Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2011
On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a stange.
Pours a deep ruddy brown without much of a head at all. A good swirl rouses up a single-finger head with some off white to tan coloring, though that refuses to stick around for very long. The nose brings some nice banana and clove along with some roasted malt and a tad bit of smoke.
The taste acts in the same manner, as the German yeast characteristics sit well alongside a bit of roasted malt, and then the smoke and slight meaty characteristics really don’t come forward until the finish. The finish is fairly dry and leaves a nice smoky taste covering my palate. Drinks quite well as this is really well done and the whole beer experience follows a nice progression from weizen to rauchbier.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-29-2010 BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Tap. Pours cloudy brown with a small, fizzy white head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, toasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and light esters (fruity) with notes of smoke. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, hay, straw, toasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and light esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, wood, and charcoal. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish. drdisque (838) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
On tap at Fountainhead Chicago. Pours cloudy cola brown with little head but leaves small but persistent lacing. Flavor notes I detected were brown sugar and polish sausage with a hearty whole grain aftertaste that I found very pleasing despite the fact that I don’t usually like heavily grainy notes. Very rich in flavor without feeling too heavy or boozed up. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Enjoyed at Fountainhead in Chicago, IL two days prior to running in the Chicago Marathon. Appearance cloudy brown with a thin head, served in a snifter glass. Aroma faint, slight smoke, malts. Taste is of a great rauchbier, flavors include smoked deli meats and malt. Very good stuff. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Golden in color with a mild wheat-smoke aroma and some light citrus piercing through the nose. Flavor has some citrus, wheat, assorted spices, and mild smoke. Not overwhelmingly smoky, but mild flavorful.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2008
I’ve had a few smoked beers lately. I’ve disliked them all. I hope this isn’t a trend in craft beer because I think it stinks.
But I really have nothing to compared it to. blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft. Yellow orange with a white head. The aroma is floral and perfumey with honey, spices and fruity esters. The flavor has nutmeg up front with honey, lemon, banana, and herbal smokey notes. Decent. santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Super cloudy orange body with a nice white head. Funky weird aroma that is acidic and smoky. Banana and clove aroma. Funky, off taste. Rancid notes, with big old hints of rot. Gross. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Tap at Barcade: Cloudy deep orange pour with a fading white ring of head. The aroma has some German yeast esters- clove, banana, grassy hop notes, very subtle wood notes, but no smoke. Has a creamy texture, with estery/spice flavirs upfront of banana, clove, mildly sharp wheat notes and a touch of bubblegum sweetness and pastry qualities. As it warms there’s only the slightest note of beechwood, but no real smoke detectable. Needs more smoke! Just seems like an OK Weizenbock. jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
From the tap poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Smokey flavor, not as strong as their other smoked beer, but still smokey with a lingering aftertaste.