Rauch Ür Bock - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

111 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 55
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-05-2010)
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Photo of tillmac62
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium amber. Normal head volume, above average retention and lacing. Excellent nose of wood smoke with distinct cherry like sweet notes. It lacks the meatiness of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers and is lower in intensity. Light medium body with a somewhat oily texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is outstanding and follows the nose in regard to Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers (no meat, less complex and less intense). It begins with a burst of smoke over a sweet cherry note. The middle is a subtle bitterness with an ashy quality over caramel sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of smoky sweetness with a slight alcohol note. A very good offering, especially for style introduction purposes, but not in the same league as Aecht Schlenkerla.

Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caldera Rauch Ür Bock may have smoke ("Rauch") in the name but not in its appearance; far from black and not the least bit ashy, this beer has the tone of a dried date and actually glistens with colour when held into the light. Were it not for the sediment it'd be clear too.

Bocks are traditionally spring-time beers, but this smoky variation is nicely suited to the holidays - it drinks like chestnuts roasting on an open fire! Well, kind of. Fireplace aromas are certainly present and they are accompanied by hints of nutty, toffee confections and Christmas fruitcake.

While notions of bacon, jerky and smoked cheddar are understandable, closer attention reveals exceptionally clean, pure and concentrated flavours of cherrywood and beachwood. There's absolutely no harsh burnt tastes or any overwhelming bonfire-like smokiness. It's more singed wood than smoke, with a piny, resiny, earthy hoppiness to help accentuate that.

I can't think of a better Rauchbier for initiates. Not only does it have a pure and well-poised smoke character that mimics that of the originals, but it hides its alcohol (a formidable 7.4%) and has underlying dried fruit and gooey caramel sweetness that offers additional and contrasting flavours.

So far I'm concerned, Aecht Schlenkerla is the epitome of Rauchbier. Most brewers and beer writers (and evidently Beer Advocates) agree. So I tend to base my opinions of smoked beers on how they compare and, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear this southern Oregon town was actually part of Upper Franconia. Caldera's Rauch Ür Bock fairs very well indeed.

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

WOW. Picked this up on a whim from the corner store and I am super impressed. It's pretty much an ideal version of the style. Sweet hickory roasty campfire goodness.

Photo of Davidwolk717
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +11.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BigRedDog
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into an Innis and Gunn tulip.

Pours a nice deep amber color with a slightly khaki head. Not a big head. Slight lacing.

Smells like savory meat. Smoked bacon. Very slight dark fruit. Kind of reminiscent of a Belgian quad, but it is very faint. No caramel malt sweetness that I expect from many bocks.

Tastes smoky and sweet at first. Kind of similar to a ketchup barbecue sauce. Huge flavor of smoked bacon on the finish. Not sure how much I like it. The more I taste it, the more the smokey flavor subdues and some more subtle tastes come forward. A malty sweetness as well a a dark fruit flavor, plum, date. Good mix between the sweet and smokey.

Medium bodied mouth. Slightly creamy like a heavier stout or porter, but still light enough to drink easily.

Reminiscent of barbecue. Interesting flavor and smell.

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimpled mug; deep hazy red with a solid two-finger tan head of sticky lacing that breaks apart after a fashion leaving tons of awesome chunky lacing.
Smells great, like smoked sausage. Smoky, savory, malty.
Tastes of sweet malt and savory smoke. Lots of woody smoke flavor but it balances very well.
Mouthfeel is wet and medium-light bodied.
Overall this is a very tasty rauchbier. Sweet malt and savory smoke play perfectly together. Right up there with the standard Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock. Glad to see that Rose Petal mess wasn't an indicator of the rest of the Kettle series.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of smoked malts and bacon are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of smoked malts along with notes of bacon and hints of iodine.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this rauchbier as I felt that the smoke was quite powerful, but not overdone. It seems like it would go well with BBQ food.

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of rangerred
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours clear deep ruby with a one finger white head. Good head retention with above-average lacing.

Aroma lets you know right off the bat that this one is quite smoky. Great bonfire/bacon aroma with a little bit of grass and fruit in the background from the hops. Heavy on the smoke, though, which I love.

The flavor is also very smoky but has some more complexities compared to the aroma. More campfire and ash but with some fruitiness from the yeast and perhaps the hops. There is some biscuity malt and caramel along with some molasses. Bitterness is on the light side but the sweetness remains restrained.

Overall, an excellent rauch and one of the better non-German examples I have had. Very drinkable.

Photo of puboflyons
4.86/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 30, 2014.

The pour is a highly attractive amber-copper color with a modest little head, continuous carbonation, and sparkling clarity.

That aroma blows me away! 5 out of 5! I get burnt, smoky wood as if I am standing next to my woodstove and his grainy malt character intermixing with cherry or cherry wood. I love my smoked beers to smell this way. This is tops.

Medium to full body and smooth.

The smokiness is tad diluted in the taste but it is still vibrant enough to satisfy. The cherry kicks in to balance everything off with a modest bitter bite at the finish. The Bros are right on when thy give this one a "World Class" rating. This may be the highest rating I have ever given a beer on Beer Advocate.

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Rauch Ür Bock from Caldera Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.