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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1459   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2003
This beer had a dark red/brown color and the head was moderate with some tag along lacing. The aroma reminded me of what it might smell like if my roof was on fire while I was cooking breakfast and drinking a Huber bock. Sweet and smoky, bacon and molasses, salty. The finish was bittersweet and of course..smoky. I wonder how this would work with beer can chicken?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fishonmyplane (498) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 26, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 First off, the aroma is incredible; very much like smoked salmon. I had to just enjoy the smell for a little while before pouring it into the glass. The beer has a thin white head and a dark reddish/brown color(but for a beer like this, appearance is the last thing on my mind). The flavor is very smokey, but well-balanced by a sweet, rich maltiness and just a hint of hops. Very well done. It’s 6.5% but I didn’t even notice the alcohol presence amidst all the dense flavors loaded into this beer. A great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Very smooth and well balanced. The smoke is strong, but not overwhelming. Nice dark bock color and lasting head. The malt is sweet, but well balanced by the smoke. Very gooey.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Delicous sweet malt, and smoked bacon aroma. Ruby brown body with a very small head. Great taste of sweet smoked malts. Lingering sweet and almost salty taste. Very drinkable and delicous.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Muddy brown colour. Smoked bacon aroma and flavour with a watery, empty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Just out standing. Has everything a good bock has. But what puts this over the top is the great smoke flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TADDYPRTR (6) - USA - AUG 12, 2003 does not count
Great color, medium head that lingers a bit. Smokey smell and taste. I love this beer for two at most, then it becomes a little overbearing. Interesting though, I had a Don Diego Playboy with this beer and it was fab.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2003
(via Mabdoney) I have only had a few from this style and this one is just as good as the rest. Looked just like coca cola. Strong beef jerky/smoke aroma.....a great steak beer....I got a lot of alcohol in the taste for it being only 6.5.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Bottle. Unique...tastes and smells like a New York Strip steak. No joke! I ate...I mean, drank this with a prime rib, and I didn't like the combination very well. Lingering finish and a thin mouthfeel, considering how hearty the taste was. I like the style but this one did not impress me.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
superman (13) - USA - JUL 22, 2003
Most powerful of the Schlenkerla line, and does not disappoint. Almost had to sit down afterwards. Could not pick out a specific aftertaste as with the other 2, but still a very impressive brew nonetheless.


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