Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1492   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mister_Li (345) - GERMANY - NOV 5, 2015
Klares rotbraun mit reichlich Schaum. Rauchmalze, reichlich Speck, holzig, sehr würzig, dezent süß, im Abgang leicht bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grisza77 (240) - Poznań, POLAND - NOV 1, 2015
Prawie czarne piwo, jedynie po światło widać rubinowe refleksy, piania średnio obfita, zdobi szkło i pozostaje do końca w postaci pierścienia przy brzegu szkła. Aromat przyjemny, wędzony, mi kojarzy się z oscypkiem. W smaku zaskakująco wytrawne, wędzone, ziołowe. Goryczka średnia, przyjemna, ziołowa. Ogólnie rewelacyjne wędzone piwo, te które piłem do tej pory były zdecydowanie bardziej słodkie, a to jest dość wytrawne i gorzkie co fajnie gra z wędzonką.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biir (275) - Berlin, - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle from the Brewery. Dark brown color, super intense smoked ham-aroma, dried fruits, wood.This is a punch in your face. You got to get used to this. Great. Drink it outside in the freezing cold!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchMark (293) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2015
Perfectly smoked. Some smoked beers have a harsh burned rubber smokiness. In this one the smoke flavors are prominent but gentle. Like in smoked salmon. The aroma is like a wonderful campfire. The flavor is sweet smoked malts, dark chocolate and some bitter hops. Texture is creamy. It is quite overhwelming in flavor so the 50cl bottle is a bit much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (3018) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Treated as a rauchbier, this was poured into a mug. The appearance was a semi-hazy to dark brown color with an off white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds yet still leaving a soft level cap of a white head with just a tad of lacing roaming around in a messy sort of way. The smell started off with sweet honey blending with subtle smoke and bringing in a slight meatiness (more so like a glazed ham). The taste was mainly the same sweet flavor from the aroma encompassing a subtle bacon derivative sliding smoothly into the aftertaste and leading on into a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the meatiness to blend more with the sweetness thus creating a stickiness on my tongue. But, it’s a good stickiness. Overall, I say this was a wonderful rauchbier that I would have again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulioRangel (81) - Salvador, BRAZIL - SEP 26, 2015
Cerveja escura, bastante aromática, seca e de teor alcoolico elevado. Corpo leve. Característica marcante do malte defumado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pityu (295) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 24, 2015
Bottled - Nice and sweet smoked aromas with some dried fuit notes. Light brown colour with a thin, but long lasting beige head. Sweet malty, bready tastes with a smoky twist without being too agressive. Some caramel, dried plums, and gently smoked ham tastes can be found. Full body, low carbonation, nice smoky finish. A well balanced smoked beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (589) - Mexico City, MEXICO - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. Clear ruby with a frothy brown head. Musky, smoked aroma. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet and malty with a deep smoked character. Smoked herbal bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thb (770) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2015
This is very, very delicious. Dark brown with half inch of white bubbles. And wood smoke. Some rauchbiers are "smoky", this one is "campfire". Big and bold. Takes no prisoners. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migwell (155) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2015
I lived in Bamberg many years ago, courtesy of Uncle Sam, and occasionally went to the ancient gasthaus where this beer is still served. Were the walls painted with bulls blood? Could be. Anywho, I was not particularly enamored of the rauchbier in those days and never had their Urbock until just now. This is a very palatable beer, with the meaty smokiness of rauchbier toned down by the darker malt. Poured into a squat tulip, smells smoky alright, looks dark reddish brown with a negligible head that does not persist. Good balance of flavors and not offensive at all to this aged vegetarian.

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