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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3224) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2015
500 ml bottle into pine glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, herbal, and oak/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, smoke, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, herbal, and toast/smokey earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, light char, and herbal/smoke earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and smoke flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors as well with zero estery notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible rauchbier style. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nellycale (212) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2015
From bottle. Pours a dark brownish-black hue almost like root beer with a good beige head. Some lacing. Nice smokey aroma of a meat market (ham, sausage, smoked cheese), coffee, caramel, oak. Up front taste is a smoke bomb. But Taste changes to smoked Gouda cheese, chocolate, coffee, some sweetness, tobacco and vanilla, fig. Light bitterness. Medium body with decent carbonation. Overall, pretty easy to drink. Up front it's like you just walked into a butcher shop smoking room, but has some strong character throughout! Surprisingly very complex beer. Wonder if I had this for breakfast some weekend... :). I bet you smokey the bear would be all over this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenriqueBraga (125) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 15, 2015
Cerveja cobre escura, boa espuma. Aroma sensacional de defumados, bacon. embutidos, um leve caramelo. Caramelo mais evidente no sabor. Aftertaste salgado, seco. Amargor crescente pela tosta.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gylo (220) - Lublin, POLAND - JAN 5, 2015
W zasadzie mo?na by powiedzie? ?e poprawny rauchbier. Jest w?dzonka, piwo tre?ciwe, wi?c jest fajnie, jednak spodziewa?em si? czego? lepszego.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielecamo (738) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2015
In bottiglia. Aroma di legno, affumicato, caramello. Al palato corpo scorrevole e alcool ben nascosto. L’affumicatura la fa da padrona con toni di legno, tostato e carbone.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (199) - Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours dark dark brown with orange-ish highlights and thin beige foam. Aroma is fig, smoke, chocolate, coffee?, bread, toffee, a bit of vanilla and tobacco. Great! Taste is wood smoke, so much smoke, chocolate, dark dried fruits (fig, raisin?), sweetish malts, toffee, char, and lingering smoke. Light bitterness. Medium body, nice soft/full carbonation. The smoke is a bit overwhelming in the taste, but overall this is surprisingly complex.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SzopPiwosz (185) - - DEC 29, 2014
Miedziane klarowne z obfitą, beżową pianą. Zapach to rewelacyjne, intensywne nuty wędzone - intensywnie wędzonego sera, wędlin, ogniska. W smaku treściwa, zbożowa słodycz i wędzoność, przypomina kanapkę z wiejską wędliną. Ciało spore, nasycenie niskie. Goryczka średnia. /// Pours copper clear with big, beige head. Aroma is great and intensive smoked notes - smoked cheese, meat, fireplace. Taste is pithy, grainy sweetness and smoke. Reminds sandwich with smoked meat. Body is full, carbonation is low. Average bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - DEC 27, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikaLukanainen (131) - POLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Pours brown colour with a small and quickly fading head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is smoke, oak, caramel and a bit of coffee, though expected it to be stronger. Taste redeems the beer, offers a strong punch of bacon smokiness, chocolate, caramel and a note of walnut leaves. Medium sweet, oily texture allows the beer to linger for a while on the palate. A big surprise, expected it to be... demanding in taste but it proved to be really easy-drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Giochaurand (157) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark with medium head. Aroma is smoked ham and malts. Taste is spicy, smoky, some hints of tar. Pleasant.


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