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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6301) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
500ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Beech, ash, brown sugar and burnt toffee in the aroma. Smoky yet nicely balanced taste with ash, beech, brown sugar and berries.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (352) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
A: Deep dark with some red tone. Two finger light light brown head. N: Smoke, wood, campfire T: Smoke, tar, wet wood, hint of fruityness. O: Very smokey, but I love this style! Quite soft mouthfeel even though the heavy smokey taste. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (1600) - Garching, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2015
Brown color with tan head. Aroma is smokey bacon. Taste is stingy first, then an excellently balanced combination of smoke and maltiness. Rich, but not sweet. A dream of a smoked beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (644) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4. Looks like Coke with a stable foam. Aroma of German winter kitchen, a bit smoky, Brussel sprouts. Very bitter, nicely smoked taste. Definitely a winter beer, heavy and oily, but also a bit rough.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
Rating #1445 - 21.01.2015 - Bottle from CBI. Pours a coppery brown in colour with a minimal tan head that fades quickly. Distinct smoky aroma (smoked bacon, ham roast) from this pour. Like I’m getting the meat sweats from this beer. Very unique body, mild alcohol warmth, predominant smokiness on the palate tempered with a true, malt forward bock beer with sweet toffee notes. More body than the marzen, as well as the alcohol. A gem.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bier_Klaus (68) - - DEC 14, 2015
Ich trau’ meinen Augen nicht, ich als Rauchbierliebhaber habe den Urbock noch nicht getrunken oder zumindest noch nicht bewertet. Skandal! Rubinrot und blank fließt er ins Glas, bedeckt von einer gelbbraunen, sahnig dichten Blume. In der Nase ist der Bock leicht süßlich aber auch Schinkenaromen sind dabei. Der Einstieg beginnt vollmundig und wenig rezent. Der stabile Malzkörper bietet eine starke Restsüße, die die Raucharomen perfekt einbindet. Der Körper ist cremig und weich, die süß-rauchigen Aromen bilden eine Geschmackskombination, die den Rauchbierfan jubilieren läßt. Dafür gibt es nur ein Wort: perfekt!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2559) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
Draught at WilliamK. Dark brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with smoke, peat, nuts, roasted malts, dark fruits, oak and a bit of coffee. Bitter finish with smoke, peat, roasted malts, coffee and oak. Exquisite smoked beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artyom (824) - Osijek, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2015
0.5l bottle. Dark brown color with tanned head. It’s great beer with so much smoke character in both aroma and taste. Medium to full body. I will definitely try it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (186) - SPAIN - DEC 11, 2015
Mucho mejor q su hermana Märzen, mucho más compensada y redonda. Color marrón ruby muy oscuro con espuma beige. Ahoras ahumados predominantes q no saturan, fondo a tostado, regaliz, melaza, salsa de soja...sedosa, carbo media y pegajosa. Dulce medio alto aunq bastante compensado con esos lúpulos europeos y el estilo lager. Final equilibrado entre dulce, seco, amargo y ahumado. Muy buena.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vogelweide (22) - FINLAND - DEC 10, 2015
I tasted this beer in the original Schlenkerla pub in the Old Town of Bamberg, on a beautiful spring evening, years ago... That was one of those moments that go me into the world of craft beers. Much better and more complex than the regular Märzen. Full bodied, silky mouth feel. Beautiful caramelized malts, with a slight hoppy present in the background. Actually not as smoky as Märzen, or maybe here the overall balance with other elements is more pronounced. Awesome brew!


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