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Göller Rauchbier - Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung

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BA SCORE
86
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 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 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 oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 500ml swing-top brown bottle, BB 28/08/08, consumed 3 months after the expiry date (...), served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a translucent bright amber hue, coming with very fine and constant carbonation and a semi-thick layer of cottony head that lasts really well.
S: dried smoked longan-fruits, dates, and kippers spring to mind, with a light salty-sweetness at the back along with a touch of leather-ish earthy odour.
T: the foretaste comes the lightest in flavour as compared with other rauchbier I've tried, with but a light smoked tinge as of dried longan-fruit shell, then the taste quietly sinks into a clean but surprisingly bitter aftertaste, a sign of very good level of hopping in the brew. Lightly spicy and herbal, with a delicate touch of smoked-wood-chips to add to the bitter finish.
M&D: due to the good level of bitterness and chewy-hop palate, on top of superb carbonation that makes the bier as soft as refreshing, I find this Rauchbier probably the most drinkable/quaffable amongst those I've ever tried! After trying three rauchbier recently, I really really long to fly to Bamberg in the near future to taste these smoked nectar on cask/tap!

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 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 mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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

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 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 TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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 stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of herrburgess
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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