Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1543   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Mmmmm....the initial aroma is thick-sliced bacon as soon as I opened the bottle. Poured a rich dark brown with little head, some lacing. Pour aroma was amazing, smoked bacon and ham, wood smoke, dark malts. Flavor was more of the same, with hints of chocolate, caramel, and molasses showing through the wood smoke. Medium body, lingering smoky aftertaste. Goes well with lox or smoked ham. Well worth it if you can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2004
pours dark brown red with very thin head. smells like smoky bacon and ham. weird. flavor is pretty much the same. yep, good, but pretty weird.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours a velvety dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is AWESOME, tons of smoke, a little sweet, and some bacon. Flavor is the same, which I find very enjoyable. Aftertaste is very slightly dry. Very cool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Pours a clear dark brown with ruby edges and no head - the weird thing was it didn’t really foam at all, kind of like watery bubbles that quickly dissapated. Anyway... the aroma is awesome, straight smoked pork and wood. Taste has obvious strong notes of smokey bbq along with caramel, chocoalte, roasted malt, molasses/brown sugar and a touch of dark fruit. Medium soft body with only a tiny bit of carbonation. Perhaps my bottle has been on the shelf awhile? Either way, a very solid enjoyable brew. Avoid if you don’t like smoked meats or if you’re a vegetarian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This poured out a very dark brown with a reddish hue and a small tan head that was the result of an aggressive pour. The small head quickly falls to a coating of bubbles leaving not much in the way lace. HOLY SMOKES, is all that came to mind when I first poured this. The smell of the smoke quickly filled the room leaving not much else the way of smell besides a faint trace of smoked meat I believe was bacon. Following in suit was thee smokiness that dominated the flavor. I started to detect slightly sweet dark fruity malt notes as well as a bit of caramel as this warmed and some of the smoke died down. A bit of a smoky aftertaste lingers around after each sip. This was about lighter medium bodied and hard good carbonation and a smoky coating feel to it. Pretty drinkable stuff once the smoke mellowed out, definitely a beer I would have to be in the mood for. Overall an excellent beer that delivers on the rauchbier experience. I would like to try it next time with some smoked meat as the scent and flavor would seen to go perfectly with it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2004
Well it looks like a barbecue beer in the glass. Deep brown and great head. The nose is a knockout. This is a truly unique beer that has a great depth of character. The smoky flavour in the nose is given another dimension in the taste where the flavour takes over as one of a traditional beer profile. Bitter and significantin the mouthfeel I really do rate this beer highly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2004
Strong smoked sausice aroma. Dark brown color, light brown head, very nice lace. Sweet, moked sausice, fruity, bitter finish, strong flavors. Heavy and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2004
Dark brown to red color, nice beige head. Aroma strongly smoked with obvious bacon and smoked ham, mild chocolate comes up too. Flavor starts with strong bacon, mild chocolate and sweet tones, ends with even stronger smoke and ham, that taste lasts very long with some hops. Some alcohol comes up also in the end, but that is not disturbing. Excellent brew, nicely balanced with all smoke and mild chocolate!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
clear deep brown, off white head. smokey malt and ash at first, but as it warms some spice , brown sugar and hops open up. woody smoky finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
I sampled this at Gingerman in NY and the taste was not my style in a beer. It had a barbacue flavor too it which I was not into. The Germans make very good beer. For a person who likes Smoked Beer this would probably be great.

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