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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours deep reddish brown. Smells sweet and really smoky. Tastes like smoked meats, campfire, sausage, sweet malty goodness and a strong bitter finish. Hell yes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickut (275) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown red with off-white head. Taste is relatively sweet, with a bit of bitterness and a sweet finish. Palate is full bodied and long. Aromas have roasted malt, smoky wood, caramel. Overall the smokyness covers almost everything, but in a smooth way not astringent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
Black with ligth brown head. Smoke in the aroma. Good balance between the smoke and the sweetness. Long lasting aftertaste. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bellco33 (273) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter: Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head, no lacing. Aroma of smoked, roasted malts, maybe a little nutty but the smoke definitely dominates. Taste is mildly sweet malt flavor, a little earthy, and lots of smoke. I mean lots, but it somehow isn’t overwhelming. Medium body, nice carbonation, really peaks when it warms up a bit. This is one of the best rauchbiers I’ve ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Very dark ruby red color and a super thick head. It has the aroma of a campfire...definitely smoked. Who ever said bacon was right on the money. One of the most interesting & surprising beers I’ve had recently.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - APR 21, 2009
Smoky aroma with notes of tar and salt. Taste is hellaciously smoky, very intensively so, drowns everything out. I really love this as well as the märzen, glad I can have this as a winter seasonal at least.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle BB 04/07) Malty, mild tar/smoke and hoppy aroma. Red brown colour, clear and average size, light brown, slightly lasting head with fair lacing. Slightly bitter, slightly tar (less than Märzen), sweet flavour with a hint of smokiness. Softly carbonated, medium to full-bodied and smooth palate. 10/11/06

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
This is one beautiful beer! Super dark amber, like a fine piece of antique furniture. An aroma like a old smoke house. Off white head. Very smokey malt flavor, not sweet. Medium thick mouth feel, slightly hoppy after taste. If you like Rauchbier you need to try this!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (256) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
This one is very similar to the Marzen classic, but I prefer it because it has a more complex taste. While it is still extra smokey I can taste a bit more of the oakwood and it was a bit more smooth. A little less sticky than the Marzen. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2007
So this may be biased. I love smoked food, so this was very good. Sweet malt and mesquite on the nose. Spicy but smooth on the palate with lots of mesquite. Finish is strong and smokey. Very nice. Love it!


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