Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3202) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7234) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (18693) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (22451) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALLOVATE (2538) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2005
Märzen’s bigger, hermit-like brother; I swear if these beers got any better I’d be applying for a long term visa and tenancy in this historic village to guarantee a constant flowing supply of Bamberg’s finest. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a tallboy glass. Sadly lifeless to look at; brilliant reddish brown hue with no head passed an island of tan bubbles that later filled the surface with a thin lather and left a little legs. Complex, rich and savoury aroma of dried and cured meats; salted, pickled fish, bread crumbs, burnt toffee, plums and other zesty fruits, with a light prickle of spice coming in late. A little thinner than expected on the palate, not as full on as the aroma, but flavoursome enough. Smoky ash fills the mouth from the get go, mixing well with toffee and caramel, woody malt flavours, rashers of over-cooked bacon and some dried calabresé sausage. Soft in carbonation and lightly sweet upfront, this was another treat for the senses. Getting better as it warmed, it became richer with more treacly fruit flavours coming in. Finish lacked the malt notes of the palate but the typified lingering smoke and burnt meat flavours were sumptuous and truly refreshing. Another divine beer from Heller-Trum, and a few steins of this at the restaurant next year for World Cup would possibly push it up on the top ten. Lovely!!! (50cL, BBE 07/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

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