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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   ABV: -
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Stag Series #3 is August Schell’s interpretation of a traditional Franconian Rauchbier (smoke beer). Rauchbiers date back to the early 1500s, when green malt was dried over open fires. The grain picks up the smokey flavor from the fire, and this is carried over to the beer. Stag Series #3 uses a blend of malts smoked over beechwood and cherrywood to create a twist on the traditional style. The remainder of the malt bill includes Dark Munich Malt, Caramunich, and a touch of black malt for color. It is hopped with Tettnang and Sterling. Release is Mar 1, 2011


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Flat Earth pint glass (at least it’s a Minnesota brewery). Appearance: Fairly dark amber-red that appears halfway between Cherry wood & Mahogany. Thin off-white head. Aroma: Smoke, char, toast, caramel and cherry. Taste: Initial blast of smoke and charbroiled meat, but then deepens to include great semi-sweet malts with an emphasis on caramel and cherry. Some light toast and biscuit are almost hidden under the smoke, before ending with light spicy hops, and another blast of lingering smoke. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is fairly smooth and crisp. Overall: Pretty damn good Rauchbier. This is one of Schell’s best beers, and since this is also an underrepresented style, they should make this part of their regular line-up. And add the Weihnachtbier and Baltic Porter while you’re at it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Reddish brown pour with a light tan head. Fantastic smokey aroma and flavor with a great malty balance. Sweet smokey finish. I think it’s my new favorite rauchbier.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
freezy (55) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2011
poured into a tall tulip, color is slightly cloudy leather brown, smells like a bottle that somebody dropped a cig butt into it. I checked...it was fine. Nice cream head, taste like a pork chop, great mouthfeel and carbonation. I didn’t note much alcohol, which might explain the smoky cigarette-like addictive drink-ability. I hope they make this a regular item. I’ve had the schlenkerla rauchweis and the wheat rotten bananas flavor is off-putting. Schell’s is very nice and a great introduction to anybody to rauchbier

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
Copper color with a medium head. Smokey aroma. Strong smoke flavor, very ham-like. Strong malt character, with light, buttery Munich malt notes.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2011
Tap. Smells like campfire, bacon, ham, subtle malt sweetness in there somewhere. Pours a deep ruby. Taste is upfront smoke. Tastes like licking a firestarter. Nice malt base to it, finishes slightly sweet. Solid carbonation. I can get into this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3877) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Smokey yet malty aroma which for a rauchbier is different because normally its all smoke. The flavor is subtle for a rauchbier, the smoke doesn’t pummel the taste but it definitely is there with a hint of smoked meat in there. Very good rauchbier.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1965) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottled sample via oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of hardwood smoke, wet wood, pale malt, and mild stone fruit. Smoke is the star on the palate as well, backed by notes of cherry, lightly toasted malt, and moderate herbal hopping.Medium bodied and a bit more bitter and hoppy than most rauchbiers I’ve had. The cherry aspect weights it down a bit (even though it’s a mild component overall), but this is a pretty damn good smoked beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Aroma: spicy bread, smoke and some sweet malts, earthy, clove, everything a rauchbier should be. Pours amber/light brown, very clear with a 1/2" off white head, head dissipates quickly to a thin ring of foam. Flavor is pleasantly smoky, bready and toasty, some malt sweetness, very malt-forward overall. There is just enough bitterness for balance, but hops are in the background. Smooth on the palate, medium body and carbonation, very tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
[Bottle] Pours a very dark shade of brown with a rocky light brown cap. Sweet aroma of burnt toffee, smoked malts and cocoa powder. Solid smoky taste is up front in this beer. Charred wood, light bacon, toasted breads and caramelized malt flavors throughout. Above average body imparts a creaminess that really made this beer stand out in my mind. A very pleasant surprise. I wish I picked up more of this on my travels.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (799) - - SEP 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 Pours a mahogany colour with a baby finger of head. Smell of campfire smoke, menonite bacon and roasted malts. Taste of smoke, followed by bready malts, dark caramel toffee and raisin. A bit thin considering how dark this beer poured. This will go great with some BBQ. In my top 3 for the style. More please.


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