Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1651   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gregus (741) - Krakw, POLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Butelka; barwa brązowa z rubinowymi refleksami. Piana beżowa, bujna, zostaje do końca. Intensywny aromat wędzony, palony, dymu, ogniska, szynki, oscypka, suszonych owocw, śliwek, spalonych kabli, słodu, karmelu. Smak wędzony, dymny, suszonych owocw, kompotu z suszek, słodowy, karmelowy, ciemnego chleba, ciasta, oscypka.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark black purple. Thin. Strong woodsmoke/bonfire nose. Tastes of smoke blended with a sweet malt character--almost sugary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
16oz bottle at the SATRG. Pours a reddish brown with a foamy small beige head. Nose is a crazy amount of bacon and smoke. Some subtle citrus. The taste is crazy its like eating a bacon cracker. Smoky and meaty with a subtle hop bite at the end. This is very well constructed and the alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with plenty of light sneaking through, similar in color to a thin-bodied black coffee. Light tan head. The nose is delicious, like smoked bacon blended with the sweet malts and mild hoppiness of an American brown ale. The flavors are along the same lines, with the nice sweet maltiness of the base beer perfectly mixing with the smoke and leather characteristics. Its also surprisingly clean and easy to drink. Id imagine it would pair wonderfully with a grilled steak or barbecue. Now Im hungry. And thirsty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agent_persik (731) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 3, 2014
Dark reddish brown color, small beige head. Aroma with roasted malts, smoked bacon and oak. Taste is similar plus some fruity notes - dry sweet with medium bitter finish and smoky aftertaste. Medium body and average carbonation. Nice smoked beer, quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grisza77 (728) - Poznań, POLAND - NOV 1, 2015
Prawie czarne piwo, jedynie po światło widać rubinowe refleksy, piania średnio obfita, zdobi szkło i pozostaje do końca w postaci pierścienia przy brzegu szkła. Aromat przyjemny, wędzony, mi kojarzy się z oscypkiem. W smaku zaskakująco wytrawne, wędzone, ziołowe. Goryczka średnia, przyjemna, ziołowa. Oglnie rewelacyjne wędzone piwo, te ktre piłem do tej pory były zdecydowanie bardziej słodkie, a to jest dość wytrawne i gorzkie co fajnie gra z wędzonką.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Smoked malt and sweet character; Subtle caramel. A little medicinal aroma. Thanks, Dallas...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Anker (723) - Hillerd, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2009
On tap. Pours a dark ruby colour, with a medium beige head. Aroma is pleasant but very smoked malts and saltpetre, with notes of caramel. Flavor has a lot of soft smoked notes. Reminding me of homemade smoked lamb salami, and ends up in a long smoky aftertaste. Really delicious!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
I sampled this at Gingerman in NY and the taste was not my style in a beer. It had a barbacue flavor too it which I was not into. The Germans make very good beer. For a person who likes Smoked Beer this would probably be great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (720) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours a lovely dark amber with a distinct dark ruby cast that is slightly darker than their Marzen variant . Good head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of meaty bacon like smoke against an underlying dark fruit (plum, fig) note over a slightly sweet base. Medium body with a creamy slick texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Compared to their Marzen variant, Urbock has slightly less head characteristics, slightly more carbonation and more body and texture. The superb flavor profile is even more outstanding in that it obtains a higher degree of balance by being slightly sweeter and coats the tongue with a slick layer of bacon like smoke. The flavor profile is a masterpiece of intensity, balance and complexity. The delicious smoke character is always present, but never overpowering. It begins with a campfire bacon like smoke over a moderately sweet background that has dark fruit characteristics. The middle allows the hops to impart a low level bitterness that has a citric note as it effervesces. The finish is less dry than the Marzen, somewhat crisp, slightly sweet and leaves you with a touch of dark fruit and a lingering smokiness as if youve sitting around a campfire. World Class and ever so slightly better than the Marzen variant.

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