Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edwardbass (589) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Dark brown color. Aroma is, well, smoke...duh...a wood smokiness. Taste is strong smoke at first, but after a few sips the smoke becomes less in your face. Sweet, malty, thin-to-medium mouthfeel. Very enjoyable beer, though not the kind I want to drink often.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"thanks John - this was an exquisite beer. the smoke is anything but subtle, more aggressive than i was expecting, but not overpowering. rich malty tones and a super smooth finish. love it!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (2226) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2014
Enjoyed fresh on tap@source, 12/2013, bottled 2014 and aged (1yr, bb10/2014). Gorgeous ruby-edged jet black with thick, pillowy beige crown. Delicately sweet and peated aroma of vaporised, smoke-charred BBQ ribs on a fir bonfire: the perfume version. On draught the nose is rich, dense, dry yet caramalty, bottled some oak shines through, whereas aged it is all oak, branches, earth. Taste draught: harmoniously rich and creamy, a meaty, caramelised marshmellow. Bottled slightly slimmer in body, with more tannins and twig-like wood components shining through over a bockish sugarbelly. Stellar when fresh and on tap in season, impressive and still sessionable bottled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (297) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Aroma of beef jerky, bacon, roasted cereal grains. Appears clear reddish dark brown, minimal pale caramel foam. Tastes of roasted malted barley, some caramel, sweet and mostly bitter. Overall, great aroma, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (540) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark black purple. Thin. Strong woodsmoke/bonfire nose. Tastes of smoke blended with a sweet malt character--almost sugary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BagerPL (117) - - SEP 13, 2014
Idealne piwo dla kogoś kto chciałby spróbować piwa wędzonego. Wyznacznik stylu. Dużo kiełbasy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2108) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
500 ml bottle. Super gusher - minus one point. Pours a red mahogany with light head and lots of suspended sediment. Strong aromas of smoked bacon. Strong flavors of hickory smoke, sweet malts, liquorice and sweet dark fruit. Balanced for a smoky but overly smoked for something sensible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - SEP 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-25-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a color brownish copper color with some light ruby highlights seen shinning through. Upon pouring there is a two finger tan colored head that has a about a 3 min retention time before fading and leaving some light lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – Big on the smoke and the char with some undertones of brown bread and caramel. There are also aromas of char and some meaty smells mixed within giving it a nice campfire like aroma. Taste – The taste of some darker malts as well as a nice strong smokiness are initially present upfront. Some lighter dark fruit flavors mix with these giving it a moderately taste. The sweetness intensifies a bit as some flavors of caramel come to the tongue. A salty flavor joins the mix more toward the end while the beadier and malty flavors begin to fade. IN the end with the smokiness increasing slightly, a cured but moderately sweet smoked taste is left on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to just above average side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is overall rather average, both suiting well the blend of smoky and sweet. Overall – Lightly sweetened BBQ taste in a glass here. Roasted, smoked with a bit of char, sweet and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (891) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Aroma is very smokey like a campfire. Hints of hickory, peperoni, light spiciness and rich malts. The taste is rich caramel and almost chewy malts. A well balanced bitterness is found here finishes smoothly. The smokiness definitely lasts to finish but that is a good thing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hop2Clancys (6) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014 does not count
WOW!!! The best way of describing this beer for me would be when you are near a bonfire and you smell your cloths when you get home. Amazing smokey smell and flavor with hints of bacon

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