Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
(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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Pours dark brown, hints of ruby, with light tan head - very clear. The aroma is full of sweet smoke - very smokey and some sweetness (almost like the crust from a smoked honey glazed ham - but with more smoke). The flavor is much maltier than expected - the sweet malts (some caramel, honey) stands up strongly to the immense smoke (which reminds me of some very heavily smoked sausages). Hints of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is very nice and medium in body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep mahogany with beige head. The aroma is distinctly smoky with campfire and bacon, and just a touch of malty sweetness behind it. The flavor has a rich, meaty flavor from all that smoke and some lightly burnt wood tones. There’s also some very subtle grassy hops and graininess in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Pours a dark, clear red wiht a good, creamy head. The aroma is definitely smokey, with a touch of chocolate and maybe even a tiny bit of coffee. There’s a bit of sweetness in the flavor, but not a lot more than smoke in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 This beer is different! It pours dark brown with red hue in the light, and has a thin off-white head. The aroma amazingly captures the character of smoked sausages, beef jerky and has a malty background. Beautiful, creamy mouthfeel and body. Full flavored and very chewy. Hickory like smokeyness is apparent, similiar to the flavors of sausage and bacon off of a fresh grill. There’s a slight, subtle malty touch in the background, but a long, full smokeyness predominates. The finish is long and has a pleasant, slightly burnt like character, almost giving off the feeling of a wood-burning stove. Good for a cold fall or winter night. Very different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2006
Ruby coloured with a consistent tan head. Slightly less of the smoked ham aroma in this one allowing a bit of sweetness. Also initially tastes very sweet but develops good bitterness into a long aftertaste. Better than the Wiezen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate woody smoke malt aroma. Medium body. Medium sweet smoke flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Complex standout beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Dark ruby, nice head. Huge strong aroma of smoke and little sausages. Flavor is of liquid smoke, with a beer lurking somewhere in the background, utterly obliterated. More tolerable than some of the others from this brewer, I still liked the helles the best. Would be great to cook with though. Not a bad beer, just not my bag, baby.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 16, 2006
ruby colored with a small tan head. huge burning wood aroma. smoked meat, firewood, beef jerky, smoke flavor with a sweet bock underneath. excellent beer. brings back campfire memories. lingering smoke aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2006
This is what smoked is all about. Blistering, burning smoke aroma, oak and cheddar; outstanding. Flavor is a thick wheaty smokefest, with an interesting assertiveness in the hops. This beer is completely over the top and overwhelmingly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of smoke and wood. the flavor is smoke and bitter hops. Good beer.

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