Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1665   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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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Gorgosh (517) - SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2017
Kraftigt rökig arom som påminner en del om tjära. En aning söt malt och en kraftig röksmak som man närmast kan hitta hos rökta charkuterivaror. Lätt bäska.

meccahh69lol (359) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - SEP 21, 2017
The late great Harris Wittels once wrote "I hate smoking sections. Unless we're talking about "The Mask" w/ Jim Carrey, in which case the "smoking" section is my favorite part!" and this beer reflects that. Unrepentant smokiness overwhelms as you either surrender to the decadent charms or are appalled outright at the concept of drinking a sulfur campfire from the pits of hell. I for one enjoy it a lot as an outlier, me better half took a sip and started crying. It is not for everyone, but it has its place for those who are intrigued by what it has to offer. Good for a THRUSDAY of flatulence (which admittedly may have contributed to the sulfuric aroma of this tasting) and yet to be determined other things.

BierMeHoos (644) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2017
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: Large bottle. Appearance: Rich, dark mahogany brown with a medium tank head consisting of tinby bubbles giving it a smooth appearance. Aroma: Like smoked beef jerkey. Bread. But mostly smoked meat. Taste: First thing I got was bread, followed up by copious amounts of smokiness, roastiness, wood, wood chips. Palate: Slick with a medium body that foams up easily and also goes down smooth. Flavors cling to cheeks and tongue. Overall: Very unique beer. I was expecting campfire in a bottle but I got smoked jerky. None-the-less, I enjoyed it and would probably get to share with beer-newbies to introduce a strange-by-modern-standards style.

beermastersasho (143) - - SEP 4, 2017
One of the hardest found beers. In Bulgaria I was the first drinking it, bought 5l keg. I walked 2 km on foot from DHL to home, with 15l = 3kegs. It was the most suffered beer ever! But its worth! Good with meat, wurst! Its like drinking juicy smoothie-made wurst, so smoked and grilled. So nice. For winter even for summer! Woody beer, I wish i drink it in the forest to burn a fire and to take a meat. Smells even like smoked cheese. Good beer, for bock-men. Not for female.

koleminer20 (3978) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2017
500 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. Thanks, I suppose. The pour is a darker brown with a strong ruby tint to it. There is a thicker khaki colored ring of slightly fluffy head and no lace as it thins down. The aroma is near dreadful. It's all smoke. Liquid and fake smoke. This takes a long time to find another addition. When it happens, it's like a damn smoked porkchop. Smoke and pork. Ugh. The flavor is less smoky, but still not good. It's got a metallic malt and a liquid smoke messiness. The mouth feel is lighter medium bodied and bright-ishly carbonated with a lingeringly smoky and metallic finish. This is not good. I will never understand what people see in this style. 4 4 5 3 11

ebone1988 (2127) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Bottle shared with koleminer20. For the book, though this version is not in the book. Aroma is smoke, wood, sweet caramel, malt, ham, smoke. Appearance is brown, light tan head, somewhat hazy. Taste is roasted malt, smoke, earthy hop, some caramel, metallic, meh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, smoky earthy aftertaste. Overall, I find this one to be pretty one dimensional, and that dimension is smoke.

varanid99 (1345) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2017
Deep red/copper pour with a thin beige head. Smoky, meaty, bacon, woody aromas. Taste is smoky, bacon, sweetish (like a honey glazed ham), I reckon there is some blackberry but because it makes me think of campfire breakfasts in a particular place maybe I’m imagining that. It’s just damn good.

barrelagedluv (56) - Pittsburg, California, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Pours into nonic pint a dark mahogany tint, with a modest film. The aroma is like that of a campfire, both woody and burnt. The malty flavor is absolutely off the charts! The distinct taste of cured smoked ham married with a bittersweet cacao finish is not subtle in the least. Despite being packed with so much complexity, it goes down surprisingly easy. Nonetheless, I feel such guilty pleasure sipping this in the 90 degree California summer heat. I was gonna cellar this bad boy, but said screw it. This is a straight up man’s beer. Prost Brauerei, this is one Heller of a Rauchbier!

EmanuelBonn (4) - - JUL 21, 2017 does not count
Volcano beer. Nice aroma and smoked taste with dark brown/red color. Good for a rainy day. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Ascelja (1741) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle. Clear, dark ruby body, high white head. Aroma of smoke, pine wood, toasted malts, sausages, cherries. Taste is lightly sweet, bitter, tart. Smoke, caramel, malts, cherries and cherry stones. Full body, smooth texture, moderately carbonated.
Nice smoked, greatly balanced.

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