Iron Hill Rauch Weizen
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This unique Bavarian unfiltered wheat beer is brewed with a small portion of malt smoked over Cherrywood chips, which lend this beer a faint smoke character that blends with the banana and clove flavors produced by the special yeast strain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cheap (5309) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
At the lancaster pub. Probably one of the best tasting rauch beers I’ve had. Most of this genre is over the top. this on the other hand is well done and never over the top. I wasn’t going to try this but I’m glad I did. A mild smoked beer. Friendly and easy to live with. Some mild smoked and bacan attributes in there. Boy, the gentleness of this beer is impressive. Good intro beer for the smoked style. I liked it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Poured a golden and orange color with a rocky head. Light smoke aroma followed by biscuit and bread. Light bitterness at the beginning followed by a nice medium bready body. Smoke then builds. It is not overwhelming but more than the aroma. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2009
On draft at the Lancaster location. Poured a hazy orange color with good hefe-like appearance. The aroma was meaty (hickory?) smoked malts, slight bubblegum. The flavor was firm meaty smoked malts, light wheat under it all, the phenolic and fruity esters of the hefeweizen were much subdued behind the smoke. Sour and citrus notes were most noteable from the base beer. Bubblegum was faint in the flavor. Mouthfeel was moderate and finished clean, slightly on the malty side. A decent shot at the style, but I don’t think meaty smoke is optimized in a weisse brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Poured a lightly hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of light smoke, clove, some banana, citrus fruits, vanilla, and toasted malts. Taste of vanilla, some banana, and clove, with a light peaty wood flavor, tart wheat, and a relatively dry finish. Still on tap in Lancaster as of 7/29/09.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Draft at P-ville. Pours turbid gold with off-white head. Nose is sour mashy fruit, spices, hopcitrus, banana, slight smoky notes. The flavor is hopcitric, spicy, a bit funky saisony with a smoky undercurrent that is not very powerful. Initially this one seemed to be a bit odd tasting, like a souped up wheat with some clovey banana and mild rauch, but it started coalescing toward the middle. i got the last mug of this, and I hope to see it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Tap at IH Pville. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a smaller creamy white head that laced. Aroma of ripe banana, clove, tropical fruits, cereal grains and a slight hint of smoke. Flavor had more of the smoked malt but not overpowering. Banana and clove coming through strong. Lively carbonation and lighter in body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2009
tap at Lancaster. Pours a hazy coppery gold with a thinning head. Aroma is dirty ropey smokeyness, banana and phenol, plastic and almost a harsh earthy goaty smoke funk- but not brett-like more real goat cheesylike. Flavor is earthy, toast, banana, phenols, clove, leather, cherrywood harsh -like smoke, very drying phenols smoke, wood, and tannic like. Ok body and fizzy finish with a bit more ropey harshness. A bit muddled and not quite refined- cherrywood smoke doesnt really work in this type of beer I guess- better off with beechwood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2009
On tap at the Lancaster, PA location. Arrived at the table a cloudy gold with a thin-moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of banana and clove with only a few whiffs of smoke on the nose. The smoke has more of a presence in the flavor and is equal with the banana and clove. There is also just a hint of vanilla present in the flavor as well. Mild-medium bitterness at the finish. I’m not sure I’ve had a beer quite like this one before and I must say I liked it!

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