RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Munich malts and beech wood unite to create our Rauchbier, a traditionally German Marzen-style lager that is unique in its orange-brown color and forward, smoky flavor. Peter Martin smokes the malted grain for two days over wet beech wood that originates at Garry and Kelly Brown’s farm, a process that gives the beer a smooth and mild smoky flavor while maintaining a slight sweetness, medium body, and clean finish.
Malts: Pilsen, Munich, Munich 20L, Munich 60L, Caramel 80L, Wheat.
Hops: Saaz

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (6272) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2013
Location: Sampled at Tap NY, 4/27/13

Aroma: The nose of this one is full of smoked malts, with some bacon, earth, and peat
Appearance: This one pours a brown color with a slightly reddish hue and a light brown head
Flavor: The taste is smokey, but not overwhelmingly so, it has a good meat/earthy/smokey flavor
Palate: The body is medium, though it feels lighter within the style, and it has a nice feel overall
Overall Impression: This beer was another one of the standouts for me at the festival, and one of the very few Rauchbiers available. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
In short: A semi-sweet smoked with refreshing fruitiness. Good beer
How: Tap at Tap-NY 2012, multiple samples
The look: Clear golden-ruby body topped by a medium beige head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is medium smoky interlaced with a fun mix array of fruits. Taste is a nice sweet malts that are both crisp & doughy (like pie crust), unusual fruity notes rarely seen in smoked (apples, bananas and citrus fruits), a medium smoke presence (smoke wood), some bubblegum, short finish and leafy hops balancing the beer without much bitterness. A highly drinkable smoke that stands out from the pack. Another nice beer at this Tap-NY 2012 festival, the problem with going to beer festivals instead of drinking home is the crowd, I find that human beings are such annoying people.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2011
A - Nice deep and dark amber/red color. Had very little head when it arrived and had a very short retention time. S - Very inviting smokey aroma. Left lingering smokey/salty/peppery elements lingering. T - Presented early with a heavy amount of smokiness. The smokiness remained throughout the entirety of the taste and was joined by the malt taste in the middle. Left a very nice smokey taste afterwards.Tasted similar to cured meats. M - Much smoother and lighter than I would have expected based on the smokey taste/aroma. D - The strong aroma and early smokiness are a bit intimidating, but after the beer hits the tongue, it is much smoother then expected and wound up being very pleasant. Serving type: on-tap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
williamherbert (1531) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Clear reddish orange color. Thin layer of white head. Glassy with tiny carbonation bubbles. Head fades quickly. The smell is a very smoky BBQ aroma. Wonderful smoked meats waft above the glass. Some roasted malts a distance second. The initial smoky, roasted, fireplace flavor of a rauchbier, but a bit of pale malt underneath. Does have a nice smoky aftertaste. A bit watery feel, and fades away quickly. Not bad out of the bottle, but much better on tap. More thin and watery than I would have liked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Tap at Barcade: Brownish with an amber hue and a strong off white film. Nice smokiness in the aroma- richly malty with a campfire/beechwood smoke character and a light peat note. Creamy on the palate. Clean flavor with an assertive smokiness! Yes! Awesome! Finally, an American brewery that isn’t afraid to up that smoked malt bill! Beechwood, campfire, brine-y. It is not hammy or vague like most American examples of smoked beers. One of the first smoked beers that is comparable to the amount of clean, firm & rich smokiness of the Schrenkerla offerings. Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Tap at Barcade. Deep amber beer. Aroma is fantastic. Intensely smokey and salty. Lots of big beechwood smoke over a minerally, toasty malt base. Clean and crackery with a long lingering toasty, smoky finish. Intense, rich and delicious. There is a lot of smoke retronasally. There is a light minerally/earthy bitterness on the back. This is the best American brewed rauchbier I’ve ever had... world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Tap at Barcade. Fantastic beer, one of — if not the closest — to an Aecht beer I’ve yet had. Big, thick, fresh smoke aromas, with none of that hamminess that you normally get from American smoked beers, paler smoked beers, or sometimes peat. The palate is a little thin, but it is of little concern for such a wonderfully smoky and sessionable beer. A+

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Draft at Barcade. Pours an amber hazy orange body with no head. Huge smoky notes, campfire, peat, liquid smoke, toasted wood and bacon. A hint of honey amongst the smoke. I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Tap at Barcade. Pours a mostly clear, amber-brown with a thin dissipating head. Aroma is very smokey- intense campfire, slight bubblegum mintiness- birch and alder-wood-like with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is almost too intense with smoke- gets a touch medicinal and slight band aid but mostly just a nice harsh alder-wood smokeyness with hints of mint, gum , sharp crystal sweetness, and a fairly smooth to drink despite the intense smoke character. Not bad if you like smoked beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Rating from a 22 oz bottle. Deep amber in color with a smal off white head. Aroma is very smoky- campfire, smoked meat, light molasses. Taste is also really smoky with smoked meats, some campfire, well balanced with a nice malt backbone- molasses, some sweet crystal malts. The sweetness balances the smoke very nicely. Very clean and smooth. This was a great rauchbier.

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