jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clouded auburn brown color with a beige head. Tons of smoked meat in the aroma. Delicious flavor with a lingering mesquite smokiness. Great aftertaste.
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark caramel color with no head. Overpowering aroma of wood smoke-like a campfire. Flavor is largely smoke with some underlying caramel malt sweetness. A very nice beer.
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled September 2011; this Rauchbier brewed with Oak Smoke Malt aroma reminded me of a smell that would linger on your coat the day after being around a camp fire. Strong head, amber, medium bodied, moss, earth and burnt oak all in the flavor. My first taste of this beer I thought the smokiness was over bearing but it settled on my palate.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a slightly hazy orangy copper with a thin wispy head.
The smell is lots of smoke. Smells like a bonfire with really no other smell being apparent. I love it!
The taste is extremely smoke-forward followed by an assertive bitterness that increases toward the finish. The smoke seems more pronounced and forceful in this beer compared to the others from Schlenkera. Very nice.
I love smoke beers and I have to say that the ones from Schlenkera are probably the best examples made. While I prefer the Urbock over this one, it is still exceptional. Just perfect for a fall evening.
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Both the aroma and taste oozes with smoked sausage, smoked ham and roasted (and smoked) malt. A small minus is that the taste gets a little too sour in the long run. But otherwise a great smoke-beer!
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(500 ml bottle from Global Beverage) Pours auburn-amber, bright and clear. Two fingers of level off-white head. Aroma of pure smoked meat - Easter ham and maple-cured bacon. Mouthfeel smooth and meaty. Flavor of sweet smoked goodness over a nice thick caramel malt base. It’s just a great balance here, the smoke is so beautifully integrated, and I love the 8%! A smoke masterpiece.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This hazy amber pour had minimal carbonation. The aroma was of salami, uncooked bacon and other lunchmeats. It’s nice and smokey.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in pint glass: Clean medium amber hue with a small and fading head and okay lace. The aroma is what you expected, smoky wood , tobacco and meat vapours run amok along with some nice caramel and pils malt notes. A touch of apple and rum raisin as well. The taste is a moderate smoked meat and earthy overtone with a sweet wood and caramel background. While this beer is a bit one note, it is a note played very well. Much like the nose, there is a subdued fruity quality I like as well. The mouth feel is smooth and a tad oily with an ashy finish, way under carbonated, nearly flat. Overall an okay brew but I prefer the Schlenkerla Fastenbier and Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen much much more, my least favorite of the five Schlenkerla beers I have tried.
Holy (837) - GERMANY - OCT 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle opened at my wife’s 30th birthday party - courtesy of Bierkrug and shared with some locals. Bierkrug warned me that this was a great beer - he was right! This was the surprise of the evening for me, the smoke compliments the DB really well - balance is also good. Nice.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 bottle. lightly hazed dull caramel body with a medium-sized off-white head. requisite hearty and slightly-sweet smelling smoked pork belly nose complete with husky cracked and toasted grains, transparent yeast and indiscernable hop aromatics. not having the ruachbier marzen side-by-side i can’t make a clear and detailed comparison of the smoked oak vs. beechwood character, but the smoke is hearty and leathery, leaning a bit more towards sweet-glazed smoked meat with a lighter smoked wood / campfire character. medium-full body, moderately chewy with a silken texture across the middle but showing some roughness on the edges. a nice variant from one of the world’s great brewing treasures, but a proper comparison with the marzen and urbock would definitely help dial in the evaluation here.