Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1409   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 Wow. This beer is the reason this site is so great. I never would have bought this a couple of years ago. Instead, I've had a few smoked beers before and knew what I was getting into. This beer has little to no head. Aroma is of smoked pork. Hmmm...pork... The qualities that I find fault with in a bock work great with the intense smoke in this beer. Half-way through the bottle, I gave this beer a great score, then I had some smoked cheddar with this. Words can't describe how beautiful it was. I won't be able to rate anymore beers today, as my tastebuds are shot. But shot in a really freaking good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - OCT 17, 2002
The slightly sweet signature profile of a typical bock beer strives to rise above the smoke and charcoal flavor. There is kind of a struggle here that is most unusual. This is a great tasting beer once you get used to it. Big bodied. Filling. Long complex finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2002
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 Damn, these are interesting. Smells like a glass full of beef jerky, smoky as hell and spicy. Tastes a bit like chewing on mesquite, full and smoky, with again a bit of spiciness to it. Really beginning to like rauchbiers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Smoky but not. Heavy but light. Delicious but, well, still pretty damn good. For me, however, the taste is a bit lost through the smoke. Great mouthfeel, a bit thin, but seems just right. Nicely bitter throughout. A touch of mapley (?) sweetness, maybe?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Fantastic, classic beer. Just like something you’d crave at breakfast time... tastes like smoked sausage; the Marzen has a similar smoked flavor but is slightly less strong and probably would have more appeal to a beginner. Definitely drink this one at room temperature, don’t even think of drinking it cold or you’ll regret it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1362) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2002
This Beer is like few others. Mostly smoky and very smooth and different in flavor. Do not try it if you do not like smoked things. This beer is almost like drinking liquid smoke, but in a pleasant way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 14, 2002
I havent tried many smoked beers before, and i gotta say i really like this one. Smells and tastes like fresh smoked jerky. Would go great with some barbequed brats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2002
A deep garnet on the pour, the head is large, long lasting, frothy and biege, tonnes of lace. Nose is ’Smoky to the MAX!’ (I Like It!), some sweetness, hints of malt. Front is sweet, the top is light, the finish is lightly acidic, somewhat dry, decent hop presence. Ranks #219 on my current 1000 master beer list. Thanks HerbJones

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
I guess if you enjoy drinking your Black Forest ham this will be the beer for you. Definately milder than the marzen but it really dont matter.I guess as it warms it loses a little of the high octane liquid smoke but damn,I’d like at least a resemblance of a beer.Wheres the malt,hops anything but smoke.This high average rating just baffles me. It warms up a little more and finally it’s starting to taste like beer rather than smoked gouda.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2002
This is a distinctive and remarkable brew, full-bodied, with a strong, smoky aroma and flavor. I really enjoyed it.

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