Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Aroma is so big I would not have been suprised to see smoke escape from the top of the bottle and burning embers inside. This is a clean and solid bock completely blanketed by smoke. Slightly bitter finish, hints of salt. So much smoke yet still balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2004
Bottled. It smells and tastes like a huge load of bacon. Interesting and quiet fine, though only in smaller amounts. More rounded than the Märzen.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Whew! This is one bold f-ing beer. Huge Aroma! Nothing subtle or complex about the aroma, it's like beer bacon. Seriously, it reminds me of a smokehouse I used to visit in upstate NY. The smoke lingers on the tongue and coats the mouth but is not at all unwelcomed. Really a treat. There is a certain dry sweetness that pervades the thick palate, reminds of cured pork fat and dark/bitter chocolate. An excellent occasional beer and one that I can bust out a big ol' stein for (unfortunately I don't really know what it looks like thanks to the stein, but I'll assume is looks great beneath that massive frothy tan head).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (14386) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2004
Dark golden, somewhat hazy. Aroma from smoked fish, really smoky. Flavor brings the same smoke and some sweetness. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 Bottled. Simply marvellous! Birch wood. Smoke. Malts. Full. Birch. Wood. Smoke. Full. Lingering. Wonderful! More-ish than the Märzen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Clearish dark reddish brown color with a small beige foamy head that fades out quickly leaving some good sticky sheets and strings of lace. Aroma is quite unique with a smokey twinge rendering some hints of bacon, bar-b-que sweetness, and wet ashes. Not much else really comes through but the smokened senses which isn't all that bad but would have liked to seen some more complexity within the aroma with some malts or something. Taste is sweet and tangy with a smokey character that adds subdued salty meats, touches of bar-b-que or mustard sauces, charcoal, and jerky. Overall its not really coming across as anything else but smoke for character, which is fine, but I'd like to see an already good beer then add touches of smoke then take a subpar beer and add lots of smoke to cover up the fact that its really not all that good to begin with. And thats what I'm perceiving with this. Feel is lighty creamy with tangyness and quite smooth and close to medium bodied but has some slight watery notions late in the finish. An OK beer to have an occasion but more or less I think I'll use it to marinate and cook up some porkchops or steak with. I think it'll work very well in the that department.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

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