Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1383   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Bottle @ Beer Circus, Croydon with Duff & Kook. Aroma is sweet cured smokey bacon. Huge smoke taste balanced with some sweetness. Outstanding!
RERATE: From a wooden barrel @ Battersea Beer Festival. Sweet and full with huge smokiness. Better than the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Pours a slightly muddy brown color with a thin tan head. Amazing aroma of smoked ham with a strong and rich malt character, the aroma doesn’t seem different than the Schlenkerla Marzen, let’s see about the flavor now. Oh God ! The flavor is even more amazing than the Marzen’s, there’s the same strong smoked ham flavor that gets me damn hungry, the same rich, heavy maltiness and toffeeish sweetness but there’s a fruity flavor that complement the whole package very well, there’s also a mild bitter finish. This wonderfull brew has a full, round body, creamy and slightly oily texture and soft carbonation. Again, I’m amazed by a Schlenkerla, I guess I love full bodied smoky beers ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Big big smoke! Even the color reminds me of slowly roasting pig flesh at the end of a long day in the smoker. Intense smoky aroma, taste slightly bitter, rich and meaty, smooth full mouthfeel. It may be cold out but I can feel the campfire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Very smoky of course. Really great. Soft and pleasant mouthfeel, yet even more powerful aroma and flavour than the Märzen version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2005
My first Rauchbier. This shit was badass! Popped this thing in a bit of a nervous fashion. Right away the aroma hit me. Its like sticking your head into a bag of really good jerkeyed meat and taking a huge huff like some sort of glue-addict. Poured ruby-brown with no head at all. Taste is of jerkeyed bacon and sausage smoked and aged over hickory. 4 hours later and the taste is still with me. How many BBQ places can you say do that!? Well, maybe Jenkins BBQ on Union street in downtown Jacksonville, but thats about it. Well worth the $5 I dropped on this!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Love this intensely smoky brew, my first, by the way. I’ve had many since then, but still come back to this one again and again. More smoked beers of all kinds please!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
This beer smelled like a camp fire with hamburgers and hot dogs cooking. And oh yeah, bacon, smoked sausage, etc. The color was a deep brown with a small white head. The flavor was smoky, but actually allowed the malt to come through. The finish was clean with a nice lingering smokiness. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1417) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Anyone for bacon? This German ’smoke beer’ packs an extraordinary aroma like pig roasting on a spit. A beautifully balanced ale that is often recommended with smoked meats but which I found paired equally well with a hard cheese. It poured with a thinnish head that was more than compensated by that ’bacon-and-ashes’ aroma. It’s firm-bodied with deliciously lingering smoky finish. A great beer to have with food. (Bottle)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Pours a dark reddish-brown with big light brown head with large bubbles and good head retention. Aroma intense with beechwood smoked malt, which tends to give it a bacon like aroma. Beautiful flavor. The maltiness of the bock beer and the smoke balance out perfectly. Moderately carbonated. I like this one better than the other Schlenkerla rauchbiers, probably because this one is a bock and it balances better. Very nice brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7912) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Pours ruby/brown, with a huge, light tan head. Big aroma of smoky sausage, salmon, firewood smoke, and the kisses of my 3-pack-a-day grandmother. Tastes malty, with some hops which give way to a gigantic smoked bacon/sausage flavor. Dense, smoky palate. Whether you like rauchbiers or not, you have to admire the aroma and taste of these things.

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