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Frau Blucher - Barrier Brewing Company

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Frau Blucher
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: socon67 on 03-04-2012)
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Reviews by brother_rat:
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brother_rat

New York

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
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-12-2014 03:44:43 | More by Sammy
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socon67

New York

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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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metter98

New York

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
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plaid75

New York

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
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1/5  rDev -73%

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New York

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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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WheelsPSU

New York

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.

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Frau Blucher from Barrier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.