argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber with medium-large off-white head. Aroma is relatively mild smoky, more of a smoked cheese, with some sweetness and some grassy. Taste is just what the aroma suggests, with some roasty and even caramel. Its relative mildness suggests it would make a good introduction to Bamberg beers for those who might be intimidated by the Aecht Scherlenka.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orangish brown color with frothy white head. I love the smell of a good rauchbier. Smoky meat aroma, but not nearly as intense as the Aecht. The prefect rauchbier - smoky, malty, without being overwhelming.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really quality look to this rauchbier, with a dark, orange brown color, slightly cloudy, with a fluffy head. Nose was smoky, but in a way very different from some smoked beers. Flavor was balanced between a pilsner type flavor and the smoke, occurring on the tongue in that order. Overall, a strange and nice rauchbier, but not as good as some others.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dirty amber color, murky, minimal white head rapidly turns into a ring. Aroma is surprising by it's low intensity. It's nevertheless packed with subtleties. The smokiness here seems to be expressed through leather hints. There's also a cerealic thing going on here. In mouth, this is very easy to drink, intensily malty and refreshing. Above average carbonation and lagerish thin-medium body. Highly drinkable, but not as expressing as I had hoped.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2011 The wooden cask version at the brewery has a better mouthfeel than the bottle obviously as it is fed by natural carbonation, and so the brew satisfies a bit more than the bottle imho... Beechwood smoke lingers nicely into a toasted finish for a quenching Rauchbier, more süffig than Schlenkerla’s...
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Toasted malt and a peppery spiciness mixed with a mild smokiness in the nose. Slightly hazy golden orange colour with a small, dense-bubbled head that mostly diminishes. Musky, barnyard and smoke flavours with a cereal crunch reminiscent of a czech pils. Toasty, lightly grainy malt character. Medium light body with good carbonation. Bottle. Resampled (Bottle BB150806) with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Olivier_MTL. Original rating 7-3-8-3-15=3.6 * *
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2004
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap. Amber color with small white head. Smells like burnt malt, smoke, and bacon. Tastes much the same. Ew. Not my thing at all. When I want meat I prefer to have it in solid form.
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 Nice orangey amber color, med fizzy head, lightly fading, no lacing. Light malty aroma with a mild campfire smoked sausage complement in the nose. Smokier flavor, medium vienna style malts are present for a full nearly thick malt palate. Carbonation is somewhat fizzy but without a strong bite. An herbal hoppiness rises near the finish, which is well balanced and firm.
Updated comments: some weird green olivey sourness apparent, with an unfortunate emptiness of palate, watery finish. After awhile, and some slight warming, the sweeter malts come through a little better but the finish remains thin. The sourness begins to meld with the smoke to hint at something akin to a Tennessee sour mash whiskey crossed with a smokier scotch. Curious. I've left the numbers alone.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber color with a white head. Strong smoked aroma and aftertaste. Light body with a subtle malt and wood chip finish.
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber clear lager, thin head. Curious aroma, vinyl and smoke. Adequate body; this isn't a beer that makes its name on its palate. The smokiness comes through with a flavor that makes me hungry for some sausage, but I didn't find it overall that compelling.