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style
Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1631   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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4.3
too15hype (4) - Clifton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2007 does not count
This is a TRULY smoked beer. Not for the weak. Great with burgers, meats.

3.7
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Bottle. Pours with a dark color and a nice fluffy head. Aromas of smoke, and campfire. Flavors of smoke, campfire and burnt malts with some grilled meaty notes in it. Hours fater drinking it one still has the smoke on the palate as if one had been smoking a cigarette. Probably still the best Rauchbier when it comes to execution, tap would even be better if I recall correctly from my youth.

4.1
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is salted meats, campfire, and some maltiness. Flavor is very complex. Smoke almost dominates, but there are enough hops, spicy clove notes, and caramel malts to keep it in check. The finish is sweet, and the smoked meat flavor lingers here. The mouthfeel is very creamy and filling. A winner. Revisited 8-8-08 Same notes as before, but comparing with the Marzen, this has much more meat. Lots of bacon, ridiculous bacon, and a little less campfire.

4.1
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
Dark brown-mahogany w/ a light brown finger of foam. Very smokey, roasty campfire aroma w/ hints of coffee, chocolate & caramel. Thick, chewy feel. Flavour is smokey & very sweet w/ notes of coffee, caramel, chocolate, licorice, & raisin.

3.6
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Clear, deep red/brown color with medium-sized off white head. Aroma has a smooth, slightly pungent smokeyness, bit of subtle caramel. Flavor has fair amount of chewy malts, subtle smoke, touch of caramel and raisen, with a mildly bitter finish.

4.2
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Nice large brown head atop a clear, bubbly brown brew. A bit reddish when held to the light. Pleasent, strong smoked aroma, reminds me of sitting next to the fire at camp. Strong smoked molasses flavor, great malt upfront complimented by a subtle but noticable bitterness. Small warmth in the chest. Good.

4
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Smokey aroma rich and malty. Pours a rich dark brown. Smooth smoke flavor, with a rich malty bock. I think the more rauchbiers you drink the less the smoke flavor is the dominant flavor and your palate and experience everything else. This is a great bock!

4.3
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 A lot of smoke. Deep red body, very cloudy, with a huge thick head that sticks around. Nose is all smoke. Taste is mostly campfire smoke, and that’s not a bad thing. A twang of sweetness like you get from chewing on a juicy strip of venison. This could be drunk in lieu of dinner.

4.1
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Bottled. Poured a deep reddish-amber with a freakin’ huge pillowy beige head. The nose picked up bushels of cured ham, well-smoked bacon, and charred wood.. rich and engaging.. glass fulla smoky meat (wife says that it’s disgusting). The flavor holds par.. fuller-bodied and rich, with the toasted, smoked wood blending very well with the meaty notes... ample doses of brown sugar and molasses pair with toasted leafy hoppage for the bock component.. finish was somewhat ashy, which detracted slightly. Fuller-bodied with nice flow until the very end. Great beer!

3.7
mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2007
If Jesus were a ham or piece of bacon he’d want to be as far away as possible from this brew. Pours a delectable deep brown with very little head and what is there laces slightly. Smells of liquid smoke, bacon, black pepper, and cured meats. This beers nose can really take you aghast if your first time trying. Taste is quite smokey in the mouth although less than the nose, but very smooth and drinkable. A liquid burnt bacon per sey. Actually quite satisfying with complex flavors of cured meat, grilled fruits and vegetables, caramelized molasses, and did I mention smoke. Probably could not drink more than one of these in a night but what a great ingredient for many dishes. I’ve used this in chili with huge success and made a homeade barbecue sauce tonight with this that was fabulous. All of these Rauchbier’s by Schlenkerla are worth trying, yes similar in taste in style but very pecuilar in their own right.


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