bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Flat Earth pint glass (at least it’s a Minnesota brewery). 13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
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.
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Reddish brown pour with a light tan head. Fantastic smokey aroma and flavor with a great malty balance. Sweet smokey finish. I think it’s my new favorite rauchbier. freezy (55) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2011
poured into a tall tulip, color is slightly cloudy leather brown, smells like a bottle that somebody dropped a cig butt into it. I checked...it was fine. Nice cream head, taste like a pork chop, great mouthfeel and carbonation. I didn’t note much alcohol, which might explain the smoky cigarette-like addictive drink-ability. I hope they make this a regular item. I’ve had the schlenkerla rauchweis and the wheat rotten bananas flavor is off-putting. Schell’s is very nice and a great introduction to anybody to rauchbier badgerben (5341) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
Copper color with a medium head. Smokey aroma. Strong smoke flavor, very ham-like. Strong malt character, with light, buttery Munich malt notes. Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2011
Tap. Smells like campfire, bacon, ham, subtle malt sweetness in there somewhere. Pours a deep ruby. Taste is upfront smoke. Tastes like licking a firestarter. Nice malt base to it, finishes slightly sweet. Solid carbonation. I can get into this.
wlajwl (7115) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Smokey yet malty aroma which for a rauchbier is different because normally its all smoke. The flavor is subtle for a rauchbier, the smoke doesn’t pummel the taste but it definitely is there with a hint of smoked meat in there. Very good rauchbier. piscator34 (2657) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottled sample via oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of hardwood smoke, wet wood, pale malt, and mild stone fruit. Smoke is the star on the palate as well, backed by notes of cherry, lightly toasted malt, and moderate herbal hopping.Medium bodied and a bit more bitter and hoppy than most rauchbiers I’ve had. The cherry aspect weights it down a bit (even though it’s a mild component overall), but this is a pretty damn good smoked beer. ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Aroma: spicy bread, smoke and some sweet malts, earthy, clove, everything a rauchbier should be. Pours amber/light brown, very clear with a 1/2" off white head, head dissipates quickly to a thin ring of foam. Flavor is pleasantly smoky, bready and toasty, some malt sweetness, very malt-forward overall. There is just enough bitterness for balance, but hops are in the background. Smooth on the palate, medium body and carbonation, very tasty beer. 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. BVery (11385) - 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.