Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1358   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Bottle. Dark brown color with a off-whrite head. Aroma it smoke and sweet malt. Flavor is smoke, caramel, sweet in first mothfull second less smoke third is just vey nice a smoth bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
66 cL bottle (shared with faroeviking). Dark with ligth brown head. Sweetness and smoke in a nice blend. Soft and well balanced, it doesn’t feel like a bock. Slight bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29144) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
A clear red beer with a nice but collapsing brown head. The aroma is nicely smoke - obviously from beechwood - with notes like tar and rope on an old sailship in summertime. The flavor is sweet and quite smoke, though not as extreme as I had expected, it also has notes of caramel, wood, toffee, as well as hints of coffee. A very complex flavor. The end is quite smoked, roasted, and dry. The mouthfeel is very well rounded. I must admit I had expected more - but it is a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark mahogany with an orangey glow. Handsome, creamy beige head leaving a pretty lacework. Marked, smoky nose. Sweetish, full body with lots of roasted malt and caramel. But everything here is completely overpowered and drowned in fat, smoky flavours. No vague hints of smoke here, this is the real McCoy - a hardcore smoked. Hoppy finish. 180106

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2005
Bottled. Clear brown coloured with a huge beige head. Smokey aroma with notes of wood. Sweet flavour of malts, smoke, wood and hops. I don’t like smoked beers, but after 4 days in Bamberg with decent german lagers and smoked beers, I’m appreciating beers like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20239) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper colour with big beige head, lacing. Aroma of smoky wet wood. with sweet hints. Sweetish caramelly flavour at first which turns into strong smokish wooden malty flavour in finish. Pleasant palate and overall too very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19221) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
Big beer! Lots of malt, smoke and alcohol. Lingering sausage like smokey flavour. This beer is not exactly allabout balance, it’s about new taste experiances.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2005
Dark brow colour with a think longlasting tan head. Very smokey aroma. Flavor is malty and lots of smoked meat. Very well balanced. Malty and woody finish with a smokey aftertaste. A lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14454) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2010
2nd December 2008. Clear dark red brown beer. Very mild cream head. Fresh clean strong malt followed by a smoky finish. Not smoky dry and therefore quite palatable. It also has a toffee fruity undertone. One of the better smoked beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fiulijn (14340) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2013
2013-11-13, bottle bb Apr 2011, 3 years old, 9-5-9-4-19=46
The aroma is a complex mix of malt, caramel and smoke, that takes some time to fully develop. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; the dark caramel is lean, and perfectly blends with the harsh smokehouse character, the woody tones, and the light residual sweetness; correct bitterness, but some of it comes from the darker malts; if one thing, it may start showing light signs of oxidization in the end.
Heavenly beer.

2012-04-24, draught at Fermentoren, Copenhagen, 6.9% ABV, 10-5-10-5-20=50
Dark brown color, with red shades; creamy head. The aroma, surprisingly, is very peaty, almost like an Islay whiskey. The carbonation is soft, allowing to the caramel and malt to fully develop in the mouth, then tangle with the smoke and residual sugars; in the flavor the smoke has nice accents of wood, fireplace and ham. Saying that the balance is perfect would be in understatement.
Could easily be the best beer in the world.

2011-12-09, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-8-4-18=45
Dark mahogany color, with fiery red beams and beige creamy head. Fat smokey aroma, like the best smoked ham, infinite, balanced. Good body structure, with caramel and toasted malts flavor, chocolate, apparent subtle sweetness, good smoke; a bit metallic, and drier in the end, with weaker body than usual. Great, but missing the greatest vibe that used to go with it.

2011-02-25, bottle, bb 2011-07, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Dark brown color; generous creamy head.
Fat smokey aroma, sausages, fresh wood, some firewood too; creamy, powerful, harmonious.
Bold mouthfeel, strong flavor of caramel, malt, and smoke of course; firewood; there is a nice residual sweetness that I would like to see in every Rauchbier, both as a complement to the dark malts, and as complement to the body.
The bitterness is fairly strong; in the final there is a nice touch of roasted malts.
Perfectly balanced, and powerful.

2010-11-26, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-8-4-17=44
Dark brown color, with red shades. Infinite smokeyness; pervasive aroma; definitively Schwarzwald sausages; very late, some cold burnt wood. Good body strength, lean structure, with good caramel flavor (but not lasting enough); lovely smokeyness; the final is good, with some cereals, smoked, but somehow ordinary, not too long.

2009-11-27, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-9-4-19=47
Deep mahogany color with red hue; creamy head. The smoke aroma is a world apart, with memories of smoked salami first, of burning wood later. Medium bodied, it carries a rich chocolate and gently roasted malts flavor, caramel, with a strong smoke presence and a sugar veil that fits perfectly in the picture; lovely mouthfeel, smooth, fulfilling. The bitterness is not strong, there is some dark caramel instead; if anything, the roasted malt in the final is just a millimeter beyond my liking.
This beer is as close to perfection as I may ask tonight.

2006-02-08, bottle, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Mahogany color, clean, with a creamy cap. Strong smokey aroma, sweet, malty. Smooth, full bodied, sweet, malty, smoked; the final has a pretty strong and very good bitterness, aromatic hops, plus caramel and some sweetness. Lovely.

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