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 16/20
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
pours medium dark brown mahogany with a reviving and slightly creamy light beige head, nice lacing. rich beech-smoked and browned caramel and specialty malts, very woody and fairly tannic, red fruitiness, but also dried lightly sweetened dates, figs and prunes, caramelized nuts, some sweetness - brown sugar, few phenolic esters - much welcomed here; grassy, peppery, minerals. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, bittersweet very grassy-peppery and assertively tannic woody finish. woody more than woodsy. tasty. good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5825) - Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle at home from backlog notes 07. Pours a clear reddish amber brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have smoked meats, campfire, charred wood, just plenty of smoked character. One of my earliest smoked beer experiences and still one of the standards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1456) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours a medium brown with a small offwhite head that leaves pretty lacing. Nose is of intense smoke, like at the fish smokers, over a caramel syrup background. There is also a light fruity character to it. Taste is sweet but way less than its doppel sibling, moderately bitter. Flavors of smoke once again and some sweet syrup. Finish is just smoky, completing the experience. Body is medium, carbonation more than sufficient (once again an improvement from the doppelbock to me) and lightly sticky. Pretty authentic and fun, I need to go down there some day to sample it from the cask!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCx240 (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
Smells of pine and campfires. Color is a deep red with an off white head. Good retention. Taste is much like the smell, pine, ash, campfires. Lingers for a few moments on the palate. A good representation of the smoked style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (820) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Clear brown, small offwhite head. Strong, meaty and smoky aroma. Flavour has malt, smoke, a little sour towards the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
R2k2 (338) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2014
A darkbrown / dark red beer with quite a firm layer of somewhat brown foam. A nice smoked aroma which reminds me of smoked salmon. This goes on into the taste, accompanied by something which resembles some sort of licorice or other sweetness. The aftertaste is subtile bitter, and hangs around for a while. Een donkerbruin, donkerrrood bier met een vrij stevige kraag, lichtbruin van kleur. Een lekker rokerig aroma dat doen denken aan gerookte zalm. Dit gaat zeker in de smaak mee, maar samen met iets dat lijkt op drop. Subtiele bittere nasmaak die even blijft hangen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4676) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Stein: Medium sized thick, slowly changing, creamy beige head on top of a dark ruby colored beer. Aromas of smoke, leather, fireplace, malts, dried leaves, a hint of something coal alike. Flavours of light smoke, bitters, malts, some flowers, some herbs, smoked herbs, some wood, grains, some toast, nuts and a leather sprinkle... Aftertaste is bitter, light smokey, some malts and some sweet leaves. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel and texture and a body between medium and fuller.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1724) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Sample at Julios (from bottle). Pours a reddish brown. Very complex flavors with the most obvious being smoke and oak but there is alot more going on with this. Truly one of the great smoked beers out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3565) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Vova. Pours brown to red clear with a beige head, aroma of wood smokiness, smoked fish, smoke and roasted tones, flavor is smoked with smoked fish, sweet and tasty, medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (432) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
A "különleges" jelző azt hiszem kevés volna, ha e sör jellemét hűen tükrözve szeretnénk megragadni lényegét. Ha becsukott szemmel közelítünk felé, minden bizonnyal valamiféle füstölt, kötözött sonka lenne az első, ami eszünkbe jutna illata alapján. Ezek után erőteljes várakozással latolgatjuk, milyen íz lesz az, ami végül fogad majd minket. A füstölt vonalat természetesen messzemenőkig továbbviszi egy leheletnyi édességgel, de nem tagadja meg sör mivoltát sem, a komló aromája ugyanis mintegy belekapaszkodik az intenzív füstösségbe, mely idővel csakúgy, mint a korábbi, megszokottól eltérő ízvilágú darabok, kissé talán túlságosan is intenzívvé válik.

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