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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1054) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Keg at Earl of Essex, Islington. Pours dark with an off white head. Sweet, smoky, slightly soy sauce aroma, BBQ. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Rich, meaty, a bit if teriyaki, smoky as can be. Still smooth and well balanced. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunser (55) - HUNGARY - JAN 17, 2014
Barnás-vöröses szín. Tekintélyes bézs hab. Édes, füstös illat, mint egy jóféle hagyományosan érlelt sonka. Közepesen szénsavas, testes sör. Íze lágyan édes, finoman füstös, hosszú kesernyés utóízzel. Igazi téli különlegesség.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (647) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2014
Poured into a ceramic stein. Poured dark brown with a thin white lacing. The lid serves to lock in the smokey aroma and let it out in bursts. Oak? Taste reminds me of smoked bacon. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tightslice (140) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle pour at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA.
This is a campfire in a bottle and I love it immensely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
worldbeertaste (1550) - AUSTRIA - JAN 7, 2014
Deep brown with a red tint, with a white, thin, lacy lasting frothy head. Smells of pork bellies, malt, caramel and ash. Medium to bull body. Tastes of nice roast with with caramel, and finishes, malty fruity and a bit ashy,. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (3580) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Zer0. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin whispy off white head. The aroma is super smoky malt leather and yeast. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a smooth watery smoked hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4290) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Zer0. Pours clear dark brown wig a small beige head. Aroma of smokey malts, bacon, leather, overripe dark fruits and soy. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zer0 (1125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours hazy brown. Aroma is cigars, meaty, malys, leather, caramel and beef jerky. Taste is smooth. Less smokey than the nose. Moderate sweet. Medium to full bodied. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tukkis (12) - FINLAND - JAN 6, 2014
One of the best beers I have tasted. The smokeness is well applied, and there is a resemblance of a meaty taste. Appearance is OK, and palate is a bit mild.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
500ml bottle, one very similar to the Märzen, except of course now with the Urbock designation. A picky 6.5% ABV on this offering, at that. This beer pours a clear, dark caramel-tinted brown hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, mildly creamy, and mostly bubbly true beige head, which leaves a bit of streaky remote islet lace around the glass as things slowly sink away. It smells of gamey smoked meat, bready smoked caramel malt, gritty smoked Gouda, generic campfire ash, and more isolated, well, smoke (the thesaurus having duly failed me here). The taste is still big and over the top smoky, sure, but now at least one can discern the caramel malt backbone and singed leafy hops amongst the still heady simmering bacon and infused cheese acridity. My mouth silently cries out for an ashtray. The carbonation is agreeably involved, but just enough to keep things lively and on the go, the body a somewhat tacky medium weight, and much more smooth than I might have proffered had I been asked at the onset of this affair. It finishes strangely off-dry, the now biscuity caramelized (and smoked, don't ever be forgettin' the smoke!) malt hanging tough, as does the lingering assaulted noble hops, all still under the yoke of the moderately overbearing smoky notes. Uber alles, this does seem to have a bit of a lighter, booze-lifted essence, that is at once reminiscent of Bocks and actively burning beechwood fires. Still, one hell of a sturdy, gritty, and of course eye and palate-watering smoky deal. Veritable truth in advertising, that cannot be denied, and if there was any homeland beer that Rammstein should hold close to heart, it would be this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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