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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1331   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vogt5059 (30) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Poured out of a bottle Big smoke filled nose Small off white head that lingers leaving lacing on the glass Moderate to high carbonation Dark brown with ruby tints Taste is smokey malt sweetness that is smooth on the finish with just enough smoke that lingers in the after taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1232) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 23, 2014
Clear brick red with a massive head. Good carbonation. Aroma is bacon and wood smoke. Followed by a surprisingly crisp, light malt. It’s biscuity and bready after a heavy dose of campfire. Agitating it lets the sweetness really break out. The aroma has the same familiar elements: first the smoke, then a sweet, lagery malt, and then more smoke on the back of the tongue. Just great. The feel is smooth but not slick, substantial but not thick, dry but not ashy. I would say drink about half a bottle, or have it as a shot with my bacon and eggs.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1793) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2014
.5L bottle into wrong glassware because you’re not doing the dishes. Nose is, "ew, this smells like a fire" per my wife. I understand how the finish may be a turn off, but over all this is pretty darn good. It’s as though a lager is screaming in desperation to get help behind locked doors. Drink only if you like smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5705) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 23, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv rauchig, Schinken, leicht röstmalzig. Geschmack rauchig, würzig, geräucherter Schinken, klasse!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ST247 (181) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
50cl bottle @home. Pours dark brown with an off-white, creamy head. Overwhelming smoked aroma, bit like bacon. Taste is bacon, caramel, bit sweet, smoked but not as dominating as the aroma would suspect. Actually an interesting beer, not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABT_S54 (101) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
500cl bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours an almost black liquid with a foamy off white head. Taste is malt and sweetness. The smoke is not too evident to start but once swallowed there is little else coming through other than smoke. Very much an acquired taste but one that I haven’t got. Very good for its style but just a little too heavy going but glad I tried it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cantabrian (764) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2014
Aroma and flavours of good quality English bacon and a dram of Laphroaig. Poor appearance, with not much of a decent head. I thought the Maerzen one was a bit thicker on the palate. Still, a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (380) - CROATIA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours brown with brownish head. Smoke aroma and flavor. Malty caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (890) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
500ml bottle from Berlin Bier Shop. Probably the smokiest Schlenkerla with the biggest flavours, but even so it’s blended so well with such a smooth mouthfeel that it’s so easily drinkable. Smoky bacon dominates with a meaty juiciness, moderate bitterness and some ash and charcoal wafting about. Tastes like a meal in a glass. Great stuff!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10104) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy smoked aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Some bacon notes. Average moderate bitter finish. OK balanced smoked. Oily palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (276) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Flasche von Grabsch, Berlin-Lichterfelde. - Tiefstes Kastanienbraun. - Nase von geräuchertem Schinken. - Die schwere Süße von dunklem Malz ist harmonisch verbunden mit kompromißlosem Raucharoma und erdig-holzigem Hopfen, der tatsächlich Aroma spendet, nicht nur Bittere. Mild rezent. Wuchtiger hopfenaromatisch-bitterer Abgang. - Malzsüße, Rauch und Hopfen in vollendeter Harmonie - ein großartiges Rauchbier. - Mein Exemplar, kurz vor Erreichen des MHD (April 2014) getrunken, hatte schon eine ganz zarte stechende Säure, Anzeichen des beginnenden „Umkippens“ und eine Erinnerung, daß auch Bockbiere nicht zur Lagerung bestimmt sind. Ein Winterbock ist eben kein Maibock ...


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