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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fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2016
2016-11-27, bottle bb Jun 2014, ~3 years old, 9-5-9-4-19=46
The age accentuates the malt and wood notes; it seems a bit leaner, possibly drier than a fresh version, but with more nuances, including hints of cigar and leather, and toasted nuts in the final.

2013-11-13, bottle bb Apr 2011, 3 years old, 9-5-9-4-19=46
The aroma is a complex mix of malt, caramel and smoke, that takes some time to fully develop. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; the dark caramel is lean, and perfectly blends with the harsh smokehouse character, the woody tones, and the light residual sweetness; correct bitterness, but some of it comes from the darker malts; if one thing, it may start showing light signs of oxidization in the end.
Heavenly beer.

2012-04-24, draught at Fermentoren, Copenhagen, 6.9% ABV, 10-5-10-5-20=50
Dark brown color, with red shades; creamy head. The aroma, surprisingly, is very peaty, almost like an Islay whiskey. The carbonation is soft, allowing to the caramel and malt to fully develop in the mouth, then tangle with the smoke and residual sugars; in the flavor the smoke has nice accents of wood, fireplace and ham. Saying that the balance is perfect would be in understatement.
Could easily be the best beer in the world.

2011-12-09, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-8-4-18=45
Dark mahogany color, with fiery red beams and beige creamy head. Fat smokey aroma, like the best smoked ham, infinite, balanced. Good body structure, with caramel and toasted malts flavor, chocolate, apparent subtle sweetness, good smoke; a bit metallic, and drier in the end, with weaker body than usual. Great, but missing the greatest vibe that used to go with it.

2011-02-25, bottle, bb 2011-07, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Dark brown color; generous creamy head.
Fat smokey aroma, sausages, fresh wood, some firewood too; creamy, powerful, harmonious.
Bold mouthfeel, strong flavor of caramel, malt, and smoke of course; firewood; there is a nice residual sweetness that I would like to see in every Rauchbier, both as a complement to the dark malts, and as complement to the body.
The bitterness is fairly strong; in the final there is a nice touch of roasted malts.
Perfectly balanced, and powerful.

2010-11-26, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-8-4-17=44
Dark brown color, with red shades. Infinite smokeyness; pervasive aroma; definitively Schwarzwald sausages; very late, some cold burnt wood. Good body strength, lean structure, with good caramel flavor (but not lasting enough); lovely smokeyness; the final is good, with some cereals, smoked, but somehow ordinary, not too long.

2009-11-27, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 10-5-9-4-19=47
Deep mahogany color with red hue; creamy head. The smoke aroma is a world apart, with memories of smoked salami first, of burning wood later. Medium bodied, it carries a rich chocolate and gently roasted malts flavor, caramel, with a strong smoke presence and a sugar veil that fits perfectly in the picture; lovely mouthfeel, smooth, fulfilling. The bitterness is not strong, there is some dark caramel instead; if anything, the roasted malt in the final is just a millimeter beyond my liking.
This beer is as close to perfection as I may ask tonight.

2006-02-08, bottle, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Mahogany color, clean, with a creamy cap. Strong smokey aroma, sweet, malty. Smooth, full bodied, sweet, malty, smoked; the final has a pretty strong and very good bitterness, aromatic hops, plus caramel and some sweetness. Lovely.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 A Mes rate: Tap at Battersea Beer Fest. What a KILLER! Its a big one is this. My first beer of the festival and nothing really lived up to it from then on over the 2 days I went. Lovely red brown body, fantastic head. Aroma and flavour wise its a tough one to rate. Hard really to pick anything out really other than the smoked wood. Slightly nutty I suppose with some caramel too but it is all dominated by that amazing smoked flavour. Chunky, fairly complex and just YUM. Like I say its tough to rate but no doubt a great beer.

harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 On tap at Battersea Beer Festival 2006. Deep red/brown with thin white head. Malty and smokey beer. Really quite nice. Smokey, but not overly meaty. Well rounded, sweetish malt balances the smoke. Thanks to Duff and Chris for bearing with me whilst I had this, not that Duff was complaining too much....

TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Pours a rich brownish red with thin fizzy light tan head. Nose is thick with smoked malts, smells pretty much the same as the marzen. Flavor is a bit different, smokey and dry with a crisp and slightly bitter finish.

blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Rated right after the Weizen. Pours a clear brown with a spare fizzy off-white head. Aroma of smoke, malt and, well nothing else really, quite simple but nice. The flavour is less smoky then the Weizen and much less then the Marzen but it’s quite tasty. Along with the smoke there’s sweet malt, nuts and a mild bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable but not too bad. Medium bodied. Pretty good, probably my favourite of the three Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers.

HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - tupalev’s bottle. Poured clear dark reddish-mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of woodsmoke, hickory smoked bacon, sweet roast malt, hints of dry hops, herbal spices and lemon juice. Flavour of campfire and hardwood ash but *very* bitter (mostly hops, I guess), with nutty roast malt - and lemon zest on the long smoky finish. Mouthfeel is very lively, with an average body - quite complex and balanced, moreso than their Weizen, and I found I enjoyed it more than the hyper-aggressive Marzen, although the Marzen is "better." Really nice! (pre-emptively: you’re WRONG, jerc)

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
My bottle, shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy. Had this back to back with the Weizen. Smoke aroma balanced with sweet malt - certainly the mildest smoke of the 3 beers I’ve had by these guys, but that works here. Thin brown pour, very little head, looks bang on for the style, if not a little thin. Decent smoke and sweet taste - the smoke compliments the sweetness, staying in the background, which is remarkable for these guys. Very nutty finish. A little thin at times, and even some hops in the finish. Tasty beer, I liked it better than the Weizen (it just seemed to come together better) but not as much as the Marzen.

beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle - given by a friend. Pours a clear, dark brown color, with a creamy off-white head, which is slow to dissipate. Aroma is of smoked bacon and ham, and very slight scent of wood ash (oak). Very smooth texture and clings to my mouth. Smoked flavor resembles more of a smoked wood in my mouth, rather than to my nose. Very mild carbonation and not harsh at all, and somewhat sweet. Flavor lingers after swallowing. I would not say its creamy, but its close. Slight detection of hops at the end, however the smokiness is very dominant, but not overpowering. Leaves ring and lace, but these vanish quickly. Simply smooth, silky, and amazingly drinkable... a relaxing drink. I enjoyed it, and my friend’s recommendation was spot on. Great beer!

CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
(Bottle) Thanks to Lubiere for obtaining this for me. Pours a medium, cramy, white head with a cola-coloured body. Nose of Schlenkerla bacon bits. Mmm... smokey and thin? A little surprising that its not more oily and less fizzy? The finish is short - which suits me fine. An average smoked beer.

Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
Dark amber bock with a thin off white head. Smoked bacon aroma, with wood chips, and pleasnt BBQ phenol. A sweet malt with smoked herring quality, and good hops with nice lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Excellent with the Kasseler ham (Danke schoen Henning). Bieropholie private import.

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