Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1437   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (314) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast that is slightly darker than their Marzen variant . Good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note over a slightly sweet base. Medium body with a creamy slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Compared to their Marzen variant, Urbock has slightly less head characteristics, slightly more carbonation and more body and texture. The superb flavor profile is even more outstanding in that it obtains a higher degree of balance by being slightly sweeter and coats the tongue with a slick layer of bacon like smoke. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a campfire bacon like smoke over a moderately sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note as it effervesces. The finish is less dry than the Marzen, somewhat crisp, slightly sweet and leaves you with a touch of dark fruit and a lingering smokiness as if you’ve sitting around a campfire. World Class and ever so slightly better than the Marzen variant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kleurplaatje (72) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2014
Pours amber/brownish with a thick beige head. Aroma is very smoky. Bacon, caramel, honey, sugar... Particular smell. Reminds me of the better breakfasts. Gets me hungry. Taste is much in line with the aroma. Strong smoky taste, bit like the smoked sausages or the ’paling’ we have here in The Netherlands. However, the smoke indeed gets less in your face after a while, which creates room for the other flavors that this beer encompasses... Clear taste of the caramel as well, sugars, some dark chocolate, bit of wood, some fruits as well... Bit bitterish in the end. Astonishingly good actually. Really tasty. I like this. Smooth mouthfeel, creamy, soft carbonation... Didn’t know what to expect after hearing about this smoked beer. But I’m glad that I haven given it a shot. Wonderful rich beer. Meaty, sweetish, full beer, that would do fine with some nice pork chops. Great, great, great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (823) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2014
500 ml bottle. Lovely ruby red color topped by a thick rocky beige head with clinging lace. Wonderful smoky malt aroma reminiscent of a woodsy campfire. Upfront their are notes of bittersweet chocolate, charred wood and burnt raisins. Mid taste brings dark sweet caramel and smoked malt. This is a complex brew that drinks smoothly. Bitter hoppy finish complements the smokiness nicely. Wow, this is a classic and certainly the best smoked beer I have ever had. A must have.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedevilsfan (210) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Think lagers are boring? Try this one. Aecht specializes in smoked beers. This Urbock has a nice creamy white head with some lacing. Color is very dark ruby/brown. The aroma is one of smoked bacon, some maple, caramel. The taste is smoked malts, very little hop profile is very slight, but present.This is Urbock and has some of those tastes to it, caramel, little toffee, but the smoked flavor just amps it up about 3 notches.Drinking this makes me feel like I am Germany. I could drink a ton of this stuff. Experience it, even if you don’t like Oktoberfest beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imaril (38) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2014
Smells of wood smoke and banana and light tobacco. Pours a dark translucent Brown with fine tan head. Tastes of smoke, molasses, savory licorice, banana, and more smoke. All this with a short sharp bitter finish. Surprisingly syrupy in the mouth feels rich and smooth. Really delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (992) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 500ml bottle poured in a dimpled pint mug. A: Pours a deep dark amber to brown color forming a medium beige head. Medium to low retention and lots of lacings left S: Very particular. Very smoky as expected. Bacon. Roasted malts, honey, brown sugar T: As the nose, very roasted and smoky. Bacon, honey, roasted malts, smoked wood. Sweet candy/brown sugar upfront. Sweeter than the Marzen version. End is roasted bitterness M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Roasted bitter aftertaste O: Excellent beer, excellent drinkability. The best Rauchbier ever! :) [ BA Review @ 4/21/2012 ]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1389) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle from Muckey’s. Poured into a tall lager glass. A very good looking dark ruby brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is very smoky with layers of malt too.. Flavor is smooth and malty with layers of smoke. Good balance. Lingering dark sweetness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
MichaelAwesome (4911) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2014
Endlich waren wir also vor Ort in diesem Rauchbier-Mysterium und leider Gottes hat es sich wie erwartet in etwa so entwickelt wie befuerchtet. Ein Bier, das zuvorderst natuerlich nach Rauchschinken oder Rauchlachs zieht, doch daran gewoehnt man sich recht fix. Schlimmer ist jedoch das laffe Innenleben, das dazu irgendwie abrupt und unerwartet bitter abschliesst. Mit mildem Ausgang waere auch ich milde gestimmt gewesen, doch so ist das hier nix.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (4911) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2014
On tap at their brewpub in Bamberg. The beer pours out in a deep black colour with steady head and medium body. Aroma of campfire and woods. Taste of campfire, woods, smoked ham, smoke, peat and torf. Earthy finish. Drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ngejo (382) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle. Brown, rocky head, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, medium body, average carbonation, oily feel, & bitter finish.

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