Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1327   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Clear dark red/brown pour with a creamy light tan head, good retention and lacing. Looks nice! I can already smell the smoke and my nose is about 2 1/2 feet away from the glass. Smells like campfire, bacon and band aid. Tastes like bacon wrapped smoked gouda balanced nicely by a subtle malty sweetness. Medium body, lively carbonation and no alcohol warmth. A delicious beer that is probably better when paired with the right food.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 On tap at Map Room in Chicago. Not into rauchbier (smoked beer) but decided to give it a try. Much more complex in aroma and flavor than other rauchbiers Iíve tried. Smelled and tasted like smoked bacon, with a clean aftertaste and decent body to back it up. After a few sips your taste buds get numb to the intense flavor and itís easier to drink after that. Definitely not a session beer, but interesting enough that Iím glad I tried it while it was available on tap. I imagine for people into smoked beers-- this one is an intense treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamah (213) - - JUL 18, 2013
Aroma is very smokey like bacon and a little peppery. It pours a very dark brown color with thin beige head. The taste is dominated by the smoke it starts sweet and gives way to some nice bitterness, the smokiness lingers on the palate for awhile. Probably one of the best smoked beers Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2011
50cL bottle at ōlbar in Copenhagen. Smells smoky with a bit of vanilla. Taste is smoky with a bit of licorice, chocolate and vanilla. Well balanced -- the smokiness is not overpowering but rather complements the rest of the beer. The finish is a bit dry -- otherwise very creamy. Full bodied with a bit of malt sweetness. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zomba (211) - Nokia, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark brown with some head. Smokey aroma and taste. Overall very good in my books.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BLADT (211) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
From bottle. Dark red, almost black. Smokey, sweet smell. Taste is chalk, ash and roasted malt. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Well, the smoke was indeed very powerful. It was also quite a different type of smoky flavor than the Cone Smoker, Rogue Smoke Ale, or any other Rauchbier Iíve tried. I got a definite grapey taste from the smoke. I donít know if I would call it a good taste, but it certainly did the job of concealing the alcohol behind it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Temptation (208) - - NOV 21, 2012
Bottled the day before. The typycal Schlenkerla aroma to smoke and bacon. Excellent retention, head and lace. In mouth, wood, smoked meat and a little trace of sweetness of a plum kind. Delicious, as usual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2008
pours a deep mahogany that is surprisingly clear for as dark as it is. gorgeous reddish tint to it, with a pretty thick creamy and cream-colored head, which lasts and lasts. wonderful smoky, meaty, woody, peaty smell to it. it’s like beef jerky without the beef. also, some distinct caramel notes, and even a bit of what seems like white grapes and pear. interesting. similar in the taste, but with some nutty malt and some spiciness that didn’t come out in the nose. again, very interesting. lightly bitter in the finish, with a lasting smoky aftertaste, and a great creamy mouthfeel. medium body, and a ton of carbonation. if you like rauchbier, this is a great one. not the best beer i’ve ever had, but a pretty exceptional example of the style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jessop (206) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2011
The most confronting beer Iíve ever tried. This brewerys reputation precedes it and the first beer can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. However if you can get past the first half glass or so this beer is very rewarding and as smooth as silk. This is one big beer with a stong personality and I admit that its not for everyone although I loved it...

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