Auerbach's Rauchbier - Mystic Brewery

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Maxwell on 04-14-2013)
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Reviews by I_heart_beer:
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark-brown in color, 1/3 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt and rauch smoke

Taste: toasted malt, rauch smoke, chocolate, and sweet caramel

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium body, sweet and smoky

Overall: Very good for a domestic rauch. Sweet, malty, and smoky. I could do several of these. It is a favorite amongst Mystic's non-Belgian beers.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Guess2814
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked wood type smell.. Smokey taste.. Very different then any other beer.. Lives up to the name for its smokeyness lol.. Making up words to describe this beer.. It has a dark look to it.. Great beer to have at a BBQ to go along with some ribs... Mystic brewery brews this beer very well..

I had to add more in my review.. This is one of the best smoke beers I've tasted.

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle purchased at Kappy's and poured into a large wine glass. Pours a deep amber in the light and a light brown on the tabele, relatively clear and with a light tan cap of foam which shows average retention.

Aroma of smoked malts and a bit of caramel. Clean and smoky out of the gate with an earthy smokiness developing with warming. Firmly carbonated on the palate with a hint of bacon and smoke whick lingers somewhat through the finish.

Feel is smooth and a bit light in texture for the style, offering a decent body with some caramel sweetness and a moderate delivery of smoked malts. Nice and approachable and quite honestly better than expected from an unknown brewery. Not overly smoky and fairly well balanced overall.

Note: Batch 001

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of wesley14
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of EgadBananas
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: muddy red, tan head, fast dissipation, minimal lace.

Aroma: smoke, caramel, wood, figs, soft roast.

Taste: caramel, brown sugar, faint woodsy smoke, tannic, mild.

Mouthfeel: light, creamy, low carbonation, slick.

Overall: aroma was nice, but the taste and feel was awfully bland, leaving much to be desired.

Thanks Carl! Glad to have been able to try it....wish I could appreciate it more! :(

Photo of HattedClassic
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Very little head that comes out as a khaki color from a less than aggressive pour. The beer is a dark brown and has a sort of burnt color similar to the malts that were probably used.

Smell:
Very smoky. Almost like a campfire.

Taste:
Smoky but not as smoky as one would think. The taste is creamy and smoky with more creamy than smoky. The beer is a bit sugary with a hint of syrup but drinkable, nonetheless.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied but slightly watery. Very little if any carbonation.

Overall:
A decent rauchbier especially for a first try. I wouldn't hesitate to drink it if it was in front of me but I might think a little about buying it.

Photo of MRsojourner
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light brown mahogany color with a off white head that petered out fairly quickly.
aroma is a medium smoke with chocolate notes
the taste is wonderfully balanced. not to sweet, bitter, phenolic, or smokey. neutral clean yeast with delicate smokey malts over caramel and neutralizing hops that play there role.
excellent flavor with little aftertaste of sweet and smoke.
wonderful beer here that I will visit again. no fouls here for me. great job

Photo of LeRose
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip.

A reddish-brown mahogany colored pour with about a half inch of dense tan head. Foam did not last too long. A pretty looking beer.

Aroma - light smoke. Wood smoke, not BBQ smoke, no meat in there. A faint whiff of chocolate and some sweetness. Caramel. The smokiness is subtle - it's not an overwhelming smoky aroma.

Taste - the first thing I picked up was sweetness. Not syrupy-thick sweetness, but I thought I was going to get smoke first. The smoky flavor is well-integrated into the beer overall - very nice layering of flavors. The malt in general makes a nice statement.

This was an easy drinking beer. Very creamy, not highly carbonated, oddly refreshing. Doesn't coat the tongue - very light, somewhat short-lived flavor.

I really enjoy this beer. I don't believe that the smoke is as strong as it should be to strictly fulfill the style, but I don't mind that. It is a beer I enjoyed regardless of this "deviation". This would be just as enjoyable sitting around the campfire or the fireplace. Very accessible, nicely built beer.

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Batch 001.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head dwindles down to a skim and holds, with coating, slow-falling lace. Aroma is malty, with wisps of smoke.

Taste is sweet upfront, earthy and smoky through the middle, with a rouned lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, with easy drinkability. Nice brew, but I think Red would expect something with more smoke upfront if named after him.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 001, 5.4% abv so no idea where the person who submitted this got the abv from.

Might not be the greatest beer from Mystic, but between being a local beer and the best coach in, maybe entire Sport's history, at least for Celtics, hoping to help the Bruins win game 4 as they head into overtime.

An extremely aggressive pour yields a nice creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades quickly since I forced the head, with light spotty lacing, over dark mahogany molasses dark brown colored beer with hints of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose brings smoke of course, not quite Red's cigar smoke, but a campfire style smoke, with lots of smoldering log, some smoked meats, an interesting woody like toasted oak, a strong smoked salami like meat, under that is hints of caramel toasted reddish malts, a light yeasty aroma, a light fleshy nougat sweetness.

taste starts with creamy feel, before the smoke kicks in quickly, with more campfire smoke, plenty of smoldering log, again an oaky like taste with toasted flavor. Bit of an almost lactose or oatmeal creamy feel and creamy taste. The smoke is not as strong as the aroma so at least not too overpowering, bit of caramel and sweet syrup flavors with mild overall sweetness. bitterness kicks in from some of the smoke, but also a bit from a grassy earthy hop character. A bit of a yeasty flavor comes in too, with hints of fruity characters. I'm glad there's not booze as it would have made it hard to drink, since the smoke does get a bit overbearing after a few sips. Finish is drier but sticky and slightly syrupy, huge smoke lingering, smoked jerky like flavor but almost all the smoke itself, light earthy hop bitterness too.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy and slightly creamy, decent carb.

Overall OK but nothing special. Smoke is OK at first but then gets a bit overbearing, actually quite overbearing after a handful of sips. Not very well balanced either. An interesting Rauchbier take for Mystic, but not quite a hit for them as many of their others are.

Final note... Bruins lost in overtime... I guess Red only helps the Celtics.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Maxwell
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, orangey brown with a browning white head. The beer’s body is dark and hazy with a proper murk. The beer leaves little to no lacing on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of mellow, slow cooked meat and light campfire and oh-so-slight notes of caramel. The meaty smell is not as potent as other rauchbiers, but gives a nice, smoked wood nuance as well, which is quite inviting. The smell is also very mellow on the nose while still providing a beautiful bouquet of smoked malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes of savory smoked meat and slight bitter malt. In flavor, the beer begins as very light caramel malt that slowly moves into smoke, building through campfire smoke, smoked beech and cedar, light smoked pork with very light milk chocolate nuances. The finish is light but tasty with smoked wood, and this moves quickly into a lingering aftertaste of woodsy smoke and light bacon notes. In the mouth, the beer feels light to medium in body, with smooth creamy carbonation that leaves a touch of prickle on the tongue. The mouth is left clean with a light sheen of spittle. Overall, this is nice sessionable rauchbier with some great smoked malt nuances and lighter bacon notes. It’s fantastically drinkable and worthy of a try for sure. It is a little light on smoke flavor in terms of what I normally look for in a rauchbier, but it is hugely drinkable and very tasty all the same.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Downtown Wine and Spirits.
Pours a fairly clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a smallish off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of charred wood and smoked ham mostly with hints of sweet caramel malts deep underneath. The flavor starts off sweet with hints of caramel and brown sugar and bits of burnt wood. The palette quickly dries out and leaves a smokey almost fruity taste coating the inside of my mouth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet phenolic mouthfeel. Pretty good rauchbier that's not too over the top meaty at the campfire.

Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade with ICCULIS. Thanks again, buddy! "Ale made with smoked malts." Self-identifies as a Rauchbier so I'm reviewing as such. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle conditioned. 5.4% ABV according to the label. 25 IBUs. 14.3 Plato OG. Batch number 101. 500ml brown glass bottle with standard black pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. I'm in the mood for a rauchbier.

Served chilled; I don't like my rauchbiers too cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of khaki colour. Nice thickness. Soft smooth complexion. Light creaminess. Fairly frothy. Nice even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Retains well; lasts about 4 minutes. Supple and appealing.

Body colour is an understated rich dark ruby/sanguine. Semitransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Has a luxurious quality to it; the colour is very attractive.

It's an interesting appearance for a rauchbier; non-traditional but probably more appealing than most rauchbiers I've seen.

Sm: Smoked malts are evident, but it's not as smoky as I anticipated. Certainly less so than Schlenkerla. It's a woody smoke, redolent perhaps of birch. Light bacon. Cream. Vienna malts. A bit toasty. Overall, the smokiness is well integrated and it's nicely subtle. Subtlety is hard to accomplish in a rauchbier; I'm hoping the taste is as rewarding as the aroma. I get some fleeting hints of peat as well. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

T: Vienna malt, caramalt, and above all else smoked malt provide the body. No hop character, yeast, or alcohol comes through. Smokiness is well integrated, evoking woody smoke and smoked meats - though not necessarily bacon. A bit toasty, but not as much as I'd like. The woody flavour is indistinct, lacking the evocative character of a specific wood like birch or oak. Nicely creamy - much more so than probably any traditional rauchbier. It works well here, balancing the harsher smokey notes (especially in terms of texture). I do wish they pushed the smoke a bit more; with the creaminess in play the flavour profile could definitely handle it. Flavour intensity is disappointingly low for the style; this is quite a timid rauchbier. Flavour duration is average. I do like it.

Mf: The creaminess is great, smoothing out the rough harsh texture smoke tends to impart. As a result, the beer is the smoothest, wettest rauchbier I've ever had. Excellent carbonation as a result of the bottle conditioning; bravo to Mystic for that choice. Decent thickness; it should be more full-bodied to support the flavour profile a bit better. This is the beer's biggest flaw overall. Good presence on the palate. Facilitates full delivery of the flavours and their nuances.

Dr: Very drinkable for a rauchbier, but this benefit comes at a cost; they've compromised on the intensity of the smoked flavour, which is a key aspect of the style to begin with. I do think it's very well executed for what it is, and I applaud the experimentation. This would be a great rauchbier to use to ease beginners into the style, and it does hold a candle to the great traditional German examples of the style still brewed in Bamberg. I'd certainly get it again, and it makes me very interested in trying more beers from Mystic. A commendable brew and one I'd recommend to friends.

Low B

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of HBBJ
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the label:
ABV: 5.4%, IBUs: 25, OG: 14.3° Plato, Batch Number: 001

Appearance: Thick rocky head, with little lacing. Reddish brown and hazy.

Smell: Mellow smoky aroma, but overwhelmed by plastic phenolic smell. A touch of maltiness and no hops.

Taste: Nice dark malt and smoke mix, but again, the phenolic note interferes. Long, fairly pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Prickly on the tongue, either from hop bitterness or smoke.

Overall: A bit disappointing. Phenol hurt what might otherwise have been a decent brew. Smoke level was fine, but a bit more maltiness would have helped.

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Auerbach's Rauchbier from Mystic Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.