Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1558   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bier_Klaus (72) - - DEC 14, 2015
Ich trau’ meinen Augen nicht, ich als Rauchbierliebhaber habe den Urbock noch nicht getrunken oder zumindest noch nicht bewertet. Skandal! Rubinrot und blank fließt er ins Glas, bedeckt von einer gelbbraunen, sahnig dichten Blume. In der Nase ist der Bock leicht süßlich aber auch Schinkenaromen sind dabei. Der Einstieg beginnt vollmundig und wenig rezent. Der stabile Malzkörper bietet eine starke Restsüße, die die Raucharomen perfekt einbindet. Der Körper ist cremig und weich, die süß-rauchigen Aromen bilden eine Geschmackskombination, die den Rauchbierfan jubilieren läßt. Dafür gibt es nur ein Wort: perfekt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2802) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
Draught at WilliamK. Dark brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with smoke, peat, nuts, roasted malts, dark fruits, oak and a bit of coffee. Bitter finish with smoke, peat, roasted malts, coffee and oak. Exquisite smoked beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artyom (948) - Osijek, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2015
0.5l bottle. Dark brown color with tanned head. It’s great beer with so much smoke character in both aroma and taste. Medium to full body. I will definitely try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (219) - SPAIN - DEC 11, 2015
UPDATED: APR 1, 2016 Mucho mejor q su hermana Märzen, mucho más compensada y redonda. Color marrón ruby muy oscuro con espuma beige. Ahoras ahumados predominantes q no saturan, fondo a tostado, regaliz, melaza, salsa de soja...sedosa, carbo media y pegajosa. Dulce medio alto aunq bastante compensado con esos lúpulos europeos y el estilo lager. Final equilibrado entre dulce, seco, amargo y ahumado. Muy buena.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vogelweide (22) - FINLAND - DEC 10, 2015
I tasted this beer in the original Schlenkerla pub in the Old Town of Bamberg, on a beautiful spring evening, years ago... That was one of those moments that go me into the world of craft beers. Much better and more complex than the regular Märzen. Full bodied, silky mouth feel. Beautiful caramelized malts, with a slight hoppy present in the background. Actually not as smoky as Märzen, or maybe here the overall balance with other elements is more pronounced. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (2026) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle from Biercab shop. Dark brown colour with tan head. Smoked, caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel, smoked taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hikeg (248) - - DEC 2, 2015
Average, fizzy, pink, mostly diminishing head, fair lacing. Normal, medium brown body. Heavy malty aroma, with notes of bread, roasted, nutty, molasses, milk chocolate and mild coffee. Light hoppy aroma, with notes of grass. Moderate yeasty aroma, with notes of leather, earth and broth. Notes of smoke, tar and soy sauce. Moderate sweet, light bitter and moderate acidic initial flavor. Average, moderate sweet, light bitter, light acidic and salty finish. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Light alcoholic, light astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1652) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Pours an amber brown color with a khaki head. Smoke, caramel, toffee, toast and biscuit aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a smoke and biscuit finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (4267) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2015
Old rating rerated 21.11.2015, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is campfire, shed, smoked ham, minerals, caramel malts, smoked malts, grass, dark sugar. Taste is smoked malts, minerals, campfire, shed, smoked ham, grass, paper, weeds, caramel malts, old rope. Medium bitterness, smoked mineraly mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBHansen (698) - Køge, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
Draught @ Fermentoren w friends/chef+US. Appearance: pours clear red-brown with powerful creamy beige head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, oak, smoke and some ripe fruits. palette strong malty and smoky aroma, average carbonation, medium to full body, notable sweetness, somewhat balanced by an average bitterness, medium to long duration and a watery texture. Overall: very nice smoked sweet bock

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