Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1409   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.

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   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (396) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikaLukanainen (38) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Giochaurand (93) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1582) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber color with a medium sized frothy beige head. Aroma of ham, smoke, oak and roasted malt. Sweet and medium bitter taste. Medium body. A bit oily feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJoer (773) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2014
Medium mokka coloured head, dark brown colour, lots of smoke peated malts some yeast some sour touch, medium carbonation and medium spicey bitter some smoke coffee cacoa a bit creamy full body like texture well balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is smoky, woody, malty, taste is similar, dry, some chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
slawek (219) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle. Dark red, clear with big head. Aroma: Smoked, medium intense. Smoked cheese, some coffee. Taste: Sweet with low bitterness. Flavor of smoked cheese with sugar:D Mouthfeel is ok, but sweetness ruins effect. It is not rauchbock, it is süßrauchbock.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zaakistan (14) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Beautiful aroma - immediate scent of smoked salmon or smoked meat. Flavour is super balanced and very unique. Retention of head was steady, clear coppery brown beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogniskowicz (183) - POLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Zapach: przepiękna wędzonka, charakter skórki z oscypka, do tego nuty koźlakowe, suszone owoce, rodzynki. W smaku pełna słodowa baza, sporo suszonych owoców, nuty rodzynkowe, skórki od chleba z oscypkową wędzonością, wszystko świetnie zbalansowane i jak na koźlaka - bardzo pijalne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swieca (54) - POLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Nice smoky aroma - ham, sausage, smoked cheese. Pours dark brown with strong medium head. Taste of smoked meat, malty, earthy. A bit of iron in the background. Medium body, average carbonation. Classic Urbock.

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