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Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 23.58%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: HoustonTX on 08-06-2011

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Ratings: 564 | Reviews: 235
Reviews by kflorence:
Photo of kflorence
2.66/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, brown and cherry red with plenty of tan head and lots of lacing. Carbonation is good.

S: Smells of roasted malt, smoked salmon, tart fruits and alcohol. A bit sour, overall, and very smokey.

T: Much like the aroma; smoked salmon is very dominant with some tart fruit and bitterness. Definitely an acquired taste, a bit overwhelmingly unidirectional for me with lots of smoke and not much else. Will probably please if you are seeking out this style. As I don't have anything to compare this to (this is my first delve into the style), I would venture to guess this is pretty honest to the style.

M: A medium bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation and a bit of substance. Goes down smooth and easy with a bit of cream. Pretty drinkable, though acidic.

O: Meh. Another mediocre offering in this seasonal variety pack. Perhaps I am just not keen to these styles. I'll pass next time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice to see SA make a foray into the style,to bad the results were not better.Poured into a becker a clear bronze with almost no head at all to speak of,very uninspiring pour here.Aromas mainly of caramel malt with faint smoke,sweet on the palate with caramel flavors and a tinge of fruit,the smoke is subdued and relegated to a minor role.Eh just very average and uninspired in my opinion.

Photo of jeffress
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if they repitch the yeast to effect the smoke nature but this is overall a touch thinner than I anticipated for a rauchbier. I didn't sample the Sam's retired rauch bier so I have no basis to compare there. Rauchbier is a marzen or March beer and can be a bit higher in alcohol content.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love smoke beers and am looking forward to see what Boston Beer can do with the style.

The beer pours dark brown with red highlights and an off-white head. The aroma is pretty nice. I get some meaty smoke as well as some ash and a little bit of heavily roasted malts.

The flavor is more of the same. The ashy, meaty smoke is very strong and is the first thing you notice. I also get a little bit of roasted malt and chocolate in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, I am impressed.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. from the harvest collection 12 pack. best before MAR notched on the label.

pours out a clear deep, dark mahghony color with some red hues. thin off white/ light tan colored head that quickly faded to a ring and some patchy foam. no lace and just average head retention.

the intital aroma, i detect no smoke, just a sweet toasted malt and some fruity esters. as it warms the slightest hint of spicy charred wood makes itself known, almost perfumey, but just not enough to satisfy.

again, no real smoke when this beer is cold, as it warms it does take on a nice smoke character, meaty, bacon, charred wood like, but it is moderate and in balance with sweet toasty malts and some fruity esters. finishes with a very nice smoke flavor.

light to medium in body, a little too much carbonation.

overall, just not enough smoke to satisfy, if you want a rauchbier, stick to schlenkerla, straight intense smoke, which is what i like my rauchbiers to taste like. this is more of a beginer smoke beer. i would definatly drink this more on the warmer side.

Photo of MattyG85
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brownish ruby red with a tint of orange. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A big aroma of smoke with some burnt dark malts and wood. Hints of chocolate and smoked red meats. Very smoky and somewhat sweet. Definitely smells like an outdoor bonfire.

Taste: Like the smell but a little more subtle. Sweet roasted caramel and toffee malts with a good amount of smoke. Hints of chocolate, wood and smoked meat. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, smokey, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a smoked beer from Sam Adams. Smoke forward but very well balanced.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper amber color with a light beige head that settles out quickly. Low aroma of phenolic smokiness, a hint of a floral note, and a low biscuity maltiness. Even flavor of smoked malt, a bit of bacon and band aid, but subtle and well-balanced. Mild offsetting bitterness, but nearly no hop flavors or aromas. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable beer, not over the top.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish color, not much head to it. Smell was lightly smokey, nice not over the top. I'm a noob for rauchbier, can't take that gallon of liquid smoke type beer.

Relatively smooth, tail end of a campfire taste, relatively easy to drink for the style. No off tastes, hops or big challenges with this one, stays away from any meaty flavors. Mildly enjoyable, this is my kind of rauchbier.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer, I really enjoyed the sampler from Sam Adams the fall sampler is bringing their A game. Black Lager, Pumpkin, Boston Lager, Irish Red, Bonfire, Oktoberfest. Not a bad beer in the variety pack, this just happens to be the new release, pours a deep mahogany ruby tinted brown color with light beige head forming thick and leaving behind intricate lacing. Aroma has a nice air of smoked malts, a bit of charred wood, smoked meat but really compared to some of the German Rauchbiers out their this comes of mild with the smokiness the other elements that come to play included a nice caramel roasted toffee darker malt profile and light herbal hops. Flavor wise this beer is nice especially with smoked meats enough sweetness to balance but rich with smoked malts to add another level of complexity to whatever you're eating. Medium bodied big fall seasonal definitely wouldn't mind pairing this with a bonfire, perfect cooler weather beer too bad it's still August and balmy. I have a feeling we will be seeing this around until late fall, again great drinkable version of a classic German style.

Photo of OStrungT
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a mohogany ruby color with a thin white head with a tan tint to it, into a Sam Adams glass. The head fades fast, leaving no lace.

This beer smells of charred wood. I get a charcoal aroma also. I get a little caramel sweetness too. A slight beef jerkey aroma mixes in as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Smokey charred wood and beef jerkey. A slight caramel sweet malty aroms is also present.

This beer leaves a smokey wood like aftertaste. It is carbonated just right for the style.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. The smokey flavor is a bit much for more than 1 bottle.

Overall: This beer is a bit over the top for most beer drinkers. As for Rauchbier drinkers, it is pretty decent. I am not a huge fan of the style, but I wouldnt turn this beer down in the future.

Photo of mocktm
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one out of the fall variety pack. If there's been one underlying theme to these beers so far, its been simplicity. Not that they are bad, but just very straightforward, lacking any real complexities. Let's see if their Rauchbier follows suit.

Pour is light brown, crystal clear and clean. Short off-white head quickly dissipates to nothing, no lace, no film, nadda.

Nose is smoky, freshly cooked bacon, light hop presence as well, but not much else.

This is probably the tamest Rauchbier I've ever had. As with the nose, mild smoke and meat, malty, not much of a hop presence.

Rather light bodied, medium carbonation, I'm not sure I know anyone who would want to session a Rauch, but I guess this could do the trick because of its timid flavor profile.

Overall, this fits in perfectly with the rest of the fall pack, a pretty toned down version of a traditional style. Faint hints without really blowing your hair pack, simplistic, but good. Cheers!

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good brew. It grew on me. The smokiness dominates the flavor at first, but other flavors creep in as this beer warms up. It tasted good on an autumn evening. It looks pretty decent, dark brown with a little head. The nose is all smoked malt. The taste s a little more crisp than I suspected. The mouthfeel is good. The fullness of the beer is matched with crispness . I would not seek it out again, but I would drink it if it were around.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear ruby-mahogany color with a 1cm foamy tan head. Medium retention with spotty lacing.

Nice smoky, earthy nose. Like smoky-leather and a touch of euro malt.

Flavor has a real nice smoke to it. Good balance. Quiet lingering smoke in the aftertaste. Mild tartness from euro malt.

Mouth is light bodied, fresh with medium carbonation.

Overall it's a nice Rauchbier. Exceeded my expectations. I recommend a try.

Photo of dkoehler42
2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying Sam Adam's Rauchbier is a smoked ale. That being said, it should turn a few people off right away. I'm generally not a fan, but it was in the Fall Harvest pack, and I won't turn away new beer. It's a darker color, not anywhere near porter, but still darker than your usual ale. The first sip tastes of smoked wood immediately followed by heavy malt. The mouthfeel reflects this flavor; very heavy and coats your entire mouth. If you are a fan of the smoke variety, I do expect you will like this, but if you're like me you should let this one ride.

Photo of BennyL1
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink by Feb '12 notched on the label. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Part of the Fall Harvest pack.

Brew pours a nice mahogany color with a very slim beige head.

Lots of roasted malt in the nose with definite notes of a nice smokiness. More of the same in the taste. Just a hint of smoked meat along with some caramel notes. Nice roasted malts in the flavor as well.

Medium body and carbonation.

My first go at a smoked beer, enjoyable but not sure if I'm digging the style to much.

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing. Smell has obvious smokey malt notes. Taste is sweet caramel and toffee malts up front mixed with a woody smokiness that dominates the finish; there is also a fruity sweetness that I detect in the finish, though faint it's noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.

The smokiness takes away from the drinkability here, but this is still a drinkable beer, and a welcomed addition to the fall mixed pack.

Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean amber in appearance, with sizeable foam head. Smallish lace, really barely there. And, notably, the carbonation seems to congeal after dissipation into clusters in my glass. Odd.

Aroma is nice and smoky, as to be expected. A slight bacon hint, but really more subtle than that implies.

Taste is exquisite -- like a warm fireplace...a little wood, burnt but not charred. This was my first rauchbier experience, and an enjoyable one. Looking forward to trying my first Aecht Schlenkerla!

Overall, a very enjoyable brew, and one I hope Sam Adams brings out more often.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep mahogany body with crimson highlights. Good sized head of frothy tan. Better than average retention and lacing.

S: Beechwood smoke, caramel, and a subtle bit of yeasty fruitiness.

T: Beechwood smoke and burnt brown sugar. Dark caramel. Yeasty fruitiness.

M: Medium-bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation.

Overall: Pretty impressive. It doesn't match the best from Bamberg, but it'll do.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Generous three-finger creamy offwhite head. Body is a gradient of clearish amber to hazy ruby. Laces some.

Smells tangy for a rauch, there's something pungent here that I'm not enjoying-- like a cheap-lager smell. But the smoke is there, so that's good.

Body has a lot of watery tartness around the smoke. Sort of a tinny lager with some smoke in it. I had my hopes up; Sam Adams does some pretty nice stuff, but this didn't live up to my expectation. I hold the bar really high for rauchs in general,a nd this one, while not bad per se, is not very good. Malt feels cheap and corny.

Mouthfeel is sort of fizzy, but not prickly. Again, not great.

Eh, a letdown, but I probably expected too much from it.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TGIF....first beer to celebrate the weekend is Sammy As Bonfire Rauchbier. I think Samuel Adams did another fine creation with this beer. Definitely has a great smoke aroma and flavor. The appearance is a nice clear amber with good carbonation that is giving a 1/2 finger thick head ...slightly off-white....and is lacing. The aroma has sweet malt and smoke. The taste start fairly mild almost seemingly light bodied. Then the sweet malt and smoke take over to finish the beer. Bonfire is easy on the pallet and does not linger. Thelower ABV helps to make the beer enjoyable and session worthy. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bonfire is copper in color. It’s mostly clear. When held to light, it has a distinct orange tint. Almost looks a little crimson. A light tan head tops it and is about a finger tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly and holds firm there. Lacing was on the lighter side.

The nose is alright. Not bad. It’s a little weak. More strength would be good. It smells a little sweet. Caramel malts are definitely in the mix. It has a somewhat prominent smoky scent. It’s not overly strong though. It’s a nice complement to the malt base and works rather well. That about wraps it up. Perhaps there’s more here, it’s just not strong enough to cut through. Alcohol is definitely buried. Not bad, just needs more muscle.

The flavor is pretty good. The malt base is certainly caramel. It’s a little sweet, but it’s not offensive. The smoky flavor is nicely done. It’s not too strong and does complement the caramel flavor nicely. There are some earthy notes and an interesting bread-like flavor at the secondary level. They add a little depth and work pretty well. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. No shock there. Finishes smoky and a little sweet. It’s not complicated, but it’s not bad.

Bonfire has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. It’s actually nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and the bubbles feel soft. Nicely done. It goes down easily. The smoky flavor isn’t too strong, but could grow a little tiresome. I’ll stick with a single bottle.

Bonfire Rauchbier is pretty good beer. It’s a rather mild-mannered Rauchbier that would be a nice introduction to the style. The smoky aspect isn’t overly strong and complements the other elements well. It’s not very complex, but it is pretty good. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was part of the Sam Adams Fall Sampler Pack.

The beer has a nice dark copper color. I just love the look of dark colored beers. This one really looked good, it formed a nice thick head.

As expected, it had smoky smell.

It has a strong smoky malt taste, but it also has a weird bacon flavor.

I am glad I tried it, because I never had the rauchbier style of beer before. It is not bad, but it something that I just would not want to drink very often.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the Fall Pack they put out. Excited for a rauchbier not as intense as Aecht Schlenkerla.

Dark brown into the a tulip glass, amber red hues around the edges. Frothy creamy khaki head up top, looks pretty fucking nice. Mild lacing & legs.

Right out front in the nose is a load of sweet malt & backboned by the smoky character, literally like im standing 25 ft from a campfire on a cold night with a pig roasting over it. On the palate the sweet toffee and caramel malts balance the smoked grain well. Once again, really sweet malts up front with no smokiness, then a punch out back of those smoked grain. Very balanced brew here with a nice smooth body & not too full.

Solid Rauchbier, especially for someone who is green to this beer style like myself. Worth the $$$ in my opinion.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a short soapy off-white head. Pretty color but the head is disappointing.

The aroma is of a light caramel malt with some metallic notes. The smoke isn't too strong but is noticable. It has a nice bacon aroma to it with a hint of char.

The flavor is dominated by the smoke. That being said, the smoke flavor isn't overwhelming. It is actually spot on for the amount of malt used. It is a light smoke flavor and doesn't bring the campfire, char, earthiness that others in the style do. The malt basically provides a base for the smoke. It has some light caramel sweetness and a touch of a metallic bitterness. Perhaps some tea flavors as well. I really like smoked beers so the flavor is a tad light for me but this is a good introduction beer.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Fairly sweet on the palate with the smoke and some bitterness to balance out. Drinks very easy for a smoked beer and fairly clean. Some light sourness in the finish. Good balance.

A good drinkable introduction smoke brew. Enough smoke to enjoy but not enough to blow you away. Not sure if this will be a keeper.

Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and murky brown body. Head fills up about an inch of the glass with a nice thick tan colored fluff but it wasn't quite sticky enough to leave a good lace.

Aroma has a strong malt backbone with a nice caramel sweetness. Hints of smoke loom in the background initially but seem to come forward more as the beer warms.

Taste shows off a nice dark malt flavor with some bready grain topped off with a nice caramel flavor. Smoked malts has a lovely woody/campfire character without being at all too potent. This would go really well with a nice slab of bacon. Mmm bacon.

Mouthfeel is rather light but plenty smooth. Overall, it would be hard to say this beer really compares with the best from Deutschland but certainly it's an enjoyable smoked beed. Would love to see more stuff like this on the shelves.

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Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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