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Göller Rauchbier - Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung

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BA SCORE
86
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006)
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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

ShogoKawada, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Centimeter tall off-white head that recedes to a cap and collar. body is a translucent dark brown. Thin splotches of lacing.

S- Faint whiffs of woody smoke.

T- Sweet taste transforms into the smokiness that I love. Marzen-base? Would guess this at 4-5%abv as the perceived alcohol is minimal.

M-Medium-full mouthfeel, carbonation is low but works here.

D/O- Overall, just a tad sweeter than I'd like from a rauchbier personally. Other than that really no complaints. This is a beer I wouldn't mind drinking in bunches on a fall night.

Duff27, Today at 12:20 AM
Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mrfrancis, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

smakawhat, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

emerge077, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of J-Bonestradamus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

J-Bonestradamus, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of RichD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

RichD, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Petegrieco, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at 40 degrees into stange
Aroma of smoke, very weak
Head enormous ( >7 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing poor – few islands of various size, tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor of smoke with malt overtones, slightly sweet, ends slightly bitter with reasonable hang time; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.9375
A decent rauchbier, not overpowered by the smokiness.

Ozzylizard, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

oriolesfan4, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

wisrarebeer, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a soapy, tan head that has good persistence and lacing. Rich, smokey flavor with notes of acidity. Radiant, clear burnt umber color. Starts with a surprisingly mild smokiness; acidity and carbonation dominate the first second. Builds in acidity slightly. Biscuity malt comes through, smoke on the top. Finish is light malt and smokiness.

This is pretty good. It's not nearly as aggressive and intense as it's Bamberg counterparts, but it's no slouch. I'd consider it to likely be a more accessible entrance into Rauchbier.

TheSSG, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of alcyonidae
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

alcyonidae, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of kudos200
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

kudos200, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Sampling right now after bowling on 9/2/14. Comes in a single 500ml bottle for $3.99 that has a ceramic stopper. Contains 4.9% Alcohol and 'BEST BY" 13.03.15" date on the back label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

This 'Rauchbier' (Smoked beer- type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavor imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame) pours a very dark drown with ruby highlights, almost black in color actually with a thin beige head. Spotty lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant of German roasted malts, yeast with a light hint of smoke. The taste starts out a little salty (NOT overdone at all) with some dark bread with a light hint of smoke that wasn't over done at all. Very nice and goes down very easy. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation and medium-bodied. Never had this style of brew before and really liked it! Have to say I was very impressed! Prosit! :)

BeerWithMike, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

afsdan, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Chico1985, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jmtpi, May 21, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring it slowly and there's still a lot of bubble activity, especially lots of popping and fizzing in the big frothy head. It settles nicely fast enough tho, leaving a nice one finger head and lots of traces on the mug. Pale amber.
Smells of bacon, rich and salty. Some sweetness and smoked wood also.
Taste: nice malts, like mildly smoked toasted biscuits, also sweet with a fruity component, some red apple, oranges. Spicy feel with prickly pepper. Smoked wood follows, again, mild. Quite a decent amount of hops present in the finish, herbal and bitter, nicely keeping the smoke in check.
Medium carbonation and body, crisp, surprisingly thirst quenching for a rauch.
Out of the box, nice, this rauchbier doesn't just rely on heavily smoked malts, but has tasty hops and a great Munich-style helles malt sweetness. Still, if you want that rough barbecue aftertaste, this isn't the right beer for you.

dcmchew, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

hansavijaticar, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of mjtierney2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mjtierney2, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of herrburgess
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

stevoj, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

seanyfo, Jun 24, 2012
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Göller Rauchbier from Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung
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