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Tinder Rauchbier - Uinta Brewing Company

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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: 142 | Reviews: 43
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Photo of Bung
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Dark golden pour, half finger of frothy white head. Sticks just barely to the glass.

Aroma, meaty campfire, some grainy hay like malt, caramel, grass.

Taste, Gentle caramel ramps up with the beachwood smoke. A real nice gentle malt backbone. A slight herbal grassiness and bitterness. BBQ smoke lingers nicely.

Real smooth real easy drinking. Mouthcoating creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol presence.
May be the best example I've had since visiting Bamberg.

Photo of jneiswender
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
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 Petey_the_Quiet
4.81/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells like wood chips, tastes like sitting around a camp fire. Very unique Smoked Lager, completely different from anything I've had that has classified itself as smoked anything. This beer had a special smell/flavor/mouthfeel all it's own. It's extremely rare to find a beer that is this different from anything else AND still be a good, tasty beer. LOVED it!

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/08/14.Pours into a half liter stein a brilliant clear copper with a large blooming white rockycrown that takes forever to settle into a frothy mass.Meaty smokiness in the nose with mild caramel and brown sugar sweetness underneath all the smoke.A smooth creamy mouthfeel makes for easy drinking.Smoke obviously is the main flavor compoent but it isn't in your face,mild sweet dough,pepper, and iron are also thrown into the mix,a bit of toast is more prevalent as I drink more.Pretty easy going down for the size and the feel is great,a solid smoked lager here.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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 tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking a bomber bottled 1-29-15.
L: Pours brilliant copper tinted gold under a 3” finely bubbled dense cream colored clingy foam collar.
S: The smoke is midway between Brauerei Spezial and Aecht Schlenkerla with smoke, bacon and light malt aromas.
T: Smoke, bacon, rich malts, traces of caramel, a residual background sweetness comprise the palate. The malty caramel flavors and the smoke play well together.
F: Very creamy with a medium body to just a shade above. It sits very softly in the mouth with medium levels of carbonation.
O: The big malt flavors and the smokiness work well together.

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a stein.

A big head results from the pour and a good-looking, copper-colored liquid flows with a bubbly carbonation. The pale, fluggy white head is persistent, probably spurred on by the constant effervescent sensation taking place beneath.

Having recently had Schlenkerla's Marzen, I notice they two have the smoked ham aroma in common. This beer, however, seems a much fainter, tame version. It's still smokey and reminiscent of a campfire, but one that was doused last night. There is a heavy woodiness, maybe cedar, and a hint of a spice I can't put my finger on. I don't detect much as far as malts, although there's a hint of sweetness. I shouldn't sound so demeaning, because this beer actually smells tasty.

Speaking of tasty, I get a bit of a chocolate flavor here. There's still smoked ham, still a lot of smokiness, but I get something sweeter, maybe even some vanilla too.

Tinder's pretty easy to drink, but the body still has some thickness to it. I'm actually quite impressed. I think this is a close to impeccable effort at the rauchbier style. Ultimately, I'd have to decide which is the cheaper of the two between this and Schlenkerla.

Photo of weirdohappy
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Smoky. Very smoky. Do not like.

Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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 bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on date of 01/20/14. Served in a mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with an inch and a half off-white head that stays around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and smoky, the brew smells like smoked malt/meats, caramel malt, band-aids and some light grassiness. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a malty sweetness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating, smooth and goes down easy enough. It's also well carbonated. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind buying this again. $7.99 a bottle.

Photo of fourstringer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Becker pilsner glass. Moderate hand. Bottled on 2/17/13.

A: Caramel-colored body with nice clarity. 3+ fingers of off-white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Campfire smoke and peat. Toasted malt with bread, cracker notes. Toffee. Faint, indistinct hop character in the periphery.

T: Malty sweetness & moderate smoke initially. A light to moderate hop bitterness develops to a semi-dry finish. Essence of wood, campfire and smoked meat linger in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a thick, luxurious body for a lager. Suits the smoky/malt-forward flavor profile well.

O: I found this to be fairly reminiscent of Schlenkerla's Marzen with a slightly less complex smoke and a more American-style hopping. Well balanced with a tactful, tasty smoke. Good stuff!

Prost!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine one finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt and smokehouse smokiness. The smoke isn't intense, but covers and subtle flavors here. Flavor is caramel malt, meaty smokehouse, campfire, finishing with nicely integrated malt and grassy hops leaving a long, lingering pleasant smokiness. Medium bodied with a good creaminess. A very nicely made rauchbier. My initial impression was "not as intense as Schlenkerla" (my standard for fine rauchbiers), but immediately was pleased by the complete balance and integration of the flavors. The malt and hops are definiately masked by the smokiness, but the impression is that they would be quite good by themselves. The smoke is somewhat more subdued than European rauchbiers, but is plenty assertive. Quite nice and another excellent effort in the Crooked series. A pleasure.

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Thankin_Hank
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first thought after a good smell test was bacon. The wife agreed and upon tasting she said she didn't like it. I liked it and it got better after a while. This one fits in with the breakfast beers, naturally. Try it with your bacon and eggs next time you're out camping or deer hunting.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So this is a weird one...
purchased this bottle at the Brewery and enjoyed in my hotel room in my travel tulip.
Corked and caged bottle. Bottled 1/22/14 - enjoyed 2/13/14
Pours a surprising golden amber color. Huge thick white head...very carbonated as well. Seems like they bottled with a champagne yeast.
Initial aroma as the cork pops is smoke, but that is gone quick. what remains is aromas of hoppy crisp lager...the smoke is still there but its not so intense.
Taste is big smoke.."rauch". Bacon like...but its very well balanced with the noble hop and perfect malty grain bill. The crispness of the lager really works well with the rauch qualities.
It almost has a bit of funk to it??? perhaps an infection? well...I hope so ( I bet Uinta doesn't) but it all works well.

Really nice brew and a very drinkable. If you like a bit of rauchbier you will like this for sure.

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly chill hazed copper colored beer with a massive off-white colored head.

Strong smoke and herbal noble hops. Clean pilsner malt aroma. Scents of medicine and soap. Mostly though this is smoke scented.

Starts out mildly sweet and smoky but not and overpowering smoke flavor. Mild bitterness and slightly medicinal tasting. Pleasantly smoky and complex, this just screams for a good Ham and Cheese Sandwich to go with it. There are smokier Rauchbiers out there but being the strongest isn't the point.

Mouthfeel is good and about perfect for a lager.

Overall this is outstanding. Pair this with BBQ or a heavy on the bacon breakfast.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.58/5  rDev -33%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

On-tap 4/13/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains mostly smoked malts along with touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong smokiness. Then some caramel and fruit sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The smokiness fades a bit as you continue to drink the beer. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of hopsputin
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Benish
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/21/15
Aromas of smoked meat and camp fire. Just couldn't get over this awesome the smell. While the smoke was the prominent smell, it was a little bit more subtle taste-wise (no doubt the smokiness is there though). In a way, I liked it as the smokiness wasn't overpowering so I could easily polish the 750 ml. I strongly recommend this, a great beer.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Tinder Rauchbier from Uinta Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.