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Rauch Ür Bock | Caldera Brewing Company

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91
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Rauch Ãœr BockRauch Ãœr Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by msubulldog25 on 05-05-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
131
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
15.12%
 
 
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Photo of tigg924
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, amber in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is smoke, candied sugar, and toasted malt. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Really tasty and super easy to drink. One of the better domestic rauchbiers out there. Could have several of these.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle.

A: Clear cropper. Poured 4 fingers high of head with medium short retention.
S: Dried longan. Honey. Moderate smoky. Slightly grainy.
T: Grains. Dried longan. Moderate malty sweet. Medium bitterness. Slightly smoky. Slightly pepper spicy. Dry finish.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: The grainy character is a bit overwhelming. Otherwise pretty authentic.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark yellow, amber/light red appearance, clarity, when I think smoke/rauchbiers, I think dark, so that was a little different, good appearance though. Aroma was like a hickory smoker, very nice, exquisite.

Holy crap this is smoky, not my thing, too pungent. Would totally recommend to someone into this style. All my Smoking Wood fans, check it out. So much smoke. . . domineering.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

0.65l bottle.
Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear reddish/copper beer, thick beige head, nice long and profound as hell retention.
Smell - smoked, somewhat fruity.
Taste - malty, smoked, unexpectedly fruity, woody.
Medium body and carbonation, nice smoked beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is smoked ham all the way, along with some sweet toasted malts. Taste is malty sweet with the same smoked ham and sausage. Body is medium and quite smooth. Very nice rauchbier, reminds me of the traditional german variants.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super effervescent brown/copper with a thumb of tan head. Average lacing & below average head retention

S: Big time smokeyness, some toffee & cakeyness

T: Smokey oak & beechwood, a little caramel sweetness & some taffy notes up front. Some cakeyness underneath the smokeyness & dryness as this warms, a little praline flavor as well. Finishes a little dry with fairly restrained smokeyness, & cakey sweetness with a little taffy thrown in

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Super take on the style, this is well worth buying. If you like smoked beers, this is your huckleberry, well done Caldera!

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big smoky aroma, lightly fruity specialty malts.

Smoky flavor, fruity specialty malts, touch of bandaid in the finish. The specialty malt character really makes this stand out.

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Photo of Buzz3d
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber with abt a 1/4 inch pearly head. Smell is strong of smoke and caramel. Taste is also heavy smoke with almost a beef jerky smoked pepper taste, finishing with dark fruits.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium amber. Normal head volume, above average retention and lacing. Excellent nose of wood smoke with distinct cherry like sweet notes. It lacks the meatiness of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers and is lower in intensity. Light medium body with a somewhat oily texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is outstanding and follows the nose in regard to Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers (no meat, less complex and less intense). It begins with a burst of smoke over a sweet cherry note. The middle is a subtle bitterness with an ashy quality over caramel sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of smoky sweetness with a slight alcohol note. A very good offering, especially for style introduction purposes, but not in the same league as Aecht Schlenkerla.

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caldera Rauch Ür Bock may have smoke ("Rauch") in the name but not in its appearance; far from black and not the least bit ashy, this beer has the tone of a dried date and actually glistens with colour when held into the light. Were it not for the sediment it'd be clear too.

Bocks are traditionally spring-time beers, but this smoky variation is nicely suited to the holidays - it drinks like chestnuts roasting on an open fire! Well, kind of. Fireplace aromas are certainly present and they are accompanied by hints of nutty, toffee confections and Christmas fruitcake.

While notions of bacon, jerky and smoked cheddar are understandable, closer attention reveals exceptionally clean, pure and concentrated flavours of cherrywood and beachwood. There's absolutely no harsh burnt tastes or any overwhelming bonfire-like smokiness. It's more singed wood than smoke, with a piny, resiny, earthy hoppiness to help accentuate that.

I can't think of a better Rauchbier for initiates. Not only does it have a pure and well-poised smoke character that mimics that of the originals, but it hides its alcohol (a formidable 7.4%) and has underlying dried fruit and gooey caramel sweetness that offers additional and contrasting flavours.

So far I'm concerned, Aecht Schlenkerla is the epitome of Rauchbier. Most brewers and beer writers (and evidently Beer Advocates) agree. So I tend to base my opinions of smoked beers on how they compare and, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear this southern Oregon town was actually part of Upper Franconia. Caldera's Rauch Ür Bock fairs very well indeed.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

WOW. Picked this up on a whim from the corner store and I am super impressed. It's pretty much an ideal version of the style. Sweet hickory roasty campfire goodness.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into an Innis and Gunn tulip.

Pours a nice deep amber color with a slightly khaki head. Not a big head. Slight lacing.

Smells like savory meat. Smoked bacon. Very slight dark fruit. Kind of reminiscent of a Belgian quad, but it is very faint. No caramel malt sweetness that I expect from many bocks.

Tastes smoky and sweet at first. Kind of similar to a ketchup barbecue sauce. Huge flavor of smoked bacon on the finish. Not sure how much I like it. The more I taste it, the more the smokey flavor subdues and some more subtle tastes come forward. A malty sweetness as well a a dark fruit flavor, plum, date. Good mix between the sweet and smokey.

Medium bodied mouth. Slightly creamy like a heavier stout or porter, but still light enough to drink easily.

Reminiscent of barbecue. Interesting flavor and smell.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimpled mug; deep hazy red with a solid two-finger tan head of sticky lacing that breaks apart after a fashion leaving tons of awesome chunky lacing.
Smells great, like smoked sausage. Smoky, savory, malty.
Tastes of sweet malt and savory smoke. Lots of woody smoke flavor but it balances very well.
Mouthfeel is wet and medium-light bodied.
Overall this is a very tasty rauchbier. Sweet malt and savory smoke play perfectly together. Right up there with the standard Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock. Glad to see that Rose Petal mess wasn't an indicator of the rest of the Kettle series.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of smoked malts and bacon are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of smoked malts along with notes of bacon and hints of iodine.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this rauchbier as I felt that the smoke was quite powerful, but not overdone. It seems like it would go well with BBQ food.

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Photo of rangerred
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours clear deep ruby with a one finger white head. Good head retention with above-average lacing.

Aroma lets you know right off the bat that this one is quite smoky. Great bonfire/bacon aroma with a little bit of grass and fruit in the background from the hops. Heavy on the smoke, though, which I love.

The flavor is also very smoky but has some more complexities compared to the aroma. More campfire and ash but with some fruitiness from the yeast and perhaps the hops. There is some biscuity malt and caramel along with some molasses. Bitterness is on the light side but the sweetness remains restrained.

Overall, an excellent rauch and one of the better non-German examples I have had. Very drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 30, 2014.

The pour is a highly attractive amber-copper color with a modest little head, continuous carbonation, and sparkling clarity.

That aroma blows me away! 5 out of 5! I get burnt, smoky wood as if I am standing next to my woodstove and his grainy malt character intermixing with cherry or cherry wood. I love my smoked beers to smell this way. This is tops.

Medium to full body and smooth.

The smokiness is tad diluted in the taste but it is still vibrant enough to satisfy. The cherry kicks in to balance everything off with a modest bitter bite at the finish. The Bros are right on when thy give this one a "World Class" rating. This may be the highest rating I have ever given a beer on Beer Advocate.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I spotted this 22oz bomber at the Brattleboro Co-op last Saturday and scooped it, setting me about $7 arrears...

Opted to use a small tulip for this one, and filled it about 2/3 full. Color is a clear, bright copper, with some orange glimmering as well. Carbo is scattered and slow, and the head is light tan, quite thin and fine, and mostly gathers at the edges. Lacing is a tad on the light side. The aroma is lovely, placing me somewhere in Bamberg. Has some toasty malts and a healthy whiff of smoke. Oh my! Body is a solid medium, and it is quite easy-going on the tongue. Fairly smooth, and a bit light.

Flavor? I'm still in Bamberg!! This has a lovely layer of caramel and toasty malts, providing some subtle sweetness at the outset. Then you'll get a solid smack of Rauch! I think the cherrywood-smoked grains provide a nice balance to the typically dry beechwood action, and even provide a suggestion of black cherries themself. Quite nice! Would love to have this on tap sometime... Prosit!

4.26/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a flute. bout a year old.

dark caramel color with a nice inch thick head. smell is of candied...smoked ham. mmmm. taste is quite sweet up front and follows with a tad bit of smoke. extremely palatable. lovely, actually. very light bodied but it doesn't detract. very much recommended

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Photo of Ego
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

no freshness date or markings to be found (unless I am just stupid, which is a distinct possibility)

eyes...
2 full fingers of cream colored foam, clean amber hue with a nice amount of carbonation which keeps the head akimbo for some time, this also features some sticky lacing that claws at the side of the glass as the beer magically teleports to my stomach (it IS magic damnit!), nice looking brew

nose...
definitely pick up the cherry smoke immediately, sticking my schnozz deeper in I really get that bonfire of beech wood bamburg style aroma (yum), the malt can be detected but obviously the smoke is dominating here... and that is fine by me

taste etc...
nice chewy malt melds into smokey goodness, this drinks like a super clean german bock with that smoke smack, this is a hefty beer in the mouth and the carbonation is perfect (just on the edge of prickly but more pillowy than anything else), really nice malt profile here, it borders on sweetness without crossing into it, the cherry wood definitely adds a simple sour note into the mix which is interesting, some warming in the ole gullet is noticed from the kicked up ABV

verdict?
I'm a sucker for smoked beers, this is a good one, I actually want MORE smoke flavor, but this is a damn fine balanced beer and if you like smoked beers (especially in the bamburg vein) definitely check this out

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 500ml Radeburger branded seidel.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber, almost cola, color with a substantial amber-tinted head that dissipates slowly. Fairly thick lacing left behind the head sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Of course, the smokey meat aromas dominate. Backed up well by caramel and sweet plum alongside a touch of bread.

Taste: Begins sweet with a smoked meat flavor in the back of the mouth. Smokiness rounds out toward the finish, yielding to sweet dark grapes and caramel malt. Smokey flavors linger for a while on the far side of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with maybe a little bit too much carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: Good beer and excellent representation of the style. Surprisingly well-balanced, as even in German versions of this style the smokiness overpowers almost everything else. Worth a taste and a good beer for a change of pace.

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Photo of cxr1037
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a Christmas gift that I've been somewhat apprehensive about opening. I've never had a rauchbier before and reading about bacon aromas makes me uneasy (I've been vegetarian for three years and have always hated bacon!). Anyway, here we go. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.

Appearance: Dark red, about SRM 34. An inch or two of head that settles down to a consistent few centimeters. Looks good!

Nose: At first, ham (as best as I can remember it, though it is similar to some vegan "ham" I had recently!), but then a dark fruit sweetness which I assume comes from the cherrywood? It's similar to a Belgian quad for a second there, but then it's followed immediately by salt.

Taste: At first there's the meaty, smoked wood flavor, and at the end is something akin to liquid smoke, but in between is that dark fruit sweetness - mostly cherry. I read one review that said it takes a few sips to get into these beers and I agree. By half a glass, it's less savory and more sweet. Nice, low carbonation, mouthfeel reminiscent of a quad.

Finish: Lingering bitterness, and some residual smoke.

OA: Pleasantly surprised! I didn't have high expectation for this going into it, but I'm happy to have tried it. Not a style I'm going to buy regularly, but I'll certainly return to the style (maybe to pair with some vegan food :D )

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Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a caramel ruby color with a tan head.

The aroma has tons of bacon and smoke. A toffee sweetness and fruity cherry wood.

The flavor follows with a baconey smoke in the front, some spiciness, and then a caramel sweetness. A medium mouthfeel.

A very well done beer that is traditional like Schlenkerla's beers.

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Photo of deadxmastrees
2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

It's hard to rate this beer and that's because I didn't like it. I don't have time to write a full review so I will edit this later but for those who are interested this was an intensely smokey beer. The smoke flavor was over powering and I didn't enjoy it - which is odd because I would bathe in a smokehouse if I could! For some reason it just didn't work for this beer.

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Photo of ColterKoch22
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Curious about this 22oz smoked lager I picked one up. As soon as I opened the bottle smoked aroma was all I could smell. poured half a pint for taste, it was most definitely the smokiest beer I have ever tasted.
For me this is not a beer I can drink more than a few gulps out of the glass. However, I did use the rest of this brew to cook with. I had made a smoked gouda and cheddar cheese dip for serving with soft pretzels. I added the remainder of the beer and it came out fantastic! the dip didn't last the first quarter of the football game last week.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper (SRM 17-19) with ruby red highlights. A sparkling, golden cascade quickly builds a three-inch, khaki foam that drops to ¼ inch while leaving trails of lace on the Stiegl stange.

Strong charcoal or campfire smoke is nice. Especially nice is that the summer sausage is relegated to the background. Also noted charred steak and cashews.

This has light-to-barely-noticeable bitterness with lightly toasted malt, late sweetness and meaty flavors. The lingering finish vacillates between mild smoked gouda and cashews. Surprisingly, the flavors were clean.

Light-to-medium body with moderate carbonation, no sense of alcohol, and a smooth, soft texture.

This is a very easy-drinking beer to relax with. Given its relatively high alcohol, it could be dangerous, but nevertheless, quite enjoyable.

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Rauch Ür Bock from Caldera Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.
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