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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1392   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.


albinotron's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2013
I like this beer. I’ve had smokey beers I’ve loved and those I’ve hated. Usually it depends on the intensity of the smokiness. This is light, most of the smoke being in the nose and the finish. Very nice dopplebock-like malt flavor, slight hop bitterness, but barely noticeable. Nose is sweet malt and, of course smoke. Medium-bodied mouth-feel.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle at Bierstube in Philly. Clear dark chestnut pour with a weak off-white head. Bottle is likely towards a year old. Dark woody caramel malts. Good amount of smoke in the mix. Both well burnt and strangely juicy. Coffee, cocoa and roasted nuts. Dark rye bread. This bottle started out way too cold and took a lot of warming to bring out the deeper flavors. Ends up being richly complex. Ultimately (to me) feels like a milder version of the Mikkeler Weasel which (again to me) is one of the greatest dark beers in existence!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtu71 (99) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Tap. Brownish head, some lace. Red black. Smoky, roasted malts, sweetness and bitterness in good balance. Strong and smooth.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
peponi (430) - POLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Aroma: roasted notes, intensive smoked notes. Appearance: clear brown color, nice beige head. Taste: low bitterness, intensive smoked notes, some sweetness, roasted malts, roasted caramel. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: An icon in this style, recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2249) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Bonfire night beer. Bottle from beersofeurope. Ruby brown beer with medium foam head and good lacing. Aroma of smoked sausage and bavarian cheese. Taste is smoked sausage, dry malts, smoked oak and bacon. Medium bodied. Excellent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (237) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast that is slightly darker than their Marzen variant . Good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note over a slightly sweet base. Medium body with a creamy slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Compared to their Marzen variant, Urbock has slightly less head characteristics, slightly more carbonation and more body and texture. The superb flavor profile is even more outstanding in that it obtains a higher degree of balance by being slightly sweeter and coats the tongue with a slick layer of bacon like smoke. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a campfire bacon like smoke over a moderately sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note as it effervesces. The finish is less dry than the Marzen, somewhat crisp, slightly sweet and leaves you with a touch of dark fruit and a lingering smokiness as if you’ve sitting around a campfire. World Class and ever so slightly better than the Marzen variant.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kleurplaatje (42) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2014
Pours amber/brownish with a thick beige head. Aroma is very smoky. Bacon, caramel, honey, sugar... Particular smell. Reminds me of the better breakfasts. Gets me hungry. Taste is much in line with the aroma. Strong smoky taste, bit like the smoked sausages or the ’paling’ we have here in The Netherlands. However, the smoke indeed gets less in your face after a while, which creates room for the other flavors that this beer encompasses... Clear taste of the caramel as well, sugars, some dark chocolate, bit of wood, some fruits as well... Bit bitterish in the end. Astonishingly good actually. Really tasty. I like this. Smooth mouthfeel, creamy, soft carbonation... Didn’t know what to expect after hearing about this smoked beer. But I’m glad that I haven given it a shot. Wonderful rich beer. Meaty, sweetish, full beer, that would do fine with some nice pork chops. Great, great, great brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (755) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2014
500 ml bottle. Lovely ruby red color topped by a thick rocky beige head with clinging lace. Wonderful smoky malt aroma reminiscent of a woodsy campfire. Upfront their are notes of bittersweet chocolate, charred wood and burnt raisins. Mid taste brings dark sweet caramel and smoked malt. This is a complex brew that drinks smoothly. Bitter hoppy finish complements the smokiness nicely. Wow, this is a classic and certainly the best smoked beer I have ever had. A must have.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedevilsfan (177) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Think lagers are boring? Try this one. Aecht specializes in smoked beers. This Urbock has a nice creamy white head with some lacing. Color is very dark ruby/brown. The aroma is one of smoked bacon, some maple, caramel. The taste is smoked malts, very little hop profile is very slight, but present.This is Urbock and has some of those tastes to it, caramel, little toffee, but the smoked flavor just amps it up about 3 notches.Drinking this makes me feel like I am Germany. I could drink a ton of this stuff. Experience it, even if you don’t like Oktoberfest beers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imaril (30) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2014
Smells of wood smoke and banana and light tobacco. Pours a dark translucent Brown with fine tan head. Tastes of smoke, molasses, savory licorice, banana, and more smoke. All this with a short sharp bitter finish. Surprisingly syrupy in the mouth feels rich and smooth. Really delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (917) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle poured in a dimpled pint mug. A: Pours a deep dark amber to brown color forming a medium beige head. Medium to low retention and lots of lacings left S: Very particular. Very smoky as expected. Bacon. Roasted malts, honey, brown sugar T: As the nose, very roasted and smoky. Bacon, honey, roasted malts, smoked wood. Sweet candy/brown sugar upfront. Sweeter than the Marzen version. End is roasted bitterness M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Roasted bitter aftertaste O: Excellent beer, excellent drinkability. The best Rauchbier ever! :) [ BA Review @ 4/21/2012 ]


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