Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1471   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (425) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast that is slightly darker than their Marzen variant . Good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note over a slightly sweet base. Medium body with a creamy slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Compared to their Marzen variant, Urbock has slightly less head characteristics, slightly more carbonation and more body and texture. The superb flavor profile is even more outstanding in that it obtains a higher degree of balance by being slightly sweeter and coats the tongue with a slick layer of bacon like smoke. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a campfire bacon like smoke over a moderately sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note as it effervesces. The finish is less dry than the Marzen, somewhat crisp, slightly sweet and leaves you with a touch of dark fruit and a lingering smokiness as if you’ve sitting around a campfire. World Class and ever so slightly better than the Marzen variant.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzombie (422) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pours dark brown with a hint of amber and a rapidly fading off-white head. Aroma is smoked meats and malt. Taste is smoky campfire wood, tar, cured meats and a touch of darkfruit with a bitter hop finish. Very smooth. Low carbonation. I prefer a few of the other rauchs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (422) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a medium, short lived, beige head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a nice smoky note. Sweet roasted malt flavour with caramel, oak and a smoky, dry, bitter finish. Full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Nice and well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (419) - PORTUGAL - MAR 2, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 22B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch LVP. AROMA: intense smoked aroma of burned wood and coal. sweet caramelized malt on the background but overpowered by the smoked aroma. clean lager profile. APPEARANCE: dark ruby color and translucent. average ivory head with average retention. TASTE: slight caramelized and sweet malt flavour with a prominent burnt wood character. faint toasted bread. medium-low bitterness with a semi-dry finish. no hop flavour. PALATE: medium body with average carbonation. no astringency. OVERALL: a nice smoked bock, a bit unbalanced on the aroma but good on the flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvanFriend (417) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (409) - Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2012
For this style, I love the aroma of BBQ and campfire. Very dark red body and bubbly head. This is very unique style, and of the smoked beers i have had previously, the "smokiness" was usually overwhelming or otherwise unpleasant. This beer, however, has a great balance of light bitterness, smokiness and malt.

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