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Auerbach's Rauchbier - Mystic Brewery

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

vonnerbeer, Oct 07, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev 0%

WanderingFool, Sep 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
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

HalfFull, Jan 10, 2014
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.

Guess2814, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

hopley, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

firedwarftj, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

geocool, Nov 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Apathetiq, Nov 03, 2013
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.

ppoitras, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

wesley14, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

I_heart_beer, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

trevorpost, Sep 07, 2013
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.

LeRose, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

IndyDad, Aug 19, 2013
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! :(

EgadBananas, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

cbeer88, Aug 07, 2013
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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

MRsojourner, Jul 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

clemson14, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

nquigley16, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the Batch 001 bottle into a modified tulip glass. Deep char brown hue, light 1 finger head and lazy lacing throughout the experience.

A - Deeply colored, lightly laced, lovely beer. A little swirl and shazam, pillowy creamy head.

S - Camp fire on a starry night, green apple, grass, and a caramel dessert. Fine nose with interesting hints of mint as it warms.

T - Light smoke taste, warm, brown sugar, broad leaf tobacco, roast cashew.

M - Dances across the tongue, light effervecence, fine carbonation. Pleasantly avoids being siccly sweet.

O - Wonderful beer, performs exactly as advertised, smoky with being overbearing, not to heavy in any aspect. Mystic deserves all the praise for this offering.

Cheers

SABERG, Jul 14, 2013
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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.

johnnnniee, Jul 12, 2013
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.

tigg924, Jul 08, 2013
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.

HattedClassic, Jul 05, 2013
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

kojevergas, Jun 30, 2013
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Auerbach's Rauchbier from Mystic Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.