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Tinder Rauchbier - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 155
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 20.92%
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 sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium carbonation and pours a nice dark straw / golden color. This beer is quite clear and has nice lacing after the head disappears.

A smokey smell wafts up first, followed by slight sour fruit. There seems to be a slight hop aroma, but is hard to tell as the smoke smell continuously bats the other smells to the side.

There is momentary bitterness at first, but you quickly get a big shove from smoked malt and sour fruit. When the sour fruit starts to fade, there is a brief malty sweetness before the campfire stokes back up. The beer finishes quite dry, and then you are left with a smokey aftertaste (almost like you've eaten a few pieces of hickory smoked bacon).

This is a medium bodied beer that has a nice champagne-like effervescence on the tongue. There is quite a bit of dryness as well.

I really enjoyed this beer. I have not had many Rauchbiers, but really like the style (and have made one myself that I really liked). I believe this one to be adequately in style. I would buy another one of these again in the future. The only negative thing that I can mention is that it is a tad on the sour side -more than I really expected. But great overall.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a soapy, white head that collapses into a finger's height puff, with nice lacing. Nose is dominated by smoke with a touch of sweet malt behind it. A straw/burnt sienna hue. Starts with an acidic and somewhat hoppy bitterness, floral hops and acidic smoke is a strange combination. Acidic smokiness moves in to dominate, with sweet malt somewhere in the background. The smoke diminishes slightly into the finish, with the malt coming out a little more.

This isn't too bad, but the present hoppiness is a little weird for the style; I LOVE the level of smokiness, but would have preferred more maltiness. To be fair, I rarely expect much out of lagers from out West...so this isn't too surprising.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 far333
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Myotus
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Benish
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 :/

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Photo of FFreak
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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 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 stephens101
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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 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 Amalak
4/5  rDev +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.

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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 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 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

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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 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 jneiswender
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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 PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Tinder Rauchbier from Uinta Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.