Göller Rauchbier - Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006

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Reviews by ThirstyBird:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L into tulip. Swing-top bottle.

A- Pale copper, nice pour, head fizzes out quick.

S- Mild smoke, very faint although it's good.

T- Pilsner in taste, with a good smoke component. Not nearly as intense as some other rauchbiers, which I'm thankful for. Don't get me wrong, I love some liquid smoke, but this one takes rauchbiers in another direction. The smoke/campfire taste is very nice and muted enough to enjoy the pale malt qualities of the beer.

M- Pilsner in body, as well. Light, refreshing, and a wisp or two of smoke.

D- High- I would drink a growler of this and not be sick of it. The attenuated smoke levels do this beer a favor- impossibly drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a 1/2 liter stein a deep bronze with a large fluffy light tannish colored head atop,great color and head.Aromas are on the lighter side with hardwood smoke and a tinge of iron,not much sweetness.Lighter and relatively smooth in the mouth.Smoke and cherry flavors although both are subtle,with caramel in the finish.A pretty subtle rauchbier but will go good with some knackwurst and dumplings tonight.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: smoked wood

Taste: tea, grass, leaves, smoke throughout

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly bitter, dry, high carbonation

Drinkability: This strikes me like a bit of a smoked English pale ale combined with some German ale characteristics. It is different from other rauchbiers I have had. Could have several. A very good brew.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect beer to complement smoked gouda.

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Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -21.7%

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber in thick 16 oz. pint glass, served on draft at the fine Holy Grale in Louisville, KY. Served warm as should be. No visible lace.

Aroma: Smoky woodsy greatness. Salty, cured, dried jerky, warm campfire…

Taste: Again, woody, caramel, smoky, like burnt mesquite and caramelized campfire wood. Very mellow and pleasant. Certainly a lovely brew, faithful to style and light enough to enjoy anytime. This particular night (rainy, cold, before a Watter show) was perfect!

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Photo of philipquarles
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

50cl bottle. Pours clear yellow-copper with a huge, fluffy white head that won't die. Thick lacing when it finally does. Light smoked malt aroma with nice fruitiness. Grainy and earthy. Full, malty taste with some light smoked grain. Somewhat fruity and a bit sweet; hoppiness at the end combines with smoke to dry it out. Not the kind of beer you sit and search out all of the minute complexities of, even though they're definitely present. The kind of thing to drink and enjoy, and drink some more. Great rauchbier.

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Photo of Bung
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap House in Copenhagen. Not quite up to Schlenkerla, but a very nice representation.

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saturated deep auburn color, sharp clarity, two fingers of tan foam that leave behind lots of lacing all around the glass. Long lasting surface coverage that doesn't break until close to the end of the glass.

Soft woody smoke in the aroma, pipe tobacco, nutty toasted malt.

Taste is lightly smoky, nutty toasted malt comes through as well. Finishes dry, and is light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall a nice easy-going rauchbier that would be a good intro for the style. Pretty drinkable and actually refreshing which is rare for the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Schlenkerla tall pint glass.

What an interesting head color. Light chocolate tan with a foamy and very soapy four finger head. Island pick lacing and cap, sitting on a real nice dark red amber body, with mahogany highlights all throughout. Real neat looking Rauch.

The bouquet is classic smoked beechwood, but much more smaller and subtle on the nose. Small hints of caramel, a bit of faint sweetness as well to match.

Palate doesn't seem to deliver much and is very tame. Mild smoke and woody aromas, but a good amount of prickly carbonation and pilsner like feel. Banana esters a bit round out on the finish with come milk chocolate. Slightly crisp a bit with not much malt density or coating thickness. Steely finish with some fruit citrus and more of the banana.

Comes off as a milder rauch with some marzen character. Decent but not really bringing the goods or really interesting to me.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color (dark brown when viewed from a distance) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the smell—these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of smoked malts and has some associated notes of iodine and Band-Aids.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and seems to be easier to drink compared to some of the other rauchbiers that I've had because it isn't overly smoky and isn't as heavy in body.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a fist full of light tan head, clear and copper colored body. Awesome retention that lasts forever.

Smoke aroma is easily detectable, hickory and pepper blended into the mix.

Taste is of sweet molasses upfront, gut gets kicked to the side with peppery, meaty, and smoky goodness.

MF is medium in body, good and wetting to the palate with prickly sensation from the carbonation.

Very drinkable, moderate in ABV, and complex.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

0.5l bottle, best by 19 Feb 2010 (a little late...). Pours a completely clear golden-orange color, creamy off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, wheat, wood, slight smoke and bacon. Flavor is pale malts, a bit of caramel, fruity, and some smoke. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a dry finish. Decent beer, I tend to like this level of smoke, but it could use more smoke and more backbone.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of seanyfo
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

50cl swing-top bottle best before 8th March 2012 poured into Spaten seidel.

A- Mahongany coloured body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy tan head that has very good retention and lacing.

S- Smoked ham, doughy breads remind me of pretzels. Id said its the smell of Bavaria!

T- Caramel and toffee malts balance with a toasted malt bitterness in the semi dry finish, touch of apple fruitiness in there. This is blanketed in a nice moderate layer of smoke. Finish is a bit thin and lacking in depth.

M- Low carbonation, medium body initially but once again finish tails off and lacking.

D- Looks and smells great. Has a nice level of smokiness and malt sweetness/bitterness levels. Let down by this thin finish. Overall, very drinkable though.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 01-02-07. Nice and good lasting head and a bronze golden beercollor. Nose is combination of smoked maltyness and citrussy hops that give it a fresh twist. Smoke very obvious also in taste that's nice and round and full of flavour. Moderate bitterness fitting the brew that's marzen like and shows bit of sweetness. Low carbonisation fitting the brew and overall very enjoying beer that's quiet Schenkerla like but bit smoother and rounder.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale and Munich malt scent along with a mild smoked character. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with some moderately sweet Munich malt notes. The Rauch malt is quite assertive. It's a nice smokey flavor. It's too bad the rest of the malt bill is lacking. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average rauchbier, but nothing exceptional. It's easy drinking, but not too interesting.

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Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Along with a pleasant copper color that offers a gem-like depth when held to light, this Rauchbier also possesses a very fine head though with little longevity. The smoked malts are immediately apparent on the nose; gamey aromas coupled with hints of dried plums, whole wheat toast, and cardamom are evident here. The wild meat qualities continue on the palate, with saucisson sec driving the flavors forward. The retro-olafaction is quite impressive as both flavors and aromas mount to the nose, leading to a long finish. The mouth feel is a little lacking for this reviewer, as the fullness of the flavors is not matched by the body or texture of the beer. Overall, a solid brew, and I'm glad have tried it, but it's not blowing my mind.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml swing-top to boot. ABV on label listed as 4.9%. An assumed best by date of 3-13-15 on the back.

Appearance - Dark brown pour with orange highlights, off-white head. Good retention as a patchy cap and thick ring, bits of lace left.

Smell - Pretty straight-up salty salty ham, peppery glazed ham on Easter Sunday. Light smokiness, bready and grainy tones, honey and caramel sweetness.

Taste - Less intense on saltiness and ham but a little more of a smoky roasted feel. Pretty earthy, kinda woodsy leafy thing going on. Dark bread, grains, helles-like malts. Light molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the watery side, could use a bit of oomph in the carbonation and body.

Overall - The label describes this as "subtly-smoked" and it succeeds there, a pretty decent rauchbier that doesn't overwhelm and delivers some solid ol' fashioned German lager flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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