Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 1628   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 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
borisz (418) - - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Deep meaty smoke aroma with caramel in the background. Clear cola-colored with a thin head. Flavor is deep with caramel flavors that complement the smoke. More depth than most rauchbiers. Thick palate. Very enjoyable.

varanid99 (1252) - 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 (33) - 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 (3) - - 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 (1547) - 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.

Rotin (1553) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle 0.5l. Clear, dark copper to brown colored. AROMA- smoky, smoke of wood, touch of bacon. FLAVOR- lightly sweet, lightly smoky tart, smoke, burnt bread, touch of dark berries. Full bodied.
Really good.

midovark (969) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - JUL 7, 2017
Bottled @ Hopaholic. Pours deep brown with white head. Strong smoked notes both in aroma and taste, bacon and some cheese. Oh my, do I love rauchbier?

visionthing (5407) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 7, 2017
50cl bottle from Sip, Tallinn. Pours clear dark mahogany coloured with a modest, beige head. A bit milder smoke aroma than expected, but it’s still dominating. Malt, caramel and hints bonfire. Sweet, but quite balanced also surprisingly balanced flavourwise with pleasant smoke flavours and hints of dried fruits. Smooth and enjoyable.

LiretAnonim (260) - POLAND - JUN 3, 2017
Piwo wypite jakiś czas temu. Ocena wystawiona na podstawie wspomnień z degustacji, w ramach uzupełnienia profilu.

jjsint (3203) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2017
500ml bottle at the 2017 Cambridge Beer Festival. Dark mahogany/brown and translucent. Fair bit of carbonation but very little resultant head. Heavy smoke on the aroma but there is also a good dollop of chocolate malt. The bitter taste perseveres to the finish. It’s far from subtle but lovely nonetheless. Blackberry, burnt sausage, bitter chocolate and yest extract combine in the ambrosial aftertaste. A great beer, maybe a bit heavy for what it is but I expected that! Delicious.

Dal9000 (639) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2017
At Chappies social house. Pours dark dark brown with a paper tin white head. Aroma and taste. of toasted burnt wood and or smoked sausage. Finishes with continued liquid smoke. I appreciate the effort but not for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

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