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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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RATINGS: 1563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(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

5
   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (3180) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with off white head. Smoky, caramelized meats, slight brown sugar, molasses aromas. Smoked, charred sausage, brown sugar flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4205) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2016
From a bottle in Atlanta. Clear dark brown body with a very good head. Very smooth, near full feel with pepper carbonation. Very smoky aroma and flavor but not quite to the level that would totally mask some dark bread notes. Overall: excellent for style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itsumishi (45) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2016
Scrumptious. Poured from a pint bottle. Pours a deep dark brown/red, almost black with creamy off white head. Somehow a big, big nose comes through that head and hits you with charcoal, ash, bacon, bourbon and general smokey barbeque notes. Like a big plate of slow cooked American ribs. Rich toasted malts and nicely balanced by a subtle but not subdued hoppy backbone. Definitely booze notes cutting through as well. Taste strong sweet, medium bitter and medium unami. Again very well balanced. Palate is medium to thick, a little viscous and creamy. I’m not usually into old world beers, but this is incredible.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerseyjohn71 (295) - corsicana, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2016
caramel, bread, chocolate, resin, black, clear, frothy, tan foam, lightly bitter, light sweetness, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long smoky after taste,,

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayaron (1344) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle 0.5l. Deep brownish-amber with brownish head. Very smoked aroma with notes of ash, spicy sausage, wood and salted snack. Bitter and spicy flavor with lots of smokiness, wood, sausage, salted snack, some fruitiness, sourish, quite long smoked finish. Full-bodied. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cajun (346) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle - Pours black, off white head, good lacing. Aroma of BBQ pit; campfire, smoked bacon. Rich smoky malt flavors, charred wood. Hops detected in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (1589) - ISRAEL - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a huge beige head. Aroma of smoked bacon, light earthy and roasty notes. Sweet, smoked, caramel, toasted bread, wood, roasty, light-medium bitterness. Medium-full bodied, smooth and balanced. Great beer, perfect with food.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2016
Kirkas, tummanruskea ja hieman punertava olut vaahtoaa todella runsaasti. Pitkäkestoinen vaahto jättää myös reilusti pilveilevää pitsiä. Tuoksu vahvan savuinen ja maltainen. Maussa savu korostuu entisestään höystettynä vahvalla palvikinkkuisella, leipäisellä ja maltaisella otteella. Melko täyteläinen suutuntuma, kevyesti hiilihappoja.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bitek (419) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 12, 2016
Intensywna szynkowa wędzonka, słodowość, spore wysycenie, dobrze zaznaczona goryczka. Smaczne, przyjemne, chociaż rauchmaerzen smakował mi ciut bardziej.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MetalMurphy (406) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 9, 2016
bottle @ hopfanatic (budapest) brown colour, rich body, average carbonated, smells like a smoked bacon, tastes like smoked bacon, malty, bit woody


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