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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1327   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
I’ve had this take on a “smoke beer” before. I don’t remember much in the way of the nuances but I do remember enjoying it. I had it while defiling a woman’s kitchen in Fairlawn, NJ. I was attempting to rewrite the physics books and fit 20oz of tomato bits and thick cream into a pot that had no business holding half that amount. I digress… I found this beer again at the West Over Market in Arlington VA where every beer is gratuitously inflated. This didn’t stop me. When I opened it the beers froth erupted from the top and only stopped when I poured it into my glass. The initial head is impressive albeit short lived. Aroma itself is a feast, a cornucopia of rich and malty aromas. This beer is robust. Bacon, campfire smoke laced with oak and maple make this a righteous beer to sip on. It reminds me of crisp winter nights sitting next to the fire pit till 4am. Versatile beer when it comes to food pairings. Optimal pairing would be with a glazed Cornish game hen and a significant other. Thoroughly impressed with this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockey9930 (66) - - FEB 23, 2014
Reddish brown with a thin bubbly off white head. Very strong aroma of smoky maple bacon. Pure smoke up front, rich sweet malt, nuts and maple. Very little bitterness, almost no hop flavor. Medium body, heavier than I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coyforce (477) - Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Extremely smokey. Pour is pitch black with no head. Aroma is smoke and burnt grains.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mejs (81) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Great beer. Aroma is smoke, ham, sausages, you’ll get hungry from it :) Pours clear amber with medium head. The beer is medium bodied, with low carbonation, so it is easy to drink. In taste you get great smoke combined with some malts and delicate hoppy bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvrenUlgen (9) - TURKEY - FEB 18, 2014 does not count
İsli Bira tutkunları için Dünya’daki en iyi örneği diyebilirim.Eğer isli bira sevmezseniz aman uzak durun.3-4 tane içtikten sonra bayabiliyor o yüzden en ideali 2 tane yuvarlamak.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (617) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Beers of Germany (The Craft Beer Social - PA Chapter #1) Social Aroma - full bodied beechwood smoke Appearance - body is cola colored, clean liquid, light white head that eventually settles to a thin covering of diffused bubbles Taste - only can be described as a ham-like ~ ham-smoked and roast flavored brew Palate - body is medium; texture is thick and sticky; carbonation is average; the finish is rich and full with what can only be described as a neatly BBQ-like smoke If you like smoke, waste not anytime and get right to this. It’s really what you hope smoke can be. It’s like BBQ fire in a bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
(bottle) clear dark reddish amber colour with a small tan head; aroma of smoked fruit; smoke, jam; smooth well balanced flavour; slightly creamy palate

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (495) - - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle from Watson. Pours dark amber brown with almost no head. Aroma of delicious smoked meats. Taste of slightly sweet, mostly smokey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bozo_skeleton (391) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 14, 2014
Brune legerement claire a la lumiere, carbo moyenne, petit col fuyant. Aromes tres marqués de malt fumé et dans une moindre mesure de café. C’est en bouche que le café ressort plus meme s’il est toujours moins presenet que le gout de fumé. Corps moyen mais belle presence en bouche.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pomko (142) - UKRAINE - FEB 14, 2014
Aroma is caramel and smoke. Brown, clear, tan foam. Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation, short finish.


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