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Auerbach's Rauchbier - Mystic Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Maxwell on 04-14-2013)
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-26-2013 23:33:38 | More by acurtis
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%

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
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kojevergas

Texas

3.51/5  rDev -2.8%

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

06-30-2013 21:08:15 | More by kojevergas
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

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
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-01-2013 01:23:49 | More by rab53
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Kelp

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

06-16-2013 07:17:06 | More by Kelp
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +5%

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.

07-12-2013 00:21:06 | More by johnnnniee
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.91/5  rDev -19.4%

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
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

07-08-2013 13:02:15 | More by tigg924
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

06-06-2013 00:19:46 | More by kaelingirl
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours dark brown with skim of a head that reduces to ring. Splashy lace though.

I see bitching abut the aroma in other reviews. Really? This is a domestic version of the style that best represents the liquid bacon aroma that you find in traditional German versions. Behind the smoke, you get some caramel and brown sugar malt. It works very well.

Nice smoky dry malt, which changes to a touch of watery brown sugar. Dries out with a smoky note. Bitterness is more pronounced up front, and mellows as the palate clears. I really like the drinkability of this one.

Medium bodied, but generously. A touch watery, which bothers me.

Overall, nice domestic version, more realistic than I've found in other non-German versions. Try this.

05-04-2013 00:43:57 | More by OtherShoe2
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HalfFull

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-13-2013 20:42:44 | More by doremite
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-06-2013 23:15:15 | More by trevorpost
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%

05-28-2013 03:26:02 | More by morebeergood
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +10.8%

05-07-2013 14:15:08 | More by dunix
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-25-2013 15:14:23 | More by Janeinma
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

07-05-2013 22:03:18 | More by HattedClassic
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-09-2013 12:59:56 | More by jwps214
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IndyDad

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-19-2013 00:33:58 | More by IndyDad
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hopley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-28-2013 01:44:21 | More by hopley
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-27-2013 23:28:57 | More by DrinkingDrake
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wesley14

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-23-2013 16:27:49 | More by wesley14
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-21-2013 23:34:07 | More by nquigley16
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

04-14-2013 02:03:02 | More by Maxwell
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Auerbach's Rauchbier from Mystic Brewery
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