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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
borisz (376) - - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Deep meaty smoke aroma with caramel in the background. Clear cola-colored with a thin head. Flavor is deep with caramel flavors that complement the smoke. More depth than most rauchbiers. Thick palate. Very enjoyable.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migwell (123) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2015
I lived in Bamberg many years ago, courtesy of Uncle Sam, and occasionally went to the ancient gasthaus where this beer is still served. Were the walls painted with bulls blood? Could be. Anywho, I was not particularly enamored of the rauchbier in those days and never had their Urbock until just now. This is a very palatable beer, with the meaty smokiness of rauchbier toned down by the darker malt. Poured into a squat tulip, smells smoky alright, looks dark reddish brown with a negligible head that does not persist. Good balance of flavors and not offensive at all to this aged vegetarian.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (1040) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Draught. Pours dark amber, solid white head. Aroma of campfire, ham, sausages with caramely and malty backbone. Very chewy aroma. In taste similar, very solid smokiness, medium to high sweetness finished with solid biterness. Medium to full body. Classic beer, still great.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewmetheus (13) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
The first smoked beer I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Other's can write the notes, a great treat to find on tap at the Three Boars Eatery in Edmonton AB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2126) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2015
Nice brew. Not as smoky as other Schlenkerla brews. Pours a light copper colour with a thin off white head. The nose is smoky, campfire-esque with a light toasted malt, a bit spicy. Not too smoky but a nicely balanced malt and smoke.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1274) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle at home, 9th July 15. Pours copper in colour, aroma is smoky barbecue, slight coffee, taste is slick smoke, caramel, vanilla, slight spice, sweet smokey caramel. Nice meaty smoked beast

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bg80 (52) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2015
From a bottle. Wow -- amazing smoked beer with rich mahogany color, some lacing of a thin white head. Smoky without being overly burnt or roasted. Sweet, smooth malty goodness. The epitome of a smoked beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cousin_Larry (643) - - JUN 7, 2015
(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
teddybeer (2809) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 31, 2015
Dark brown color with an off-white head with medium retention. Aroma has notes of smoke, burnt caramel and toasted malts. Flavor is wooden, toasty, slightly bittery with smoky notes. Creamy and smooth on palate with toasted malts and burnt wooden notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theOptimator (329) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Aroma is rich malty toasty bready with a pleasant but not overwhelming smokiness. Appearance is chocolate brown clear with small tan head that lingers. Taste is rich toasty smooth sweet malt with pleasant smokiness holding it all up and lingering in the finish. Bit of spiciness from the hops. Palate is medium+, crisp with lingering sweetness keeping the smoke balanced. Somehow manages a pleasant creaminess. Overall an excellent. beer. Without the smoke it is a fine Bock on its own. The smoke adds big depth. The most enjoyable smoked beer I have had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (448) - 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.


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