BeerandBlues2 (13594) - 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. cubs (10640) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Tap @ Schlafly St. Louis. Pours a clear, golden orange appearance with a white head. Smoky meaty, caramel, lightly fruity aroma. Toffee, smoked ham, light ashy, pear flavor. Pretty tasty. Iphonephan (7000) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On draft at Churchkey DC on innauguration night. Pours a clear light amber with an off white head. Aroma of an agricultural burn - but much subdued. Rather thin mouthfeel. Short indistinct finish. vyvvy (6515) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours clear golden/amber with a small white head. The aroma has peat smoke (not meaty), smooth caramel, bready malt, some cereal and a hint of spice. It has a medium/light body that is a bit rough with carbonation, but still has a smooth slickness to it. The flavor starts with the peat smoke, but it has a lot of sweet bready malt that offsets it nicely. The finish shows a bit of spicy hops and has a nice balance of malt, smoke and hops. This is one of the cleanest tasting smoked beers I’ve had. jandd1983 (4377) - 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.
beastiefan2k (4007) - 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.NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
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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. jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap at Schlafly Taproom. Pours a copper color with white head. Smoky, malty, firewood flavors. Pretty good rauchbier. gregwilsonstl (2525) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Harsh smoked flavor. Clear amber. Not a fan of this. Sampled at hop in the city 2013 seymour (2057) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2013
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.