Rauchbier - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Not Rated.
No picture.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

17 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 17
Hads: 26
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 17 | Hads: 26
Reviews by justintcoons:
Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Phoenixville--served into a pint glass

Appearance: orage/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: deep smoke and some bacon

Taste: deep smoked malt, some toasted malt, and small earthy hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, sweet with smokiness throughout and a slightly bitter/dry end, light bodied

Drinkability: The smell of this one is just amazing. The bitterness at the end is unique. This may be one of the best domestic rauchbiers I have had. I will look for this whenever I am in Pennsylvania. It is just a really great beer. Sly Fox continually impresses me with the high quality of the beers they churn out.

 667 characters

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic sampler cup at a Sly Fox tasting event at Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

A--A reddish-orange body that's somehow more brown than amber. Kind of cola-colored. Head is small and a fizzy white, like, well, coca-cola.

S--A little bit of bacon and even maple, but mostly it's woodsmoke. Almost fatty scented that's cut immediately by acrid hardwood smoke. A little sweetness in-between. Impressive nose!

T--Oh, wow--get me some ribs and I'd just about be in heaven. This is the perfect beer for St. Louis or Kansas City style ribs, or Texas brisket, or, hell, any food that uses "low and slow" as a descriptor in its recipe. Great combination of sweet syrup up front alongside a middle of oily pork with a dash of smoke throughout but especially at the end. There's beechwood aging, then there's beechwood smoking. This tastes like light colored hardwoods were used in the smoking part of the program.

M&D--Both are excellent, as the active carbonation brightens and lightens this enough to keep it from being mouth-coating. It's fairly thin, thinner than the flavor profile would suggest, which is a necessary offset for such big flavors. Again, think BBQ, and not no barbecue chicken with like grilled scallions. Bring on the pulled pork, gentlemen! I'd drink this before the meat was on the smoker when I was getting the fire ready, during the smoking process when the meat and wood smells were mixing, and after it was through and I could gnaw my way through some bones. At 5.2 percent, I may just survive such an endeavor~! Great American take on the style. Tied with the Aurora IPA as my favorite brew tasted tonight (out of ten).

 1,650 characters

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sly Fox- Rauchbier

On tap at the Royersford brewpub

A- Clean and clear chestnut brown with a small fluffy head.
S- BBQ sauce and campfire smoke & wood.
T- Sweet, tangy BBQ sauce flavored malt with a touch of paprika, ceder wood and smokey ash.
M- Tangy with a dry body and finish.

Overall- A style I'm very starting to enjoy more than ever. Solid smokey flavor throughout. Good solid beer.

 393 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, 11/16/08. The pint was delivered with a clear, deep amber (almost chestnut) body beneath a short head of white that fades shortly but somehow manages to leave walls of thin lace about the glass. The nose was smoky but not over-done. It's woody, clearly Beech, and just lightly "bacon" or "BBQ". Hints of caramel are present as well. The flavor follows suit, but there's more caramel than the nose suggests. The smokiness is flavorful, and an integral part, but not commanding and very nicely balanced. I was immediately surprised at how drinkable it was, and although I didn't have a second pint I surely could have. I paired it with the portobello sandwich and it complemented nicely. Well-brewed, superbly balanced, suprisingly drinkable and worth seeking out!

 770 characters

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of PEBKAC
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Baby growler from New Beer.

Again, same DFH glass.

Half inch of tan-ish cola head. Filtered, bright bourbon amber color. Very sparse, dotted lace.

Salty, fat side ham that's just mildly smoked with a sweet wood. Maybe a touch mineral-ly & even Gouda-y. (I often find that Sly Fox tries their hand at too many things, not quite getting it right, but this is one of my favorites. Just an awesome smell to it.)

Taste at first is more on the acrid side(think burning bark), even a little papery(when cold). Once it warms a touch, it's perceived more as a balancing chewy bitterness. Middle to end gets most of the hammy flavor. Sweet, salted, smoked, liquid pork. :) A little extra bitter char on the end there to close it out easier. Alcohol is there, but quite a distant thought.

As expected, light hef on the body. Carbonation is a little too strong, (even after three weeks sitting in a bottle), but it works well with food. Maybe it's to keep the fat from congealing. :P

 977 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks once again goes out to Jay for sending me yet another wonderful growler from Sly Fox. I received this one on Friday and immediately through it in the fridge, serving it in 24ozz pilsner glasses. Consumed on 08/03/2008.

The pour was very nice, with a hazelnut brown liquid with ample reddish highlights shining through immediately noticeable. A puffy little tan head of foam then came up over the top and settled down to a broken crown that clung to the outside of the glass. Very nice carbonation could be seen streaking up towards the top throughout the session, really letting you know that this thing was definitely lively.

The aroma was classic for the style. Rich notes of smoke and peat were dominating the aroma. Lots of roasted malts and a slight touch of caramel as well as a bit of a green bitterness mixed in throughout. The flavor was much more of the same. Rich notes of peat and smoked tones were riddled throughout. Nice malted grain, with a roasted flavor in the middle as well. Nice and light with a even and smooth carbonation profile, and a quick finish that left a lasting roasted malt flavor and a nice sense of smokiness on the palate. Highly drinkable as I had no issue in polishing off this growler tonight at all.

Overall a highly session able, tight little ale from Sly Fox. This is a style that can be done incredibly wrong if you are not careful, so it was refreshing to see another hit come out of them! Go check this one out while it is still available.

 1,499 characters

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft smoke and earthy caramel.

The taste consisted of a subtle upfront and chewy smoke, earthy yet clean malt with a lingering herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was chewy and clean.

Overall a tasty user friendly smoked ale.

 389 characters

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Rauch and I wasn't sure what to expect.

Smell: An obvious woody smoked aroma that was accompanied with a slight hoppy and dry earthy smell as well.

Appearance: Poured a dark nutty brown color with a quickly dissipating head with a good amount of lacing.

Taste: Sweet malts up front with a smokey hop finish. Nothing amazing on the palate but a truly well balanced beer that wood be decent without the smokiness but with it is just a little something extra that makes this a good beer.

Mouthfeel: I didn't find the body to be too heavy more a medium bodied beer. Carbonation was present but not much.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer that provides a balanced amount of flavor. Unfortunately only available on tap.

 738 characters

Photo of BBM
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clean, clear burnt orange color with a thin beige head. Aroma was smoky and sweet.

Flavor is fiery smoke, with notes of cured meats and barbecue. There is a slight hop to cut in, but not too noticeable. Also a touch of alcohol is present in the flavor. Sly Fox has done a nice job of recreating this German style without "Americanizing" it too much. It's not quite as potent as some of the more famous German Rauchbiers, but that's not necessarily a bad thing here. Nice job with the style.

 501 characters

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.
This is my first time having this style so it's tough to review ''to style''. That being said, this is one delicious brew. I was expecting smoky flavors, which it has, but I wasn't expecting such a deep hardwood palate. There are also a fair amount of malt sweetness that pulls it all together. I would compare it to smoky version of a scotch ale, only with the refreshing qualities of a well crafted amber lager. This is certainly worth a taste if you happen upon it. Cheers!

 500 characters

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head that falls apart quickly. No lacing with this beer.

Smell: loads of smokey goodness with some caramel sweetness in the background.

Taste: nice caramel base with some mild smokiness, some nuttiness, and a mellow bitterness. The smoke flavor is kept nicely in check as not to overwhelm the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the smokey flavor linger softly on the tongue.

Drinkability: this beer goes down smoothly and would go well with BBQ meats. Nice beer overall and worth a try.

 575 characters

Photo of Biscuit033
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear burnt amber, one finger head that disappates quickly with moderate lacing.

S: Smoke is evident (like the smell of your clothes after going to a bonfire), but also of smoked meat especially ham.

T: smoke and saltiness of cured meats especilly ham or bacon, like Irish bacon, there is a hoppiness that cuts through balancing the smoke very nicely.

M: This is more carbonated than most of SF's beers but I think that it helps keep the smoke flavor from being too dominant.

D: This is a well crafted beer that is spot on to the style. I could definately have a few of these on crisp fall afternoons.

 608 characters

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light chestnut (deep amber with a reddish hue) with a short cap of white foam. Good retention and the fine bubbles showed some stickage to the glass. Very nice aroma, all malt and smoke. There were notes of caramel and peat, giving it a single-malt scotch character. Also a light ashiness, almost like a campfire. The smell was fairly mellow overall though. Solid bitterness was balanced by sweet malt and wood smoke (kind of like a ham). Many of the qualities of the aroma carried into the flavour, but the smokiness was more subdued. Medium/light body with lowish carbonation, some dryness and decent texture. I really enjoyed Sly Fox's interpretation of a rauchbier. I'm not normally a fan, but the balance worked for me.

 731 characters

Photo of pottergator
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of orsulacp
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have this on tap at home, I was very happy to find a sixtel of this. It pours a dark clear amber with a nice white head. The smell was smoky, but not overdone I really like the way it seems to just be around to complement the sweet malt. The smoke is a bit more noticeable in the taste, it really is balanced nice with the malt. The body is almost full, there is a nice level of carbonation to keep the body on the light side of full. It is very drinkable, very smooth, the flavors just keep coming for the entire beer. Easily one of my favorite Rauchbiers.

 559 characters

Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so after getting the Maibocks out of the way, the Rauch was my next target. Again, a 10oz serving for me, at $3.75.

This version was a clear, deep copper colored liquid. A thin, light beige head sat upon the surface, with light carbo below and great lacing on the sides. Aroma? Hot damn! Love it!! A super-strong beechwood smokiness is oh-so-evident! Mmmm! Mothfeel is solid, medium body combined with a pleasing smoothness.

This bier has a very subtle tinge of sweetness from the malts, but it soon goes deep into the smoky phase. Along with some floral hops lingering in the background, the beechwood malts take you on a great ride through Rauch-heaven. Solid all the way, with the rauchiness lingering long and hard. Well-made, sir!


4.13 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


 832 characters

Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was able to try this Sly Fox beer on 5/24/2008 at TJ's Everyday. They served it to me in an Imperial pint glass.

This Rauchbier poured a dark reddish amber hue with a small less than 1/2 inch head of white foam. This head of foam had OK retention that left behind a handful of white rings and a streak or two of white lace.

It had all the aromas I'm looking for in a Rauchbier. That means it had the scent of olives, smoked meats, a hint of smoked malts, and smoked beechwood. That that was good and all, but all of these aroma were too small and faint.

The taste too had all the elements I look for in a Rauchbier; olives, a hint of smoked meats, smoked beechwood, and a speck of smoked malts. Again, just like the aroma, all of these flavors were too small and faint. It would have been much nicer if they would have increased the Rauch of this Rauchbier.

This Rauchbier is a light bodied beer with an all too faint aftertaste of smoked meants, olives, and smoked beechwood. This aftertaste will not last long in your mouth.

In the end, it's just a basic Rauchbier that you would give to somebody to try and get them into the style. For me, it was too light for a Rauchbier.

 1,185 characters

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Seanibus
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with big fluffy head. Aroma is strongly smoky. Flavor is clean and smoky, powerful yet delicate. Not overwhelming. It suggests leather and rich pipe smoke, not so much like a campfire, as with some rauschbiers.There is some butterscotch malt back there, but mostly smoke. Mouthfeel is quite delicate.

 319 characters

Photo of jurbanik
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Rauchbier from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.