Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 Bambergís 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, thatís 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 Iíd 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maro77 (47) - Ostrołęka, POLAND - APR 25, 2015
Butelka 0,5l. Silny aromat wedzonki. Takiej raczej szynkowej. Barwa ciemno brunatna i klarowna. Piana po nalaniu gesta, niestety dosyc szybko opadla, ale ladnie pozniej oblepila szklo. W smaku wedzonka juz bardziej ogniskowa poza tym skorka od chleba i suszone owoce. Goryczka niewielka a na jezyku dlugo zostaje wedzonosc. Swietnie sie pije tego klasyka.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (551) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2015
Dark, smoky, and strong, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock is one of the purest examples of a Smoked beer in an ever-widening style. Even though Iím new to the style, Iíd be surprised if this wasnít also one of the tastiest. Pouring a deep brown, Rauchbier Urbock has a good head and smell redolent of smoked meat and savory seasonings. Flavor is both malty and meaty. Basically, this beer is a carnivoreís best friend. Salty, smoky beef and pork would be the best matches. Honestly though, I canít think of any grilled or smoked meat that wouldnít be fantastic with this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (688) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle. A- Smoke, woody, bacon, meat. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, light brown head. T- Smoke, bacon, ham. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, meaty finish. O- Kind of what I was expecting. A ton of smoke and that meaty umami flavor. Like drinking a ham brine but not in a bad way. Certainly an interesting beer and not my favorite but itís an easy beer to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeatyPete (460) - NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma of smoke and malt. Taste is spicy, medium sweet with a balanced smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
alteregoo (189) - POLAND - APR 14, 2015
Piana w szkle obfita, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, nie jest może bardzo trwała ale ładnie krążkuje. Barwa ciemno miedziana, klarowna. W aromacie oczywiście wędzonka, ogniskowo-szynkowa, połączona ze słodowością, likierem, suszonymi owocami i razowcem. W smaku lekka słodycz wigilijnego kompotu, ciemne pieczywo i silna wędzonka. Wysycenie dość niskie, goryczka nieduża, alkohol ładnie ukryty. W afterteasie nuty ogniska dość długo się utrzymują, aby w końcu zmienić się w aromat delikatnej beczki, dębiny, lekko muśniętej wanilią... Jak na kiełbasiano-oscypkową wędzonkę to muszę przyznać, że jest nawet przyjemnie. W porůwnaniu do wodnisto-pustego Rauchbooka od Kormorana, smakującego jak woda po parzeniu wędzonej domowej szynki, jest tu sporo ciała, fajna słodycz koźlakowa i bogactwo doznań. Mimo wszystko jednak trudno jest mi się przekonać go tego typu wędzoności - zdecydowanie wolę tą torfową.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlkmn (23) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 13, 2015
Smells like smoked ham, tastes like smoked ham, and thatís about it. Espresso notes on the palate. It makes you feel that youíve eaten lots of smoked meat - quite stomach-filling. Interesting beer that tastes better than it sounds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
klm1 (351) - - APR 7, 2015
Black brown colour. Smell of a smoke, roasted malts and oak. Taste is for me unusual, namely I need almost half a bottle to get used of it. But is still strange for me with strong presence of smoked pork in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cutitoutdave (53) - - MAR 31, 2015
UPDATED: APR 7, 2015 Pours very dark copper from bottle with sizable tan head. Aroma is insane - smoked wood, meats, even greasy/bacon smell dominating all the typical compounds. Tastes great, like a greasy Oktoberfest. Fairly standard mouthfeel for the lagers with light carbonation. Overall a truly unique and unforgettable style if you havenít had one before. Beef jerky beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yiannnos (1005) - , CYPRUS - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle. Amber colour. Heavy smokey and bacon aroma. Sweet, heavy smoke, bacon, delicious

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rxeight (1730) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
500ml bottle. Black as night. Itís obviously a smoked. Has a distinct smoked meat taste to it. Too much smoke for me.

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