Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1657   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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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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

malrubius (2896) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2007
500ml bottle in Schlenkerla glass. Pours beautiful rich reddish brown with off-white/tan head, lasting ring and some lace. Aroma of smoked salmon and bready yeast. Flavors of smoked meat, rich maltiness, and slight bitterness in finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. An absolute wonder and a personal favorite. Still, I might like the marzen better for its quaffability.

Grovlam (4247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle. [Tasting session with BierKönig, 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.

bhensonb (15190) - 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. It’s all smoke, and a bitter smoke. There is some offsetting malty sweetness, but the finish is arguably dry, smoke and a bit bitter.

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!

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