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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Caldera’s Rauch Ur Bock is a German-style lager billowing with intense cherry and beachwood smoke flavors. We used two different smoked grains in this lager, one cured with cherrywood and the other cured with beachwood. Warning, this beer has an intense smoked flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8104) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2014
Sampled @ Gents Bierfestival 2014. 650 ml. bottle. Gorgeous beer pomegranate ruby amber with no head. Nice leathery, wood, smoked malt (DE-feel to it), caramel, light pine, cookie,… Nice DE-style smoky malt with clean caramel, toffee, leather, cookie sweetness, light honey, brown sugar, vanilla, light molasses, smoked Italian ham, toffee, nice sweetness. Oily, creamy malty beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bomber. Aroma is smoked bacon, pure awesomeness. Pours hazy dark amber-brown with a medium collapsing beige head. Taste is everything I want in a smoked beer. There’s not just a hint of smoke here like in a lot of examples of the style, this is a whole smoker jammed down your throat, filling all senses. Body could be fuller. Delicious!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (3100) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. Copper bronze pour leading up to an of-white head. Busy carbonation. That aroma is 10 out of 10 for me! I love my smoked beers to smell like I’m standing next to a roaring bonfire and that is what I get from this. I barely care about the grainy malt character because I’m just about coughing with smoker’s cough thanks to this sensational aroma! Medium body. The smokiness is a little muted in the taste but there is this fascinating cherry-like character, maybe from the cherry wood they used, that erupts on my palate. This is absolutely wonderful. Wish I picked up more than one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Wow, I’m only the 3rd to rate this? What gives? Pours turbid deep copper with 3-finger off-white head. Nose is huge smoked caramel and Munich malt, some hops. Tastes caramel malty, smoky, with some earthy hops and a BBQ hot dog flavor that has enough sweetness to balance the smoked malt. Rich, complex palate. This is a world class rauch that I know would stand up well in a blind taste test, even with Aechty offerings, I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2014
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. Pours clear deep ruby with a one finger white head. Good head retention with above-average lacing. Aroma lets you know right off the bat that this one is quite smoky. Great bonfire/bacon aroma with a little bit of grass and fruit in the background from the hops. Heavy on the smoke, though, which I love. The flavor is also very smoky but has some more complexities compared to the aroma. More campfire and ash but with some fruitiness from the yeast and perhaps the hops. There is some biscuity malt and caramel along with some molasses. Bitterness is on the light side but the sweetness remains restrained. Overall, an excellent rauch and one of the better non-German examples I have had. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Pours a chestnut color with excellent clarity. French Vanilla white head, creamy and thick with lots of stickage. The aroma is quite meaty, reminiscent of beef jerkey or sausage. There is also some chocolate undertones. I am really impressed with the depth of in this beer. There are many dimensions of flavor that deserve to be explored. The label indicates that they used two types of smoked gains, one cured with cherrywood and the other with beechwood. The result is a delicious ensemble of wood, bbq, and rich smoked meat flavors. Joining in are some balancing malts, sweet and toasted bread in the end. Almost a citrus hoppiness too. This is a superb example of this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Sampled on 5/14/2011. This smoked lager pours a medium reddish amber color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing. The aroma is smoke, some caramel, some fruit and some more smoke. A medium to light bodied smoked lager. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Decent carbonation. The smokiness is in every aspect of this beer. It is pervasive but not at any time overwhelming. There is some cherry flavor in here as well. Very nice smoked beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and smoky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
16/VIII/14 - 50cl bottle @ 5de Gents Bierfestival - BB: n/a (2014-922) Thanks to PriorL and JorisPPattyn for sharing the bottle!

Clear reddish amber beer, small aery beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: smoky, caramel, sugary, banana, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sweet malty start, caramel, little bitter, soft smokiness, lots of chocolate, bit sugary. Aftertaste: pretty smoky, caramel, some coffee, dark chocolate, lots of dried fruits. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Bomber. Mahogany colored with a sudsy layer of beige head. The aroma is an onslaught of sweet and smoky cherry, beef jerky, tobacco, menthol and roasted malt notes. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the addition of black cherry, smoked sausage, mesquite and burnt caramel malts. The smoked meat and sweet tobacco notes blend together quite well. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth with medium-level carbonation while the finish is naturally burnt and smoky. The overall flavor can best be described as a campfire in a glass. Much better than it sounds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4928) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
This was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. From a 22-oz bottle this poured a dark amber with beige head and big bubbles. Nose of roast port or maybe smoked pork. Medium plus body. Smooth mouth feel. Flavor is smoke, with fruit, and toffee in the finish. Some chocolate appears. The smoke is never overwhelming. This is a top flight smoke. Loved it.

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