Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
(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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hideipa (24) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
Bière d’un brun avec reflets rougeâtre, elle laisse une belle mousse beige. L’arôme est fumé et malté. En bouche, le caractère fumé domine au début et laisse place au malt caramel par la suite. Le corps est moyen et la carbonation légère. En finale, le malt fumé et caramel s’harmonisent pour donner une bière bien balancée.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motyl (28) - POLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Really nice, smoked bock. Beautiful, ruby colour. The taste is dominated by smoke, ham, bacon - meat aromas in general but it’s not tiring in anyway. Classic smoked beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schiza (45) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottled, with date IV 2015. Pours red/brown, with beautiful ruby reflexes, seems clear even if dark. Starts with a slightly tanned, tick head, but not very permanent - most of it fades out, but leaves around 1cm layer for quite some time, than leaving only a circle. From the bottle you can smell a very smoked aroma of ham, some wood in background. While the head is still there, the aroma is not so strong from the mug - when it’s there, it’s more malty and hoppy (but German style, not citruses). Later, it gives the same smoked aroma as from the bottle. The taste is kind of malty, but having some dryness and finishing with smoked bitterness - but very light in terms of being bitter, but very smoky. It’s rather slick and medium bodied. Indeed a very good example of rauchbock, worth trying.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WhatDaddy (22) - Volos, GREECE - MAR 4, 2015
bottle, 0,5lt. Found at Valentin - Curious Bierkneipe, Volos Well comparatively to Maerzen, this double it all - but overall not. The aroma is a heavy smoked beer, appearance darker as the Maerzen. The taste kills everyhting else - SMOKE AND BACON. It’s a powerfull experience, but that’s why it looses overall, you could not get more than 2 of it and even with heavy food it will top it at least. A really thick body feeling. Really BOCK for the Winter season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (483) - PORTUGAL - MAR 2, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 22B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch LVP. AROMA: intense smoked aroma of burned wood and coal. sweet caramelized malt on the background but overpowered by the smoked aroma. clean lager profile. APPEARANCE: dark ruby color and translucent. average ivory head with average retention. TASTE: slight caramelized and sweet malt flavour with a prominent burnt wood character. faint toasted bread. medium-low bitterness with a semi-dry finish. no hop flavour. PALATE: medium body with average carbonation. no astringency. OVERALL: a nice smoked bock, a bit unbalanced on the aroma but good on the flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rafael52 (444) - Łódź, POLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Barwa: ciemnomiedziana, klarowna.
Piana: obfita, kremowa, drobnopęcherzykowa, szybko opada.
Zapach: intensywna wędzonka, lekkie melanoidyny, ciemne owoce, przypieczona bułka maślana.
Smak: również intensywna wędzonka z nutami melanoidyn o charakterze pieczonej bułki maślanej. Piwo o solidnej pełni słodowej z wyraźną goryczką. W połączeniu z wędzonką sprawia wrażenie lekko palone.
Wysycenie: delikatnie za wysokie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1332) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2015
500 ml bottle from bier-deluxe.de
Very dark copper body, with a big, lacing, creamy, beige head.
Aroma mainly of bacon, wood, caramel.
Surprisingly complex taste of bacon, smoky wood, caramel, honey, tea, grains, subtle zesty hops.
Medium, quite oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smoky, dry, wooden, grains, but also with bitter hops again.

Really tasty! The flavour is pretty surprising, much more complex than I expected. Not only various smoke notes, but also different sweet and dark malts and some hops, all in a perfect balance. Definitely the best Rauchbier I’ve had so far, precisely because this isn’t just all about the smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9998) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (791) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rotaman14 (439) - Germany, lives in Vilnius, LT, - 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...

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