Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1543   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.

Steeeve's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pours a dull chestnut color with an inch or so of khaki head. Oh, the aroma. Holy smokes! Pun intended, of course. Very smokey and sweet aroma tickles the nostrils in a way that makes say "Oh, that’s nice." Woody, campfire smoke mixed with caramel and brown sugar wafts so gracefully from my mug I can practically see it. If campfires smelled so good I’d find myself sleeping on dirt in a tent thrice a week. The flavor is much more subtle than the nose. Slightly dry, nutty, and smokey with no more than a wisp of noble hops to say Auf Wiedersehen! as the sip embarks on a perilous journey down your throat. The palate is robust yet quaffable, rating a perfect 10 on the Goldilocks scale of alcohol content vs. drinkability. Without resigning myself to hyperbole, I must unequivocally state that this is the most perfect beer ever crafted by humans or outer space aliens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (351) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle, bb 04/2015 (tasted 3.05.2016). Pours dark coppery, almost brown, clear, with dense, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of dark bread, sweet notes, smoked notes are very subtle. Taste is lightly sweet, with no marked bitterness. Medium bodied, very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (1007) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2016
Very dark but clear amber-brown with a rather large head. The aroma is loaded with smoke, some nice caramel and faint chocolate and roasted notes. The flavor is quite different, comes off like a campfire, with some caramel and burnt notes. There seems to be a little bit of wood on the finish as well. Starts sweet and finishes dry. Don’t think I could drink two of these in one month. Good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (1110) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown producing a medium tan head. Unsurprisingly there is a load of smokey aromas here. From smoked ham to burnt leather. Some lightly toasted malts as well. Taste has a rich malty flavor along with the abundance of smokey notes. Light sweet but supremely balanced. Finishes on a light bitter note and leaves a lasting smoked ham flavor.Medium body and co2 levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1206) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - APR 13, 2016
Smells like someone diced up a good ham and dropped the pieces in a blender or the scent of the smoke from a fireplace wafting through the air on a cold winter night. Very dark Ruby color with a small tan head. Smoked salmon or pork hocks is what comes to mind first, rich, earthy, smokey, meaty..... a meal that you drink. One of the better Rauchbiers that I’ve had, seems odd to be drinking it in the spring on a balmy tropical island! I need some snow!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kampfar (81) - Münster, GERMANY - APR 6, 2016
From 0.5 L bottle. Pours clear & dark brown with a touch of red. It has a light-brown, creamy head. Aroma is heavily dominated by roasted malts with notes of dark bread. Initial flavor is light acidic and bitter with heavy smoky flavor. Finish is long and still heavily smoky. Was expecting a bit more deepness in the flavor. Palate is great with a full body, slightly creamy consistence and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
commonmac (902) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
16.9 oz bottle acquired as part of Christmas beer package from an aunt. Consumed during Final Four with commonshawn. Aroma doesn’t hide what you’re about to consume...this is going to be a smoky one. Woods, smoke, hot dog, char...all come to mind. Off white, nearly tan head that dissipates in pretty quick order. Dark brown cola in color. Taste reinforces the smoky notes found on the nose. Smoked meats and a lingering bitterness in the finish. Maybe a light sweetness someplace in there but it’s minimal. This is definitely not my style but I can understand how this one would be viewed as a better than average rendition. Appreciate the relatively clean finish and commitment to the earthy, smoky characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonshawn (922) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 16.9oz bottle with commonmac during final four. Dark brown with medium white head. Smells like spiced smoke, like a hot dog. Sweet, malty, smoky, spicy, smoke finish. Taste more palatable than the aroma. Medium oily body. Not my style, but probably a really good version of a smoke beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (1913) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Clear brownish pour with some red hues and a firm head. Notes of camp fire, smoke, sweet malts, caramel and some light grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (2245) - SPAIN - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl. @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, España. A: Dark amber / Ambar oscuro. T/S: Roasted malt, smoked bacon, sweet / Malta tostada, bacon ahumado, dulce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mesjasz (712) - Lodz, POLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle. Clear copper color, big tan head. Aroma of smoke, smoked chesse, smoked ham. Taste is light bitter, light to medium sweet. Flavor of smoked ham, caramel, sugar. Medium to full body, soft to medium carbonation.

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