npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber color with a decent-sized, quickly diminishing head. Strong malt aroma with a touch of smokiness. Flavor is initially quite smoky, but with drinking leans heavily to a sweet, almost cloying maltiness. Not bad, but not worth getting if Schlenkerla is available.
omhper (18320) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale brown. Light bodied, softly malty with nice light smokeyness. I sampled this on draught at the brewery, and was only mildly impressed, as I found it a bit too subtle, and I would have preferred both a dash more malt and smoke.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I didnt think that I liked smoked beers until I had this one. I have only had a couple before this one and i thought that they were a bit too smokey. Maybe my tastes matured, or maybe this one wasnt as smokey as others, but a damn good beer nevertheless. Not too smokey, and the fact that it is bottle conditioned made it that much better. A decent amount of hoppiness- nice bitterness and flavor, aroma could have been a little more perhaps. Good malt balance, a clean refreshing taste, and a great appearance make this a must try especially if you like rauchbiers.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear copper/amber. Decent head and lace. Full nose of smokey goodness. Medium bodied, fairly smooth and creamy. Smoke rides in the backseat and becomes a compliment to the dry,and toasty malts.(Oakes nailed it) It almost gives the impression of a cleaness on the palate but its full of flavor...weird. Awesome brew and one any lover of the style should seek out.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 I like Spezial rauchbier. It’s a pleasant, mellow, less intense smoke beer experience. In situ, up at the keller in particular, it can be quite wonderful. But ultimately I think not just next to Schlenkerla but also next to many other local rauchbiers it is a bit thin on the malts, which doesn’t allow the smoke to come across the palate all that well, and it also means that this is one of the least moreish rauchbiers out there. Unless you’re at the keller in the sun.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 On tap at the Moan and Dove: Clear orange with a thin white head. Rich sweet smoked malt in the aroma, thin soft body, starts and ends sweet with a mellow ending. Not as intense as other smoked beers that I’ve had.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initial aroma is sour with some smoke behind it. Initial flavor is not good, sour yeastiness, backed with a smooth and not overpowering smokiness. As this beer warmed up the sourness completely disappeared leaving behind a pretty pleasant, not overpoweringly smoked beer. Not a beer I would like to drink every night, but quite pleasant in the end.