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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1467   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2003
I was extremely hesistant to drink this after its rich Smokey aroma. However it had a sweet smokey flavor that was pleasing. The aroma doesn't quite match its flavor, however it was Wonderfully pleasing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Deep opaque brown color with a beige head. Extremely smokey cheese aroma. Feel is a little thin. Very strong smoked cheese flavor, with a bit of malty sweetness. This one takes a few sips to get used to, but once you do, it's pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 (Bottled) Very dark amber color with a large, tight, off-white, lacy head. Quite neutral, but very strong, smoked ham aroma. Strong, slightly sweet-malty, very smoky and salty flavor with strong, bitter hopping. Ashy, bitter licorice finish. Medium to full-bodied, moderately bitter, smoky, warming and very slicky palate. ABV is very well hidden (can’t even compete with the huge smokiness). Reasonably full-bodied, silky smooth,very strongly smoked and hopped brew. Straightforward, but very pleasant in small doses! Also a nice replacement for food. In a class of its own.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Pours a dark brown color with islandic lacing. Aroma is very nicely smoked, very refreshing like a harvest smoke house. Flavor doesn't have many complexities, just straight forward fruit and smoke. This one isn't as good as the marzen but is still a very good smoked beer. I'm really developing a taste for these. Thanks Indra!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Pours with almost no head, but starts bubbling a tan one up as it starts warming. Super strong smoke aroma hides most everything else. Very "meaty", beef jerky smells. Makes me want to grill something. Flavor is malty with a nice hop bitterness. Yummy stuff!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 If you like to eat smoked meats then you will like this. Strong smoke flavor, but well balanced. Nice dark bock color, with a good and long lasting head.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1508) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 color of a thin stout (deep brown with some reddish hues). no head, only a ring of a few bubbles...aroma...beef jerky and some campfire...while these are aromas i'd normally love in everyday life, they just overwhelm this beer. i cant imagine how anyone can detect anything else in this beer other than the smoke. aroma is 100% smoke...in the flavor i can barely detect the faintest hint of something floral...no one loves smoked food more than I, but come on! can't tell even the tiniest bit of difference between this and the marzen. Re-rate: color of a thin stout? what the hell was i thinking. color is dark brown with ruby notes and a lasting tan and frothy head. not nearly the amount of smoke that i remember being in this. very metallic in the nose. ..mild smoke. flavor is lightly smoked, mildly earthy, with some bready qualities. really is much better than i originally thought.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
A nice looking beer, with a good deep brown color and a nice off white/light tan head. The aroma is really quite nice. Good smokiness to it and quite delicious! Really an incredible flavor! A nice smoke, but also a good bitter finish. Really an amazing beer!

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 (502) - 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.


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