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

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of scoobybrew
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light amber color, decent head fairly decent retention, but settles a bit into a lace

S - smoky malts, hard to discern to a degree but I would suspect both beechwood and cherrywood

T - smoky slightly sweet malt with strong smoky character, balanced hop bitterness on finish so that the beer isn't sweet but fairly dry

M - medium high carbonation, medium body

O - This is surprisingly a good beer to style. I'm quite impressed. I think there is a blend of cherry and beechwood smoked malts here, which makes for an interesting combination. It retains the authentic Bamburg taste with a bit of the American edge. Very well done - cheers!

scoobybrew, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of athomasPSU
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

athomasPSU, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber brown with a decent enough head.
Smells malty with the expected smokiness.
Flavor is malty with less of a smoked meat/campfire taste than expected. Actually it tastes more like Band Aid than wood smoke. Light hop presence helps to balance and gives a slight dryness in the finish. Would be better if the smoke tasted more woody and less plastic-like. Still it's not undrinkable.
Decent mouthfeel typical of a SA product.
Not awful, but could be much better with a few tweaks.

Hoagie1973, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby tints with a thin slightly off-white compacted fizzy head. Settles to a slight surface layer with a slight haze in the glass.

Right away, beechwood and campfire hit my nose. A bit of burnt caramel and even a bit of floral hops also comes through just a bit. Very nice nose!

Sipping reveals a slight caramel taste along with a punch of toasted malt and beechwood flavors. (I'm not the biggest fan of this style but I must say I am rather enjoying this one) Slight hops on the finish along with the campfire flavors that rauchbiers typically offer.

Great body, great feel overall. Nothing to report that is out of the ordinary, but the fact that it's great.

Overall, again, not the biggest fan of this style, but this is really good for the style in my opinion. My wife is usually the smoked beer person in the house, but she's had to fight me over these.

Fish113d, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of bbeane
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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


bbeane, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of prdstmnky
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of taigor
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

taigor, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of timoteo833
1/5  rDev -70.1%

timoteo833, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.25/5  rDev -3%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of BodiesLexus
3/5  rDev -10.4%

BodiesLexus, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Stockfan42
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Stockfan42, May 21, 2012
Photo of wahhmaster
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with reddish edges. It has a small, tight head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a malty, smoky aroma. It has that smell that reminds me of smoked meats and cheeses. This is why I love rauchbiers. It's a little more muted than in most other rauchbiers I've had but still good.

Taste: The smokiness hits you strongly up front. Towards the end, the maltiness takes over and there is a nice hoppiness to balance. Like with the smell, the smokiness isn't as strong as in other rauchbiers but, in this beer, it isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a bit of a creamy feel to it.

Overall: Like with most of Sam Adams' beers, this is an accessible, faithful example of a style. Not the best out there but still damn good for the price.

wahhmaster, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of BeerKangaroo
1.39/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

In a pint glass and a stange at different times:

A: dark amber hazy body, no head, no lacing

S: smokey meaty coming through in a dull bland way

T: exactly the same as the smell

M: medium, not exactly sessionable (at IMO), bland sticky aftertaste pounding all around my tongue, assault by carbonation, bland meaty finish

O: however I guess this still fits the style, but I'm not a fan of this whatsoever

BeerKangaroo, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -10.4%

jmathis, May 25, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pint glass. freshness date marked.

a - pours a deep garnet color that's totally transparent. formed a thin cap of tan head that disappeared quick. leaves a few small spots of lace.

s - notes of bacon, brown sugar and faint raisin.

t - carmel malt up front followed by a herbal, slightly bitter twang. has a distinct band-aid flavor in the finish that is not at all smokey. some residual sweetness from the malt. to the beer's credit, flavor does improve slightly as it warms.

m - medium with a little more carbonation than i prefer.

o - a decent beer, but certainly not the best rauchbier i have tried. try one if you're feeling adventurous, otherwise keep looking.

divineaudio, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of gpogo
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large cream colored head that dissipated to a nice foam cap with light lacing. Clear dark brown body.

A- Meaty smokey aroma with sweet caramel aroma. The smokiness was a bit light.

T- Light sweet caramel malt. Smokey backing throughout. Clean finish with a light toastiness.

M- Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- I was quite impressed for a Sam Adams Rauchbier. I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. I would have liked a bit more smokiness.

gpogo, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Hardcore
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Hardcore, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

nquigley16, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of BDIMike
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a good looking light brown color with a good amount of haziness to it. A thin tan head is created that has fairly good retention.
Smell is fairly subdued. A bit of a smokey, roasty smell. Good malt smells too though.
Taste is really smoky. Really really smoky. Smoke overbears almost any other taste in this beer.
Mouthfeel is okay. Good thickness, a little too sharp for my liking.
Drinkability is very low. THe taste is so overpowering I can't taste anything else. I couldn't even finish this beer, and that does not happen very often with me.

BDIMike, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of scratch69
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

scratch69, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Barnsley
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Barnsley, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of h4ger
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

h4ger, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of lauries444
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

lauries444, May 19, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogoney hue with a big ivory head on top. Smells smoky and slightly medicinal. Possibly some notes of smoky caramel malts. Something not sitting well with me here, but its okay.

Smoky malts are the main character of this beer, but that medicinal flavor distracts from some very nice caramel flavors. I can taste some of the toffee flavors noted on the bottle, but there is a cloying quality to the beer that throws the balance off. I see what they were going for with the smoked malts and they nearly succeeded and would have if not for the off flavors. They did create a very rich, malty beverage though, and for that its not all that bad. Overall, this isn't my favorite from BBC, but its good to see them doing interpretations of different styles regardless.

chodinheaven, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of JHendu
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

JHendu, Oct 08, 2012
Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.