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Tinder Rauchbier - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 154
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 21.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 154
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.81/5  rDev +23%
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!

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Photo of jneiswender
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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

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Photo of Bung
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 01/06/14

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that sticks around for a very long time while leaving some nice lacing

S: Nice and smokey right up front along with some light sweetness from the malts. Smoke definitely takes center stage

T: The smoke is a little more subdued than in the nose, but it's still right up front. The smokiness is followed by a nice mellow sweetness and some breadiness. Also get some fruitiness in there which melds well with the sweet and smokey combo. Finishes with a lingering light smokiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and smooth

O: Definitely up there on the list of top rauchbiers, especially American made ones. It's very balanced while keeping the smoke at the forefront. Nice and easy to drink as well. Certainly worth looking for if you're into the style

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Healthy and loud pop of the cork. Served in a stange. Orangey amber colored with an off-white two inch head that lingers long.

Aroma of grainy malt, some corn and florals. Rich favors of maltiness, toasty and biscuity. Well-balanced smoke and malt, faint hint of clove in the finish. Some phenolic notes, slightly band-aidy, but not overly so and just right for the style. Rich and full and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent beer, great representation of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The bottle opens with a gentle pop of the the cork. It pours a hazy (smokey?) honey orange with a small & short lived cream colored head. It has an aroma of citrus, honey, a little alcohol & smoke. Citrus & carbonation tickle the tongue. Taste is similar to its smell, with a slight smoke aftertaste that gives it a savory quality. The flavors are well balanced, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Myotus
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stange.
LOOK: Pours with two and a half finger's of off-white foam that dissipates to two finger's worth within one minute. Honey orange in color with a slight cloudiness and plenty of bubbles. Lacing is relatively low.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of hickory smoked bacon, sweet malts, burning mesquite wood and a hint of peach (sounds weird as heck, but I swear it's there). TASTE: Intial taste is of mild hickory smoked bacon flavors and sweet malts. About a second passes until mild burning mesquite wood flavors enter the palate. Lastly, a dash of peach enters the palate as all flavors persist to create an extremely enjoyable sweet, saviory, and smokey flavor.
FEEL: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, clings to the back of the throat a tad bit, and has a nice, crisp finish.
NOTE: A great rauchbier, but the smokiness could be a little bit stronger.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Benish
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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!


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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-brown hue with 1/2 inch head. Very solid beer. Smoky, medium bodied, and very clean. While I like German versions better, this is a great traditional take on the style.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

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Photo of BradC
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a corked 750 mL bottle, bottled on 12/17/13 with no ABV. Pours a light copper color with a thick creamy head that quickly falls and leaves heavy lacing.

Smells of light smoke, smoked hams and meats, no hop aroma whatsoever.

Taste is a solid malt backbone with some sweetness followed by smoked meats and smoked cheese, ends with a lingering bitterness that could be from the smoked malt or some late hops? Sweetness and smoke is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is thick and malty with with moderate carbonation, there is definitely some alcohol here but not overly stong or burning.

Overall, a good Rauchbier, I've only had a couple others to compare to but this can hold its own to Schlenkerla IMO. This would definitely go well with some barbecue or smoked meat/fish.

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