Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
(First tapping every first Thursday of October) A smoked bock beer for Bambergs 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
Yes, it smells like smoked meat. I love smoked meat. Fuller than their Mrzen and a bit sweeter. Smoke, liqorice and a touch of hops. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Hazy, light brown body with a medium-sized, beige head. The aroma is hickory, mesquite, some beef jerky and toffee. The flavor is fairly sweet with caramel, toffee, raisins and a dense, aggressively sweet hickory smoke. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation. Definitely my least favorite of the Schlenkerla beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 This beer is jet black with a smokey aroma (duh). Underneath the smoke you can sense that the beer is malty. The flavor is similar, its heavy, smokey, malty, and a bit creamy. I personally find it very appealing, and on top of it the style is very unusual and worth trying at least once. Also, please dont be dissuaded by the multitude of people comparing its flavor to bacon or feta cheese, its not that overpowering

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4/16/05 500ml. San Francisco.Amber brown with minimal off white head. Ususal prominent smokey aroma. Smoother than the marzen with the bigger malt profile. Very Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1392) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 12 ounce bottle purchased at Crown Liquor Hollywood, FLFirst time we try smoky style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Choos (753) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2007
Aroma: initially very smokey. Gives way to a blend of smoke, sulphur and malt. Appearance: dark brown with red highlights, tan head and sudsy lacing. Flavour: sweet malty, a touch of carbon, smoke shows through with some light floral notes. Palate: thick, nicely carbonated with loads of balalncing bitterness and finishes smokey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Red-brown dark color with a very thin head. The aroma is the most amazing aspect; strong smoke and meat overpower the senses. This is my first rauchbier, so I dont have proper perspective, but Im very surprised to see that this beer adheres to the Reinheitgebot. The body is medium and the flavor is a subdued version of the aroma. Probably not the best session beer since the flavor and body arent so big, but perfect as a compliment to steak or sausage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2007
So this may be biased. I love smoked food, so this was very good. Sweet malt and mesquite on the nose. Spicy but smooth on the palate with lots of mesquite. Finish is strong and smokey. Very nice. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Urbock
Date: 03/30/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC

Dark brown with ruby highlights, whispy tan head, strong smoke aroma, rich malt flavor, touch of sweetness balanced by lots of smoke character, touch of earthy peat, upon warming it becomes a rich bock, slightly thin body, smoke aroma and character subsides a bit
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Date: 08/03/2002

lots of peat in the aroma in addition to the smoke,
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Date: 03/08/2007
Mode: bottle
Score: 3.8
Words: Blind Tasting

hazy dark ruby red, fine beige head, thick lace, huge smoked meat aroma, rich dry caramel malt flavor with lots of smoke but balanced by the malt, big enough body to contain all of the smoke, light earthy bitterness, a bit of sweetness comes and goes

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: **4
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 30, 2007
THOUGHTS: Oh, my God, this beer smells like beef jerky. A truly unique beer. I know there are others out there, but this is my first and I am amazed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brownish red with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate carmel malt and smoke. It smelled like beef jerkey and maybe some Bar-B-Q. sauce. The flavor was sweet and salty gaining a little sourness toward the average to long finish. It tasted like beef jerky and Bar-B-Q sauce some caramel and smoke. The medium body was somewhat syrupy with lively carbonation and a smokey finish.

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