Tinder Rauchbier - Uinta Brewing Company

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BradC on 01-20-2014)
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Photo of KnightofPluto
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of travisatlarge
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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 Petey_the_Quiet
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
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 Paul68
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of spedprof
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of jneiswender
4.7/5  rDev +23%
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 VTCombi
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of abex44
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of kevinm2342
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Bung
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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 XicanoBeerRun
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Irish57
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Kataco16
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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 PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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 BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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 stephens101
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Azeotrope
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of wonothesane42
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 ikats
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tinder Rauchbier from Uinta Brewing Company
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