Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown to red in color, with a nice head that quickly disappears. The aroma is quite smoky. Barbequed pig, baked beans, a light campfire and a salt lick can easily be found in this. Probably about as smoky as I can handle. This just doesn't seem to be my style, but this was surprisingly drinkable. I'm quite glad I made myself drink this, and not just because it's a beer.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 Appears brown at first but is actually a deep garnet red when held to a light. Thinnish white head leaves just a few tiny spots of lace. Aromatically, it certainly lives up to its Rauchbier name. Nose is intensely smokey and that's it. Reminds me of barbecue pork. Just a bit more going on in terms of flavor. Some acidic tartness, sweet malts, and of course loads of campfire smoke. Creamy mouthfeel reminiscent of a stout or full bodied porter. Just a touch of bittering hops in the finish. This has been quite a tasty intro into the world of Rauchbier.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was just way too funky to express in words...basically one weird ass beer!!!! This one pours a deep brown color with a soapy white head. The aroma pretty much turned me off from the getgo...beef jerky, heavy salt, smokey malt, and roasted raisins predominate..its almost like this beer was marinaded overnight...not very inviting. The taste isnt bad if you can get past the beef jerky/salty aspect of the taste. Very thin body, little carbonation, but incredibly salty with little alcohol presence if any. I didnt quite understand the point of this beer...i feel no need to try this again.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Significantly sweeter than their UrBock. The smokiness dominated, but the malty sweetness rounded out things, and the beer left a malty aftertaste. Easier drinking than the UrBock. Nice.
Sigmund (4503) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2003
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(500 ml bottle). Well, any idiot can recognize that this beer has MORE aroma than (nearly) any other beer, and MORE flavour than a lot of beers. But to make a 100% honest rating, I have to ask myself: Do I actually LIKE the overpowering smell of smoked meat? Sadly, the answer is NO. I'm a beer drinker, not a goddamn sausage maker! The flavour is not quite as overpowering smoky as the aroma - at least you get a notion that you're drinking a beer and not just liquid smoked meat. Still, it tastes like something that has just been saved out of the burnt-out ruins of a brewery. Like any Marzen, it is quite light bodied (when you try to ignore the smokiness, of course). I probably have to admit that Rauchbiers are not my cup of tea - sorry, beer - but would still like to sample the Urbock as I imagine that a heavier beer would carry the smokiness better than a Marzen. Did I mention that this beer at least LOOKS good? - good head, beautiful dark copper colour.
nigos (623) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smokey aroma like baviarian smoked cheese. Deep copper hue with small head. Smoked malt taste with a long dry finish. <y first smoked beer to date so the flavours were slightly shocking at first but this is a good beer. Would go well with smoked cheese. It seems a little thin beyond the smokeyness though
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice malty and bigitme smoked aroma,big creamy head,nice dark amber color.Flavor is big and well smoked lightly malty,medium sweet,kind of watery in the texture the after taste is smokey ,malty.i mean what more can you say about a rauchbier it smoked and delicious as hell.A good accompaniment for samon or shellfish ,but not a brew that you would drink in large quantity ,the flavor would get to you i believe.
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stuff is a phenom. The first taste is a bit of a shock. Every one afterwards is a fix. Have it with some nice salty crackers. Beechwood reek and malt swirl together in perfect crisp harmony. More!
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I cant believe that i liked this beer this much. normally i am not a fan of smoked beers but this one is done soo well. the nose was at first overpoweringly smoky but then i started to enjoy the intricacies of it. smoked gouda, salmon and beef jerky were all there. the flavor was mild and plain except for the smoke which just as it did in the aroma became more interesting as i relaxed and enjoyed it. it was a little watery but that worked well for this beer. i would really enjoy this one at a bbq.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark brown color with a big, off-white head that lingers. Wow! What an aroma, I can smell the campfire two feet from the glass. The aroma is strongly smokey, but attractive just the same. Medium body with low carbonation, the flavor is all malt with tones of smoke. The finish is long and smoke filled. Drinking this reminds me of roasting pigs on a barbecue or cooking bacon in the microwave. Excellent brew!