Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1407   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tbopslt (350) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Overwhelming aroma of wood fireplace at first, then a smoked sausage aroma. No visible head, and no lacing. Taste is very smoky. Cant really discern any other flavor. Lingers on the palate. Might work with the proper food pairing. Certainly not a drinkable beer in my opinion. Reviews please bear in mind that smoked beer probably is not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is salted meats, campfire, and some maltiness. Flavor is very complex. Smoke almost dominates, but there are enough hops, spicy clove notes, and caramel malts to keep it in check. The finish is sweet, and the smoked meat flavor lingers here. The mouthfeel is very creamy and filling. A winner. Revisited 8-8-08 Same notes as before, but comparing with the Marzen, this has much more meat. Lots of bacon, ridiculous bacon, and a little less campfire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4/16/05 500ml. San Francisco.Amber brown with minimal off white head. Ususal prominent smokey aroma. Smoother than the marzen with the bigger malt profile. Very Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2008
500ml. the color is tawny red brown. short lived off white head. robust smoke aroma was anticipated, but caramel malt is also noticed. just a hint of sweetness in the back. not as smokey as the marzen. excellent balance. just the right amount of biiteness to keep the sweet malt in check, smoke is present but not detracting. good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerbarella (343) - - NOV 13, 2012
500 ml bottle. Great smokey taste. One of the best beers Iíve tried. But the aftertaste is a bit too bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Dam this is tasty shit. Smells of smoked salmon and maple bacon. Pours with little head, copper/burnt orange color with some cloudiness. The aroma alone is enough for my score. but the taste all the way to the party this stuff has on my palate is just delicious. good thing i stocked up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
R2k2 (338) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2014
A darkbrown / dark red beer with quite a firm layer of somewhat brown foam. A nice smoked aroma which reminds me of smoked salmon. This goes on into the taste, accompanied by something which resembles some sort of licorice or other sweetness. The aftertaste is subtile bitter, and hangs around for a while. Een donkerbruin, donkerrrood bier met een vrij stevige kraag, lichtbruin van kleur. Een lekker rokerig aroma dat doen denken aan gerookte zalm. Dit gaat zeker in de smaak mee, maar samen met iets dat lijkt op drop. Subtiele bittere nasmaak die even blijft hangen.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUL 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 I think Iíll stay away from this style. Very dark red/black with a small head and very little lacing. Smells like burning charcoal. Tastes like the ashes at the bottom of my barbecue pit with the remnants of burned charcoal and juices of pork and beef that dripped down and are now starting to become rancid. Traces of oak, as well. Iím sure there are many that will consider me to be a cretin, but this ainít my style. Donít like beer that tastes like charcoal ashes. Sorry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 7, 2006
Beef Jerky, Smoked Bacon and Plastic. Medium hoppiness, salty dry palate. I tried having some smoked sausages with no improvement. Smells like a next day cold grill or chimeny. Aftertaste of burnt plastic and ashes. Iíd rather have a cigarette.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
500ml. bottle from Trinity Liquors in Spring Hill, FL. Pours an opaque dark brown with a very thin white head. Aroma is strong smoked sausage, bacon, and campfire. Flavor is malty up front and fades to smoked meat, charcoal, and liquid smoke. Medium mouthfeel...warm/smoky aftertaste. Its pretty damn good...unlike anything else...its definately worth a try.

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