Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (391) - PORTUGAL - MAR 2, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 22B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch LVP. AROMA: intense smoked aroma of burned wood and coal. sweet caramelized malt on the background but overpowered by the smoked aroma. clean lager profile. APPEARANCE: dark ruby color and translucent. average ivory head with average retention. TASTE: slight caramelized and sweet malt flavour with a prominent burnt wood character. faint toasted bread. medium-low bitterness with a semi-dry finish. no hop flavour. PALATE: medium body with average carbonation. no astringency. OVERALL: a nice smoked bock, a bit unbalanced on the aroma but good on the flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rafael52 (253) - Łódź, POLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Barwa: ciemnomiedziana, klarowna.
Piana: obfita, kremowa, drobnopęcherzykowa, szybko opada.
Zapach: intensywna wędzonka, lekkie melanoidyny, ciemne owoce, przypieczona bułka maślana.
Smak: również intensywna wędzonka z nutami melanoidyn o charakterze pieczonej bułki maślanej. Piwo o solidnej pełni słodowej z wyraźną goryczką. W połączeniu z wędzonką sprawia wrażenie lekko palone.
Wysycenie: delikatnie za wysokie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (952) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2015
500 ml bottle from bier-deluxe.de
Very dark copper body, with a big, lacing, creamy, beige head.
Aroma mainly of bacon, wood, caramel.
Surprisingly complex taste of bacon, smoky wood, caramel, honey, tea, grains, subtle zesty hops.
Medium, quite oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smoky, dry, wooden, grains, but also with bitter hops again.

Really tasty! The flavour is pretty surprising, much more complex than I expected. Not only various smoke notes, but also different sweet and dark malts and some hops, all in a perfect balance. Definitely the best Rauchbier I’ve had so far, precisely because this isn’t just all about the smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8790) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Keg at the Rake. It pours clear deep ruby with a s beige head. The nose is sweet, juicy, rich smoke, dark caramel, smoked bacon, and cured meats. The taste is crisp, bitter-sweet, rich smoke, cured ham, bonfire, toasty brown sugar, wood, light vanilla, earth, bacon frazzled and honeyed cereal with a smooth, smoked finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I doubt smoke beers get much better than this. Flavoursome, yet drinkable. Good depth for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (715) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2015
Rich Brown pour. Aroma is big meaty bbq. Taste the same with big malt body. Bit too much for me! Better than the marzen with some nice smokey sweetness coming through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rotaman14 (299) - Potsdam, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2015
Smell of smoked ham, coal. Bitter taste, balanced out by a solid malty backbone, smoked nuances, slightly alcoholic. I liked their Märzen more, to be honest...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bakulator (48) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Clear brown color, medium fast diminishing head. Full bacon, smoked ham aroma, deep and rich, 1st best rauchbier ever:-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
majkelr (180) - Lębork, POLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Aromaty wędzone, szynkowe, kiełbasiane, trochę nut melanoidynowych i dymnych. Goryczka średnia, w smaku słodowe, wędzone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magpieken (122) - - FEB 12, 2015
0.5l 06/2015. Pours a bright, dark, ruby brown with a creamy tan head which lasted well and left some excellent lacing. Aroma of smoked bacon and charred wood. Medium sweetness and lots of different smoky flavours. Medium full body. Smooth texture. It was like drinking a packet of ’Cheese & Bacon Ball’ which I found quite off putting initially but quite enjoyable by the end. 8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edsspoon (744) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle - deep chestnut brown with a good sized fizzy brown head which lass a good minute or two. Aroma of smoked bacon, firewood and a little cinnamon. Taste is heavily smoked bacon and brown sugar followed by hay, firewood, grass and a light bitterness. Heavy body, high carbonation. Damn this is a good beer.

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