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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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4.2/5  rDev +25%

A - A very nice dark brown with Head of a nice half inch and it looks kind of creamy.

S - First smells were smoke and ash with a bit of sweetness but as it warms I can almost smell candied bacon with a slight ashy malt. My friend put it in my head that it had a "salami" tone to the nose.

T - Smokey for sure but not to the point of ash more like overcooked bacon. Smokey then bacon then a sweet finish like brown sugar goodness.

M - Light to medium I enjoyed sipping this one.

Overall I am quite impressed with this offering and even though I haven't had many of the style I can say this one is the best so far.

08-28-2011 00:45:31 | More by DrDemento456
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3.73/5  rDev +11%

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a brown color with dark red hues and a filmy tan head. The smell is mostly smoky wood with some sweet malt and a hint of bacon. It tastes of burnt bacon, there is a slight tang to it and it has a bitter smoky finish. This beer is very smooth with a medium body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a good beer, the smoke isn't too powerful and it has a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

08-27-2011 23:29:42 | More by JMad
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +21.4%

I tend to like beer with smoked hops a lot and this bonfire from sam adams is another good one. The color is a rich brown. The smell almost reminds me of a smokey cheese (but in a good way). The flavor is a miriad of malt and smokey hops all swirled together.there is also a rich sweetness on the rear end. This rauchbier is also very smooth and drinkable. I got this beer is avariety pack- I've never seen it on it's own- but if I did I'd def. Buy it.

08-27-2011 16:41:28 | More by mattkoon
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West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +22%

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.

08-26-2011 22:17:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.43/5  rDev +31.8%

SA's Rauchbier, finally in bottles included in the Harvest Collection. I have to say that SA's Fall pack is ALWAYS my favorite, even over the Winter pack and god knows I love my Holiday and Old Fezzi. On the the review!

Pours a dark ruby with a 1/2" light tan head that simmers down into a fizzy light cap. Smell of the Caramel and Pale 2 row dominate the nose, along with a mild hop presence and a soft touch from the smoked peat malt.

Taste is phenominal. I think this is one of the better SA offerings, and should be put into 6... wait, no 12.... errrmmm, I mean 30pk cases! Sweet Caramel and pale malts up front with the bit of smoke riding on top, finished with a slight bitterness from a noble I would imagine. The mouthfeel is alot thicker than most Rauch's, but makes me feel warm and toasty even in this god damn 90*+ temp here in Georgia. A spot on hit for SA in the Rauchbier Cat.

Overall, I want MORE MORE MORE!!!! I really want a Imp version of this, cranked up to 7% and loaded with smoke! Do yourself a favor, if your reading this and you haven't tried it, go get it immediately! If you like smoked beers and foods, you'll be glad you did! Cheers!

08-26-2011 22:15:23 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
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4/5  rDev +19%

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.

08-26-2011 21:29:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid caramel and roasted malt scent along with a powerful smoked malt aroma. It's dry with significant smoke character. The taste is decent. It has an aggressive smoked malt flavor with a touch of roasted and caramel balance. It lacks adequate malt complexity and is a bit one sided. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer that isn't afraid to showcase the rauchbier smokiness, however it's lacking the caramel malt sweetness to round out the taste.

08-25-2011 21:07:23 | More by WesWes
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

08-24-2011 22:49:15 | More by tdm168
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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +8%

The beer is burnt orange with a small, off white head. The aroma is of smoke, malt, light peat, sweetness. Decent flavor. Smoke is there, but sweet malt overtakes it. This is a decent brew, but not on the same level as Aecht Schlenkerla's masterpieces. Worth a try.

08-23-2011 21:12:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.98/5  rDev +18.5%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a sam adams perfect pint glass. part of the harvest collection 12 pack.

a: pours a clear dark brown color with a thin, one finger head that quickly settles into a very thin lacing around the glass. i expected a bit darker, closer to black but it still looks good.

s: malty aroma with strong notes of smoke and malt breadyness.

t: sweet caramel malts are quickly subdued by a blanket of smoke. layers of smoke flavor make up most of the flavor. finishes nice and sweet with notes of toffee and darkened ripe smoked fruits. very nice.

m: smooth mouthfeel;

fantastic rauchbier. certainly the greatest mass-produced rauchbier on the market. i would still take an aecht schlenkerla or a rogue smoke ale over this any day, but this definitely fixes my smoke craving.

08-22-2011 03:04:08 | More by tzieser
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3.2/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Jan 2012 we are good to go!

Out of the bottle bonfire pours amber grown gold, hitting the glass to make a medium to brown dark amber almost red body. Clear with some tiny rising carbonation. Head is soapy and doesn't have much staying power, is quite small, and appears off white. Virtually no lacing or stickiness for the head which I am use to seeing with this style. The beer looks flat.

Bouquet is a camp fire wood and beech, but small. Fells alright but not very powerful.

Taste is overcarbonated, a bit weak and very dry finish. Mild malt presence but mixes with a good smoke character. Texture is wet but also a bit too gaseous and fizzy.

Overall, it's ok but it's rauchbier light. Or perhaps lite (wink).

08-21-2011 21:14:20 | More by smakawhat
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +20.5%

An amber/caramel color with a nice head that quickly dissapates. The flavor is indeed smoky but not overwhelming. A little like beef jerky or smoked turkey made liquid! (Nice) This would be better in the colder months, since it leaves a nice warming feel.

08-20-2011 19:04:42 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +20.5%

A: The beer pours a nice orangey brown color with a slight cream colored head that doesn't last very long after pouring.
S: Smells like rich sweet bread with some hints of smoke added on at the end.
T: The beer has an interesting start to the flavor with some slight tomato fruitiness. The beer then hits you with the rich smokiness of the malt. It has hints of ham and smoked meat while still maintaining a strong malt flavor.
M/O: Very bubbley but overall an interesting interpretation of the style. Very rich flavors but i was slightly surprised to see it included in the mix pack.

08-20-2011 17:43:03 | More by pzrhsau
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3.98/5  rDev +18.5%

12 oz pour into a pint glass

The beer pours with little to no head. Lacing is minimal on the glass. I definitely could use more foam out of a rauchbier.

Nose is beechwood smoke and sweet malt.

Flavor is good, although it seems like they took their Octoberfest and added some rauch malt to it. The malt flavor is pretty blah, and only adds a sweet character to the mix without the grain flavors I want in a rauch. I'm a fan of the beechwood smoke, so it definitely wins points there. The smoke is well balanced and doesn't take over, although I almost wish it would in this beer just to boost the complexity a bit.

The body is great; carbonation seems nice for the style and drinkability is high.

Finish is of smoke and spice, seems like they only added enough hops to get the job done here. There's a strange lingering sweetness that distracts.

Overall a decent effort, but I could use more of everything. More smoke, more spiciness and a bit more bitterness from the hops, more real malt character instead of the subdued sweetness that poses in its place.

08-20-2011 03:11:52 | More by afdempse
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New York

1.78/5  rDev -47%

Pours brownish-orange, with a light orange head that dissipates quickly.

Smells smokey; not appetizing at all.

Tastes... like hotdogs. Actually pretty gross.

This is the shortest review I've written. This beer completely rubbed me the wrong way. The fact that it probably won't rate as the worst beer I've reviewed is a testament to how bad some other beers can be, but this is in no way good. It tastes like campfire hotdogs. Good for hotdogs, bad for beer.

08-17-2011 01:03:33 | More by Kooz
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a light ring.

S - hickory smoked aroma with a hint of caramel malt.

T - hickory smoked taste upfront with some malty sweetness finishing smokey.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style.

08-14-2011 20:45:07 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

08-13-2011 17:35:43 | More by Gmann
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New York

2.68/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

08-13-2011 08:17:13 | More by dkoehler42
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4.43/5  rDev +31.8%

Poured into pint glass

Copper color, 1 finger head, some lacing

Nice smoke taste, taste like hickory smoke

Smokey bacon taste without being overpowering

Light texture, finishes great.

My first rauchbier, I wish it came in 12 packs!

Available as part of Samuel Adams Seasonal 12 pack.

08-12-2011 05:59:04 | More by Josiah2729
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4.1/5  rDev +22%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a dark woody brown with ruby-orange highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent head retention with head pooling on top in the middle. Nice lacing.

Smell: Smoked bacon with maple. Wow, this makes me hungry for breakfast.

Taste: Smoke flavor up front followed by sweet malt and mild dried fruits in the middle before ending with a touch of hops. The smoke is definitely apparent throughout, especially up front, but it never overpowers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Like it's name implies, this would be perfect around a campfire. That said, it's pretty nice on a hot and rainy August afternoon here in Southwest Florida.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. While this is my first Rauchbier, I must say this beer is really good. I'd be pleasantly surprised if they get much better than this. I'd say it would be worth getting the Sam Adam's Fall Mix Pack just for this one.

08-11-2011 21:49:01 | More by adam42381
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4.33/5  rDev +28.9%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - pours a medium copper, forming a 1inch off-white head. Light spots of lace on the glass.

S - rich smokiness from the smoked malts dominates the nose.

T - the smoked malts dominate the palate, not giving any presence to the hops. Not very complex, but delicious.

M - medium bodied, very smooth and clean, with average carbonation.

D - as a huge fan of rauchbiers, my review is a bit biased. This is definitely one of the better Sam Adams brews in my opinion. They really nailed the traditional rauchbier profile! Considering that we don't get very many smoked beers in my area, I easily welcome this brew!

08-10-2011 06:31:55 | More by beeragent
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4.15/5  rDev +23.5%

Pours out a darker copper colored body, slightly hazy with a small white head that doesnt' last too long. Definitely a bit smokey on the nose along with the clean caramel lagered malts. Smokier still on the taste, it does taste like a bonfire. Well, its not as overwhelming as some smokes, I actually think its just about right. Caramel malt start with a touch of bitterness from the hops. A bit of toffee as well. Medium bodied, fairly sharp on the tongue.

I like it.

08-10-2011 03:36:28 | More by Tballz420
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4.13/5  rDev +22.9%

BACON smokey nose!

Whoa, gorgeous chestnut color on the pour with off-white head, and a full bacon smoke nose that is quite assertive.

Palate offers a nice balance of caramelly sweetness akin to an Oktoberfest, but then the BBQ bacon-like smoke comes in for center stage. Medium bodied. Very drinkable.

Can't wait to pair this with various foods.

08-06-2011 20:31:57 | More by yemenmocha
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3.93/5  rDev +17%

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.

08-06-2011 04:57:00 | More by HoustonTX
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