Ludwig's Revenge - Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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86
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
2.39/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of FosterJM
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1568th Review on BA
Bottle to Dimpled Mug
12oz

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.

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 1/25/10.

A - Very dark brown color with copper tones and a creamy dollop of tan head that transformed into a thin patch but deposited lots of thick, sticky lace around the glass.

S - Smokey malt with a hint of sweet chocolate and a slight burnt popcorn character. As the liquid warmed up a bit, a waft of charred firewood emerged as well as a mild coffee presence.

T - Opens with a hint of smoke and mild chocolate notes with a limd hop bite in the backend. Finishes with an earthy tinge amidst notes of coffee, licorice and burnt wood.

M - Medium bodied and fairly robust with an almost creamy texture, resulting in a slightly chewy mouthfeel. The soft carbonation provides only a hint of bristle on the tongue. Finishes with slight bitterness and a burnt aspect on the palate.

D - Probably the best offering I've had from Roy Pitz to date, Ludwig's Revenge boasts a well-rounded mouthfeel and pleasant smoked flavor that left me wanting more.

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli

A-Deep dark brown with a medium tan head that slowly reduced to a thin cap that left decent lace. This is a bit darker for a rauch than I am use to.

S-Nice hickory smoke aroma with dark roasted malt supporting in the background.

T-Fairly hefty roasted malt mixes very nice with a strong, but not overpowering smoke flavour. This is a very well balanced and tasty smoked brew. A hint of a hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium body and very smooth.

D-Not quite a traditional rauchbier, and not hefty enough to be a smoked porter...falls in between the two....maybe a smoked brown. Regardless of what it really is it is a winner. I love smoked beers and when done right I become a fan quickly.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Im sampling a cold 12 oz bottle poured into a glass mug.
The beer pours a dark rich cola brown with ruby highlights. A .5 cm creamy tan head foams up after an aggressive pour and fades to a wispy island after only a few seconds.
The aroma is roasted malt to the point of being smokey, I didnt anticipate just how smokey this would be. The label says dark lager, but BA has it as a rauchbier. I go with the latter and move on. I also get a little brown sugar, but make no mistake the nose is smokey, not campfire ash, just burnt wood.
First sip reveals fine fizzy carbonation that tickles on each sip.
Also makes for some pretty quick and hefty burps, that feature brown sugar and a bit of black licorice note.
the texture is crisp and clean and the beer is immensely drinkable.
The flavor of the beer is malt and malt. Again I get some light brown sugar and a bit of roasted malt. There is some smoke that lingers on each sip, but otherwise the finish is fairly clean.
I enjoy this beer and its fairly robust flavor profile mixed with clean easy to drink qualities.
This I would buy again and would recommend to folks that appreciate the style.

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DIM
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Very dark brown body with a thin, light tan colored head.

s: Very nice gentle smoke aromas that bring bacon to mind over hints of chocolate. Smells great.

t: Nicely balanced smoked beer. Some chocolate and coffee manages to come through the smoke. The smoke isn't at all acrid which is nice.

m: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

d: I haven't tried many, but this is one of the better rauchbiers I've tried. Very nicely done.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a very dark body...I'd say it was more black than brown...a tight, brown head stood about a finger tall and slowly settled...nice lacing

S - Deep roasted malts really come through and mix with hints of chocolate and some faint smoke

T - The roastiness continues through the taste...the malts are perfectly roasted and never become burnt or bitter...a chocolate flavor is more apparent now...this beer isn't as smokey as I was expecting from a Rauchbier...a subtle hop bite sneaks up at the end

M - Medium bodied...linger roasted flavor from the malts...goes down smooth

D - I've never had a Rauchbier beer before but I was expecting more smoke flavor...overall a solid offering...I look to try more from the local Roy Pitz

Photo of newbeeraday
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Ludwig's Revenge from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.