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Sierra Nevada Rauch Beer
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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   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%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Very good. The smoke is definitly noticeable in the flavor. It has a chesnut flavor that rests on the palate outstanding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Tap @ Blind Tiger. One of my favorite styles and this stuff didnít dissapoint. Kind of a light copper color with a thin veil of a head. Burnt white ash aroma and light smoky taste. Mellow light apricot flavor. Lightly sweet and balanced really well. Iíd really love to see this stuff again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pint16 (4) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007 does not count
On tap at OíBriens. Beautiful copper hue with a faint head retention. A beer like this incorporates the smell and taste simultaneously. Alcohol is low but the warming factor is high. The essence of being around a campfire without the smoke in your face. Tastes of hickory and a well seasoned char. The finish is not going to fade for a while, so enjoy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
(Draft: Sierra Nevada 2005 Beer Festival at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA) This will be my final beer of this festival, and Iíve saved what Iím hoping will be the best for last. As with the others, it looks beautiful in my small Chimay glass, boasting that tall, creamy, tan head with the excellent retention and supreme curtain-like lacing. Dark amber in color, and again, itís crystal clear. Things really get interesting with the nose. As expected, itís very smoky, like sitting around a camp fire, but thereís also a good bit of spiciness I tend to associate with Belgian ales. Oddly enough, with as smoky as the beer smells, the initial flavor is pretty light on the smoke. But as we near the finish, the smokiness starts to build on the palate and then hangs on. Still, itís not a beat you over the head kind of smokiness, but more subtle. Moderate maltiness also doesnít become apparent on the front end either. Rather, the beer starts a bit nutty and gently hoppy like an English Bitter, but as Iíve noted, that is short lived. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth on the palate, and that smoky finish is just wonderful. I made the right decision by finishing with the Rauch Beer. This is really nice, and for those that donít like smack you up smokiness, this shows how this style can be executed without being overbearing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2539) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Tap at dba NY. Deep reddish color with a decent head. Nice smoky aroma with notes of caramel, smoke, and hops. Nice balanced brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2005
On tap at Blind Tiger. Amber in color with a little head. Malty smokey hoppy aroma. Caramel notes. Smokey hoppy caramel flavors. Finish is smokey. Smooth. Medium bodied. Decent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
On tap at Barcade. Light brown color with a small tan head. Finally a rauch that I like! Smoky aroma was very mild (probably why I liked it), with toasted malts and some caramel. Flavor was again mild smoke, followed by a rich malty backbone. The smoke wasnít "meaty" like many rauchbiers, but nice and mellow.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"not a "slight hint" of smoke, as they say, but not overpowering either. this was a really pleasant surprise last time i was at the brewery. i liked it more than nearly all their bottled beers. easy drinnking and light, but the flavor is quite complex."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2004
On tap at BJís in Laguna Hills, CA. Pours a clear amber color with a minimal head. Iíd say that this beer is lightly smoked, both in the nose and in the flavor. You can certainly get the smokiness, but itís nowhere near Alaskan Smoked Porter, for example. I like smoked beers, and I thought that this struck a good balance between smokiness, drinkability and mass appeal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4991) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Draught at Blind Tiger, NY - lighter in flavor than some other rauchs Iíve had, but that made for a much more subtle smoke flavor, which is good for me (a lot of rauchs taste a bit baconesque to me) - not overhopped as I expected from this brewery - quite malty (caramel malt mostly) - actually much better than I was expecting.


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