Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1557   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2005
My first smoked beer. This is an amazing dark brown with a nice long lasting head. The aroma and the flavor are totally taken over by the smoke. This not my favorite style, but a nice thing to try and an interesting beer to add to my list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2005
Like ’rookworst’. Or any meatthing that has been smoked. Smoke all over in the aroma. Beautiful dark brown beer with a nice head that remains. Sweet caramel taste, quickly developing into a smokey aftertaste. Not totally my thing, but this must be a good interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Wow! Liquid smoked turkey jerky! Impressive flavor combo, melding malts and hops into the smokiness quite effectively. Wow. Couldn’t drink a whole bottle by myself, but luckily my favorite woman and a friend were to hand to help out. An interesting and delicious treat. Unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
Dark brown with a small though lasting tan head. Salami, bacon, kippers and coffee. Sweet bacon and choc flavour, so insanely balanced and tasty. Medium bodied. Bloody brilliant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Bottle @ Beer Circus, Croydon with Duff & Kook. Aroma is sweet cured smokey bacon. Huge smoke taste balanced with some sweetness. Outstanding!
RERATE: From a wooden barrel @ Battersea Beer Festival. Sweet and full with huge smokiness. Better than the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Pours a slightly muddy brown color with a thin tan head. Amazing aroma of smoked ham with a strong and rich malt character, the aroma doesn’t seem different than the Schlenkerla Marzen, let’s see about the flavor now. Oh God ! The flavor is even more amazing than the Marzen’s, there’s the same strong smoked ham flavor that gets me damn hungry, the same rich, heavy maltiness and toffeeish sweetness but there’s a fruity flavor that complement the whole package very well, there’s also a mild bitter finish. This wonderfull brew has a full, round body, creamy and slightly oily texture and soft carbonation. Again, I’m amazed by a Schlenkerla, I guess I love full bodied smoky beers ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Big big smoke! Even the color reminds me of slowly roasting pig flesh at the end of a long day in the smoker. Intense smoky aroma, taste slightly bitter, rich and meaty, smooth full mouthfeel. It may be cold out but I can feel the campfire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Very smoky of course. Really great. Soft and pleasant mouthfeel, yet even more powerful aroma and flavour than the Märzen version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2005
My first Rauchbier. This shit was badass! Popped this thing in a bit of a nervous fashion. Right away the aroma hit me. Its like sticking your head into a bag of really good jerkeyed meat and taking a huge huff like some sort of glue-addict. Poured ruby-brown with no head at all. Taste is of jerkeyed bacon and sausage smoked and aged over hickory. 4 hours later and the taste is still with me. How many BBQ places can you say do that!? Well, maybe Jenkins BBQ on Union street in downtown Jacksonville, but thats about it. Well worth the $5 I dropped on this!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Love this intensely smoky brew, my first, by the way. I’ve had many since then, but still come back to this one again and again. More smoked beers of all kinds please!

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