Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper color with a small, lingering, white head. It has a big smoke aroma with touches of malt sweetness and cooking bacon. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is smokey up front with a good, malty sweetness for a back bone. The finish is long and really erupts with a big smokiness. A great rauchbier, I really love the heavy smoke flavors and aromas of these German brews.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smoky brown with scads of particles in suspension. Light tan head that settles to an of white lid. Light toasted malt with a light smokiness. Light peat start that melds in with a layer of light malt sweetness. Light toasted malt in the finish. I really enjoy this one for its "drinkability" and balance. If anything a bit light in smoke, but there are time I do not want a lot of smoke.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Sampled on tap at the brewery
This beer is the color of a dark Märzen, though not nearly as dark as this breweries example of the style. It has a good solid malty sweetness to it that accentuates the smoke flavor wonderfully. An absolutely amazing beer considering that it is the every day beer for this brewery.
Sampled from bottle in AZ
A nice copper color pours with a good cream/ tan colored head. First aroma is of a hoppy spiciness (a bit surprising, in a good way), but then a background smokiness kicks in, and soon becomes all you can smell. Good amount of body to this brew, nice solid malt presence accompanied by a bit of malt sweetness, very nice. Finishes with a smoky finish, that soon infuses the whole taste of the beer from start to finish. The smoke is reasonably subdued though. Not quite as good and hearty as when sampled fresh at the brewery, but if this is all you can get don't miss it.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty amber colour. Mild smoked and malty flavour. The mouthfeel is quite velvety and very pleasant. It has a sweet caramelly aftertaste.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is perhaps more easy to drink than Aecht Sclenkerla. It is a good beer to start with, if you have not tried Smoked beer before. I find this beer even more sophisticated than Sclenkerla. More soft smoked taste, with a pleasant warm malty "nachspiel"
jonas (5441) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 Burned wood and singed fermented grass in the nose.
Golden amber, creamy head.
Very smooth herb and smoke taste, much rounder than schlenkerla.
In the center there are malt and fruit flavors.
Medium bodied, slightly fatty mouthfeel, harmonic aftertaste.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very subtle beechwood smoke aroma. Bubbly mouthfeel and good sweet, smokey notes. Not as great as the Aecht beers, but I really like the style.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love Rauchbier. So much so that I've designated it as my favorite style. This is a great smoked lager. Unlike the Bell's Batch 5,000 that I had recently, and which smelled smokier than it tasted, this one tastes smokier than it smells. I really could drink smoked beer all the time. I'd live a nice life in Bamberg. I hope to sample this brewery's other Rauchbiers, they must be very smoky indeed since this lager is so smoky.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful frothy head and slighty cloudy with yeast. Great aroma and taste, strong but not overpowering. I love German beers
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium head, quickly diminishing; cloudy dark amber body. Nose is slightly fruity and quite smoky and malty, though not the bbq-lovers-dream that the Hellertrum beers are. Flavor quite good, with a distinct though not overpowering smoked-meat tinge all the way through, coupled with fresh lager graininess. Fairly full for a lager, though I feel it could have been still deeper. Somewhat above average for the style, which is among my favorites.