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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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?

can8ianben's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Sweet and smokey. A nice surprising addition to the beers that I’ve sampled from this place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Clear straw yellow pour with smoke and caramel aroma. Smoke flavor with some caramel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Draft - Bacony smoke and some sweetness. Clear. Gold with a thin white head. Bacon and fruity esters with a yeasty sweetness and finished with light woodsmoke. Something wrong in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Growler. Pours gold. Nose/taste of smoke, meaty malt and smoky wood. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (3223) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2015
On draft at the brewpub (Princeton). Poured a slightly hazy golden orange color with a small foamy off white head. Aroma of smoked bacon and caramel malt. Taste of smoked bacon, caramel malt, hints of rotted sweet fruit, and dry wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2015
From tap, 5.3%. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is mild meaty smoked. Toasted, malty and smoked. Medium dry, toasted and smoked finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (6731) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5773) - 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 (2270) - 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 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.

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