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

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549 Ratings

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 21 | 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

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


3.85/5  rDev +14.6%

Burnt orange colored ale with a small tan colored head. Brilliantly orange if you hold it up and back light it.

Smells sweet and very malty with a little smoke, wonder if the used a Scottish ale recipe as a stating point for this beer? Strong caramel and vanilla scent almost candy like.

Starts out malty and smoky and frankly tastes like a good Scottish ale. Not as sweet as it smells. Good smoky flavor not over the top like some versions that are damn close to drinking a bottle of liquid smoke. Smoky yet mild.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a nicely balanced smoked beer; honestly this is really a tasty Scottish ale.

09-04-2011 22:30:32 | More by Zorro
Photo of TMoney2591


3.83/5  rDev +14%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've been waiting for the Harvest Pack to come out, just so I could try this one. Let's do it: It pours a clear copper topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty tan foam. The nose comprises mild hickory-smoked ham, caramel, and a touch of maple syrup and molasses. The taste amps up the smokiness of the ham, whilst still keeping the sweetness of the caramel and maple syrup around in good measures. The smoke becomes darker, more pronounced the further you indulge in this liquid. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a nice little rauchbier, not up to the levels of the Germans, but still a generally enjoyable experience.

09-04-2011 19:38:07 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of scratch69


3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

09-03-2011 20:45:39 | More by scratch69
Photo of DovaliHops


4.22/5  rDev +25.6%

Pours an almost-clear, amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is smokey, like smoked ham...with a bit of toasty malt aromas. Taste initially tastes like a slab of delicious smoke breakfast ham. Once you get used to the smokiness, the malt flavors really kick in. Finishes fairly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very tasty. Overall, this is a very tasty Rauchbier. Love the smokiness and drinkability.

09-03-2011 07:49:47 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of setexascustoms


3.93/5  rDev +17%

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A dark copper, I'd say almost leaning toward bronze. Fairly gentle pour, but no real head to speak of. Not much lacing either, but what's there has some staying power.

S- Of course the smoke is there, but I get a lot of sweetness from the malts.

T- Again, the smoke is there, but I get a lot of sweetness with toffee and some baker's chocolate. Minimal bitterness, I find it understated and well balanced.

M- On the lighter side of medium, soft carbonation.

O- I really enjoy this beer. It's the only rauchbier I've tried, and honestly I'm looking for more smoke. Now I grew up in Southeast Texas and have eaten heavily smoked barbecue all my life, so maybe that's why. I enjoy the smoke, love the style and look for to expanding my rauchbier experience. Cheers!

09-03-2011 03:30:17 | More by setexascustoms
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, best by January '12, cool label

Appearance: Bright, medium copper orange beer with a nice ivory cap which fades to a medium film a bit too fast

Smell: Definitely some nice meaty/smokey aromas, though less intense than those from Schlenkerla or the other traditional German brewers. Where the aforementioned examples smell more like straight-up bacon, this is more like a nicely smoked Thanksgiving ham or turkey.

Taste: A good deal more smoke in the flavors than in the aromas. Though there is a bit of meaty smokiness, this is more about dry, very mildly astringent, woodsy smoke. It's a bit like the name, actually, bonfire-like. Clean lager finish, but a bit of the astringency hangs on.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, on the light side

Overall: While something of an Americanized take on the style (slightly different smoke character, less malt depth/intensity) this is actually a pretty ballsy little number from BBC. Definitely a nice addition to the fall variety pack!

09-03-2011 02:10:42 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of Smixam


4/5  rDev +19%

Bottle into a sam glass.

A - Copper and clear, yellowish head that fades quickly. No real lacing.

S - Hickory smoke and malt, soft floral or some sort of fruit, almost like a weis.

T - Really unexpected. Moderate 'smokiness,' that's really more easily related to a meat flavor in a way; not that it tastes like pulled pork, but it has that kind of finish. Nice soft malt and a little caramel touch. No bitterness at all.

M - Very clean, lingers for a while but not in an unpleasant way.

This was kind of a shock for me, I didn't expect Sam to take a chance at a relatively limited style like this. Definitely a solid offering - I'd definitely keep an eye out for this on tap!

09-02-2011 20:48:35 | More by Smixam
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3.83/5  rDev +14%

Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier

12oz bottle. Pours an amber brown in color with a large yellowish head that soon disappears. Fairly strong aroma of smoked malts, birch wood, and a little caramel. In the flavor, a meaty smoke taste, undertones of caramelized malt and brown sugar. Even balance, mild tea like hops are on the outskirts of flavor town. Not intense, but for those not used to the style I can see it being so. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and thin. Overall, a nice little Rauchbier and a testament to the Samuel Adams brewery's prowess.

09-02-2011 15:46:28 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Tee76


3.15/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber color with little head that faded quickly

S: Smoke! it's very predominate, some malts are present but the smell mainly reminds me of smoked meat or a bonfire.

T: Smoked meat like bacon or beef jerky. Much like the smell the smoke flavor is predominate.

M: Kind of thin bodied, Carbonation is minimal

D: Not bad, the smoke is really "in your face" but not off putting. Wouldn't be able to drink more than 1 or 2 of these in a sitting though.

09-02-2011 06:44:14 | More by Tee76
Photo of doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +19%

12. oz bottle from a Harvest Mixpack poured into a short hexagonal glass:

A - Good dark amber with little carbonation and a decently creamy head that quickly dissipates into a tight lace.

S - Oaky, woody, smoky aromas up front give the smell a scotch whiskey like characteristic. Roasted malts give an almost coffee like sense to things with almost some subtle fruit somewhere in the background.

T - Very approachable for the style. The flavor is consistent, smoky, malty, but the smoke is not overpowering like in a Schlenkerla. There is a subtle tartness to the brew that provides a good complement to the smoke and malt. Not much bitter but it is noticeable in the finish which is relatively dry with lingering hints of smoke.

M - Clean drinking with a good carbonation and an even mouthfeel followed by some residual tannic bitterness.

O - A very nice Rauchbier. Probably the most approachable and sessionable of the style that I've had. It has that Sam Adams character but is complemented well by a prominent but not overpowering smokiness. A good seasonal outing for a company who has some less than stellar brews they throw in to these seasonal mixpacks.

09-02-2011 03:31:27 | More by doopydoogle
Photo of DirtyPenny


3.15/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Second bottle was poured into a pot and used to boil cheese brats.

A: Dark, dark brown with charcoal highlights. Poured with 1-finger of tan head.

S: Smokey with dark malts and spices.

T: Meat spiced and smoked and seasoned with a sort of salty soy sauce quality. Smoke flavor almost entirely drowns out the dark malt and bittering hops.

M: Medium and kinda sticky. Carbonation is minimal.

O: Not awful, but the smoke is really overpowering and it's hard to drink more than a half glass of this stuff. The brats turned out great though.

09-02-2011 02:49:30 | More by DirtyPenny
Photo of scoobybrew


3.93/5  rDev +17%

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!

09-02-2011 01:53:22 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.93/5  rDev +17%

A: Pours a ruby red/mahogany color with almost no head that fades quite quickly

S: Some big malts, definite smokiness, and a touch of sweetness

T: Starts out big and malty with a good amount of smoke. A tad on the salty side, sort of like bacon. Not too sweet, but the sweetness that is present helps to hold up the smoke quite a bit

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. A touch on the cloying side after a single beer

O: This beer lets the smoke be well known for sure. Like I said though, it gets a tad too much after one beer so the drinkability isn't very high at all. Definitely enjoyable, though. And, as the name suggests, this would probably be best around a campfire or something with s'mores to help balance out that smoky sweetness/saltiness a little bit more

08-31-2011 23:25:37 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of buffettfan


4.38/5  rDev +30.4%

Poured from the bottle into a globe style glass.

Looked a nice brown, slytly reddish color. Little head, that left quicly.

Smelled very smokey, with a sweet maltiness, and a little spice, the smoke was by far the most prevalant.

Tasted the smoke right away. There was a nice balance of a carmelly sweetness however. The more into the glass I got, the beer warmed, and the smoke really took control of the flavor.

Overall it was a very enjoyable beer. Not one I would have more then one of at a time, but I enjoyed this beer a great deal.

08-31-2011 19:53:57 | More by buffettfan
Photo of AutumnBeerLove


3.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Picked this up in the Sam Adams variety pack. A new beer, so I was excited.

S- The scent is nothing to write home about. Kind of bland and not much more.

T- I enjoy the beer. The beer is very drinkable. At the same time though, the taste disappears very quickly.

08-31-2011 02:12:05 | More by AutumnBeerLove
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date etched on label.
Served in a tall cylindrical mug. It pours an orange-hued amber with a real fast-fading off-white head and not but a few specks of lacing.
The distant smell of smoke over a dry maltiness. A little citrusy and a bit of metallic hop aroma along with cut hay follows.
The smokiness is at first subdued, but as it warms becomes more influential to the overall taste. Sweet malt and a lightly citrusy hop inch forward. It is very similar the the Oktoberfest, except for the smoked barley malt.
This is a very easy-drinking Rauchbier, and one I'm sure will bring more brewers into the mix. Coming soon, Imperial Rauch!

08-31-2011 00:15:33 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of WMEugene


4.03/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (harvest collection mix pack) into a pint glass.

A - Dark ruby-brownish color. Decent head at first, but it dissipates after a minute or two.

S - Some malt and smoke smells. Noticeable, but nothing overpowers.

T - Once again tastes of malt and smoke; however, the smoke flavor seems to linger in the background of the taste profile a little bit more than I expected. It's definitely a milder form of rauchbier (which honestly isn't a bad thing)

M - Carbonation level is great. Medium-bodied with a smooth taste.

O - An enjoyable beer that I will definitely enjoy the next time I see it. It does well for the style, if maybe a little too moderate for such an out-there style of beer. This is a great rauchbier to give people who have never had rauchbier before. I'm glad that despite their size and profile that Sam Adams is still doing interesting things with their beers and making styles that may not appeal to a mass market.

08-31-2011 00:11:15 | More by WMEugene
Photo of EricMichael

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from bottle into stein.

appearance - Roasted chestnut with a finger of cream head. Head didn't last long - light lacing that quickly falls.

smell - Very smokey bacon with a hint of maple poured on sausage. Some lingering ash on your clothes from hanging out at a bonfire.

taste & mouthfeel - Tastes like a smokey bacon malt. I imagine it's toned down from the rest of the rauchbier genre. Medium weight and very smooth. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

overall - Not overly complex, but carries a relatively unique flavor when it comes to beer. Very reminicent of hanging out by a bonfire and walking away and still smelling/feeling the smokeyness on you.

08-29-2011 22:52:06 | More by EricMichael
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2.48/5  rDev -26.2%

A - Deep amber in color with a cream colored head.

S - Slight malty aroma with a faint smokyness.

T - Roasted malt flavor with a light smokyness.

M - light bodied.

O - Not really buying this as a rauchbier. The intense smoky flavors & aroma's that are normally present in a rauchbier are just not there. I get a little bit of smokyness, but not a lot. It's kind of a mainstream, toned down, version of a rauchbier. Not sure if I would buy this one again.

08-29-2011 22:13:10 | More by clint1019
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3.95/5  rDev +17.6%

Enjoyed this with my BA buddy, BeerConnoiseur. Thanks, Pat for sharing the brews!

Enjoyed in an authentic German Beer Mug.

A - Beer pours a translucent, deep amber color. A small, half to one finger head on the initial pour. Decent lacing.

S - Wow! An overwhelming smell of smokiness or burnt wood.

T - A decent tasting beer if you're really into smoke! A strong smoke presence with a taste of bacon? Yup, I'm getting a spicy, almost meaty smokiness while I drink this. The beer has a slight sweetness from the malts and some hops give it a bitter aftertaste. A beer that lives up to it's style. Tastes like I just inhaled a hit of bonfire smoke! The alcohol is not noticeable.

M - A slight tingle from the carbonation. On the thin side for consistency.

O - A beer that is truly a rauchbier! Not what I call a refreshing beer but it is not bad. This beer was rated on how close I would imagine it is to being correct for the style. Not a beer I'd drink on a regular basis but I enjoyed giving it a try. Thanks again, Pat for sharing the brews!


08-29-2011 13:33:27 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of Jesse13713


3.08/5  rDev -8.3%

Received in the harvest sampler pack and poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearence - Pours a translucent brown color with little to no head. Appears red and slightly purple under the light.

Smell - immediately noticeable smoke and hot pepper. These notes overpower any malt or fruit that's inside the beer.

Taste - Very smokey with chipotle pepper spice. Unique and very malty. The heavy smoke sticks with the roof of your mouth for quite some time. Some of the darker fruits that were hidden in the smell come out in the taste.

Mouth feel and overall - Tingles and simmers on the tongue. The smokiness is tasty and one of a kind, but can get a little strong and repetitive since it lingers strongly on your tongue between sips. I reccomene sipping this to get the most out of the flavor. Drinking it too quickly turned me off for a bit. A bit carbonated.

08-29-2011 04:55:45 | More by Jesse13713
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3.98/5  rDev +18.5%

Had this beer for the first time while camping around a fire. It poured a nice copper color with a solid head. The smell is mostly od of roasted malt, you can tell they roasted it. The taste is very very smokey and pleasant. Mostly of roasted malt and caramel. the mouthfeel is very creamy. This beer is good, perfect for fall or around a fire.

08-29-2011 03:47:05 | More by mjw2808
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4/5  rDev +19%

APPEARANCE - ruby color with not much of a head but some slight lacing

SMELL - bottled smoke almost smells articial

TASTE - smokiness dominates tastes like a brown ale with liquid smoke added in

MOUTHFEEL - light bodied nothing offensive unless you don't like smoke

OVERALL - not one of my favorite styles but brings to mind sitting around a campfire which is always a good thing

08-29-2011 01:19:06 | More by ejimhof
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz bottle from the Fall Mix Pack. Pours a clear copper color with a dense cap of tan head. Lacing is minimal and retention decent.

The smoke is pretty delicate on the nose and the caramely malt aroma is certainly noticeable in the background.

Id say the smoke level is right at about medium, maybe a little under. Toast and caramel make up a healthy malt backbone...Im guessing it would be an Amber Ale if the smoke was removed. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but not too much to complain about. Its fairly pleasant, I wouldnt mind a heavier smoke flavor but it is a pretty solid effort from BBC.

08-28-2011 17:20:14 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Halcyondays


3.9/5  rDev +16.1%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear amber with a light white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Toffee malt and smoke, classic rauchbier.

T: Sweet caramel, fairly malty with a hint of grassy hops. The smoke is prominent, but never takes over the beer, like the icing on the cake.

M: Medium-bodied, a little frothy, smooth.

O: A quite good example of the style. This will not give you the sheer intensity and power of Schlenkerla, but it's clearly well made.

08-28-2011 02:35:09 | More by Halcyondays
Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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