Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3-23-2014 Deep golden-orange color and almost zero head but nice lacing. Nose is very plain with not much strong smoke presence but does have an overall sweetness too it. Flavor starts out with a smooth cherry wood flavor, sweetness from the malt really balances the smooth smoke presence. Light fruity flavor with notes of apple and tart cherry. Body is modest with a light oily mouthfeel and low carbonation that accentuates this. Overall a well balanced but a bit on the sweet side. I love the beechwood smoke in this brew that lends a nice smooth smokiness. TylerGreenDC (1058) - - MAR 30, 2014
On draft. Aroma of smoked ham. Flavor of smoke that dissolves and gives way to a solid lager. No sweetness, just a nice, clean progression of flavors. No surprise that a St Louis brewery would have mastered a central European style, right? BeerandBlues2 (13823) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Tap at Meridian Pint. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is sweet smoked malt, ham, light earthy hops, pear and pineapple esters. Flavor is malt forward with sweet smoked malt, light hops and bitterness, light esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. wxman (1848) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap at the Schlafly Tap Room source. Pours a clear golden orange with a classic white head that stays around. Good stuff all the way. Nice smoky aroma with a taste of sweet caramel malt, bread dough and smokehouse goodness. Enjoyed with an order of their crispy ribs for a delicious smoke-on-smoke experience. beastiefan2k (4112) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2014
What’s. Not to like. Great slightly. Sweet smoke character and clean lager below tha. Lots of smoke. Draft at brewpub.
seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2013
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UPDATED: JUN 18, 2014 Tasted from keg at the 2013 Schlafly Hop in The City festival in a mini weiss glass. It poured a golden amber colour with weak off-white foam, much lighter than I expected. This was CRAZY smokey, overwhelmingly so. It masked all other aspects. I thought I enjoyed some smoke malt, but apparently only small percentages, not 60% of the grainbill. Perhaps it’s true-to-style, and I simply don’t like this kind of beer.
UPDATE: Tasted at St. Louis Brewer’s Guild Heritage Fest 2014 in a cool nonic sampler glass. It poured a mostly clear copper colour with sudsy off-white foam, lasting with a little lace. Grainy, malty-sweet with a nice noble hoppy balance, and PROFOUNDLY smoky. The smoke malt is too overwhelming for me, but I freely admit well-crafted Oktoberfest-like traits still shone through. As such, very true-to-style. If you like Rauchbier, you’ll love this one. gregwilsonstl (2665) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Harsh smoked flavor. Clear amber. Not a fan of this. Sampled at hop in the city 2013 FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Tap room. Pours a light golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is nicely smokey, woody with notes of sweet doughiness and a bit of meaty character. Flavor is much the same, lots of the woody smokiness that sits over a sweet biscuit note finishing crisp and clean. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Excellent rauchbier NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Growler shared by a friend. Pours a crystal clear copper with an offwhite head. Nose is richly smoky, beechwood, light caramel sweetness noted and very clean. On tasting, light sweetness, bacon, smoke & a woody note. Low hoping. Clean, could use a bit more malt with less sweetness but a really nice classic rauch here. jandd1983 (4606) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2013
On tap, it poured an amber color with a small white head. The aroma was very smokey, almost like bacon with some malty notes and woodsey aromas. The taste was smokey but very well balanced. The body was medium and the finish left behind a bacon flavor. Nicely done.