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Sierra Nevada Rauch Beer
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Only available at the brewery in Chico, our rauch beer (smoked beer) is a chestnut colored, medium bodied, dry lager. The slight hint of smoke flavor comes in from the use of a small amount of imported smoked barley malt. Perle hops for bittering and Liberty hops for aroma finish this very unique beer offering.

Previous batches 5.6%


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (3151) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Tap. Pours clear light amber, medium off white head, good lacing. Aroma is heavy smoke, woody, campfire. Flavor is very smokey as well, a bit of sweetness and acid ity. A bit meaty, unfortunately. Light body, high carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3240) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
On tap at the Torpedo Room. It pours a nice rich gold color with an off white head. The aroma is strong with smoked wood and ham. The flavor is full bodied and super smoky, almost peaty phenolic with ham, brown sugar and light notes of fruit. Slightly heavy on the palate and sweet. The smoke is intense, which I love, but almost too much even for me.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayg1 (552) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
On tap in Charlotte. This stuff wasn’t bad at all. Pours a hazy yellowish brown with a big head on it. In the aroma I didn’t smell any smoke at all actually kind of weird really just some sweet malts. As soon as I took a sip I realized that the smoke on this was very light and actually kind of nice. Toasty and lightly burnt flavors are balance by a touch of sweetness before bitter hops. Not bad for my first smoked.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
On tap in Charlotte. Ugh not really that great. Lighter on the smoke side, but too smokey for me to enjoy it. Yellow looking pour, thick white head. Smoked flavor, not so much as a typical smoked though, but enough smoke that I did not find it too pleasing. When compared to something like Alaskan smoked, this has no chance. Interesting beer though, even for a smoked.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Tap. Was served offering in spoiled glass. Either the glass had been recently washed, anyways beer came across tasting like bad perfume. Spoiled was to have been great brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Draft at Blind Tiger. Murky brown pour with nice lacing. Aroma is slight roast, chocolate, a touch of smoke... more the smoke you’d smell from a campfire than a traditional peat smoke or the whole bacon thing you usually get in smoked beers. There is more of the peat in the flavor, with slight sweetness. Very lethargic. Fruitiness comes out as the beer warms.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2007
amber brown witha tiny head. big smoky aroma of sausage. smoked meated flavor up front but quickly smooths out with a light sweet undertone and finishes very smoothly with little to no carbonation. was not bad but I am not a big fan of smoked beers and the aroma of smoked meat with its initial flavor throws me off.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
Tap, O’Brien’s. Dark amber in color. Malty aroma with a hint of barbeque. Roasted malts make up most of the flavor. Some smokey flavors.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
The body’s caramel colored and spots a thin off-white head. Very little smoke in the nose, mainly some grainy malt with a touch of sourness. Thin drink with some caramel and a quick passing of smoke. Disappointing.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Tap at Barcade. Pale amber beer with a white head. Lovely soft smoky aroma over a soft munich/caramel malt base. The smoke is well-balanced by sweet malts. There is also a light blackberry fruitiness in the flavour that seems a bit strange, but not unpleasant. The hops are quite subtle, but they serve to balance the combination of sweet fruit, smoke and berries. This is a quaffable, tasty pint from Sierra Nevada.


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