Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1359   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 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2004
A nice brown beer with a small head.Heavy aroma of smokiness.Taste of malts and smoked meat.Wow what a combo, smoked beef and beer,tastes like another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Pint bottle. Pours brown with decent head. Nice aroma of smokeness. The taste is almost exactly that of a 2 pound block of smoked cheddar I had about a year ago. Deliciousness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 from old notes Brown hue with burgundy highlights under a beige cream. Cinders and caramel from the start, a savory edge, then deep cocoa. Rich, malt and toffee sweetness, dark chocolate, mildly smoky – near sharp acidity keeps it lively, lengthy roast and smoke aftertaste. Creamy with lively carbonation on a medium-thick body.

A vivid mix of aromas and flavors; dangerously sessionable.

50 cl bottle, best before April 2009.

Pint bottle, snifter. Not as smokey and bacony as I remember the other Aecht’s being. Some chocolate and molasses are behind the smoke (I think!). There are some prunes also. Overall, a dirty, smokey, earthy aroma. Husky brown-red body with a glacieresque creamy, brown head. Lightly sweet, moderatley acidic, moderately bitter (burnt) flavor becomes a moderately acidic, heavily bitter (burnt) finish. Medium body, creamy/slick texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a little sharp by itself, but would likely be great with salmon or gouda!

Rerate on 7/6/05: Not much more to say about the beer, I just enjoy it a heck of a lot more. Moving it up from a 3.8 (8/4/7/4/15). (1 / 8 / 18 / 1 / 14 / 92)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1006) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2004
Pours brown with an off white soapy head. Mildly smokey by Schlenkerla standards. Brown sugar, smoked malt aroma. More smokey ash in the flavour than the aroma. Sweet raisins, salt, and hop bitter. Hot doggy finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1211) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Well this is a bizarre beer. Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma of, well, smoked bacon, charcoal, and wood chips. Flavor is even more burnt and bacony, with notes of kielbasa and oak (seriously). Almost too smoky, but certainly an interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
Holy smokes! This one is THE smoked beer to end all beers. DARK brown with no head. Bitter sweet smoked salmon flavour. It’s tough to get through, but certainly worth it. Flavourful!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Dogbrick (7687) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 Thanks for the beer skaughty! The last Smoked beer I had was the Alaskan Smoked Porter. Damn that was a good beer. This? Not so much. The beer is a nice dark brown color with a medium beige head and thin lacing. The aroma is equal parts ashtray smoke and Purina Beggin’ Strips. Medium-bodied with a very smoky character, as a matter of fact it dominates everything else in the beer. The finish is more of the same. I think my wife’s question of why I smelled like a cigarette (I don’t smoke) after drinking it about sums it up. It’s just too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2004
Pours dark amber/orange with a thick and foamy tan head. Aroma is dominated by smoked bacon with tones of sweet malt and light spices. Also smoked bacon in the flavor. Rather sweet with brown sugar notes. A soft and thick mouthfull with lots of flavor. A very interesting beer but surprisingly mild in the smoke tone!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 The color was a reddish brown. Healthy head with some lacing. Staggering aroma. The smokiness from the beechwood smoked barley and the sweetness from the traditional bock malts (Don’t know what they are) made this honestly smell like barbeque ribs. Very smoky in the aroma with underlying notes of cherry, chocolate, caramel and grapes. Previously I have had the weizen from this brewery and the smokiness is much milder in the bock. Very juicy. Very smoky. Ripe fruits and smoked bacon dominate the palate. This beer was awesome.

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