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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1688) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Dark reddish brown pour with a decent off white head which coats the glass somewhat. Aroma of burning hickory and spice. Thich rich flavor of molasses, butter, maple and smoke. Very satisfying and well balanced for it’s complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3097) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Bottle, from Julio’s. Great nose, smoke. More the way a thick piece of wood smell after a fire than smoke diectly from a fire does. Little charcoal too. Clean orangy brown color, small head with ok lacing. Bitter smokey flavor, like aroma. Some molasses/caramel once you get past the smoke. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, smokey bitter finish. Well now, that sure lives up to the name, A smoked beer. Don’t think I’d sit around having one after another, but it was very enjoyable. I was inspired to buy this after watching Thirsty Traveler visit brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle from tjthresh. Pours a hazy dark brown molasses with a patchy tan head, edgy, lined lacing. Aroma is smoky bacon and ash, dark roasted grain malt, toast, oak and a hint of charred fruit. Heavy bacon flavor, moderate ash and charred wood (oak), mild sweetness, burnt fruit, toasted and charred grain. Medium bodied and fizzy, spicy palate with lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2756) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Poured a small tan head that was short lived, a little spotty lacing left behind. Clear, brown/light mahogany color. Smokey nose, smoked meats are dominant. Body is medium, creamy on the palate, almost oily. Smoke is the name of the game here and thiers plenty of it! Notes of roast, charcoal and some lightly sweet malts are buried in there also. Lightly sweet, smokey finish. Ummmm, WOW.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Transparent dark brown appearance- nose/taste thick hickory smoke pit with cheese kind of presence- unusual yet wonderful beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Smoky nose like that which emminates from Top quality smoked salmon without the fish notes; walnut brown body and and small tan head; smoky malted flavor, but I can detect a bit of hopswith the sips before the smokiness dominates.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
500 ml bottle, from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido. Pours medium-dark brown with a ruddy cast when held to light, and a small rather quickly diminishing beige head. Aroma is smokey (no surprise), woody and somewhat salty and sweet like teriyaki beef jerky, not much I can identify beyond that. Flavor is sweet and savory, dominated of course by the smoked malts, burnt molasses, but with light herbal, earthy and floral as well, again, rather reminiscent of the aftertaste of a nice piece of jerky. Smooth medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Yummy, love these rauchbiers!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. I could smell the smoke after I poured it but before I brought it too my nose. Very strong smoke aspect, and a bit of a stone smoke at that. The aroma reminds me of Altenmünster Rauchenfelser Steinbier, which is not a good thing, because that was easily my lowest rated Smoke beer. Clear dark brown color, that is nearly opaque. Tan head. Some lace. Initial moutfeel is that of body. The smoke characteristic is stronger in the nose than it is on the palate. Finish is smooth and pleasant. Very drinkable and enjoyable. A little too soft in the finish and in the carbonation. Perhaps it had been sitting on the shelf for awhile. There are some hops here as well. I’d love to try this fresh on tap. A good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2006
(04.27.06) One pint, 9oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 6.5% ABV. Poured clear brown black with small off-white head. Soft carbonation. Smoke, peat, and cedar wood in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and mouth blasting peat and smoke. Finished dry with more smoke flavor. The beer tasted like it was steeped in burnt wood and peat. Not for the meek; Definitely an acquired taste. A treat for folks who enjoy strong tasting beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pesonally, I’d take the Marzen Rauch over this one, but this was pretty good too. Aroma was, surprise, smokey. Flavor was, surprise, smokey (with a bitter finish). Pour was dark brown-reddish with a nice initial head that turned into nothing before long. Mouthfeel was thinner than I was expecting.


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