Frau Blucher - Barrier Brewing Company
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by brother_rat:
3.74/5 rDev +0.8%
Had a glass of this on tap at The Farm on Cortelyou. I'd had a few of the Barrier beers at Bierkraft a few weeks back, and so was pleasantly surprised to see this while grabbing dinner with the lady.
The appearance was quite nice: a light faint hay yellow. Very striking. There was a nice foamy head, although I will say that dissipated fairly quick. Minimal lacing.
Actually, the smell was of a faint smoke, but it was there--just kind of smelled like a wet field, near a campfire: wet hay, some smoke, and also a hint of sweetness.
Taste: Very nice smokiness: doesn't suffocate you like most other smoked beers, and I thought it balanced well with the other flavors. Caught more hay, but also some sweetness from toasted malts, very contained hop presence. Also detected a nice citrus balance, but understated.
Mouthfeel: Light and bright, and well-carbonated so as to be very smooth on the palate.
Overall: Great beer. I had some pulled pork app (roasted, not smoked, but still) and the beer went very well with it. On the whole, while this was clearly a rauchbier it had more flavor and balance than most that I've seen, which tend to hit you over the head with smokiness (fine by me as I like that flavor, but they're often very one-note). This was a great beer that could pair well with a ton of foods with the backgrounds notes but also was lighter and refreshing. I'd definitely try it again.
08-25-2013 14:06:00 | More by brother_rat
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
A - Pour is golden with a white foam on top. Some lacing, but minimal. Visible bubbles of carbonation.
S - Smells of freshly burnt wood, some grassy scent, and earthy spices.
T - Flavor is a BBQ in a glass. Fresh hickory smoked pork is the first thing I thought of upon tasting this. Very fresh with lots of smoke.
M - The smoke makes this linger in your mouth for a while, so make this either your beer of choice or the end of the night. It is smooth, but akin to a smooth cigar.
O - What I loved was how such a light beer can pack so much smoke. I'm used to a smoked porter or rauchbier, but this was a new one to me. I'd certainly give it a shot when considering a smoky beer. Pair it with a sweet marinaded meat and have a awesome pairing.
03-04-2012 19:45:52 | More by socon67
3.71/5 rDev 0%
On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of beechwood smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follws the smell and has flavors of smoked malts along with notes of Band Aids.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't too difficult to drink because the smoke is not overpowering, but novices might not be able to get past the Band Aid flavors.
12-09-2013 01:28:25 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +19.4%
On draft at Prost, Garden City, NY.
Poured a brassy hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a soft hardwood smoke atop a grainy malt.
The taste was well balanced with a pleasant smoke dancing on the palate. The grain bill was solid with a cleansing herbal hop.
The mouthfeel was clean and a touch grainy.
Overall an excellent smoked beer. Very user friendly and suprisingly refreshing.
08-28-2012 20:11:13 | More by plaid75
3.91/5 rDev +5.4%
Had this on tap at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn.
It poured a yellowy gold color with basically no head. Nothing special stood out but then the smell hits. A light, flavorful smoked flavor arrives. It's like walking into an Italian meat market. A delicious fragrance of capicola and sweet sopressata. The taste was rather unique as well. A bit of a hickory flavor starts off.
Overall this beer was different, but in a good way. I get over the fact that felt like I was drinking a Italian meat platter and enjoyed this beer very much.
09-07-2013 12:31:34 | More by WheelsPSU
Frau Blucher from Barrier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.