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Tinder Rauchbier - Uinta Brewing Company

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86
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BradC on 01-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Tinder is a German-style Rauchbier (Smoked Beer) that kindles moderate malty sweetness and robust smokiness. Brewed with Bamberg beechwood-smoked malt, this medium-bodied lager ignites distinct campfire smoke flavors and aroma.

Aromatic, bright and balanced, Tinder is bottle conditioned and has an ABV of 6.5%. Scheduled to hit select shelves in late January, Tinder is a limited release beer, only 180bbls were brewed.
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 41
Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have really grown to respect the Crooked Line series from Uinta. This is a pretty good take on a German smoked lager. Not as in your face as say some of the Aecht beers but the smoke is nice and plays it's roll well by adding a subtle layer to what what I think is a well done base lager. Good job guys.

Photo of hopsputin
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 1/20/14. drank 3/4/15

a: slightly hazy grainy amber color. large 3-4 finger white head

s: smokey and meaty. right away you pick up some salted bacon which is followed by a mellow campfire smoke. the smoke is very smooth smelling and not harsh in any way (mixes well with the meaty smell). at the end i'm picking up some sweet caramel & berries

t: flavor is muchhh less smokey up front than the aroma. there is the sweet caramel upfront with those generic berries i smelled. there is also a hint of graininess in here as well. at the end of the mouth is when a VERY mellow meaty flavor comes through. like a slight bacon aftertaste

m: light mouthfeel. more carbonation than i expected

o: well. i would like more smoke from this - i wish the flavor would match the intensity of the aroma. i think i should have looked at the bottle date before buying :/

Photo of FFreak
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First Rauchbier, but I'm no stranger to single-malt scotch. It's a pretty interesting beer. Poured into a tulip glass. An almost clear light copper color with a one finger pure white tight head that slowly dissipates leaving little lacing. Slight peat smell combined with the classic bready lager smell. Much more smoke in the taste, but its not at all overbearing. Smoke and peat dominate the taste, but the mouth feel is classic lager...dry, refreshing, perfect carbonation. Overall, I like this a lot. If I preferred lagers, this would definitely be repeated.

Photo of weirdohappy
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Smoky. Very smoky. Do not like.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Very solid beer. Smoky, medium bodied, and very clean. While I like German versions better, this is a great traditional take on the style.

Photo of travisatlarge
5/5  rDev +30.2%

This my second entry into the world of rauchbiers. Its smokiness is subtle and pleasing and highlights the lager beneath the unique flavoring.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

I like the whole demeanor of this beer.
It doesn't create any new paths of the Rauchbiers I've enjoyed-- all German and come to think of it, from one or two German Brauereis nevertheless given the brewing genre it is very satisfying. There's a nice smoke flavor on top of hops bitterness with an underpinning of malt. None of the flavors are cloying and I think the beer has a well balanced flavor. The smoke flavor not tends to dissipate leaving the hops bitterness to linger on the palate. I'd love to sample the lager without the smoke. It's almost like an ale rather than a lager or maybe it's the interaction of what's causing the smoked flavor. The alcohol content is not overwhelming, and after emptying a bomber bottle I'm not welded to my seat. The beer has a satisfying presentation in the glass. I like this beer and made not to score a few more bottles of this libation.

Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle of Tinder is a little long in the tooth but it shows no signs of its age; carbonation erupts off the pour and stays energetic throughout (the ultra-spongy foam did fortunately descend to a more functional level). Though a smoke beer, its amber complexion glows like fire.

There's certainly a trace of smoky bacon in the aroma but this is apparently not the 'the whole block caught fire and my lungs are starting to suffer from smoke inhalation' kind of rauchbier. Bamberg's famous beechwood-smoked malts aren't over-emphasized but instead contribute to an underlying sweetness that profiles hints of ripe fruit and honeycomb toffee.

No matter how interesting any style of beer may be in its own right, they tend to take on different, often more intricate profiles with the addition of smoked malt. This is equally true of Helles Lagers, Märzens, and wheat beers. Of course, no one wants their mouth to feel like an ashtray or a barbecue; the best rauchbiers have layers of flavour beyond their smokiness...

There's not much campfire smoke or burnt wood in this one, nothing remotely aggressive. It's very quaffable. And Uinta has used a nice recipe as the base, though the inclusion of smoked malt has definitely added an extra dimension; there's a clear, focused beechwood flavour and the suggestions of cured meat, sausage, and bacon that are typically associated with it.

The proper approach to a rauchbier is always an open mind. That said, this is a much more approachable example than most; there's enough nutty-sweet maltiness to ease even novices into the style. Tinder provides an easy connection, one with which there's no need to take things slow. Any rauch-haters in your life? Hook them up with this!

Photo of stephens101
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my new favorite styles and highly anticipated as Unita is on my radar lately.

An almost room filling aroma of smoke and peat emanates from this hazy, yellow-orange brew. A towering, light tan head crumbles slowly and leaves a smattering of craggy lace behind. A closer sniff reveals some light fruits and caramel. Tastes fruit forward with some malt sweetness followed by a quick slap of smoke and damp wood that fades way too quickly. Some orange peel and faint spice is noticed. Lighter in body and crisp at the end with a lingering, subtle alcohol heat.

A bit more "rowsh" in this beer and we have a world class smoker, but I can say I'm not going to have any problem finishing off this 750.

Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

huge fluffy fizzy head takes up half the pour, tons of streaming bubbles, slow fading head, lots if lacing, mostly clear golden orange color.

Nose nice smoked meat, smoked malts, mild campfire big smoke aroma but not beat you with it, little sweet malt base, mild crisp lager like and fruity note.

Taste fair sweetness, candy like, with big smoke again, smoked cheese, little campfire mild smoldering log, smooth creamy, mild lager feel, soft, mild earthy grassy spicy hop in the background, with fair bitterness, little sticky finish but dry and mild crisp, long mild Smokey finish little bitter hop.

Mouth is med bod, mild creamy, decent but lighter carb.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off whit head that died down but consistenty left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of iodine from the smoked malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not be for everyone's palate, but if you can handle the iodine-like flavors it is pretty good and would pair well with smoked meats.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +4.2%

This has a beautiful smokiness to it, but a distinct pilsner flavor. Clearish brown in color, it's carbonated with a sweet aftertaste to mix with the burnt wood and pils.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the thoughts of Bamburg close at hand, their famed smoked beers make their way to far-reaching Utah where the flavors of mesquite and smoke are paramount- this is a smoked beer brewed in smokey heaven.

Darker than lager, but paler than "pale" its light amber-gold hue is hazy with smoky bits as the aromas of honey baked hams, campfire and a hickory smoke charms the nose. Its caramel and toasted-sweet taste is mildly citrusy even though those smoky tones are paramount on the early palate.

What ensues is a deepening smoky sweetness that gains intensity as as those smoke phenols penetrate deep into the taste buds. But as the sweetness loosens its grip, the smoke drifts to hover above the palate to allow a lager-like drinkability to oddly refresh the palate despite its savory periphery.

Its finish is smoky-dry but not ashy or acrid. Supported well with malt structure and background sweetness, a piney hop bitterness smolders beneath and seems to peak through as if it were a pale ale. Mild spiciness adds a pep to the arid smoke flavors that return in waves after wave in aftertaste.

Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle label info: Bottled 01/22/14

The body gleams an amber color and features a very thick, dense, creamy white head; gently rising myriad of carbonation bubbles. The aroma exudes a smokey scent; burnt hardwood. The flavor combines a smokey taste over a lightly sweet and fruity malt and yeast base; smoke flavors lingering throughout the finish. Medium bodied; semi-sweet/dry finish.

This is a righteous rauchbier. It's not quite as bold as many of the Aecht Schlenkerla smoked beers yet comes very close to matching the balance and character of those German classics. There is a gentle smoked sweetness to things, nicely balanced with a subtle dryness that nicely balances the multitude of favors. A smoked beer done right and well worth exploring...

Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First off, I am generally not a smoked beer fan. Second, this beer was dated January of this year. So, I was shocked I enjoyed this offering. I still wouldn't make it a regular drink in my lineup, but it's a nice change of pace beer.

A: this thing is actually sort of ugly for a lager, but I am assuming the smoke has some effect. Cloudy and brownish yellow, it looks a bit like a muddied beer (though granted, I've made beers that look like this).
S: a nice sweet smokiness (I get a little sweet cherry as well, from who knows where)
T: very much like the nose in the malty lager sweetness combined with a campfire smokiness that are blended quite well together. The end actually has a nice light bitterness that cuts the malty beginning as he smokiness dies
M: quite smooth and medium bodied, which to me is nice for a lager. Decent carbonation as well.
O: mentioned above, but a nice surprise to a non-afficianado of the style

Photo of allengarvin
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloud pale gold beer with a frothy, airy head. The nose offers some medium-light smokiness. The flavor is likewise full of smokey phenols, though not much else--perhaps a little acidic. If you're looking for smoke, his beer has it, but it's rather one-dimensional, compared to malty examples from Schlenkerla. Highly smokey beers are rare enough that some people might find this interesting, but I don't.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, bottled on 1/22/14. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a huge fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is smokey campfire with a little sweet malt.

The flavor is sweet malt with a lot of heavy smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's a nice smoke beer, but a little much on the sweet side.

Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle stamped 12/17/17 I think. Part of it is rubbed off. Sampled on June 1, 2014.

The color of the pour is medium amber with a foamy cream colored head and a slight haze to it.

The aroma has a nice smoky malt character with a roasted bready feel to it too. Low hop note.

The body is low to medium with a smooth texture.

The taste brings out those roasted bready malts and a smoky chaser but not the point that you feel you are standing next to a bonfire. I tend to like my rauchbiers smoked to the max but this one is still very delightful.

Photo of jneiswender
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into a Pilsner glass
Orange Brown body somewhat cloudy with an off white thickhead
Smoke bacon wood some floral and vegetable
Good smoke flavor throughout with a bit of a minty finish
Medium Mouth feel
Very nice representation of the style I would drink this beer again

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Malted Barley. Pours a translucent dark amber color with an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is campfire, mesquite, smoked malts, and meat. The taste is smokey malts, peat, mesquite, charcoal, and that meaty flavor. Smokey, burnt cherry wood finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. It's hard to find Rauchbiers, which I love, so I jumped all over this one. Overall, its a decent smoked beer that I would have again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden coloring with a lot of carbonation action throughout the body and a tall, fluffy, big bubbled, off-white head that starts well over an inch, but slowly settles in to a low profile while you drink. Aromas of toasted grains, campfire smoke, charred wood, hints of carbon and sulfur, and a subtle toffee sweetness. Smells great. Flavors are light and smooth, with a forward note of charred wood and campfire coals, a biscuit backbone, subtle hops bitterness, and a solid toffee sweetness. Pretty damn balanced, and the increased carbonation keeps the brew crisp on your tongue. The smoky and woody characteristics make for a long lingering aftertaste, even past the slightly effervesced, clean finish. This is a great beer. It's like a camping trip in liquid form.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 01/08/14

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger, yellowish-beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with a pillowy cap that takes a while to settle, leaving streaks of soapy lacing in it's path.

Sweet, slightly smokey aroma with a nice charcoal/campfire character countered by sweet malt backbone. Decent smoke character but not too intense with hints of butane, ash and smoked meat countered by sweet caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. I would have preferred a little more smoke but it's not tame by any stretch if the imagination. Inviting nose on this beer that's reminiscent of a lighter version of an authentic German rauch bier.

Medium body with crisp carbonation and a strong smoked malt flavor that's heavier than the aroma suggests. The beechwood smoke really stands out with hints of ash, charcoal, burnt malt, and barbecued bacon. This is countered by a sweet malt backbone and light bready yeast character. Caramel sweetness along with toffee, hazelnut, bread and subtle dark fruit esters. Very good imitation of a rauch bier flavor profile but slightly less intense. Similar to something from Schlenkerla but the smoke flavor isn't quite as rich or complex. Still, this beer is well balanced and easy to drink while packing a decent amount of smokey flavor.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At Bukowski's Inman Squrare

Murky dark cantaloupe color with a thin skim head. Smells like campfire and fruit. Tastes about the same. Doesn't tastes or smell nearly smokey enough. I want to choke on smoke. This is more like a sweatshirt that I wore around the campfire 3 days ago. And that amount of fruit is just sloppy.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 1/8/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, campfire, and Band-Aid aromas. Taste is much the same with campfire and Band-Aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid smoke characteristics, but the Band-Aid I am getting is a bit too much in my opinion.

Photo of pjwilson
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork popped and poured in Sam Adam's special glass.

appearance: deep golden straw color. Huge lace and foam. Vigorous carbonation.

smell: not a lot of smoke in the smell, more like that good lagery straw smell. Nothing really to see here.

Taste: hmmm. A bit more subtle than I was expecting for some reason. Aecht Schlenkerla this is not. Nice smoky taste is in the background but then there's not much else. This is basically Helles territory, bitterness and hops are nowhere to be found. Nothing wrong with that.

mouthfeel: drinkable is the name. Smooth and clean lager goodness.

overall: Can't complain. This actually would be a great beer in 6 packs at a standard price, great for summer bbqs, but it's sort underwhelming as a special release in corked bottle. Good, solid lager though.

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Tinder Rauchbier from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.