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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Unfiltered tap at Bavarian Lodge’s Oktoberfest Cask & Keg fest, Oct. 1. Stouty black, stiff brown head in an 11 oz. goblet. Smell of bacon, gouda, and burnt barbecue wood. Smoked beer: you either love or you… you’re not a man. Makes you feels like you’re drinking some primordial beer found in old clay bottles in the back corner of a cave, behind the drawings of the sabre-toothed deer hunt. Don’t know what the difference is between this and the filtered, bottled version, guess just some yeast filtered out that can’t make itself felt over the big smoky malt power punch.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fules (339) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAY 18, 2016
Monumentális, a végtelenségig tartó hab, barna szín. Intenzív, füstös illat, de a háttérben felsejlik a maláta is. Komoly malátás alap, markáns füstös fedéssel. Utóíze a korty folytatása. Iszonyúan finom, testes sör.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nordic (388) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle 0,5. Dark brown color. Strong smoked aroma with bacon hints. Taste: many layers, smoked, sweet, also bitter, alcohol, warming. Interesting and good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (362) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle, bb 04/2015 (tasted 3.05.2016). Pours dark coppery, almost brown, clear, with dense, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of dark bread, sweet notes, smoked notes are very subtle. Taste is lightly sweet, with no marked bitterness. Medium bodied, very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (1011) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2016
Very dark but clear amber-brown with a rather large head. The aroma is loaded with smoke, some nice caramel and faint chocolate and roasted notes. The flavor is quite different, comes off like a campfire, with some caramel and burnt notes. There seems to be a little bit of wood on the finish as well. Starts sweet and finishes dry. Don’t think I could drink two of these in one month. Good though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (1193) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown producing a medium tan head. Unsurprisingly there is a load of smokey aromas here. From smoked ham to burnt leather. Some lightly toasted malts as well. Taste has a rich malty flavor along with the abundance of smokey notes. Light sweet but supremely balanced. Finishes on a light bitter note and leaves a lasting smoked ham flavor.Medium body and co2 levels.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1207) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - APR 13, 2016
Smells like someone diced up a good ham and dropped the pieces in a blender or the scent of the smoke from a fireplace wafting through the air on a cold winter night. Very dark Ruby color with a small tan head. Smoked salmon or pork hocks is what comes to mind first, rich, earthy, smokey, meaty..... a meal that you drink. One of the better Rauchbiers that I’ve had, seems odd to be drinking it in the spring on a balmy tropical island! I need some snow!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kampfar (88) - Münster, GERMANY - APR 6, 2016
From 0.5 L bottle. Pours clear & dark brown with a touch of red. It has a light-brown, creamy head. Aroma is heavily dominated by roasted malts with notes of dark bread. Initial flavor is light acidic and bitter with heavy smoky flavor. Finish is long and still heavily smoky. Was expecting a bit more deepness in the flavor. Palate is great with a full body, slightly creamy consistence and soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
commonmac (985) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
16.9 oz bottle acquired as part of Christmas beer package from an aunt. Consumed during Final Four with commonshawn. Aroma doesn’t hide what you’re about to consume...this is going to be a smoky one. Woods, smoke, hot dog, char...all come to mind. Off white, nearly tan head that dissipates in pretty quick order. Dark brown cola in color. Taste reinforces the smoky notes found on the nose. Smoked meats and a lingering bitterness in the finish. Maybe a light sweetness someplace in there but it’s minimal. This is definitely not my style but I can understand how this one would be viewed as a better than average rendition. Appreciate the relatively clean finish and commitment to the earthy, smoky characteristics.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonshawn (989) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 16.9oz bottle with commonmac during final four. Dark brown with medium white head. Smells like spiced smoke, like a hot dog. Sweet, malty, smoky, spicy, smoke finish. Taste more palatable than the aroma. Medium oily body. Not my style, but probably a really good version of a smoke beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2149) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Clear brownish pour with some red hues and a firm head. Notes of camp fire, smoke, sweet malts, caramel and some light grains.


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