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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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In the Franconian town of Bamberg they still kiln their malt over beechwood fires, saturating the grain with wood-smoke flavor. The grain bill for our "smoke beer" is 98% Bamberger Rauchmalz. It's an intimidating taste and the Franconians say you have to drink five liters before you can truly appreciate it. Are you ready for the challenge?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2012
On tap at the brewpub, Princeton. Nice clear amber pour with a medium carbonation and a minimal head. Soft demi-sweet malts and mild smoke in the nose. Taste is much more assertive, mostly towards the campfire end of the spectrum rather than the hog. Clean, dry, and smoky as hell, it comes across as a satisfying lager and a satisfying smoked beer simultaneously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4676) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This poured a murky medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of smoke, not really campfire, but more like smoked cheese. Some caramel in there too. Flavor was a nice blend of smoked peaty mlat balanced by light caramel malt sweetness. Good Stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4204) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Growler picked up by Meister_chow for RBSG 2011. Poured an orange/amber body with an average foamy off white head. Aroma of campfire and smoked pork, hint of burnt rubber. Thinner bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of smoke, earth, and a hint of pork fat. Solid enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours a hazy orange. Aroma is plenty meaty with notes of salami and Lebanon bologna; some tart lemon comes through too. Flavor is mild and soft. Yeast and oak notes with a soft, lingering bacon quality. Moderately low level of oakiness with plenty of meat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3795) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
Draft. Amber pour with tan head. Smoked and sweet tones start the flavor, finishes with oaky and meat tones. Very smooth. Aroma is light but smoked and woody.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (891) - New York City, TURKEY - NOV 7, 2010
Amber color, small frothy off-white head, snoke flavor, slightly bitter smoky taste, bitter finish. Very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4092) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
Location: Draft at the Brewpub - Princeton, 4/21/13

Aroma: The aroma is clean and smokey, some burnt malts, and some light meaty notes
Appearance: It pours a clear caramel color with an off-white head and some plus lacing
Flavor: The taste is on target with the nose, it is plenty smokey, but clean and not over-the-top
Palate: The body is medium, it has a good mouthfeel, and it finishes pretty smooth
Overall Impression: I thought this was a nice Rauchbier. It has the right amount of balance between the smoke and rest of the components. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2012
I’m not a big fan of smoked beers, but this one from Triumph was delicious. I sampled a few glasses from a fresh growler from Princeton. The beer poured a light brown color with a nice tan head that left some cascading lace around the glass. The nose was full of smoked malt and some hops. The smokey flavor was very pronounced in the body of the beer, but it wasn’t overpowering. The beer had some great balancing with some dry and semi-spicy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (1742) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Pours clear amber gold with a white head. Aroma is smoke and charcoal. Taste is smokey tartness with a sweet finish. Light mouth feel and easy to drink.. A very nice rauchbier

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1343) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Sweet and smokey. A nice surprising addition to the beers that I’ve sampled from this place.

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