Second Street Rauchbier
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Another in our series of "smoky beers", this is our rendition of the very hard to find rauch style of lager, native to Bamberg, Germany, that has its roots in pre-Industrial Revolution Europe. A true lager, it is brewed with a portion of "Rauchmalz", sourced from Bamberg, that is carefully smoked over Beechwood fires. This is a complex beer with the smoky nuances showing equally (but not dominating) the malt and hop flavors and aromas. O.G. 1.058, ABV 6.1%, IBU 26

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Beer #35 of NM 100. The flavor is nicely smokey and dry. A little vegetal unfortunately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2011
mildly sweet glazed ham-like, but also wet cigarettes ashes come to mind. strange finish, slightly brine-like, medium-light body, a bit chewy and a bit twangy and corn-like in the finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Draft @ brewpub. Nice copper hue but little head. Disappointing aroma! Hardly any smoke at all! I would never had pegged this as a rauchbier if you held it up to my nose. The flavors come across slightly sulfuric, and then becomes bandaidy. I wonder if they are using peated malt instead of the Weyerman-like smoked malt? Well, I’m warming up to it gradually as the flavors are peaty but the smoke character is not supported by big enough or sweet enough, or simply enough malts. So it comes across as thin and vegetal rather than rich and smoky. I had high hopes. Boo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
Golden amber - no head. Only a hint of smoke, maybe some caramel on the nose. Quite toasty - smoky on the palate. A little thin, lacking sugars, typical of an American-made German style. The smoke is nice, but it needs help all-round.

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