icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 RE-RATE: My opinions on the aroma and flavor of this beer have changed quite a lot since I gave it an overall of 6 out of 20 some time ago. Pours a clear maple syrup brown, with a large but diminishing foamy off white head. Leaves a good lacing.
Smells strongly of smoked meats, salt, hints of ripe apples underneath, and a touch of light floral sweetness. Yummy.
The flavor to me is reminiscent of a stout, but definately not the same thing.
There is some light honey sweetness, good maltiness, and of course, the smoke, with a nice bitterness in the long finish.
The mouthfeel is of medium thickness, with fine tingling carbonation.
Sometimes I might rate the flavor and palate and overall score a point higher or lower, but today, this is how I re-rate this beer.
beastiefan2k (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 This beer definitly smells like meat and I drank it with some meat and they went well together. Drank brown color with a hint of amber coloring. Has very little head. This beer isnt thick but still satisfying to the taste. 8/3/8/8/16
BR>Rerate. Ahh the youthfull ratings. but this is a standard in my house and a lovely berr altogether. The reason i sit to rerate is I got to try this on tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Well, all the smokiness is exaggerated and the beer really does seem fresher. Its a very silky smokiness with some sweetness to it. A beautiful extremely dark brown color with just a bit of brown translucence. Whats there to say its just freaking a good ass smoke and even better on tap. 9/4/8/3/18
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 This may seem odd but my main comment is a warning to vegetarians, or simply those who don't like the smell of meat: don't try this beer. I tried to rate this beer objectively according to the quality I felt it offers but it is difficult for me to get past the meaty aroma and taste. Aside from my own reaction though I have to say this seems like an incrediblely well-crafted smoked beer. Campfire and smokehouse waft out of the bottleas soon as the cap is off of it and it doesn't relent. You'll feel like you are curing pepperoni or salami as you look into this deep brown beer. An acquired taste I would say....
aleslinger (2) - CANADA - JAN 2, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tawny red colour with soapy-looking head. The aroma is delicious, oysters and woodsmoke. Starts off almost meaty, but a bit thin on the palate. This is an excellent pairing with a lot of foods, and certainly something a bit different.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark auburn color with curling tendrils of head. High carbonation is evident through sporadic firing of bubble salvos up through the liquid. Aroma is a complex smokiness underpinned by cocoa, ovaltine, hickory, and walnuts. Flavor is sweeter than one might expect (although not really given the marzen base), and starts sweet while finishing quite dry. Charred meat, campfire, and burning sugar types of smokiness are all present. Some hop presence, but this is scared off by the bitter, smoky astringency. Interdigitated malt structure (caramel, pecans and molasses) comes through the wall of flavors. Overcarbonation keeps this beer from being all it could be (problem remedied ad hoc by decanting beer and leaving in fridge for 30 minute or so).
Tessic (813) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The head when poured had a darker toffee colour. Not the best head, disappeared quickly. Heavy hickory scent and taste. Small amount of toffee and roasted coffee. Very slight burnt malt taste on top of the hickory. Hard to find anything past the hickory flavour.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first rauchbier, so take it for what it's worth.
Dark brown color, almost opaque.
Initial nose is instantly a musty, pungent smoke aroma, like a damp campfire from the night before, followed by a solid maltness like that of a doppelbock.
The cream colored head is cmposed of fine bubbles, but it fades quickly leaving a residual ring at the side of the glass and bits of brussels lace on the sides of the glass. I had to pour aggressively to get any head at all.
The taste is first and foremost heavy smoke--not bitter and acidic like liquid smoke, but like a smoked brisket--deep, subtle and flavorful. There's a bit of maltiness to it as well, but not as much as there is in the nose. The smoke dominates everything, leaving an enduring smoky aftertaste.
A good, solid beer. I can see why some people like rauchbier so much.
Time to hunt down a steinbier!
StoutOrDeath (119) - USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice beer. Goes well with Barbeque. This is one I wish came in half cases here in the US. I'd drink a lot of them.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear deep orange-red beer with an off tan, thin head. Smokey/malty nose that says German lager. Smooth malty/smokey flavor. Full body lends itself to the smoke. Every time I have a beer made by these guys, I am impressed by how well it is made. Prost!
flemdawg (522) - Naples, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma took me back to camping, and sitting around a dying fire. The beer had a brownish/dark amber color to it with a whiteish head and a bit of lacing. The flavor was like that campfire smoke again. Very intersting taste indeed. The finish was smooth and left just a hint of smoke in my mouth.