willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008 Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewery. Only has a mild smoky aroma, which gets a little stronger as it warms but it’s not as prominent as in classic German examples, like Aecht. Light sweet malt with mild spicy hops. Clear dark brown with thin off-white head. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good dry malt lager taste with mild smoky notes throughout. Medium bitter finish with a dry smoky bitter after. Not quite as strong as an Aecht, for example, but a good baby step for those wanting to try a smoked beer without being overcome.
20070622 12oz hand bottled thanks to Paul. Dark brown with ruby hints. Sturdy, off-white head is impressive considering it’s probably 3 months old. Nice smoky aroma mixed with an odd note of white glue (huh?) Thin but soft mouthfeel. Hoppy bitterness and quick tart-smoky bite to finish. Good stuff. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Hand bottle drunk 8/21. Dark amber color. Smokey, light fruity aroma. Smooth smokey taste with some tobacco notes. Nice malt profile with medium smokeyness in the finish. One of the better smoked beers I’ve had. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 4/9/07: Pours a dark copper with mahogany hues and a wispy, clingy-lacing white head. Nice, smoky aroma explodes out of the glass with a touch of caramel. Starts fairly full and sweet with a nice smoky character and a smooth, earthy bittersweet finish. A nice, true to style rauchbier. dmac (6457) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
12 oz hand bottle shared with willblake thanks to Dickinsonbeer. Poured a dark reddish/brown with a nice frothy white head. Aroma was lots of smoke but not harsh it was just dominant compared to the other aromas. The smoke wasn’t as dominant in the flavor but was still there. Very nice stuff for something handbottled at a brewpub several minths ago. Saarlander (1920) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2007
A hand bottled sample, from Dickinsonbeer! Smelled nothing when poured, let it sit for a couple minutes, then roasted malt, smoke jumped out. Nice drinking smoked beer, not overpowering at all, but flavorful, abit sweet, but that was ok, god I can’t wait to get home again, and try more Rauchbier! Danke Paul!
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Shared by Paul (dickinsonbeer) at the CL RB gathering. Brown in color. Aroma is toasty, lightly roasted malts, caramel with a touch of smoke. Smoke is more pronounced in the taste, not overpowering and a nice compliment to the malt- light roasted malts, carame. Finishes lightly bitter. PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Growler: Pours a copper color with an off-white head. The aroma isn’t that smokey, just has some light bacon notes. The flavor is a bit more pronounced in terms of smoke, yet there still isn’t enough. The malt profile is decent with a more bready/toasty character than smoked. Also has a hint of bitterness in the finish. A balanced, malty brew, but not really smoked enough. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2007
Tap at brewpub. Pours a nice woody deep copper and a foamy sticky almost white head. Aroma is woody, campfire smoke, and lightly smoked meats. Smoke isnt overpowering, but is smooth all around and is very enjoyable. Goes well with some sweet malts in the flavor, light roast, caramel, nuts etc. Full mouthfeel, and very savory. Smooth with no medicinal character which is nice. Great rauchbier. DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. I beg to differ with those that found little smoke here. If Scherlenka is a 9, then this is a 6 or so. Medium copper pour, with minimal off-white head. The aroma is caramel malty and smoky. Not as intense as some, but the smoky aroma is there. The flavor is smoked caramel malt with mild hops and slight brown sugary fruit. I enjoyed this one a lot. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2007
On tap, at brewpub, 3/13/07. Pours a reddish amber under a small covering of beige head. Moderately smoky aroma, with touches of meatiness. Lightly hoppy with some fruity notes. The flavor is moderately smoky, less than the classics, but still evident throughout. The smoke has a nice campfire like quality to it. Solid malt base, with just a light sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little sticky, with moderate fizzy carbonation. A pretty nice Rauch, better than the average brewpub effort. I personally found the level of smokiness to be pretty sufficient, though some of the other raters found it too light or missing completely. I love me some smoke beers, and this certainly could have been kicked up a notch with more smoke, but I still thought it was good.