Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1392   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vulcanmeister (199) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pour dark amber with large off-white head. Aroma is rich wood smoke and a bit of sugar. Mouth-feel is light and creamy. Taste is blast of smoky sweet malt and bitter chocolate. Very different but it grew on me with each sip. At the finish, the smoke cleared and left a pleasant roasty sweetness. Marvelous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (641) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Purple cola. Campfire smoky aroma. The taste follows suit and really emphasizes the smoke, adding bacon. This is a big huge brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (802) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Taster at Aces and Ales. Pours mahoghany with an off white head. Smells like a forest fire, very smoky, charred. Taste starts with watery caramel that is quickly overrun by tons of smoke. Liquid bbq.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
2011 backlog. Pours clear dark brown with a2 finger off white head that left nice lacing. The nose is roasted malt, ham, caramel and bacon. The taste is not as smoky as the nose surprisingly. Dark fruits, light roast, smoked meat. Medium mouth feel. Tasty. 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (1028) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 19, 2014
Couleur cuivrée sombre , très belle mousse blanche. Super nez fumé boisé , et malt grillé. Gout malt grillé avec super fin de fumé boisé, notes douces sucrées. Super balancée. Bien douce en bouche. Super! top smoked!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (2526) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Vova. Very dark brown and a little clear. nutty, fully hickory smoke aroma, smooth, smoky, sweetish taste. Smooth, hardly any carbonation, full body and hints of bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
Apparently the winter version in this fascinating series, again with the Bamberg smoked malt. Pale beige, creamy, sticky foam, colour an opaque brown with a copper hue, only visible under bright light; nose gets the same wave of smoked meat and charcoal as in the better-known Märzen version, but this time it gets more, as hints of bitter chocolate, liquorice and caramel shine through. The taste is even more surprising, as the caramel- and chocolate-like malty sweetishness dominates the first sip, only to be abruptly broken by the salty, bone-dry smokiness which lingers on till deep in the finish, which also reveals some spicy hops. Actually quite complex, especially for a lager, and in that respect perhaps even more rewarding than the classic Märzen version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6880) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a dark amber brown with a small beige head. Nose is malty and smoky, with lots of dry caramel malt, lots of smoke but no ashtray. Flavour is exactly the same, with everything acting in total harmony. One of the most complex smoked beers I’ve had. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (162) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Poured from a 500 mL bottle. Clear dark brown with persistent toffee head. Good lacing. Aroma is smoked barbecue jerky and dark malts. Flavour is smoked hickory and burnt malts. Interesting smoked beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3012) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Dark brown with reddish reflects, medium beige head and good lacing. Aroma is quite smokey but as always with Schlenkerla it’s deep and well intagrated. In this one, it’s similar to Gouda cheese. There’s also caramel, malt sweetness and dark fruits notes. Taste is also of smoke but it leaves enough place for the malt, caramel and dark fruits to express. Light wooden notes too. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel, somewhat creamy too. Gentle medium lasting smokey aftertaste. One of the best Smoked beer I’ve tried so far. Impressive balance and drinkability. This isn’t just plain smoke, it’s quite complex and really tasty. I love Schlenkerla!

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