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style
Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1646   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pours a dull chestnut color with an inch or so of khaki head. Oh, the aroma. Holy smokes! Pun intended, of course. Very smokey and sweet aroma tickles the nostrils in a way that makes say "Oh, that’s nice." Woody, campfire smoke mixed with caramel and brown sugar wafts so gracefully from my mug I can practically see it. If campfires smelled so good I’d find myself sleeping on dirt in a tent thrice a week. The flavor is much more subtle than the nose. Slightly dry, nutty, and smokey with no more than a wisp of noble hops to say Auf Wiedersehen! as the sip embarks on a perilous journey down your throat. The palate is robust yet quaffable, rating a perfect 10 on the Goldilocks scale of alcohol content vs. drinkability. Without resigning myself to hyperbole, I must unequivocally state that this is the most perfect beer ever crafted by humans or outer space aliens.


4.2
pfadfinder (23) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2017
Klares rotbraun mit reichlich Schaum. Rauchmalze, reichlich Speck, holzig, sehr würzig, dezent süß, im Abgang leicht bitter.

5
alest (28) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 11, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2017 Excellent smoked beer. A bit strong smoke taste for novice, but I love it like that.

4
Roger60 (236) - - OCT 9, 2017
SB beställning, flaska. Fint vitt skum, rökt skinka eller vikingabåt om man så vill dominerar aromen. Mörkt mörkt röd och brun. Stadig röksmak. Rökigaste Schenkerlan ? Dricker den med korv. Korven smakar inget. Hehehe.. Tycker bättre och bättre om Rauschbier !

3.8
SvanteL (629) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2017
Mörkt rödbrun med krämfärgat skum. Maltig doft med rök framför allt av charkuterier, prickig korv. Fyllig sötaktig smak med mycket charkuterier och rökt flundra lite torkad frukt. Komplex rököl, mycket fyllig och rund i smaken.

3.8
EerieDrinks (267) - Malm�, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2017
2 finger off-white head. Close to pitch black beer.

Aroma is as if you fell face down onto a tray of charcuterie. Smoked ham, mature cheese, salami, slight bitter chocolate and campfire smoke.

Taste is dark rye bread, dried & smoked ham, slight chocolate sweetness and raisins.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Well carbonated. Low bitterness. Rich in flavour for the ABV.

Overall: Smoked beers aren't my favorite style but this is nice. Pretty much nails everything the style should have. This is apparently the beefed up version of their regular Märzen and you can tell. I would've liked to taste more of the characteristics from the Bock but otherwise, good shit!

3.4
Emelie (172)
- Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2017
Tjära, rökig, chark, inte särskilt söt men lite torkad frukt. Smak: tjära, cigarettrök, lite chark, väldigt rökig! Kan nog vara för mycket rök till och med för mig.

4
Franzen (631) - SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2017
Charcuteries, tar, leather. Malty sweet taste that pretty quickly is rounded of by the smokiness. Unfortunately there is quite some metal in the taste as well

4.6
monksmisery (25) - - OCT 2, 2017
delicious and unique, truly a smokey beer that i would hesitate to pair with something smokey due to its purely smoked facade. all this talk about smokiness declines an opportunity to mention its sweet mellow dark palette with a mild bitterness that offsets the whole thing perfectly. it is in good company with infamously good german dunkel's but surely stands out in a crowd with - you guessed it - its smokiness. pair it with something salty and rich, and perhaps a mischievous evening to follow suit.

3.5
OminouSC2 (836) - Mora, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2017
Mahognay colored, medium sized beige head. Aromas of smoked meat, ash, peat and tar. Taste of smoked meat, tar, peat and malt.

4
Turtles (2889) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2017
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Very dark with hints of ruby, dense and long lasting tanned head, rich lacing. Looks great! Deep leather and smoky aroma, camp fire, caramel and some meat and ham in there but most about oily leather. Rounded and silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Taste follows the aroma, deep leather, smoke and sweet caramel. Long pleasant smoky and sweet finish.


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