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Ludwig's Revenge - Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Ludwig's Revenge
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 05-10-2008)
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2.39/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into an Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier pint glass.

Extremely light and large foamy cocoa colored four finger head off the pour with a good amount of staying power that settles to a one finger foamy puck. Body color is extremely dark for a "rauchbier", nearly pitch black but with some light walnut black coloring. Pretty aggressive looking brew.

Nose is odd. Huge amount of imitation like smelling powdered chocolate, almost like Nestle Quick on the nose, but not as enjoyable. Faint smoke, and a weird sweetness that puts the bouquet incredibly off balance. Not good, not sure where this is going.

Palate is incredibly flat, and lifeless, and flavorless Mid palate only fills with a good amount of ashen like smoke but with virtually no malt or rich sweetness of caramel only after you swallow. Extremely ashy flavors. Return sips force me to smell that horrible chocolate just making the experience even less enjoyable. Lifeless.

I love Rauchbier it's one of my favorite styles and this is just really not good. Screwy mix of flavors through a wet palate. This is almost as if someone took flat homebrew and mixed it with Nestle Quick and served it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 22:49:18 | More by smakawhat
Photo of FosterJM


2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1568th Review on BA
Bottle to Dimpled Mug

No bottle date
Thanks to my RS guy TroyG2352 for this one

App- It poured a dark brown, maybe more like a soda with a good blend of colors and moved into a off khaki head with some lacing down the side. Was okay. Nothing fancy solid.

Smell- It was way to sweet on the nose. It had too much sugary black licorice and not too much smoke to balance it all out.

Taste- WTF happened to this. Its just wayyyy to sweet and has overpowering licorice. Touch of smoke and some meat behind it. I cant finish it. I took 3 sips and fed it to the sink.

Mouth- Light, thin body with a smooth carbonation. Residual black licorice and candy.

Drink- Not for me. I tried it. Probably the worst Rauchbier I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 14:54:43 | More by FosterJM
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

03-18-2013 01:44:23 | More by beans923
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3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Very dark brown to black. Tannish head that dissipates

S- Roasted, almost coffee like smell. Nice and warming quality

T- Chocolatey with coffee mixed throughout. Smooth flavor which is well "blended". Nothing jumps out at you too much, but all flavors are noticeable.

M- Decent body. Not too heavy, but still a nice weight. Carbonation is perfect.

D- The taste lasts a little too long on the tongue. Almost a bothersome effect that detracts from an overall pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 07:08:46 | More by GoalieRon33
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3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a brownish tone with a white fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a malty aroma with a light smoked aroma in there too. The taste of the beer has elements of smoke and lagered malts in there. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it's got a lighter body that remains drinkable. Overall this beer was decent, it's not something I'd need to have again but it's not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 23:38:56 | More by Knapp85
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-21-2012 04:29:48 | More by THECPJ
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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown with some deep chestnut highlights; minimal head retention. Very smoky in the aroma - sort of a sweet hickory scent. Roasted and perfume notes as well as a hint of cocoa and honey sweetness. Smoke very present on the palate, followed by slight tartness and a mildly bitter finish. Body is light/medium and very creamy. Average drinkability; smokiness is a bit overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 03:49:47 | More by turnstile
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-02-2014 00:01:20 | More by DLS168
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-05-2014 18:39:17 | More by ummswimmin
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and smoke. Taste is roasted malts, meaty, a good bit of smokiness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, although I am not a huge fan of this style, this was an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 22:26:21 | More by tone77
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at $1 draft night at the Shippen Place Hotel. Pours what appears to be black in color. Hard to tell for me as I was outside on the patio as the sun went down. Didn't retain much head however. Smelled mostly roasty with otherwise a clean smelling aroma. Maybe a little coffee from the roasts, but I thought it was mostly subdued. Didn't get much smokiness from the malts; I think maybe just enough was added to this beer to add a little complexity but that's about it. Tasted roasty with a light mouthfeel. Would have liked to see better head retention but a nice beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 11:12:00 | More by jwhancher
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A glass on-tap.

A: The lager is dark, closer in color to a schwarzbier. The black darkess surprised me. A thin head came along with the glass.

S: The nose isn't an all-out rauch fest. Instead, it allows the darker chocolate malts to mix with the mild smokiness. The result is sweet, making me want a sip.

T: The dunkel lager stresses its malty side before submitting to the rauch. Chocolate and darker malts lend a sweetness to the lager, a bready flavor that is stronger than the smoke. As the rauch flavors move in, they add more sweet flavors along with a meaty finish. It's worth noting that the smoke never gets in the way; this is a mildly smoked dark lager and not the other way around.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, chewy with a dark undertone. I'm impressed with how well the flavors combine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 19:29:33 | More by akorsak
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-25-2013 22:37:59 | More by Scott1970
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-09-2013 13:11:00 | More by jk3
Photo of Darkmagus82


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

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown-nearly black color with a medium off white head. The head faded to leave a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasty malt aromas are heaviest and are mixed with some smoke. There are also some hints of sweet chocolate mixed in the nose that meld well with the smoke and roast.

Taste- The taste starts out a bit on the more roasty malt side. Some hints of chocolate are also present initially. The sweeter chocolate fades over time with a smoky flavor that takes its place. At the very end a very light bitter coffee flavor comes into the flavor, giving a slightly more bitter smoky chocolate flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is a bit on the creamier and thicker side with a medium level of carbonation. Rather appropriate for the smoky chocolaty flavor.

Overall – A nice easy to drink brew. One that is well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 01:18:01 | More by Darkmagus82
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-16-2013 12:52:44 | More by yourefragile
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-06-2013 18:47:01 | More by ZEB89
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-04-2013 23:15:35 | More by BeerForMuscle
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-30-2012 14:56:49 | More by TheNightwatchman
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a light tan head that starts off vigorous but fades quickly.

S- Mild roasted malt aromas with a hint of smoke.

T- Strong upfront malt flavors followed by a slight sweetness which then turns into spicy and smokey flavors that linger on the tongue.

M- Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. It's very flavorful but not overpowering.

This is probably my favorite brew from Roy Pitz. I've had their Fat Daddy Sacks and Blonde on tap back in November and wasn't very impressed. I was convinced to take a visit to their brewery after visiting my local homebrew show. I wasn't disappointed. They gave free samples of every beer they had on tap. There Quad was delicious as well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 05:34:08 | More by y2jrock60
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Relax

A-Dark in color, not black, maybe a deep brown that lets some light through. 1 Finger of head.

S-Light roasted smell, a bit of malt.

T-The taste was good. A lot of roasted malt flavor, with a hint of smokiness. Not as much as I had expected, but balanced well in the background.

M-Good mouthfeel. Slightly creamy and smooth. Low carbonation, but not too low.

D-This was quite a drinkable beer. Goes down easy and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 22:08:09 | More by taylor714914
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, nearly opaque, red-brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Ok lacing.

S: Roasted and smokey malt.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted and smokey. Notes of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: True to style. Carbonation was a bit much. Other than that, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 23:36:39 | More by SolipsismalCat
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-26-2011 18:35:48 | More by mdillon86
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-29-2013 17:17:29 | More by InspectorBob
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a roy pitz brew, at the brewhouse...

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is very solid black with tan head, that lasts and laces.

Smell is slightly smokey, mixed with roast, Otherwise clean.

Taste is very well done, dunkel upfront in terms of mild roast, clean flavors, followed by a nice light smokiness, sometimes mixed with a bubblegum type flavor

Mouthfeel is slightly lingering for dunkel, sits on the to gue, but could be a product of the smokiness

Overall, nicel done brew, clean dunkel, flavor light smokiness to come through and linger nIcely

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 03:47:20 | More by mvanaskie13
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Ludwig's Revenge from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
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