Auerbach's Rauchbier - Mystic Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2013 00:43:57 | More by OtherShoe2
2.91/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2013 21:08:19 | More by HBBJ
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
04-14-2013 02:03:02 | More by Maxwell
Auerbach's Rauchbier from Mystic Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.