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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.

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2.8
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle, courtesy the Mike man. Deep brown with tan head. Smells like a camp fire with some ham on the side. Flavor is initially a nice crisp-sweet malty bock, followed quickly by a blast of liquid smoke and pork. Full and creamy mouthfeel, with a sharp smoky aftertaste. I do love me some pork, but I think I’ll leave it on the side for now. Definitely not my thing, but interesting and fun to try. Thanks Mike!

4.1
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Reddish brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is smoky with some nice malt presence, but not overdone. Flavor is smooth, smoky and warming. Alot of campfire smokiness balanced with some tasty malt. Not overdone. Really nice rauch.

4
Hangover (1141) - oxford, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Brown body with nice red highlights and a thick, creamy tan head. Very earthy and thick smokey aroma. Rich, creamy body. Taste is of smoke and roasted malts. Finish reveals some caramel and a bit of sweetness. Bitterness into the finish along with a campfire smokiness. This is probably one of the best smoked beers I’ve had.

4.2
haukur (1970) - Kópavogur, ICELAND - OCT 10, 2007
smoked meat? goooood! smoked ham? goooood! smoked sausage? goooood!! I like this brewery a bit too much! I can drink this all day.

3.8
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
clear burgundy and small off white head. strong rich aroma of smoked oak and earth. medium body with a frothy carbonation. strong campfire flavor with some toffee and spiced vanilla. smoke is overpowering, but in a good way. if you like smoke, doppelbocks, and bourbon then this beer is for you.

4.6
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Pours a great clear deep red with a creamy white head. Smells like smoked ham on thanksgiving. obviously very smokey. Tastes heavily smokey, earthy, roasty, hard to explain. Some caramel sweetness still with lots of bitterness. Salty pork flavor. A very heavy body but still really well balanced. Beautiful.

4.2
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2007
This one looks great - an off-white head over a dark, reddish-brown body. I could smell the smoke from quite a ways away from the glass too. Up close, it is indeed, heavily smoked - it smells pure and natural too - like a campfire, indeed. The flavor is also quite good - fresh, earthy and very roasty. Some vanilla. That smoke flavor just lingers. It is smooth and well-rounded. Crisp and clean. Nice.

4.4
notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Another beer on the long list of "I can’t believe I haven’t rated it yet" beers - lovely brown pour with a creamy head - that unmistakable schlenkerla smokemalt aroma, with all it’s woody, earthy complexities is in this one in full force (probably the strongest smoke aroma out of all their beers), with a soft sweetness behind it that reminds me of roasting marshmallows over an open fire - smooth, creamy mouthfeel - smoky and woody, with a crisp bitterness that is surprising, but well-integrated - caramel and roasted nuts, with some caramelized sugar sweetness that the bitterness balances out well - long-lingering smoke and oak in the finish - I love this beer.

4.1
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle pour. Kind of smells like my clothes the day after being around a campfire. Hazy dark amber body with thin but dense off-white head. Great carbonation, some toastiness, and sweet roasted almond. Awesome mouthfeel, dry but almost creamy at the same time. Reminds me of smoked gouda at room temperature. Yum. I’m curious how distinct this is from the Maerzen.

3.7
BREWMUSKCLES (2719) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2007
the beer is creamy sweet and has a wonderful smokey sweet aroma. as the beer stays in the glass for several minutes it turns very smokey. i highly reccomend it. try it whenever you can. the beer has a good sweet and caramel base wth little hops. no matte,r the creamy consistancy is worth every drop.


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