Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iím a bit new to the Rauchbier style, only having had Rogue Smoke before this, however I am quickly becoming a big fan. Meaty, smoky, campfire nose that showcases the smoke much more than what appears in flavor. The taste is a good dose of smoke, but there is a subtle bitterness and other elements going on as well. Overall, damn delicious.
Lorenasa (153) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good smoked beer that pours dark. Smells like smoked wild game. Tastes very much like smoked meat. The only negative on this is it is a little too bitter in the after taste and is why I prefer the Marzen over the urbock.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep mahoganey with scant off white head. Smoke is abundant in the nose and flavor. Smoked meats and campfire, but in a very pleasant way. There may be some toffee and other malty notes in there as well, but smoke definitely takes the front seat in this one. I wish I could recall how closely this one compares to the Marzen version. Pretty close I think. This isnít the kind of beer most folks are going to pick up on a regular basis and it could be argued that it is somewhat one dimensional, but it really is quite enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation that prevents this one from sinking too deeply. We served it with smoked ham last night for dinner and it was very good. If your not a huge fan of smoked beers, I understand the Wheat version of this beer is a little less smokey.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is beef jerky beer (smell & taste) - I donít think I need to say much more. Interesting and attention grabbing. Points for the unique taste.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated at the Pewaukee Tasting II 5/5/07.
Appearance - Super-clear reddish-brown, big head.
Aroma Ė Smells like a malty beef jerky, enjoyed simultaneously with a lightly refrigerator-dehydrated landjaeger (hung smoked meat).
Flavor Ė Gawd, even better than the aroma. Smoked beef jerky and malt, rich, with a solid hang time.
Palate Ė medium-bodied, but seems so much larger
This one was a real hit with the group!
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 Dark brown color with tan head. Intensly smokey smell and flavor. Taste is a mixture of hops, malt and hickory smoked ham.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
And I thought Fullerís Porter was an ashtray taste. This one is over the top compared to the Weizen and Marzen. Smooth smoked taste until the swallow. Bittered smoke finish. Long ashy aftertaste that is unpleasant - to me.
thiesen (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Obviously rauch especially in the aroma. Had it iota clay mug and it looked good! Sweet like a bock, not as fresh as the mšrzen
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red-brown dark color with a very thin head. The aroma is the most amazing aspect; strong smoke and meat overpower the senses. This is my first rauchbier, so I donít have proper perspective, but Iím very surprised to see that this beer adheres to the Reinheitgebot. The body is medium and the flavor is a subdued version of the aroma. Probably not the best session beer since the flavor and body arenít so big, but perfect as a compliment to steak or sausage.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An artisinal specialty but hits the spot when itís desired.