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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
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RATINGS: 1326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 (326) - 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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cantabrian (761) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2014
Aroma and flavours of good quality English bacon and a dram of Laphroaig. Poor appearance, with not much of a decent head. I thought the Maerzen one was a bit thicker on the palate. Still, a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (378) - CROATIA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours brown with brownish head. Smoke aroma and flavor. Malty caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
500ml bottle from Berlin Bier Shop. Probably the smokiest Schlenkerla with the biggest flavours, but even so it’s blended so well with such a smooth mouthfeel that it’s so easily drinkable. Smoky bacon dominates with a meaty juiciness, moderate bitterness and some ash and charcoal wafting about. Tastes like a meal in a glass. Great stuff!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10058) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy smoked aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Some bacon notes. Average moderate bitter finish. OK balanced smoked. Oily palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (275) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Flasche von Grabsch, Berlin-Lichterfelde. - Tiefstes Kastanienbraun. - Nase von geräuchertem Schinken. - Die schwere Süße von dunklem Malz ist harmonisch verbunden mit kompromißlosem Raucharoma und erdig-holzigem Hopfen, der tatsächlich Aroma spendet, nicht nur Bittere. Mild rezent. Wuchtiger hopfenaromatisch-bitterer Abgang. - Malzsüße, Rauch und Hopfen in vollendeter Harmonie - ein großartiges Rauchbier. - Mein Exemplar, kurz vor Erreichen des MHD (April 2014) getrunken, hatte schon eine ganz zarte stechende Säure, Anzeichen des beginnenden „Umkippens“ und eine Erinnerung, daß auch Bockbiere nicht zur Lagerung bestimmt sind. Ein Winterbock ist eben kein Maibock ...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (791) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Dark red/brown pour. Smells like roasted meat and campfire. Taste is all about the smoke with some nice malty goodness in the background. This is probably the smokiest beer I’ve had to date. Delicious!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
geologyguy (580) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2014
holy crap! smell is of smoked lox!! amazing!! smooth and smoky....malty more than anything...smooth like liquid smoked lox!! great! like no other beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BLADT (195) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
From bottle. Dark red, almost black. Smokey, sweet smell. Taste is chalk, ash and roasted malt. Well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (760) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle to tulip Aroma of wood smoke, oak, malt, and something sweet, similar to but not exactly, syrup or caramel. Dark red, nearly brown, with a long lasting creamy off white head. Taste is smoke, oak, lots of sweet malt balanced with a little bitterness. It’s very thick and creamy with maybe a bit of chalkiness. Wonderful beer...very refreshing and quite rich.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silvan7 (552) - Samarate, ITALY - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle from craft beer store Hamburg. Tamara carica, limpida con schiuma beige fine. Affumicato, caramello, cenere, malto e luppolo resinoso all aroma. Gusto dolce abboccato poco acida abbastanza amara da luppolo. Affumicatura intensa. Abbastanza calda, mediamente corposa appiccicosa e poco carbonata.equilibrata ed armonica


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