Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 1616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (2117) - Rome, - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2017 28/01/2013 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Bevuta al Deutsche Beer Festival. Bruna, color miele di castagno, intensa, limpida, schiuma biancastra leggera, non molto persistente. Al naso straordinaria, malto, caramello, con note affumicate caratterizzanti ma per nulla invadenti. In bocca incredibile, caramello e affumicato si fondono insieme in maniera mirabile, un esercizio di stile, eleganza ed equilibrio incomparabile. Il corpo medio, la carbonazione leggera, molto scorrevole al palato. Birra magnifica, da bere e ribere senza sosta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoufCustom (1773) - HONG KONG - JAN 21, 2017

500 ml bottle bought at Running Beers booth at HKCEC in Wan Chai during The 14th Hong Kong Food Festival.

Looks: Clear deep copper brown colour; Two-finger head with crumpety light beige foam which lasts for 4 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant full smoked malt, with well-done bacon, caramel, toast, strong cherry, wood, floral, strong molasses, dark bread, lemon and grass.

Taste: Medium sweet dark malt, with strong ash, fair bacon smoke, strong herbal tea, burnt caramel, burnt toast, floral, molasses, earth, dough, dry biscuits, lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass. Impressive!

Body: Medium body; Dry and quite slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Full dark maltyness in a solid background. Smokiness got intensified as beer warms - ashy, sooty with light touch of bacon - followed by burnt caramel and intense liquorices which closely resembles Chinese herbal tea, with unmistakably strong sweet-bitterness which is a real surprise. Sweetness is moderate, about the same level as Rauch Maerzen. Earthy and dry biscuity with lemon to round. What a nice trip really!

Hoppiness: Wood, floral, lemon and grass in nose. Strong herbal tea, floral, earth, lemon, strong and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is very strong herbal for a lasting, high astringent burnt malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Immensely herbal and very strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one is more than just a level-up version of Rauch Maerzen: nice bacon aroma, full and intense burnt malt, with equally strong Chinese Herbal Tea which reminds me of the City Brews 24 Flavors Black IPA I had not long ago. Every element balances each other for a very hoppy-toasty-burnt finish. This is a trip I wont forget anytime soon. Absolutely fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mygeekway (10) - Grodkw, POLAND - JAN 20, 2017
Barwa ciemnobrązowa. Piana fajna, spoko lacing. Wysycenie w sam raz. W zapachu dominuje kiełbasa potem wędzonka. W smaku drewno, nuty wyędzone, nafta na finiszu. Fajny balans, trochę brakuje ciała. Dobre piwo w fajnej cenie pomimo, że z kapci nie wyrywa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4368) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color. Smoky aroma. Malty base with some sweetness. Dry woody finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McSherman (609) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2017
dunkelbraun bis kirschrot mit beigem Schaum. Geruch ist malzig s mit der unverkennbaren Rauchnote. Der Antrunk ist malzig s, dann bindet sich die Rauchnote fein ein. Eine tolle Komposition! Sehr gut!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
therose (11) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 14, 2017
A great beer for sure but sometimes i felt blood in the nose and 1 time it was flat and oxidated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (1101) - - JAN 13, 2017
Visual: Pours a very dark brown with a small 1cm dissipating head, a bit of lacing, ringed retention with a small island, no visible activity.

Nose: huge sweet smoke (initially liquid smoke-like) with woody depth (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: barely crisp, incoming sweet heavy malts

Mid-palate: beechwood smoke, (lvl-5-sweetness), liquid medium-heavy barley malt, caramel/toffee malty

Finish: lengthy woody smoke, residual soft barley malt sweet.

Summary: Quite smoky but controlled sweet to balance it out - good depth if you like the style. Mainly smoked barley malt forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SonOfAnarchy (239) - ST HELENA - JAN 10, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2017 500 ml bottle. Pours very dark ruby, off-white head. Aroma of smoked malt, smoke dried fruit smoke. Taste is rather sweet, low bitterness, smoked malt, dried fruit, dried plum, toast. Medium to high body, average to low carbonation. Another really good beer from the Schlenkerla brewery. Probably the best Bock Ive tasted in months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popiela (682) - Pozna, POLAND - JAN 9, 2017
Butelka 0,5l. Aromat wędzony, szynkowy, trochę ogniskowy. W smaku nuty chlebowe, ogniskowe, skrka od chleba. Intensywnie i bardzo przyjemnie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Echon (428) - rhus, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2017
Dark mahogany. Smoke, especially campfire and sausage in the aroma, malt, and some chocolate. Full taste with balanced sweetness that finishes with a rounded but firm bitterness. Full body, and a soft and rounded texture. Overall, a very good smoked bock. Tasty, and very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (3922) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle from Biernavigatie. Aroma is smoked malt, big heavy smoke, smoked bacon, ash, campfire, smoked wood, caramel. Flavour is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Body is medium. Probably the best Schlenkerla Ive had so far, this is a lot fuller than the other beers. Lovely Rauch.

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