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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1632   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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4.1
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.

4.4
beermastersasho (87) - - 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.

2.7
koleminer20 (3798) - 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

3.2
ebone1988 (2016) - 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.


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