Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1644   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2006
(500 ml bottle: $3.50 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) In succession, first came the Weizen, then the Mrzen, and now the Urbock. Urbock wins hands down. The Weizen was an interesting mix of contrasting flavors. The flavors in the Mrzen seemed more unified and connected. But the only in the Urbock does the malt have enough muscle to match the smokiness step for step. Sweet, very malty and caramely, lightly bitter, and of course, very smoky, but unlike the other two rauchbier, the smoke never dominates the flavor here, but rather complements it. I much prefer the balance this rauchbier shows. The nose, well, it is dominated by the smoked meat aroma typical of these beers, but I dont mind if the sweet maltiness gets lost in the aroma too much. Body is medium-full, somewhat sticky, and mildly carbonated, but the smoke still gives the palate life rather than becoming somewhat cloying. Dark brown in color and nearly perfectly clear. Like the other rauchbier, the light tan head is very fizzy and quickly and noisily dissipates, leaving barely a ring and a few spots of lace. Overall, this is easily my favorite of the three Aecht Schlenkerla beers, and the style that I think works best with such a significant amount of smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark mahogany with an orangey glow. Handsome, creamy beige head leaving a pretty lacework. Marked, smoky nose. Sweetish, full body with lots of roasted malt and caramel. But everything here is completely overpowered and drowned in fat, smoky flavours. No vague hints of smoke here, this is the real McCoy - a hardcore smoked. Hoppy finish. 180106

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5951) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 16, 2006
The best of the three Ive had. Smells and tastes smoky, which is too be expected. Nott too bad though and really not that heavy. A nice smoky beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Wow, this is intense. Marvelous big smokey aroma. Very full bodied. Sweet maltiness and a hint of chocolate. Their Mrzen to the power of two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Very dark brown. Thick, creamy tan head hangs nice lacing as it subsides. Bubbles coating the glass. Aroma of big smoke, charcoal, wood, and subtle malt. Same flavor with more malt presence. Balanced, medium body. Best smoke beer Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Epor (13) - FINLAND - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. Very good, very smoky. Medium body, nice finish. Dont know if I like this or the Mrzen version better, but its a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2006
This beer is freaking awesome. This is what defines the Rauchbier style. Pours a unique color that I have never seen before in a beer- deep amber but more like a deep woody brown. Ok head and some lace. Aroma is lots of smoked malts, smoked salmon, maple bacon, smoked wood- possibly oak and probably beechwood. Kinda got that campfire -like aroma. Also reminds me a bit of some cigar smoke. Flavor is not quite as smokey but still lots of burnt wood, smoked meats, and a little bit of caramelized malt. Possibly some chocolate or other nutty-like malts. Lightly bitter finish, but so damn smooth overall. Phenomenal beer. Everytime I have an Aecht smoked beer, I seem to like them more and more.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Draught. DARK brown with a lacing and a minimum white head. The aroma consists of smoke and wheat. The flavour consists of burnt hops and sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (10072) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Dark brown and clear. Powerful smoked meat and woodsmoke aroma. Similar smoke-dominated palate as the other beers in this family, but noticably fuller in the body with distinct malt character as well. Deifferent, intriguing, and excellent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
From reading some of the other commentary and based on the average score, this is obviously a great beer for those who like smoked malts. It is complex in aroma and taste, but truth be told I have a hard time getting past the smoked bacon/sausage smell and taste. Actually feels like drinking a smoked sausage. Not to my taste, but would recommend as a very distinctive beer to be tried.

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