Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
(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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Smokey fireplace chocolate aroma.Mellow smokey chocolate malt oak flavour.Slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 Mappazza affumicata, con troppo corpo, sbilanciata, non mi è piaciuta per nulla.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Pours a dark reddish-brown with big light brown head with large bubbles and good head retention. Aroma intense with beechwood smoked malt, which tends to give it a bacon like aroma. Beautiful flavor. The maltiness of the bock beer and the smoke balance out perfectly. Moderately carbonated. I like this one better than the other Schlenkerla rauchbiers, probably because this one is a bock and it balances better. Very nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suedehead288 (426) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2012
2012.11.08 - bottle 50cl - dark brown - nose : smoke, charcuterie/bacon - mouth : smooth, smoked malts, bacon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Clear brown pour with little off white head. Intense smokey aroma, roasted malt, reminds me of bacon drenched in maple syrup. Similar taste, smoky up front and smoky all the way through to the bitter end. Medium bodied. Smooth and easy to drink, a higher abv version of this would kick ass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Dark pour, but not opaque. Large tan head. Aroma, smoke with a little tang. Each of their beers has a distinct pork product aroma. This one is BBQ pulled pork. Slight malt finish balances it well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (423) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2011
Quite light in colour for a porter, though still a dark red/brown. The aroma has an immediate impact - feels like a smokehouse full of hams! I have no other way to descripe it other then drinking a smoked ham. The taste is that abrubt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvanFriend (423) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Heavy smoke flavors dominate this beer, tastes almost like bacon. Incredible beer, not quite as good as the Eiche but certainly close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours a dark brown color with a small, tan head. Big smoked aroma, with more smoked meat than the brewery’s other offerings. Starts out a touch sweet, the smoked malts are very pronounced in this bock. Smoked, spiced meat is the name of the game here. Slightly bitter, dry finish. Best of the bunch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle at the Pig’s Ear Festival, London: Crystal clear mahogany. Plenty of smoke here, let’s make no mistake about that. I found the nose to be a touch salty, and not unlike that of a peice of wood that has been on the fire before being doused by muddy water. In the mouth a prominent sweetness sits under a ceiling of heavily smoked meat. However, the sweetness quickly dissipates, leaving a crisp smokey aftertaste that has astounding length. I can think of few beers that are so perfectly suited to hearty winter meat-based dishes. Just lovely.

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