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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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RATINGS: 1407   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (270) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2014
Amberish in colour with a nice thick white head. Deliciously smoky in taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5736) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2014
50cl bottle at Haasche Bluf. smokey aroma. Thick creamy off white head. Clear amber pour. Smokey aftertaste but well balanced. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gregus (297) - Kraków, POLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Butelka; barwa brązowa z rubinowymi refleksami. Piana beżowa, bujna, zostaje do końca. Intensywny aromat wędzony, palony, dymu, ogniska, szynki, oscypka, suszonych owoców, śliwek, spalonych kabli, słodu, karmelu. Smak wędzony, dymny, suszonych owoców, kompotu z suszek, słodowy, karmelowy, ciemnego chleba, ciasta, oscypka.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Keg @ CK. deep reddish brown with a small head. Nose is deep rich smoked ham. Slightly medicinal herbs. Toffee. Flavor is the same. Very smoky with a clean slightly bready finish. Some grain. Light body, soft carb. Eminently drinkable. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabuzzer (101) - - NOV 28, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 500ml bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with white head that quickly disappeared. Sweet smoky aroma, taste is toffee with hints of bacon and smoke. Tart, bitter aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1746) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle at Bierstube in Philly. Clear dark chestnut pour with a weak off-white head. Bottle is likely towards a year old. Dark woody caramel malts. Good amount of smoke in the mix. Both well burnt and strangely juicy. Coffee, cocoa and roasted nuts. Dark rye bread. This bottle started out way too cold and took a lot of warming to bring out the deeper flavors. Ends up being richly complex. Ultimately (to me) feels like a milder version of the Mikkeler Weasel which (again to me) is one of the greatest dark beers in existence!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtu71 (116) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Tap. Brownish head, some lace. Red black. Smoky, roasted malts, sweetness and bitterness in good balance. Strong and smooth.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
peponi (463) - POLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Aroma: roasted notes, intensive smoked notes. Appearance: clear brown color, nice beige head. Taste: low bitterness, intensive smoked notes, some sweetness, roasted malts, roasted caramel. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: An icon in this style, recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2381) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Bonfire night beer. Bottle from beersofeurope. Ruby brown beer with medium foam head and good lacing. Aroma of smoked sausage and bavarian cheese. Taste is smoked sausage, dry malts, smoked oak and bacon. Medium bodied. Excellent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (259) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast that is slightly darker than their Marzen variant . Good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note over a slightly sweet base. Medium body with a creamy slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Compared to their Marzen variant, Urbock has slightly less head characteristics, slightly more carbonation and more body and texture. The superb flavor profile is even more outstanding in that it obtains a higher degree of balance by being slightly sweeter and coats the tongue with a slick layer of bacon like smoke. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a campfire bacon like smoke over a moderately sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note as it effervesces. The finish is less dry than the Marzen, somewhat crisp, slightly sweet and leaves you with a touch of dark fruit and a lingering smokiness as if you’ve sitting around a campfire. World Class and ever so slightly better than the Marzen variant.


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