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Gänstaller Bräu Franz-Xaver-Gänstaller Smoked Märzen

Gänstaller Bräu Franz-Xaver-Gänstaller Smoked Märzen
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Brewed by Gänstaller Bräu
Style: Smoked
Hallerndorf, Germany


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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aka "F.X.G Dark Smoked Märzen"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jananise (56) - - APR 27, 2015
Tried on tap. Colour is burnt amber/red and slightly hazy. Aroma is smoked meat with some toasted malty notes. Taste is like smoked bacon. Not overpowering. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (1941) - DENMARK - APR 27, 2015
Keg. Hazy copper/orange with a good lacing creamy white head. Bready malts with lots of fresh baguette like notes and gentle meaty smoke to compliment it. Some light berries, hay, bark, light herbal notes also. It feels very well structured and the mouthfeel is soft and filling. Long dry finish with bready malt and smoke. Good stuff, had a couple of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7140) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2015
Taster from the tank at the brewery. Great nose, huge smoky ham and back. Dark brown with orange tint, cloudy. Lovely woody smoke flavor, ham, tons of ham really. Smooth and big.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ippopotamo36 (609) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 22, 2015
At the Franken Fest in Rome - Italy. On tap. Dark amber color, nice cap. Nose: mild cheese, smoked feel, red fruit. Mouth: easy drinking but light in a way. Wood, leather, red fruit. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33804) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
Hazy dark orang to brown. Dense smoked and meaty. Light sweet. Mild bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13539) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Draught@HBF. Slightly hazy amber color, small white head. Very meaty, red meat, smoked aroma. Cheesy even. Medium-bodied. Smoked ham, smoked cheese in the aftertaste! Very unique rauchbier.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Draught at Zoiglstube in May, 2013 (and from a tragically infected keg at the Fränkisches Bierfest in Nürnberg): Hazy orange. Dense crown of sticky meringue foam. Melanoidin- and marmalade-laden aromas, with divine complementary notes of sherbet, manure, smoked hay, fresh baked shortbread, lemon zest, fresh-cut wood, pineapple upside-down cake, minerals. Remarkably soft and fine carbonation. Zesty and luscious marmalade flavors collide with a forceful Spalt charge which drips and oozes with bright, palate-coating, sweetish nectar. Stacks upon stacks of bouncy, adeptly extracted, melanoidin-rich malt follows up with a luxuriously textured complexity which caresses the palate with decadent poundcake and cookie accents. Endlessly complex and edgeless maltiness continually unfolds with a hay dust and toasted breadcrust interplay. Melanoidins are quite candyish and give a liquefied black licorice suggestion. Smoke character brims with intriguing manure and road tar, which lends an appealing and decidedly rustic quality. Profoundly pure and malt-centric, with no meat flavors to speak of. Dab of marzipan and even some mild fudge sneaks in from the staggeringly complex rauch character. Tobacco spice ensues as the spicy-hop intensity crescendos in its peppery bitterness. Radiant peach gels with a floral dried-apricot subtleness. Considerably dry, squeaky clean finish displays oodles of spicy, woody hops along with a hint of kumquat marmalade dusted with black pepper and springy tobacco. Almost invariably, brewers sacrifice cleanliness for brutish complexity. But of course a masterful brewer can brew something unprecedented in its complexity with equally matched nuances as well as textural depth and refinement, as is the case here. This beer, and more than a few of Andy’s beers, are a distillation of life. It’s uncanny. If a brewer could somehow find a way to cheat, I would accuse him of doing so. But after many tastes of his exquisite beers over the past five years or so, I am convinced that there is nothing like these creations, at least within this Earthly realm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8468) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Draft at the Zoiglstube and later at the Fränkisches Bierfest in Nürnberg.
Lightly hazed amber with a rocky off-white head. Immensely deep aroma, nearly as stunning as that first smell of Affumicator: red apples, cedar, peppered meat, a little ashy, sweet and fruity, burnt candied apples or something. Chewy, sweet toffee malts and cherry and plum flavored malt sugars. Clean fermentation. Creamy carbonation. Ebbing and flowing and swelling aroma. So it was in fantastic shape from one keg, and from another at the bierfest it was crunchy, sourish and acidic. Damn shame if anyone got a first impression of this beer from that one keg. This is a beauty when it’s in good shape.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (11987) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 9, 2013
Würzig rauchiger Antrunk, sehr süffig. Leichte Schokoladennoten, sich, die Rauchigkeit wird leicht süß. Minimal bitter, zum Ende milder. Gut. 11/11/12/12//12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21835) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2013
Draught@HBF2013. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is smoke, tar, toffee, grass and mild wooden and resiny notes. Flavour is fruity, wooden, toffeeish with some herbal notes and just some mild burnt wet wooden notes.

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