Auerbach's Rauchbier - Mystic Brewery
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2.91/5 rDev -19.2%
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! :(
08-09-2013 01:02:27 | More by EgadBananas
2.91/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
04-28-2013 21:08:19 | More by HBBJ
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
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
01-10-2014 04:49:06 | More by HalfFull
3.51/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
06-30-2013 21:08:15 | More by kojevergas
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
Very smoky. Almost like a campfire.
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.
Medium bodied but slightly watery. Very little if any carbonation.
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.
07-05-2013 22:03:18 | More by HattedClassic
3.59/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-20-2013 03:16:39 | More by jlindros
3.78/5 rDev +5%
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.
10-21-2013 00:08:32 | More by ppoitras
Auerbach's Rauchbier from Mystic Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.