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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.


Steeeve's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pours a dull chestnut color with an inch or so of khaki head. Oh, the aroma. Holy smokes! Pun intended, of course. Very smokey and sweet aroma tickles the nostrils in a way that makes say "Oh, that’s nice." Woody, campfire smoke mixed with caramel and brown sugar wafts so gracefully from my mug I can practically see it. If campfires smelled so good I’d find myself sleeping on dirt in a tent thrice a week. The flavor is much more subtle than the nose. Slightly dry, nutty, and smokey with no more than a wisp of noble hops to say Auf Wiedersehen! as the sip embarks on a perilous journey down your throat. The palate is robust yet quaffable, rating a perfect 10 on the Goldilocks scale of alcohol content vs. drinkability. Without resigning myself to hyperbole, I must unequivocally state that this is the most perfect beer ever crafted by humans or outer space aliens.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (359) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fisler (150) - GERMANY - MAY 13, 2015
Im Glas gewohnt dunkel, schöner Schaum, der im Shaker als kleiner Firn überbleibt. In der Nase, jaaa, Räucherschinken, muss man halt mögen, ich bekommt gleich Lust auf ne fränkische Brotzeitplatte. Im Trunk ist der Schinken nicht mehr so dominant, das Rauch,als setzt sich aber deutlich fort. Leichte Süße, dann deutlich bitter, langer Abgang, Holz, etwas Alkohol. Die wichtigste Mahlzeit des Tages.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cokolwiek11 (75) - - MAY 10, 2015
Dark brown beer clear with ruby reflekses, minimal white head dont last for long. Aroma: mainly smoked from beech wood (smoked ham, etc), some bock aromas in background (caramel, esters, etc). taste: a little bit of sweetnes, medium roasted bitternes, smoked, roasted malt, caramel. Medium to high carbonation, light to medium body. Overall: good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ghostbeer (41) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Smoke upfront. Smoke in the middle. Smoke on the finish. Medium body with lingering singed taste. Better with food (pulled pork) than on its own. Unique, but not for everyday or everyone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1011) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 25, 2015
Dark, brown color ;medium -size , dense , beige head. Aroma of smoked ham hits you from the start, with malty notes on the background. Taste follows the aroma, however , malt is more obvious. I like this strange style , but it is certainly not a everyday beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maro77 (52) - Ostrołęka, POLAND - APR 25, 2015
Butelka 0,5l. Silny aromat wedzonki. Takiej raczej szynkowej. Barwa ciemno brunatna i klarowna. Piana po nalaniu gesta, niestety dosyc szybko opadla, ale ladnie pozniej oblepila szklo. W smaku wedzonka juz bardziej ogniskowa poza tym skorka od chleba i suszone owoce. Goryczka niewielka a na jezyku dlugo zostaje wedzonosc. Swietnie sie pije tego klasyka.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2015
Dark, smoky, and strong, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock is one of the purest examples of a Smoked beer in an ever-widening style. Even though I’m new to the style, I’d be surprised if this wasn’t also one of the tastiest. Pouring a deep brown, Rauchbier Urbock has a good head and smell redolent of smoked meat and savory seasonings. Flavor is both malty and meaty. Basically, this beer is a carnivore’s best friend. Salty, smoky beef and pork would be the best matches. Honestly though, I can’t think of any grilled or smoked meat that wouldn’t be fantastic with this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (717) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle. A- Smoke, woody, bacon, meat. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, light brown head. T- Smoke, bacon, ham. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, meaty finish. O- Kind of what I was expecting. A ton of smoke and that meaty umami flavor. Like drinking a ham brine but not in a bad way. Certainly an interesting beer and not my favorite but it’s an easy beer to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeatyPete (481) - NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma of smoke and malt. Taste is spicy, medium sweet with a balanced smokiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
alteregoo (234) - POLAND - APR 14, 2015
Piana w szkle obfita, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, nie jest może bardzo trwała ale ładnie krążkuje. Barwa ciemno miedziana, klarowna. W aromacie oczywiście wędzonka, ogniskowo-szynkowa, połączona ze słodowością, likierem, suszonymi owocami i razowcem. W smaku lekka słodycz wigilijnego kompotu, ciemne pieczywo i silna wędzonka. Wysycenie dość niskie, goryczka nieduża, alkohol ładnie ukryty. W afterteasie nuty ogniska dość długo się utrzymują, aby w końcu zmienić się w aromat delikatnej beczki, dębiny, lekko muśniętej wanilią... Jak na kiełbasiano-oscypkową wędzonkę to muszę przyznać, że jest nawet przyjemnie. W porównaniu do wodnisto-pustego Rauchbooka od Kormorana, smakującego jak woda po parzeniu wędzonej domowej szynki, jest tu sporo ciała, fajna słodycz koźlakowa i bogactwo doznań. Mimo wszystko jednak trudno jest mi się przekonać go tego typu wędzoności - zdecydowanie wolę tą torfową.


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