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

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Samuel Adams Bonfire RauchbierSamuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier

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543 Ratings

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HoustonTX on 08-06-2011)
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2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 21:47:53 | More by BDIMike
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

05-12-2014 15:06:10 | More by AMCimpi
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

05-05-2014 18:35:24 | More by whitenads
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New York

1/5  rDev -70.2%

06-01-2013 02:08:51 | More by timoteo833
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New York

1/5  rDev -70.2%

11-02-2013 13:35:46 | More by timmy2b
Photo of scratch69


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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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light mud brown with a foamy head that fades fast. The smell is mostly a nice and smoky with malt and sweet notes. The smoke dominates the flavor but is not overbearing or annoying. The malt comes through, the mouthfeel is somewhat harsh, almost medium feel. The smoke fades after the first few sips as your palette gets used to the flavors and the malt comes through a bit bigger. Overall this beer is good, not as big of flavor as others in this style, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:30:14 | More by wingman14
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-12-2014 20:46:32 | More by mmmbeerNY
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

10-11-2013 03:37:18 | More by TR0219
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3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours light orange, a little cloudy. With barely any head, and no lacing in sight.

S- My first impression... bologna, there's some wood smoke, and a lot of meat- smoked turkey, maybe a little bacon. Too meaty for me.

T- Tastes like a standard amber ale with some added meat smoke. I get the taste of bologna again, as well as the meaty presence.

M- Fine in this department. There's a sweetness that sticks around, but I think any more carbonation wouldn't really work with the smoke.

O- Too many weird meat flavors for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 04:59:30 | More by zdk9
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3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:59:08 | More by chodinheaven
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New York

2/5  rDev -40.5%

05-09-2014 00:37:49 | More by 1Sundown2C
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-24-2012 20:39:21 | More by Hardcore
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3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Sam Adams Official

A - A mahogany colored brew with decent clarity and a 2-finger head that fizzled down quickly. I can see moderate-high C02, and there wasn't any lacing left on my glass.

S - I get smoke, charcoal and a bit of wood characteristic. I also pick up some brown sugar. Pretty simple, and although the smoke characteristic is the dominant aroma, it isn't real strong. In fact it competes with the sweet brown sugar notes.

T - Smokey, charcoal, and brown sugar flavors are upfront and throughout the flavor profile. Bitterness is very very mild, and just like the aroma, the smokey flavors compete with the sweetness, and the brown sugar flavor. As it warmed I got a touch of dark chocolate on the finish.

M - Thin, moderate-high crispness and lite bodied.

O - Not bad, I would drink it again for sure but I don't think I'd buy it again. I like that it's extremely easy to drink, and that it's well balanced. I don't like how thin the mouthfeel is, and I would like a stronger smoke flavor. Worth a try though. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 01:49:36 | More by PintOHops
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New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

05-19-2012 21:34:43 | More by lauries444
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3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier

Part of the Harvest Collection 2011.

Body is on the lighter side of amber, solid white head.

Aromatics are a bit lacking. Some smokiness along with feint malt in the background.

The taste is a whole different story. Sam Adams has provided us with one juicy, succulent, and fully enjoyable Rauchebier. This is one Raunchy Rauchebier. Upfront a cradle of sweetness, with a solid base of earthy malt and some citrus hops provide way for what is to come. A strong influx of dominating smokiness, raw, unrefined, and peaty. Teriyaki beef jerky infused with a hint of spice and lots of smoke. Finishes zesty, meaty, and citrusy. A delicious endeavor to partake in. Would be absolutely divine with barbecue.

A style often underrepresented, this beer is an absolute home run. This smokey meaty Rauchebier has all bases covered. Smokey enough to make your eyes water.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:57:00 | More by HoustonTX
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2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bold amber color with a large, puffy white head that dissipates quickly down the glass.

S - A definite smokyness persists here, some toffee and caramel, a bit of fried bacon. A decent bready malt backbone.

T - A lot of smokeyness follows through, it's not entirely pleasant. There's a tinge of apple in there, but it's very faint. Some of the toffee and caramel come through to give a bit of sweetness to the balance, but it's not very good.

M - It's decent. Smooth at least.

Overall - I wasn't a big fan of this one. I see where they were going with this rauchbier, but the balance is a bit out of whack. I'd pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:03:03 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown hue with a thin tan head that leaves some retention and good lacing. The nose has a pleasant hickory and mesquite smoked meaty flavor along with some dark fruits. The taste starts out with some caramel notes followed by the smoked flavors with some dark fruits and toffee in the back and finishing off with a hint of hops and more smoke flavor. It is a nice smooth and creamy light to medium bodied beer that is easy to drink leaving a little stickiness on the tongue. A very good beer from Sam Adams. This beer along with the black lager, pumpkin and Octoberfest makes the Harvest Collection a must buy for any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 06:19:32 | More by DannyDan
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New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%

10-27-2013 03:16:09 | More by BodiesLexus
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-22-2012 02:15:25 | More by SHCC
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2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, dark brown with red highlights with a 1-finger off-white head; spotty lacing.

S: Moderate toffee malt characteristics off put by some intense smoke in the nose. Hop aroma is very low, but has an earthy quality to it.

T: The smoke flavor is extremely high and harsh which tends to overpower the sweet toasted malts. Tastes like caramel dipped in liquid smoke. Some earthy hop bitterness in the finish balanced with some fruity notes (a bit off for the style), and finishes moderately dry.

M: Medium body; medium-high carbonation; slightly creamy texture, but very much a lager feel.

O: I like smokey beers, but this tasted like liquid smoke. It was almost too much. I know some people said they didn't get anything, but as soon as you opened the bottle it smelled like a campfire. If it was a little more balanced, and the smokey notes were so harsh, it would be better in my opinion. I don't see myself drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 17:10:57 | More by BrewCrew2010
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

07-28-2013 18:23:17 | More by Barnsley
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4/5  rDev +19%

03-24-2012 13:52:32 | More by chasmandocharles
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

10-08-2012 18:42:01 | More by JHendu
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

12-26-2011 02:31:37 | More by andrewjraab
Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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