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Tinder Rauchbier - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazed dark amber in the wine glass with a decent head. Pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. Huge smokehouse, smoked meat aroma. Medium body with an oily texture.

This really does taste exactly like bacon. Sweet and apple, malty, and relentlessly smoky. I tried it with food and without, and didn't like it much either way. It's a nice smoke flavor, it's just so non-beery and over the top. A slight bitterness emerges in the aftertaste.

I guess this is drinkable, after splitting the bottle, but it's more of a fascination with how weird this stuff is. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the state liquor store in Salt Lake City.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled On: 01/08/14

Pours a nice slightly cloudy darker yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy one-finger plus white head, lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slightly smoky, slightly nutty. The taste is sweet, malty, nice smoke note. Medium body, with a slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours in my mug a orange-gold body with two finger that dies quick but a lovely lace ring all over glass with a meaty smokiness (more a spice rub or something than bacon or beef jerky) and I'm not getting much else. While the taste is mostly meaty, gamey, the beer is actually smooth despite the dry meat patches which are a little rough here and there, and there is juiciness/creaminess to the beer that helps it go down easy. Bit of a spicy sweet edge (since I'm talking meat flavor my first thought is chipotle bbq sauce) as well that I can't put my finger on along with a bread/cracker like crispness in the finish.

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Photo of Bung
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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 BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Tinder Rauchbier from Uinta Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.