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Auerbach's Rauchbier - Mystic Brewery

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Auerbach's RauchbierAuerbach's Rauchbier

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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:
Beer added by: Maxwell on 04-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of halfshell
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Kelp
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of brittanyshelby
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of HBBJ
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of concealed
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Maxwell
4.09/5  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.

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Auerbach's Rauchbier from Mystic Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.