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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 1693   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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4.6
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2001
I didn't think this could be better than the maerzen, but it is. Similar baconesque character, but a much dryer finish.

4.1
ravidesai (979) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 17, 2001
A dark amber-brown with a short lived fizzy head. very malty with a strong smoky taste. may not be to everyones liking but definately a great beer. worth a try if you come across it.

4.3
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 Nice dark amber with so-so head, some lacing. Awesome smokey aroma. This beer is incredible to me..it has a sweet malty backbone, smoky notes are interwoven through out the entire taste, incredible creamy mouthfeel and huge body, even some quiet hints of chocolate,slightly hoppy finish even without the smoke i think this would be a first rate bock...with everything thats going on, this beer is amazingly drinkable...a gift from the beer gods.......

3.8
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 20, 2001
grab it not knowing what the hell to expect,turned out pretty ok, but dont think ill drink it agian.

4.9
trappist12 (199) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2001
O.K. A bier to end all biers. In Germany, that is. This beer is so full of character and ambience that I am left speechless. I am glad I have case of it :) I just hope it sits well for a few years!

4.7
Rosendale Brewmeister99 (55) - Rosendale, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2001
Wonderful smokiness. Makes me want to go out & eat smoked salmon!..........

5
muzzlehatch (4976) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2001
OHMYGOD. The aroma is smoked cheddar and hickory-smoked bacon; the flavor a mix of sweet (maple, chocolate) and smoky, slightly bitter malt and wheat. With this complexity and sweetness, you'd think it would be a 'special occasion' beer suitable only with certain foods or in front of a roaring fire -- you'd be wrong. My current favorite beer (and brewery!), justifiably occupying a spot in our collective 'top 10.' The finish is perfect, with just a hint of lingering smokiness -- this must be what smokers of fine cigars experience!

4.5
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2001
A truy awesome beer. If I ever make it back to Germany I WILL go to Bamburg to drink it. Make me want to eat smoked cheese. Find a girl who like this and you're set for life.

5
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2001
This smoky beauty devastated me on the first sip. Even pouring it was a real treat - gorgeous color, just the right amount of head. As others have noted, it's a real food-accompanying sort of beer - it just cries out for robust meats and fish. This Urbock deserves to be a legend.

5
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2001
Like so many of the finer things in life, the first bottle of this stuff is awful. The smoke is overwhelming and unpleasant, and the result is a concoction worthy of the ole' sink sacrifice. But give it just one more shot, and you will discover a beer of astonishing complexity, with varying layers of smoke at different stages of the tasting process. The underlying bock is of the highest quality. Indescribably delicious with pork chops or smoked ham. The best beer out of Germany, and a top five brew for me.


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