Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1651   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle. [Tasting session with BierKnig, thanks for a great evening Jeppe] Average fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished. Clear flat looking body with a mahogany color. Good display of lacework. Aroma of smoke and bacon, good caramel and liquorish sweetness. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Light to medium sweet flavor blended with light salt and bitter flavor. Sweet bacon lingering finish. Not as smoked as the aroma would let you to believe at first.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14964) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Strong aroma of smoke; resembles the aroma of some smoked cheeses. Clear dark brown color with a very substantial beize head. Very firm bodied, creamy, and lightly carbonated considering the head. Its all smoke, and a bitter smoke. There is some offsetting malty sweetness, but the finish is arguably dry, smoke and a bit bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Rated at the Pewaukee Tasting II 5/5/07. Appearance - Super-clear reddish-brown, big head. Aroma Smells like a malty beef jerky, enjoyed simultaneously with a lightly refrigerator-dehydrated landjaeger (hung smoked meat). Flavor Gawd, even better than the aroma. Smoked beef jerky and malt, rich, with a solid hang time. Palate medium-bodied, but seems so much larger This one was a real hit with the group!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Rated 9/15/06: Smokey treat indeed! Wow Im constantly amazed at how diverse beer can be and this one is amazingly out there. Aroma is heavily smoked malty and meaty, how could this not deserve a 10. Pour is dark and opaque creating a fluffy off white head leaving generous amounts of lacing. Mouthfeel is creamy and surprisingly delicate. Flavor is in step with the aroma. Smokey and rich and so good. Next time Im picking up some meats and cheeses and having one hell of a go at it. Incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mazfln (116) - Florianpolis, BRAZIL - MAY 21, 2007
Wonderful bier! It is very beautiful. Dark brown with beautiful head. The aroma is amazing! It is smokey with a hint of sweet malt. It tastes very nice, some smoked meat, and very good malt presence. Mouthfeel is very good, chewy. Overall a very good bier, Id like to have some more, but its not available here. :(

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Furseth (2158) - Kunglv, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2007
Bottle at the Kbenhavnske ldager 2007:Deep red colour,flat head. Aroma of wood,tar ashtry,tar. Flavor is a mix of the aroma and has long bitter finish. Rauchbier is not my favorit, but this one was ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2007
YEAH!!! I was a bit cautious when I smelled the ashy smoke but noticed hints of cherry oak, and it reminded me of when I was a child at a camp out. I like the flavor slightly better than the aroma. The dry smoky tones are wrapped in a creamy leathery meaty envelope with well carbonated dark chocolate chestnut bitter ends jumping off my tongue. There is an almost dark bourbon feel to this which would be nicely accentuated if the alcohol content was amped. It feels good going down my throat. I should have saved this one for a cold July night in Cooperstown! Bottle from the always rocking Oak Tree Buy Rite in Edison, NJ. My revelation here is I thought I hated smoked beers, and it turns out I love them when they are done right.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2007
1 pt, .09 oz bottle poured in a shaker. Ive traditionally only liked smoked porters and this beer was no exception. In my own 5 star rating I gave this a 1 star. Lately though I began to suspect that this was a decent beer and maybe I had under rated it. I drank it again and found new value in this beer. It really isnt bad once you accept the style. Im not completely sold on the style, hence the low aroma rating. This beer pours deep mahogany with a medium head. The smoky aroma is nearly overwhelming. It has a good medium body with a touch of alcohol. The smoky wood fire flavor, of course, is quite prevalent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
16.9 oz bottle. pours brown with hint of red with white head. nose is loaded with smoked ham or other meats. very smoke meaty and wonderful. some wet grain in the nose too. flavor has lots of smoked meat, charred sausage, perhaps smoked beats and raddishes. some plums and grapes too. mouthfeel is medium. finish is dry and smokey. a great example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2007
Cold 16.9oz bottle: Pours a clear dark orange color with a minimal off-white creamy head. Aroma is of smoked hickory, wood and earthy hops. Taste is of smoked malts, earthy hops and some dark fruits. Full bodied and robust, with ample carbonation. Ending is of barbeque pork. Wow.

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