Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1558   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FireGlider (418) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 14, 2016
Dark brown/amber color with medium brown head. Aroma is of smoked ham, toasted bread, light toffee, some caramel malt, and some light wood. Taste is medium sweet malty and light salty with lasting smoky aftertaste. Good smoked beer with lot of aroma, smokiness present but don’t overtake beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1406) - CANADA - JUN 7, 2016
Appearance: clear amber-brown with one finger of light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, wood, hints of umame/meat/bacon, earthy. (8/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate smoke, mild bitter. (8/10) Medium-light body, soft carbonation, dry mildly smoky finish. (4/5) Do rauchbiers actually have best before dates? Because even though this one’s is supposedly past, this is bloody good, is what this is - smooth and moderately smoky, with an almost creamy body. I don’t know whether I’m just beginning to appreciate the style, or whether this really is a particularly good example of the style, but I’m quite enjoying it either way. I’m not sure whether there’s really a umame presence there, or whether the smoke is just so very much like a really nice slab of bacon, but either way, it’s really nice. (16/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (1234) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 31, 2016
Dark brown colored with a ruby hue, medium off white to beige head with good lacing. Aroma is of smoked ham, some caramel malt, bit toasted and light wood. Taste is medium+ sweet malty, caramel, light toffee and toasted bread, strong smoked ham, some wood, light bitterness, lasting smoky aftertaste. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, oily. So fine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fules (658) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAY 18, 2016
Monumentális, a végtelenségig tartó hab, barna szín. Intenzív, füstös illat, de a háttérben felsejlik a maláta is. Komoly malátás alap, markáns füstös fedéssel. Utóíze a korty folytatása. Iszonyúan finom, testes sör.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nordic (411) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle 0,5. Dark brown color. Strong smoked aroma with bacon hints. Taste: many layers, smoked, sweet, also bitter, alcohol, warming. Interesting and good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (391) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle, bb 04/2015 (tasted 3.05.2016). Pours dark coppery, almost brown, clear, with dense, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of dark bread, sweet notes, smoked notes are very subtle. Taste is lightly sweet, with no marked bitterness. Medium bodied, very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (1019) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2016
Very dark but clear amber-brown with a rather large head. The aroma is loaded with smoke, some nice caramel and faint chocolate and roasted notes. The flavor is quite different, comes off like a campfire, with some caramel and burnt notes. There seems to be a little bit of wood on the finish as well. Starts sweet and finishes dry. Don’t think I could drink two of these in one month. Good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (1225) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown producing a medium tan head. Unsurprisingly there is a load of smokey aromas here. From smoked ham to burnt leather. Some lightly toasted malts as well. Taste has a rich malty flavor along with the abundance of smokey notes. Light sweet but supremely balanced. Finishes on a light bitter note and leaves a lasting smoked ham flavor.Medium body and co2 levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - APR 13, 2016
Smells like someone diced up a good ham and dropped the pieces in a blender or the scent of the smoke from a fireplace wafting through the air on a cold winter night. Very dark Ruby color with a small tan head. Smoked salmon or pork hocks is what comes to mind first, rich, earthy, smokey, meaty..... a meal that you drink. One of the better Rauchbiers that I’ve had, seems odd to be drinking it in the spring on a balmy tropical island! I need some snow!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kampfar (121) - Münster, GERMANY - APR 6, 2016
From 0.5 L bottle. Pours clear & dark brown with a touch of red. It has a light-brown, creamy head. Aroma is heavily dominated by roasted malts with notes of dark bread. Initial flavor is light acidic and bitter with heavy smoky flavor. Finish is long and still heavily smoky. Was expecting a bit more deepness in the flavor. Palate is great with a full body, slightly creamy consistence and soft carbonation.

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