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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1375   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2013) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
On tap at London Drinker festival 2014, Kings Cross, London. A dark brown coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Smokey, soy sauce aroma. Tastes similar smoked bacon, malty, soy sauce, hint of dark fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8228) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes and Martinus @ weekly tasting. Dark brown color with a deep dark red glare coming through when held into the light, average sized tan head. Aroma is malts and heavily smoked. Taste malts, smoke, some bitterness. Average to medium body and carbonation. Quite nice imo, and I usually don’t like smoked beers at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4020) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Dark copper colour with a small to medium sized off-white head. Smells smoked, malts, hint of liquorice, ash. Tastes smoked, malts, some liquorice, ash, slightly tar. Thin to medium body, soft carbo.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (168) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 7, 2014
Absolutely great! Dark brown and clear appearance, little tick foam. Aroma of dozens of notes: smoked cheese, bread, cooked bacon and grass. Mouth of bread, roasted malts, smoked cheese with a great bitterness cutting the previous notes in the final. Complex and very drinkable in the same time! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lmastr (1) - Norma, ITALY - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
Great beer. It completely tastes like bacon, and smells like bbq sauce. Love it. Maybe has a too strong flavour to drink it with some food.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3088) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
Fra flaske, 50 cl. Mørkt mahogny brun med et lille, kortvarigt beige skum. Indbydende næse. Sødlig lejrbål eller nok nærmere charcuterie. Milde lakrids-noter. Zen-agtig balanceret smag mellem maltsødme og en mild, men vedvarende bitterhed. Let træ-agtige noter- Wauv. Indtil videre min favorit fra Aecht Schlenkerla.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jh773 (128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Smells like smoked pork -- brings back good memories of home. Only a hint of meat in the aftertaste; smoky flavors dominate, with a touch of hops. Pleasantly effervescent. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvanFriend (307) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Heavy smoke flavors dominate this beer, tastes almost like bacon. Incredible beer, not quite as good as the Eiche but certainly close.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
I’ve had this take on a “smoke beer” before. I don’t remember much in the way of the nuances but I do remember enjoying it. I had it while defiling a woman’s kitchen in Fairlawn, NJ. I was attempting to rewrite the physics books and fit 20oz of tomato bits and thick cream into a pot that had no business holding half that amount. I digress… I found this beer again at the West Over Market in Arlington VA where every beer is gratuitously inflated. This didn’t stop me. When I opened it the beers froth erupted from the top and only stopped when I poured it into my glass. The initial head is impressive albeit short lived. Aroma itself is a feast, a cornucopia of rich and malty aromas. This beer is robust. Bacon, campfire smoke laced with oak and maple make this a righteous beer to sip on. It reminds me of crisp winter nights sitting next to the fire pit till 4am. Versatile beer when it comes to food pairings. Optimal pairing would be with a glazed Cornish game hen and a significant other. Thoroughly impressed with this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockey9930 (89) - - FEB 23, 2014
Reddish brown with a thin bubbly off white head. Very strong aroma of smoky maple bacon. Pure smoke up front, rich sweet malt, nuts and maple. Very little bitterness, almost no hop flavor. Medium body, heavier than I expected.


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