Göller Rauchbier - Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung

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very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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 dasenebler
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

.5L swing-top, best by the end of Feb. 2011.

Pours a hazy light amber with a small, but stable foamy head. Looks like a pale ale.

Aroma is interesting, with notes of smoke, ham, and tangy hops.

Flavor is odd. Kind of sweet and tangy, with a weird vegetal thing. The smokey note is nice and subtle, reminiscent of a smoked ham. Touch of diacetyl. There's a bit of strange fruitiness and ale flavors-- is this a top-fermented Rauchbier? Kind of tastes like it. The mouthfeel is woefully under-carbonated, but smooth, with decent weight.

This is a weird beer. Although I'm still within the best by date, I fear this bottle may be past its prime.

Photo of reddomino
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Delivers a light, smokey scent with malty, sweet undertones. The taste is light and mostly malt with hints of honey and spice and just a touch of hoppy bitterness at the end. Leaves an after taste reminiscent of smoked ham.

All-in-all not a bad beer. Personally, when it comes to Rauchbiers, I say bring on the funk. The smokier the better.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Smoke. Alittle like a campfire, or maybe like smoked meat. Can't really get past the smoke to any other aromas, but still not the smokiest beer that I have ever smelled.

Looks: A nice light copper/golden colour. Good clarity. Nice thick white head that lasts. Some lace.

Taste: Good smoke flavour dominates without being over the top. Well balanced. A touch of malt sweetness with a bit of biscuityness, perhaps from the Munich malt. The finish has a good clean bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is average.

Overall, a well rounded and balanced beer. Enough smoke to keep things interesting without over doing it.

Photo of samEBC
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mjtierney2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of RichD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Göller Rauchbier from Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung
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