Altenmünster Rauchenfelser Steinbier

Formerly brewed at Allgäuer Brauhaus (Oetker Group)
Style: Smoked
Kempten, Germany


on tap


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
It has a lightly smoky taste which is achieved in the special brewing process.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1186) - SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2007’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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (13566) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3072) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Swingtop pint bottle from <a href= Liquors, Oak Forest. Well, it’s been a rough evening: a toilet overflowed upstairs, filling the globe of a light fixture downstairs. Plumber snakes it out, I bleach two rooms and do lots of laundry. Now I can just settle down with a real "old style" beer poured in a straight .2 l Stiegel glass. My first steinbier. Didn’t think it’d be smoky, but what should I have expected with this method. Pours nice brown with gold in narrow part oif the glass. Tiny floaties visible in the glass. Smell is smoke, but not bacony like Aecht Schlenkerla. A nice caramel nose too, under a thin clingy head. Smokiness returns in the tasting; like a smoked Edam cheese. Malts are like caramel wrapped around campfire marshmallows. Just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. Lots more particles toward the bottom of the glass give it something of a campfire flavor. Too bad this isn’t date-stamped; I wonder how old this one is and how it changes over time.

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