Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #25 - Rauchfetzen

Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Smoked
Boston, Massachusetts USA


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
ABOUT Rauchfetzen
Brew Date: 10/17/08
Packaging Date: 10/31/08

Harpoon Rauchfetzen is the 25th offering from our 100 Barrel Series. We used beechwood smoked malt from Bamberg, Germany to craft this copper-colored ale that evokes Rauchfetzen, a poetic German word meaning “wisp of smoke.” While many smoked beers are heavy on the pallet, this beer allows the character of the smoked malt to play off the herbal bitterness of Hallertau hops and the fresh, bread-like quality of Munich and Pilsner malts. Enjoy this beer with a variety of cheeses and sausages.

This beer was brewed by Charlie Cummings, Harpoon brewer

November 2008 to ....

Style: German-style Smoked Ale
Original Gravity: 15.5

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smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Good head, nearly white. The lace slides down the glass. The liquid is dark and crystal clear for a wheat beer--clearly amber. Mild malt and wheat aroma. Reminds me of a cherry wheat beer I’ve had before. Slightly sweet. An interesting combination of spicy wheat, mellow malt and a touch of hop. Full bodied with ample carbonation. Light spiciness with a round, creamy feel.

crajun (1255) - , Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
bomber received in trade from beerbill. Shared with Dad after a fishing trip. Dad loved it; I liked it.. this beer is subtle. hint of spice and smoke in aroma. Taste is combination of malts, hops, smoke, slight spice with nothing overpowering - would have liked more smoke but this beer works! Thanks Bill

Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2011
From notes found while looking through some bottles for UPCs to add. Ha! Pours light copper. Aroma is sweet and smoky. Flavor is corn and smoke.

Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Served in a tulip glass. Pours a pretty light color for the style--just a moderate golden color with a light head and a touch of lacing. The nose is pretty nice without going too far in one direction. Typical of the style, this is smoky and meaty and reminds me a bit of a summer barbeque. Taste is just a bit too one dimensional to justify moving up the score much, though I will say it’s pretty decent. it doesn’t have much beyond light smoke, though. Feel is nice and the smokey meat takes over. Drinks fairly well, but I prefer the German versions of the style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-13-2010

paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2010
A: pours a clear pale copper color. light off white head. great retention level with good lacing. S: sweet malty aroma. a touch of smoke. some sweet corn notes. T: a good attempt for an American rauchbier. good corn malt flavors, mild hop characteristics as well. no real smokiness in the taste. good spicy quality. M: low to medium bodied. very clean and crisp.

MaBeer1972 (2121) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 27, 2010
I have really enjoyed Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, and this one is no exception. I did not realize that when I bought this that it was almost 2 years old. If I hadn’t read the description on this page, I would never had known from this bottle. Apparently, it’s well aged. The beer pours out a medium reddish orange with a bubbly head that sticks around for a while. Lots of sediment in this one, which I swirled into the glass. OK partytime. The aroma is subtle spice and smoke. The flavor is very peppery (think fine white pepper), mouthfeel is medium with nice smoke finish. Where’s my cheese?

SanfordBrewer (1585) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2010
lucent copper, low co2, thin but sticky body.

aroma: some sweet malt, hint of ashy smoke, euro-lager note.

T1= euro-lager, spicy hops.
T2= sweet smokey malt, touch of spicy hops.
T3= sweet smokey malt.

smoke is rich but delicate and in balance. overall perception is of precision, rather than simplicity or complexity. two pin-point flavors (sweet smokey malt, spicy hops) in perfect balance.

blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2010
My bottle [22oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus. Pours a deep copper-gold with an average size frothy off-white head. Aroma of malt and smoke along with light fruit, grain and a hint of hops. Flavour of caramel malt, light smoke, fruit, some grain and light hops. Average bodied. Better then expected, not too shabby.

jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2009
From a bottle poured a copper color with a fair amount of head. Nice malty flavor with a light smokey finish.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was thick and white with good retention and lacing. Nice enough light smoked malt aroma. Not overwhelming. A little meaty. Light to medium bodied and dry. Tasted predominantly of shoe leather and smoked malt. There were also hints of grape candy and lemon at the end. Not terrible, just a bit odd, even for a smoked.

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