my style in a beer. It had a barbacue flavor too it which I was not into. The Germans make very good beer. For a person who likes Smoked Beer this would probably be great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Definitly an interesting beer. I think that i just can’t get into the smoked catagory. I have had this and orkney skullsplitter and didnt like either. I just cant dig drinking a beer that tastes like smoked jerkey. I am sure this is a great beer, so I won’t rate it TOO low just because i don’t dig the style. I don’t know if all Smoked beers have this smoked jerkey taste, but I think I am gonna stay away from them for now on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Deep red, borderline mahogany with white head and strong lacing. Aroma is that of a strong smoked fish. Slightly musky. Not a lot else going on there. Flavor is mostly smoky, but not so much fish this time. There is a touch of fruity hops admist the smoke, but not too much else. Caramel malts come through after a couple of drinks. Fairly thin body, finishes smoky of course.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2004
Bottled 2004 version (BB 04/2005)
Nice dark red with foamy and creamy off-white head, lace. Strong smoked ham aroma. Full-bodied, malty and well smoked mouthfeel. Hoppied bitter aftertaste. Pleasant, well-balanced brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Dark pour, but not opaque. Large tan head. Aroma, smoke with a little tang. Each of their beers has a distinct pork product aroma. This one is BBQ pulled pork. Slight malt finish balances it well.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 1, 2004
16.9 oz. brown bottle. Poured out a deep, dark brown color, with a minimal tan colored head. Aromas are of a frickin’ campfire! Smells like smoked country bacon. Yech! I couldn’t even choke down 1/5 th of this rank beer. How do people even drink this crap?

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