krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
a whiskey colored pour with a frisky and audible bit of foam. look quick though, ’cause in a second or two a few fragile remaining bubbles take on a look of incipient doom-- like custer’s command in it’s final moments among the living. seriously, a rapid grasshopper can work up more foam than this. a big rauchbier should be all about the aroma, all about rich smoky tones--it should cry it’s message from the rooftops. this one squeeks like a stepped-on door mouse. you get your beachwood smoke, sure-- squeek squeek-- but a square of charred toast has more compelling immediacy. it’s a very lightly aromatic pumpkin pie crust with a dark brown edge of slight burning. warming to room temperature seems to help, but it’s too late-- like loaning five bucks to enron, it’s still going down ingloriously. aside from the too-modest smoked character, you get a fairly tasty oktoberfest-grade beer, modest sweetness, modest bitterness, lager carbonation, and watery feel. pretty underwhelming.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bacon smoke and caramel in aroma. Dark amber in appearance. Smoke, caramel, bacon, onions?? all in flavour. Sweet start mild dry fin. Medium smooth, good.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish copper, no head. Smoky, salty aroma. Meaty, smoky, bready, woodsy flavor. Creamy palate. As it warms, subtle fruit flavors emerge. Very tasty with some smoked gouda.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Light amber in color, clear body, small off white head that quickly diminishes. Compared to the other rauchbiers I’ve had the smoke is much more subtle in both the aroma and taste. Aroma: Wood smoke, honey, apple, tea, light malt, and caramel. Taste has the same mild smoke flavor, toasted wood, oak, caramel, sweet malt towards the middle, and some lager yeast. Finishes mildly smokey with hints of malt. Nice, more subtle version of the smoked beer. I prefer the more aggressive rauchbiers.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber with small head. Clean lager with smoke (less than schlenkerla), fruit (apple, berries), malt, caramel. Low carbonation, soft, full-ish. Would love to try this fresh in Bamberg...
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.5 l bottle. Clear amber with nice head that dissapears fast. Smoke isnt all that dominating in neither smell nor taste, but IMHO thats a plus ;-) I like my Islay Whiskey beyond most beers, but smoked beers is new to me!
The flavor is mixed with both a roasted smoky taste and malts. Its low on carbonation and has a dry finish.
shrubber85 (10225) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Bottle. Wood smoke aroma - not too strong. Dark tan with very little head. Medium smoked flavor well balanced with a nice hops flavor. This is much milder than Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen - smoked flavor and aroma is much less pronounced. This one I could drink regularly.
Rerate of bottle I aged 2 yrs - now has a sour barley malt arome mixed with the wood smoke. Hazy reddish amber color with decent head. Has a stale barley malt flavor mixed with the smokiness - the strange thing is that is really works well - like a very nice salami. Germans call their beer ’liquid bread’ but this could be ’liquid meat’.
caesar (6419) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear yellow color, short head. Aroma is typical smoked, bit hoppy and bit malty. Taste is a nice smoked lager, bit sweet and malty. Very nice.
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper color, with the aroma of a newly lit campfire, and the smell of fresh logs waiting to be added - many rauchbiers, in my opinion, wind up tasting like bacon, but this one finds a nice balance - it has enough sweetness to mellow out the smoke, like a marshmallow burned over flaming hickory - the finish is hops and smoke, with a lingering, bock-ish, caramel flavor - nice beer.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Beer Circus, Croydon. Mostly malty, this has definate hints of smoke. This is, however, not half as smokey as the Schlenkerla beers.