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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1464   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8455) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (694) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rotaman14 (261) - 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...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bakulator (37) - 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:-)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
majkelr (149) - Lębork, POLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Aromaty wędzone, szynkowe, kiełbasiane, trochę nut melanoidynowych i dymnych. Goryczka średnia, w smaku słodowe, wędzone.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magpieken (101) - - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edsspoon (714) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (5679) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear dark mahogany brown, long-lasting off-white head. Aromas of smokey bacon, smoked cheese, dark burnt sugar. Taste is wood smoke, charcoal, meaty, almost mushrooms thing going on. Medium body, oily texture, smoky finish. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (1895) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Aroma: intense bacon, smoked meats, savoury flavours. Appearance: clear, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, salty, malty grain flavours, getting so slightly bitter and dry in the finish. Overall: very nice Smoked, Bock meets smokey bacon, maybe slightly too bitter in the finish. Pint at CASK Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 4, 2015
500 ml. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Aroma of campfire smoke, smoked ham, and sweet, dark, caramel malt, very inviting and unique. The smokey flavor is a bit astringent but the sweet malt balances it out. Has a slight molasses flavor and texture, a slight raisin or plum thing going on. Medium to full body, sticky texture, soft carb., smokey finish. Very well balanced, the strong smokey flavor is blended well with the sweetness and fruitiness of the malt.


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