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Altenmünster Rauchenfelser Steinbier

Formerly brewed at Allgäuer Brauhaus (Oetker Group)
Style: Smoked
Kempten, Germany


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
It has a lightly smoky taste which is achieved in the special brewing process.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
Fruity mildly smoky caramel malt aroma with some bready malt character. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a low white head that recedes to ring. Fruity and smoky caramel flavour with some underlying meatiness. Medium light body with fair carbonation. Bottle sampled at the Country Inn with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours nutty brown with a small rocky-fizzy tan head. Smoked caramel medium roasted malt aroma, heavy ash and wood notes with faint notes of bacon grease and fruits. Ashy medium roasted heavily smoked wood and malt flavor, some fruits and bacon. Medium bodied fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2005
I would have thought it would be difficult to achieve "lightly" smoked, but this beer does it. I don’t know what the base beer is supposed to be and I don’t really care. There is some fruit, like strawberries and honeydew, and some syrupy goodness, like caramel and gooey brown bread, and also some meaty oiliness. And woven through that, the smoke. Very mild and easy to drink. Palate is a little watery though (oily in texture, watery in weight). Liked it quite a bit nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2005
The Lure:
Fruity earth is the ground on which lays careful caramel. Some peaches, and barely a hint of smoke, but all in all seemingly well-made.

The Festivities:
A smoky mist descends onto the cherry field. The earth is moist, and benefits from the rich maltiness. Fizzy carbonation resides underneath an admirable balance.

Morning rises through the branches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
Hazy copper pour, the head is white, 1cm tall and mostly lasting. Gentle soft toasted bread maltiness form a most diplomatic nose where the hops dont show up at all. Globally fruity though individual species are very hard to pinpoint. Some light, fitting leatherette and blood undertones grows from sip to sip allowing the flavors to last in mouth. Malt oriented and well balanced german brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2005
A caramel/mahogany brew with a thick density of swirling particulate. No head. Malty aromas were toasted grain, nuts and caramel... but no smoke. Flavor was thoroughly bittersweet with a dry, weak finish. Reminded me in a way of <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/hair-of-the-dog- of the Dog Adam (which I didn’t like). I would in no way call this a Rauchbier.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Dark golden with a handsome, lacing head. Distinct smoked notes, but otherwise surprisingly thin-bodied, almost watery. 140200

(Bottle 50 cl) As "Altenmünster Steinbier" by Sailerbräu Franz Sailer in Marktoberdorf. Clear reddish brown colour with a beige head. Notes of caramel and smoke and a lasting, long bitterness. 130101

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Sampled at chester’s in hamilton, ontario with jadoreblanche and joeycapps. Ruby red body, with almost no head at all. Aromas are sausage, hickory, smoke. Taste is sweet smoked meatyness. Slightly sour too, with some maple syrup and oranges. Watery finish. Pretty good smoked beer, but a tad one dimensional in the finish. Thanks a lot Joey Capps for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Nice creamy head, reddish tan appearance. Nice meaty smoke aroma, but just a touch off, possibly oxidized. Taste is a spicy, meaty smoke. Brown sugary sweetness. Finish stays sweet, smoke all but leaves. Body is a little too watery for me. Other than that, very approachable and drinkable smoked lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2005
One of the guys in our homebrew club was talking about this, and it sounded interesting. I was lucky enough to get to sample a bottle that another fellow homebrewer picked up. Dark copper in color with a small, off-white head. Smokey aroma, whiffs of burnt leaves and charred corn husks. Flavor has a subdued smokiness, with roasty malts and caramel also rather prevalent. This gets bonus points for keeping a very traditional style of brewing alive in the 21st century.

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