JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2007
500 ml flip-top bottle that practically exploded when I flipped the top. Lots of gushing all over me, my sofa, and my floor. Whatever... I’m selling the sofa anyway. Dark brown appearance with a lot of dark brown particles suspended throughout. Creamy tan head. The aroma is quite smokey with lots of beechwood character, heavy toffee and dark caramel. Some caramelized wortiness. Flavour is similar to the aroma with lots of sweet smoke, sweet caramel and toffee. The palate is a bit thinner than all of the rich smell/flavour would suggest. Smoke recedes behind a soft herbal/caramel finish. The flavour seems to underdeliver on what the aroma promises, but I wouldn’t say no to another one. scotty (1208) - SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2007
Gawd...it’s been a long time since I tasted this, but I well remember it, rich and caramelly...delicious stuff. An Olaf Schellenberg beer, I also tried a "Steinweizen" by the same brewer which was "superb" according to my notes. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
Bottled: Pours a deep rusty, slightly cloudy orange/brown with a consistent off white head. The aroma is unique. Has lots of peat, meat rub, caramel malt background, subtle smokeyness and lots of earth. The body is a bit thin. The flavor starts of a bit tart, and almost fruity. Then the malt sweetness comes through a bit, giving it a toffee character, and some metallic hints. This stuff is definitly earthy with evident peat and a smokey burnt character in the finish. This brew is definitly unique, but I would prefer many other smoked beers which have more depth than this offering. Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Oxidized, flat,old and seemed like a druken night sleep with your mouth open on shag carpet.....must re-rate some day. Bought at Spec’s in Houston. Page 378 of Michael Jackosn’s Beer Guide and only 199 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours copper with a thin ring of creamy off white bubbles. Smells of moderate smoke, and some breaddy pudding like sweetness. Tastes of sweet sugary malt and smoke with some subtle sweetness on the end. Moutfeel is more full than I expected this one to be. Not bad.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Poured from a flip-top pint bottle. Clear copper brown beer beneath an inch or so of suds. Head dies down fast. Spotty lacing through out the glass. Wonderful prominent smoke malt aroma.
More smoke (go figure) in the initial taste. A light bodied maltiness follows, with some light generic hopping. I don’t detect a caramel or sweetness from the ’stein’ part of this brau.
Finishes a bit thin, though still nicely smoked. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
Pours a shiney reddish brown colour with just the incling of an almond head. The nose is slighlty smokey, not nearly as much as an Aecht, but a decent smokey nose. The body is lacking a standout smokiness and is a bit too sweet on the malt side of things. An interesting smoked beer, but I think I prefer the Aecht line of these. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 11, 2006
A pitiful example of the style, this was a huge disappointment. Well, maybe I shouldn’t have started Rauchbiers with Schlenkerla, but that is forever the benchmark and this was a pity. Light smoked aroma with caramel underneath. The flavor was way too sweet, too caramel-like, just phoney. The smoke wasn’t overdone, but it was assertive, lost by a flavor that was too sweet. Mouthfeel was a little sticky, not smooth, certainly not lager-like. Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2006
Dirty hazy amber beer with a thinnish white head. Aroma of bacon chips and cardboard. In mouth, a watery lemony smoked beverage, lifeless and boring, with almost no caracter left. Got this one from Piscator last autumn, so I take it it didnt last the test of time, not sure if this is production date or BBD: 02-10-04 3L mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2006
Swing top bottle. Deep brown in color with a nice thick tan head. Smokey, peat aroma. Caramel roasty notes. Malty peaty flavor. Medium bodied. Smooth. Finish is smokey. Drinkable. Nice.