Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
(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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goozen (4119) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2007
Tap Bokbierfestival, Amsterdam: I gonna like the style when i visited Bamberg, and now the bock in Amsterdam. Start with the well know smoked smell that this dark brown beer has and than hits you with waves of coffee, chocolate taste.

beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2007
500 ML Bottle-Poured a dark mahogany brown w/a slight lacing on top. Huge smokey aroma, smelled like a campfire or a ham cooking on the grill. Flavor delivers just what the aroma suggests; rich full smoked flavor w/traces of coffee, chocolate, & malt. This is a big flavored beer; you better be ready for it. Don’t try & knock this one back quickly, it’s a definite after dinner, sipping brew. Finish is a mile long. Very different, very enjoyable.

PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours deep brown with a creamy head. Smells like a beef stick. Flavor is plenty of smoke,woodsy, it’s almost like drinking a campfire, some spice, chocolate. The lingering smoke aftertaste is a little much for me, but this is interesting.

Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 16, 2007
Bottle 500 ml
Appearance :Fine haze of brown bock, purple ruby light trough shown. Neatly contrasting velvety white coat.
Nose : Good clean smoky aroma, more on birch wood side than drying cured meat. Sweet brown sugar weaved into it , as it warms up chocolate cake like aromas appear.
Flavour/Palate : Medium bodied, meal like flavour. Smoky front with burnt roasted malts at finish. Dark inka coffee with cocoa beans finishing creamy chocolate. Brown malts go superbly with balanced smoky malt. Gentle woody bitter ending. This is benchmark in smoked beer world that other should aspire to.

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!

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.

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.

haukur (2075) - 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.

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.

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.

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