fattybladdy (830) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle from bargain bin. Based on date of last review and retired status, I will venture a guess that this has been sitting on a shelf for quite some time. Pours a murky brown with a reddish hue. Smells like spicy hot dogs or sausage. Taste is very smokey, bonfire, cooked hot dog. Interesting. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Pours a reddish brown. Smells of smoked meat and wood. Very interesting flavor profile but a tasty brew. Had never had this style before, would love to try others. Nothing too crazy stands out but would be great with a barbeque I am sure. jmohno (1661) - Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2012
7/17/11 bottle to pint. Clear ruby brown,slight head.
Nose is sweet carmel,cherrywood smoke,
Taste has a rich malt,with carmel /toffeesweetness, a little chocolate-like, smoke, some hops to it with a nice hop finish smooth somewhat peppery or spice like with more roast notes/robustness at the end. Very enjoyable malty smoke beer. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
In short: A moderately smoky and somewhat fruity bronze ale. Very nice session beerSammy (12740) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed moderately fresh, approximately 2 months after purchase, bottle forwarded to me by oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott
The look: Medium cloudy bronze body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is moderately smoky (smoked pull-pork) with underlying notes of barley candy sweetness. Taste is toasted caramel, barley candy lollipop, juicy leafy hops, good amount of smoke (smoked herring), pleasant fruitiness the encompasses red fruits, ripe bananas and tropical fruits. Bottle is relatively light. This is truly a session beer, my little 12oz went down in record time. A nice session beer I’d drink on a regular basis to keep me going, and yes I know that using alcohol as a life crutch is never the answer. Unless of course the question is: why haven’t you kill a dozen of people yet?
This met the characteristics of the style, but was making me feel a little off. I was fine with the beers before and after. Decent head. Not too drinkable. Too carbonated.Thanks John.
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with a small but creamy tan head. Aroma of smoked peat. Medium palate but quite smooth. Taste isn’t overly complex, but there’s a nice not-over-the-top smoked wood component paired with just a touch of meat and caramel malt. Really well done - terrific balance all the way around. Johnsense (1753) - - SEP 18, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2016 Pours a mahogany colour with a baby finger of head. Smell of campfire smoke, menonite bacon and roasted malts. Taste of smoke, followed by bready malts, dark caramel toffee and raisin. A bit thin considering how dark this beer poured. This will go great with some BBQ. In my top 3 for the style. More please. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Flat Earth pint glass (at least it’s a Minnesota brewery).
Appearance: Fairly dark amber-red that appears halfway between Cherry wood & Mahogany. Thin off-white head.
Aroma: Smoke, char, toast, caramel and cherry.
Taste: Initial blast of smoke and charbroiled meat, but then deepens to include great semi-sweet malts with an emphasis on caramel and cherry. Some light toast and biscuit are almost hidden under the smoke, before ending with light spicy hops, and another blast of lingering smoke.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is fairly smooth and crisp.
Overall: Pretty damn good Rauchbier. This is one of Schell’s best beers, and since this is also an underrepresented style, they should make this part of their regular line-up. And add the Weihnachtbier and Baltic Porter while you’re at it.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Draft at Red’s. Poured a clear ruddy, dark orange color. Aromas of campfire scented clothing, bacon, leather, and subdued chocolate rose from the glass. Medium bodied and delicately sweet. Plenty of smoke flavor mingled chocolate, but not quite as much smoke as the brews from Bamberg. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
[Bottle] Pours a very dark shade of brown with a rocky light brown cap. Sweet aroma of burnt toffee, smoked malts and cocoa powder. Solid smoky taste is up front in this beer. Charred wood, light bacon, toasted breads and caramelized malt flavors throughout. Above average body imparts a creaminess that really made this beer stand out in my mind. A very pleasant surprise. I wish I picked up more of this on my travels.