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Samuel Adams Rauch Bier

Samuel Adams Rauch Bier
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Formerly brewed at Boston Beer Company
Style: Smoked
Boston, Massachusetts USA


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A very special experimental batch of a traditional German-style smoked beer from the Jamaica Plain brewery.

Any post-2006 ratings should be placed under the Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier entry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2006
So I guess Sam Adams has been considering bringing back either the Rauchbier or the Honey Porter so they bottled a batch of each and took them to various places for taste tests. This came in a bottle marked Samuel Adams Sample B. Pours a brown color with a hint of white head. What you get is a nice sweet malty beer that is balanced out by a bit oí smoke. Reminds me of a campfire sausage. I adore smoked beers and was really excited to get a hold of this one and was not dissapointed. This isnít as good as the Aecht Schlenkerla stuff but itís damn good and it would be nice to see on the shelves as a regular product.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 Extreme beer fest '04,Deep golden in color with a small white head.Smoke aroma and flavor.Mild but decently balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Clear orange color with a white head. Light smoked bacon aroma, starts and ends sweet. Mild compared to other smoked beers that I've had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
Draft at Spring Brewtopia 2005... Crystal clear, amber lager with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The nose is of sizzling, smoked bacon. The flavor is medium sweet and smokey. Hopped well for balance. Medium to full-bodied and very creamy. Fizzy carbonation. Moderately bitter, lightly tangy, dry, smoked finish. Fairly mild smoked lager, but really good nonetheless. Iím a big fan of rauchbiers so Iím going to rate them accordingly unless they downright suck. This one doesnít. I hope they eventually bottle the stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Has a amber color and a smoked/malt smell. Taste was nicely smoked, not too overpowering, and finished with a slight bitterness. Overall one of the better smoked beer that I have had...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Had this on tap at the JP brewery. Decent smoked malt aroma. I personally think this could use a lot more smoke, but overall it tastes like a slightly darker and more firm version of the lager combined with a touch of smoke. More smoke needed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia í05 Iíll be damned, a rauchbier from Boston Brewing. Pretty amber pour with minimal white head. Aromas are light, smokehouse (meaty), caramel. Full bodied, kind of sticky, thickly malty. Mild combination of smoke and malt with an unfortunately spicey note of wood pulp. Like many SA brews, this one exhibits great balance and drinkability but tends toward the sweet side. It ainít great, but it ainít no joke. PLEASE bottle this stuff Mr.Adams.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2004
2004 draught @ Redbones. Pours a good looking auburn-amber, clear and filtered but otherwise bright and appealing. Small yellow/cream colored head. Aroma has hints of light smoked wood, a touch of roasted malt and some hints of light toffee. Flavor begins with a lightly sweet malt flavor; hints of molasses and caramel. Flavor blends in to the smoke with a pretty good, real smoky taste. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. No huge complex flavors, but a decent, very well balanced rendition. Youíre not going to confuse this one with Aecht Schlenkerla, but I dont think they were trying to do so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2005
Sampled at brewdopia. Copper hue with a small, creamy, white head. Butterpopcorn, smoke, caramel, nutty aroma. Lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a bit too acidic for my tastes. Also, *snrk* this was one of the top five most interesting beers in the second sessions. Sweet jebus. *shakes head*

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Boston Oktoberfest 2004. Somkey aroma, not so extraordianry... but decent. Glad to try it, donít know if Iíd look for it again.

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