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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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It was wonderful in the 1700’s when clean tasting malts became available, but malt dried over wood fires never disappeared. The heart of “Smoked” beer lies in Bamberg, Germany where Rauch Bier is the choice drink! Beech wood is gathered from the surrounding forests and used to fuel the smoke houses where the malt is dried. The resulting beers are light to dark brown, with quietly intense smokiness backed by malt in the nose. In Rauch Bier, rich malty smoke dominates the palate, with an undertone of fruity notes, and the beer finishes nice and dry. These beers are assertive, unique, and fascinating, but are surprisingly delicious!

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3.3
Oakes (19911) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
Smoked Marzen, draught @ Menace. Copper, bright, thin head. Lots of smoke on the nose...smell it across the table, actually. Smooth body, lots of smoke...some appley caramel in the base beer, though, along with the chewy amber malts.

3.6
stantheman (1170) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap on paddle at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. A darker amber beer. Though not heavily smoked, as some rauchs I’ve tried, it does accomplish a nice balance of smoke and malt. Nice.

3.8
hayduke (5762) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On draft at the brewpub in Belloingham, WA.. Came in the pint glass a copper color with an off-white head. Nose of an ashtray with distinct smoke. Medium body and an exceptionally smooth mouth feel. Flavor is is burnt bacon with good malts and a nice smoky finish. Well balance and very easy to drink, I like this one a lot.

3.6
MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This quenching Rauchbier’s beechwood smoke rides a lean body endowed with subtle bananas for a charming example of the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the misty amber.
-The smokiness is not intense. This is not a Schlenkerla wannabe.
-The flavor profile is simple, but very effective.
-Drinkability is very high.

On tap at Devil Craft, Tokyo.

3.1
AndySnow (8486) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
Tap at Faucets, Tokyo. Copper-red colour with a white head. Smoke aroma. Flavour is smoke, wood.

3.4
KansaiBeerLvrs (5653) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 7, 2013
On tap at Good Beer Faucets in Shibuya. It was listed at 5.5% so maybe it is a different beer(Marzen Rauch). The aroma was a pleasant smokiness, the pour was a great amber color with a minimal head. The flavor was very nice but possibly a little too smokey.

3.9
TimE (6494) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 7, 2013
Light copper color. Frothy white head. Massively deep smoked Gouda, sweetish malty nose. The mouth is super clean and full of smoke, not so dissimilar to Schenkeler. Big sweet smokey finish. Very much cherry wood flavors. Very well executed. Fantastic.

3.6
fiulijn (21590) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
Draught at the brewpub
Beautiful copper color with small creamy head. Delicate smoke aroma. Dry mouthfeel, good and delicate malt, caramel and smoke flavor, with very light biscuit. Medium to low bitterness.
Elegant and delicate smoked beer, well brewed as usual.

3.4
CheersMate (1344) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Draught from Bottleworks. Transparent copper-colored appearance. Doesn’t look impressive. Bacon and smoke are noticed, while giving it a quick sniff. A subtle malt sweetness compliments the light smoke and cooked bacon flavors. The texture is great; it provides just the right amount of body . An eas drinker, with great flavors. Sent from my Droid.

3.9
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Draft at the Collins Pub. Pours a bright coppery dark gold with a woolly platinum blond head. Nice bacony campfire nose. Creamy medium body, nice richness to it for a lager yeast. Lively carb. Bacon and campfire on the mid palate, very harmonious and balanced. Some malty complexity lingering under that but this isn’t a flavor profile to break down to component parts. It’s one to enjoy in its singularity. Great rauch.


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