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Rauchbier - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 26
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jakester on 08-25-2005

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Reviews by TheBoss:
Photo of TheBoss
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5 L beer glass Rastal
Nice darker brown color, but not dark enough where ya cant see through the glass, light carbonation, one finger head maybe lil more, head reduced while drinkin but nice lace left down the sides.
Smells nutty and smooth, some hops, Im smelling something sweet and cant make out what it is.
Taste solid and crisp, not to heavy on the tongue, no lingering after taste, I drink this baby all night.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Sly Fox Rauchbier delivers a deep copper body beneath a short but creamy head of ivory froth. The retention is fairly good and it leaves some nice lace about the glass. The body is medium; and combines with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation to give it a lightly crisp and then somewhat creamy mouthfeel. There's little smoke in the nose, but much more in the flavor. The maltiness is rich and round as well; lightly sweet and velvety on the tongue. It's very much like a vienna lager done with smoked malt. The gently sweet and lightly toasty malts combine seamlessly with the smokiness; and it's backed by a firm bitterness. Unlike many examples of the style, I think this one really nails the smoke level properly, lending it enough character to keep it interesting without letting the smoke building on the palate. Very well balanced!

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Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap served into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark brown with some red hues. Tan at times with a hazelnut brown tint.

S- Smoked malts. Smoked meats. Campfires and roasted flavors. Typical rauchbier scents, nothing too different here.

T- Kinda boring. Cocoa, chocolate, malty, no hops, metallic undertones, smoked malts, roasted nuts. Somehow, this one did not work for me. I felt it was bland and difficult to drink, even with the low ABV.

M- Smooth and watery going down. Light bodied.

D- Not my thing really. I wouldn't go seeking out this beer but it may be worth a shot to some if rauchbier is your thing.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served at the Phoenixville brewpub.

A: The smpked ale is a dark copper brown color, like an old penny that is showing its age. A finger of head coated the top of the glass and quickly receded.

S: The nose is an intoxicating smokehouse, thick slabs of cured bacon and ham. The intensity of the smoke does not overwhelm the malts, instead laying nicely atop them.

T: Each sip is strong on the smoked malts up front. The smokiness is pungent and pleasing, coating the tastebuds with liquid smoke and cooked meats. The biscuity malts manage to cut through but are rather flat, a touch of a letdown after the initial smoked strength.

M: The smoke is fleeting, hitting hard before moving on. I'd love to see that bite stick around a little longer.

D: Very drinkable, this was a perfect accompaniment to some pretzels and spicy mustard.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark amber hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust smoked malt for an all around smoked salmonesque experience.

The taste consisted of a smoke spiciness, grainy malts and a complimenatary earthy hop.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall an easy drinking smoked beer. Paired well with my bacon, apple, red onion and cheddar melt.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into nonic pint at Standard Tap, Philly. Pours a golden brown...more brown than golden, a bit of head and lacing. The aroma really shines here...lots of subtle smoke and sweet maltiness - not crazy, but deff present. Again, the flavor is on the more aggressive side of subtle with the smoke; perfect amount for me, with a nice sweet malt balance. Easy easy easy drinker and very pleasant. I have been drinking some really nice rauch's lately...a lot with the subtleness of smoke and bacon - which I really prefer, and this one really hits the mark for me. Overall, a great rauchbier for this who like the subtle smoke without the bacon...

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came an amber gold with a thin oatmeal head.

Smelled of salty chicken and smoke with a dry molasses.

Tasted of smooth honey and cherries that hesitates for a moment and then drops into a smoked slightly salty ham. There’s a unifying crisp sweet cedar and grass hops that ties these two together.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation.

The dynamics of this beer are stellar! I can’t wait to try this beer again.

BTW, my girlfriend, who used to live in Bamberg, tried this and liked it very much. I think that says a lot about the quality of this beer.

Well done!

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An american-made Rauchbier?!? Yow! I had some of this a few weeks ago while doing my monk thing at the second semi-annual B.E.A.T.S.fest at World Cafe Live, which was relatively lightly attended, allowing me to get a pint glass filled and be able to do a review without (much) fear of backlash. I had it again on Thursday night during the dinner at Sly Fox and when I showed my notes to some of the people at the table, they remarked that I had captured it perfectly. Well, here goes ...

This had a medium, off-white head with decent, if not great, retention. The color was a clear, deep amber with a hugely smoky nose. The beginning struck me as imparting a slight honey taste, which gave way to a sausage-like flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel was full, not quite creamy. The finish was more towards pork/bacon, if one is capable of making that kind of subtle distinction. I was so taken with this that I put my $ where my mouth and pen were and sprung for a growler. This will be part of an upcoming Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em dinner at my uncle's place. Absolutely yummy, but a steady diet of it might put me off, so no 5 for drinkability.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this from the brewery.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A slight, smoky smell; reminded me of a combination of smoke wood and bacon.

T: A malty taste with smoky notes. Also, a nice, smoky aftertaste, like smoked bacon. The smokiness could have been a bit more evident, but this taste went well with the burger I had.

M: A medium bodied mouthfeel that was also pretty smooth.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination. A pretty good smokebeer that was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, dark copper with a small white head that held on strong and left spotty lace.

S-Like being out in the country and driving by an old smokehouse. Virginia ham and back bacon swirls around with a nice malty sweetness. The smoke plays the lead but accompanies the malt and does not overwhelm.

T-Initial smoky sweetness up front. The smoke stays strong but never becomes annoying or overwhelming. All this building smoke leads to a drying factor that melds with a bit of biscuit breadiness in the back.

M-Medium bodied, clean and dry.

D-I had this beer before it won the 2008 GABF gold and I stated, this is without question the best non-German rauchbier I have ever had....glad to see the judges agreed with me! For me, a smoked beer geek, this is about as good as it gets. No wonder I had something like four in a row!

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the P-Ville location, w/out having any knowledge of this beer's history. Some would say, the purchase was "on a whim".

Pours with a faint off white head that burns off fairly quickly to zero head over a clear amber body, with a touch of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are fantastic - not over the top - just the right amount of charcoal cooked pork, caramel malt, black pepper, and rubber. Inviting.

Flavors are also terrific, and follow much of the same in the aroma. Fairly sweet up front, but overall a nicely smoked set of meats throughout. Touch of lingering charcoal dust.

Just a touch of carbonation with a fairly dry finish in the mouthfeel.

This one makes me long for fall, sitting out back by a campfire. And was a fantastic pairing to a chunky prime rib hoagie earlier.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Memphis Taproom.

Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with golden amber edges and a half dinger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beet was pretty disappointing at first. All I was getting was sweeter malt notes and hardly any smoke at all until it warmed. After a while, the smoked malt presence be ame more evident with hints of charcoal, BBQ and smoked meats. This is countered by the sweeter notes of caramel, rye and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a good balance of smokey and sweet malt notes. Like the nose, the flavor of this beer consisted mostly of the sweeter characteristics until it warmed up. After about ten minutes the smoked malt flavors began to appear with hints of charcoal, BBQ, bacon and burnt toast. This is nicely balanced by hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut, rye and a touch of dry, earthy hops. Complex but not overly smokey making it relatively easy to drink. A good introdction to the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking copper color with a white head on top that faded pretty fast. There wasn't any retention or lacing on this one. The smell of the beer is definitely smoked, it's not overwhelming but you can tell what style they're going for here. The taste of the beer is smokey as well with a bit of caramel in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation. Overall this beer was average to me.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a rauchbier enthusiast and only have had a few before, but after doing some research on the style, this sounds like a pretty darn good rauchbier.

It poured what looked like (it was a bar after all) a very clear amber with a full white cap and thin lacing.

The aroma was malty and smokey like caramel candy and sausages.

Smoke and malts take the lead and it has a mildly dry finish and lightly hoppy. (notes from the bar)

Light to medium body and sweet with a dry finish and low carbonation.

I described it as very pleasant but a little too sweet on the bar napkin.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during the Sly Fox Goat Race & Bock Fest on 5/3/09.

A - Clear copper with deep reddish hues and a short off-white head that receded to a patchy film and left nice lacing around the glass.

S - Mild smokey aroma with a prevalent sweetness suggesting toffee notes. Nose is quite malty overall with just a hint of earthy, leafy hops in the background.

T - Smokiness comes to life in the flavor and is more apparent here than in the initial aroma. Traces of smoked meat and charcoal, but not overpowering in the least. Finishes with a dash of earthy, leafy hops.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and subtle carbonation. Finish is smokey with a slight dryness on the palate.

D - Extremely drinkable rauchbier, yet one of the more potent smoked beers I've had in my travels. This particular one packs tons of flavor without becoming too overbearing.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"It's like drinking liquid bacon."

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Rauchbier from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.