Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (395) - GERMANY - FEB 8, 2014
Huge head, lasting long, almost black color, hints of ember. Aromas of smoked ham, campfire, malt, bread with hints of salt. Taste is defined by its huge, warm smokiness. This goes along with burned malts, also toffee and pine. Even more intensive and sweeter than the "Schlenkerla Märzen", but all in all quite similar, which is, in this case, not a bad thing. Smoked maltiness lingers on the tongue for a while, but not too intensive. Carbonation is well in balance with the overall medium-body, not too notable, adding up to a slightly too sweet and otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjollnir (391) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2011
500mL bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of smoked meats, a little malt and some dark fruit. Flavour of malt, some dark fruit, smoked and chargrilled meats and alcohol. Light-medium body, average carbonation and a slightly burnt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
Dark brown beer. The aroma is complex beachwoodsmoke with malt sneaking up. In the flavour the smoke is dominating, but the bock sweetness does it’s job leaving a full and balanced finish. It ends sweet and nice with the bitterness coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PabloZab (388) - Wroclaw, POLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Brunatna barwa, opalizujaca, przybrudzona piana, srednio trwala. Aromat srednio intensywny, wedzony (w?dliny). W smaku srednio tresciwe, wedzone, slodkawe jakby z nutami alkoholu co nie do konca mi pasuje i jest troche meczace na dluzsza mete.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
R2k2 (385) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (383) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby-orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy grey-tan head. Excellent head retention with head pooling on top in the middle. Nice lacing. Smell: Wow, the smoke aroma is incredible. It’s like a bonfire being used to cook bacon. There is an undercurrent of dark fruity sweetness in there too. Taste: Ashy taste up front reminiscent of the ash from an over-roasted marshmellow up front followed by a touch of dark fruit slipping through in the middle before ending with a strong punch of wood-fired smoke and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is sweetly smoky. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth. Drinkability: High drinkability. This would be perfect for a bonfire on a cool autumn evening. Overall: Excellent beer overall. I am new to the world of Rauchbiers, but I’ve liked what I’ve had so far. I don’t see how they can get much better than this. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with an average, off-white head. Smoky, BBQ bacon and beef jerky nose. Big time smoke dominates the flavors. Not getting much else out of it. I dig the smoke, but it definitely overwhelms anything else that might be there. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Malt forward with a bitter, smoky finish. Smoke lingers. Overall a nice beer, but I don’t think I could drink more than one bottle in an evening.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2002
Smells and tastes like Sunday breakfast! Smoked bacon comes through in a big way in the aroma and taste with a richer malt profile than the Maerzen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
clear burgundy and small off white head. strong rich aroma of smoked oak and earth. medium body with a frothy carbonation. strong campfire flavor with some toffee and spiced vanilla. smoke is overpowering, but in a good way. if you like smoke, doppelbocks, and bourbon then this beer is for you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
klm1 (379) - - APR 7, 2015
Black brown colour. Smell of a smoke, roasted malts and oak. Taste is for me unusual, namely I need almost half a bottle to get used of it. But is still strange for me with strong presence of smoked pork in aftertaste.

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