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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This brew was inspired by the historical burning of our hometown of Chambersburg, PA in 1864 shortly before the Battle of Gettysburg. During the burning, the brewery in town, "Ludwigs Brewery" was burned to the ground by Confederate soldiers. In remembrance of this event we created a German style rauchbier, or dark smoked lager. This beer uses all its ingredients from Bamberg, Germany, which is where the style was born and in by coincidence, the same area where Ludwig himself was born and taught to brew. It is made with a special birch wood smoked malt that imparts a light smoky aroma, taste, and dryness to the palate. The pilsner malt and noble German hops are used to balance this dryness making it very enjoyable as well as different. We believe this beer resembles how Ludwig himself might have brewed it over 100 years ago.

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3.6
LilBeerDoctor (4193) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2017
On tap. Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate malt. Flavor of roasted malt, smoked meat, chocolate malt. Not too smokey, light and malty. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

3.5
raymow (1789) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2017
on tap at the brewpub in Philly - (on nitro) nice dark brown color. Slightly sweet flavor. Nice and creamy - stout-like.

3.5
lavaaaron (105) - - JUL 3, 2017
Really loved this German style dark beer. The subtle smokiness is pleasant and not overpowering. Very malty flavor with hint of sweetness that follows the smoke and reminds me of a good BBQ. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Tap at Frisco. Mellow medium body. Malty. Not super overboard with the smoke, but certainly present. Deep chocolate, roasty tones. A little soft with the carbonation. Straightforward, dunkel-rauch. OK.

3.5
Beerdedone (3452) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown to near black with a thin tan head. Aroma of smoke and roasted malts. Flavor of roasted malts, smoke, light chocolate and had a hint of coffee.

3.5
deyholla (12289) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2016
Sampled from the tap at Black Squirrel. Pours a clear brown with a slight amber hue and a tan head that lasts throughout the beer and laces slightly. Aroma has a nice light smoke and some roasted malts with a bread backbone. Flavor has light roasted malts and smoke throughout with a light sweetness.

3.7
Travlr (26105) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Draft at Black Squirrel. Black color, tan head. Aroma of campfire. Taste is burnt brownies.

3.3
Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2016
has a smoked, slight bologna aroma. A smooth body with a nice slight chocolate malt taste. not bad.

3.4
NikkTwist (3345) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft at Eulogy. Black pour with some lasting soft tan foam. Roasted malts with some smoke in the finish. Medium body. Mild notes of molasses, coffee, liquorice, chocolate and dark fruits. Mostly just feels roasty. The smokiness is not hidden - but also not aggressive. Not extraordinary, but very nicely balanced.

3.1
rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2014
bottle. near black with small head. smoked malt with a bit of sweetness. this isn’t a style i dig at all, but it’s not bad either.


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