joet (2606) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2002
Dark to very dark with translucent edges and light, off-white fiam. Floral, malty, cedary smoke complex. Aecht Schlenkerla lovers, this one is for you and though the Maerzen and Urbock are truly incredible, this Christian Merz beer is immediately and obviously superior -- and please don’t believe me until you’ve tried it. Roasty malt tones blend much more seamlessly than the Schlenkerla Urbock and with less wetness. The feel is semi-clean, easy and quaffable. Wakes up as it warms with more aroma -- a tangy finish sets in. Some lightly suggested fruit components in the citric zone. Bits of honey also present. This is truly an amazing beer. Smoke lovers rejoice! Vielen dank, Pivo. schuim (36) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2004
Very dark but smooth rauchbock. A very warming tast and a alcohol kick in the end. A almost greacy smoked flavour, not a beer for every body, but for the real Bamberg lovers. Koelschtrinker (20399) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 7, 2011
Malziger Antrunk, leicht rauchig, die Intensität überzeugt, da sowohl die Aspekte des Bocks als auch des Rauchmalzes deutlich erkennbar sind. Die Rauchigkeit, die sich dem bekannten "Schinken-Aroma" annähert, wird stärker, ebenso der würzige Beiton. Die Rauchigkeit ist nun der Hauptbestandteil, cremig, wie vorher sehr harmonisch. Im Abgang etwas süßer und malziger, die Rauchnoten sind hier nur noch zaghaft vertreten. Das Bier stellt einen guten Kontrast zu dem viel rauchigeren Schlenkerla Urbock dar. Gerne wieder!
Vielen Dank an MoritzF für das Bier!
Test vom 24.3.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,12,13,13,12,12 - 12,30 kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 11, 2012
The head is ok, the body dark. The taste is intensive smoky, creamy, full bodied, balanced, very tasty. Perfect! 12/12/12/12/-/12 jonas (7581) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2016
Tap at Spezial. Deep chestnut, lovely dark creamy head. Woodsmoke nose. Fruity berry malt base, chewy smoke, herbal hop counterpoint.
SinH4 (4796) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2016
Rating #3333, tap. Ruby-brown color with tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, a nice smokyness as well. Taste is raisins, caramel, malty, quite noticeable booziness that induces a warming finish. Oily mouthfeel. A beautiful Rauchbock! MoritzF (9901) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2006
(bottle, handed over by pivnizub – thanks !) Clear mahogany colour with a foamy beige medium head. Light sweet aroma of dark and toasted malts with caramel, liquorice and a subtle smokiness. Moderately sweet toasted malty flavour and taste with caramel, medium to full bodied, slightly bitter and smoky malty finish with a whiff of herbal hops. Definitely not as smoky as the Schlenkerla Bock, but also a well crafted Bock with its own character. madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2010
Bottled. Burgbundy coloured. Dense huge light brown head. Aroma of smoke, fruits, light herbs and some spice. Flavour is meaty and smoky. Has some caramel and fruits and spice. Medium to full bodied. Smoked and fruity end. Very balanced beer and quite tasty. TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Several glasses at Brauerei Spezial and Cafe Abseits in Nov. 2011: Deep ruby with a faint glimmer of rust. Creamy but broken eggshell head. Bright and secuctive bock aromas swirled with pumpernickel bread, molasses, liquefied toffee, rich smoke pungency and shades of coffee. Firm, lively, tickling carbonation. Stiff cookielike malt and potent smoke links up with ever deepening waves of lush melanoidins. Spicy hops gracefully splash the malty sweetness with captivating precision. Lusciously candyish and plummy bock character proportionately mirrors the smokiness. Delightful depth of sugary malt derivatives evoke notions of coffee and blackcurrant. Dab of plum along with a molasses astringency make themselves present, though the beer never becomes overly sweet. Lustrous flavors of malt continue as the sweetness wanes, lapping the tongue with more cookie, biscuit and toffee. Candyish firmness echoes the exuberant and punchy bock profile. Round and very clean finish is adorned with everlasting malt and a charcoal sharpness drizzled with toffee and creamed hazelnut coffee. Very complex and nicely balanced. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
In short: A medium smoky brown lager with a splendid malt backbone. Lovely.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed one or two months after receiving it through private importation.
The look: Cloudy mahogany body with some small particles topped by a large beige head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is moderately smoky with a smoke sensation that is somewhere between smoked pork/leather and beach wood fire. Nice malts, full creamy mouthfeel, juicy caramel, fresh cookies, oily cashews, wet tobacco leafs, medium amount of wooden smoke. The type of malt backbone I would expect from the best Viennas (whatever this made-up style is, beers like Heater Allen Coastal). This beer is highly sessionnable. To my taste I thought the malts stole the show from the smoke in this beer, I almost wished it was even less smoked and more of a normal bock/Vienna, something I never thought I’d say about a Bamberg smoke. In North-America it is impossible to tell someone “I drank a Spezial beer” without sounding like your IQ is below 80.