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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

541 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HoustonTX on 08-06-2011)
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scratch69

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Samuel Adams glass

Appearance - Amber colored with a small amount head that disappears fairly quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell - Smoky malt aroma

Taste - Moderate smoke flavor with a sweet malt finish. Hardly any bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and very crisp. Very well carbonated.

Overall - Not bad. This is my first rauchbier so I don't know how it compares with others in this style. One or two of these are enjoyable but I think more than that would be too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 20:45:39 | More by scratch69
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jeffress

Connecticut

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:17:36 | More by jeffress
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GarrettMD

New York

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a deep ruby that you can just barely see through. Almost dark enough to be opaque but not quite. Head is half a finger of off white tiny bubbles that fade to a thin layer rather quickly.

S - Roasted malts, some chocolate, slight nuttiness, and of course the smoke. I am having this a little on the cold side, so the smoke might be more pronounced as I let it heat up, but for now, it's not to prominent in the aroma.

T - But that changes in the taste. Smoke, smoke, smoke. Tastes more like meat than beer. The rest of the malts do a good job to balance it as much as they can. I can only imagine if smokiness was the only flavor here. The chocolate fades, but caramel and nuts stay around as well as that signature Sam Adams taste that I can only assume comes from their water and yeast strain. I'm relatively surprised how well balanced the flavor is, considering I had tried this once before and it was a drain pour.

M - Meaty would be an understatement. While the body isn't heavy, more on the medium side, the feel you naturally get because of the smoke flavor is as if you have a hunk of meat in your mouth. Finish is sweet and keeps the smoke lingering for a while. That's the last taste to leave your mouth.

O - I haven't tried too many smoked beers, most have actually been homebrews, but this one isn't bad. I'm not sure how well it fits the style because of my limited tastes of the style, but it seems good to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:30:50 | More by GarrettMD
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:58:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mocktm

Virginia

3.48/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:48:41 | More by mocktm
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with no foam, just a smidge left at the top. Smoky smell, with hints of bacon in there. Campfire. Malty taste, full of liquid smoke with a subtle breakfast bacon flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel. Pretty good, but the smoke is a touch too string and eventually becomes offputting.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 12:23:25 | More by KTCamm
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danmcg62

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rather transparent reddish brown color with a decent size heads that doesn't stay around too long. Not too bad looking.

S-A real smokey flavor comes through first. Smells like a camp fire. Wood and spice come to mind as well. Pine needles come to mind as well. Interesting stuff.

T-Majorly smokey. Just like with the smell it's literally like you're drinking a camp fire. Maybe some roasted malt and very mild hops. I'm also getting some caramel and chocolate as well.

M-Real smokey and spicy. Decent fell inside the mouth. Somewhat drinkable.

O-This is a solid offering from the fall mix pack. Just like with every mix pack there is a stand out and I think this is the one from this particular mix pack. It definitely feels like a nice fall night in front of the fire.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:04:16 | More by danmcg62
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brewmandan

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured an amber color. smell was of a smokey malt sweetness. at first taste, the malt sweetness come to mind. after the malt flavor goes away, the smokey flavor of the malt comes in. leaves the mouthfeel with a hint smokeyness. not alot of a noticeable hops present, but still well balanced between hop, malt, smokeyness. overall, i thought this was a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:19:39 | More by brewmandan
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vkv822

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Best Before: March

Pours a dark amber red with a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The nose is quite smokey, hinting at smoked meats at time. Hints of sweet malts help to keep it more balanced.

The taste follows the nose, with smoked meats and charcoal accompanied by caramel and toffee malt notes. Has a medium body, with decent carbonation, though at times is a bit over carbonated for my preference.

As with any rauchbier, if you know what to expect and are in the mood for it this is a decent example of the style. The smokey character is well balanced with the sweet malts.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 07:52:01 | More by vkv822
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass: color is darker amber, very crisp with nice effervescence; head is tan that lingers and laces nicely.

Smell is more sweet caramel malt than a smoky flavor, there is a hint of light smoke coming through as it warms.

Taste is nice and relatively mild for a smoked brew, caramel sweetness hits first then is covered by the light wood smoke flavors. the sweetness actually lingers more than the smoke.

Mouthfeel is pretty well balanced with more lingering flavors on the tongue, but good carbonation with a touch on the sweet side for a finish.

Overall, a nicely easily drinkable smokey brew, i like a bit more smoke and less sweetness is my smoked brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:16:03 | More by mvanaskie13
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Rayek

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bonfire pours a deep mahogany into my SA Perfect Pint glass. The head starts strong, but quickly falls to a patchwork film. No lace is left behind.

The beer starts out promising enough. A pronounced smokiness dominates the nose and flavor. Once past the smoke, there isn't much else happening. A light lemon bitterness adds interest. There's a hint of straw too. Toward the end, the beer gets rather astringent and finishes quite dry. The body is fairly light and a touch undercarbonated.

Overall, this is a pretty tame Rauchbier. I'm glad Boston made this, but it doesn't stand up to the best of the breed.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:42:18 | More by Rayek
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tjacobs610

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber color, cream colored head that last quite awhile. Once it starts to dissipate it leaves a good amount of lacing

Smell: Very malty smell with caramel tones. Also has a roasted smoky odor

Taste: Very malty taste. Also very sweet beginning with the smoky hints in the flavor. Ends with a bitter hoppy taste

Mouthfeel: Pretty medium bodied. Not much carbonation to speak of

Overall: This is a pretty good Rauchbier. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. I would like to see this one more mass produced.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 08:07:00 | More by tjacobs610
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a small fizzy off white head that disappears quickly leaving minimal spots of lacing. Beer is a dark copper color turning a deep shade of ruby when held up to the light

S- First wiff is some sweet maltiness with a smokey backbone. Seems that the smoked aroma lessens and the malts come through more as the beer warms

T- Not bad, but farm from a great depiction of the style. Lots of sweet caramel malts with hints of smokiness. The smoked flavor could have been more intense instead of just a tease

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation

O- I've been enjoying rauchbiers lately, so I was hoping this one would be pretty decent as it's so easily obtainable... I'll be sticking to the harder to find, more desireable rauchs. This wasn't horrible by any means, just not up to my personal preference

CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:58:44 | More by bbeane
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taigor

New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy dark amber color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts with caramel and smokiness.

T - Malts dominate with slight brown sugar and honey sweetness. Caramel and smokiness come through towards the finish with a slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

O - Above average rauchbier that I would recommend but do not go out of the way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 18:59:37 | More by taigor
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-18-2014 20:12:13 | More by Jason
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DruC4

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-18-2012 19:51:37 | More by DruC4
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-29-2012 01:52:16 | More by cliff1066
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-20-2013 01:23:08 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-05-2012 01:09:41 | More by stampfler07
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spark3148857

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-13-2012 11:40:16 | More by spark3148857
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cbgbslev

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-15-2012 00:35:51 | More by cbgbslev
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-23-2013 00:24:44 | More by Griggsy
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-03-2012 05:12:25 | More by gtermi
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2012 03:47:48 | More by vrbulldog22
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colbster92

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2012 23:16:11 | More by colbster92
Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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