Rauchenfelser Steinbrau | Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

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Rauchenfelser SteinbrauRauchenfelser Steinbrau

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Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-14-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clouded, strangely hued orange brown. Nose is disgusting. It's like melted fat. This isn't my first rauch, so I know what's up. Yeah. And the flavor is bringing that melted fat thing too. I'm calling this early. Too harsh and nasty to really continue on. If you are looking to try your first rauch, don't go for this one. There are much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this bottle as part of 2006's CANBIF from rudge75 and fisherman34 (thanks guys!). Finally have the chance to sit down and sample it...

Pours out a murky tea coloured body, like iced tea. Cloudy, with a spongy off-white head that recedes to a thin cap.

The aroma is a bit of a curiosity. Hickory smoke, carbon, ashes and a surprising citrus zing greet the nose. The malt seems to flounder beneath all of this, in its own sweet caramel guise.

Then things get even crazier in the flavour dep't. Sweet caramel malt is immediately eclipsed by sweet, tangy lemon iced tea, all the while being entrenched in a cloud of hickory smoke. Finishes with a real tart lemony splash, as if I had squeezed a lemon quarter into the beer myself. It's refreshing yet hard to swallow at the same time. A combination of flavours that just doesn't quite work for me.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, which helps carry the citrus tones of the flavour, but falls short accompanying the malt and the smoke.

I choke almost each sip down, then yet want to go back for more, perhaps out of sheer perverse curiosity. I've yet to try a rauchbier this dynamically ambivalent before. However I can't see myself going back for more after this bottle is finished. Still, it was a helluva ride.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Bavarian Bier Garden. Poured a chestnut brown color with some red colors towards the bottom, not much head to mention. Smell was unlike anything i've had before with barbecue aromas, fired kindling, chicory, soy sauce, even a hint of coffee here and there. Taste was big on the smoke factor, with the other flavors falling into place quite nicely with the smoke backdrop. The balance of hops and malts seemed damn near perfect, making it a pleasent beer to have on any occasion. I would not say that this beer is for everybody...my mom had a taste and nearly coughed it back up from the extreme smokey tastes, but still very worth trying. Although I previously stated that this beer is good for any time of year, I would love to try it during Christmas time with a roaring fire in front of me and a snowy evening outside. Happy Trails

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Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like smoked beers. This was a deliciously smoky aromatic brew though thin on taste and palate. It was still very decent but better brews are more readily available. Pours a light clear chestnut with a modest white head. Lovely, and I do mean lovely aroma of smoked malt and sweet caramel. Taste was a bit thin. A touch of smoke some pale malts, a little carmel and some hop notes. Thin on the palate though nicely drinkable. Would pair well with smoked cheese and meats. Prost!

P.S. Yes I will try again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just update to my prior review (2-16-06): This bier is in fact a steinbier which doesn't have it's own category ATT. The main characteristic I get from most steinbiers is the sweetish/caramely taste along with smokiness as a secondary taste profile. Cheers to Horst for pointing this out to me. A fact I had forgotten after a few brews! Steinbier or rauchbier; still reccomended!

Here's the original notes : Pours a light copper color with a pillowy 2" deep sand colored head. Head drops to a healthy film. Very good head retention

Smell: Smokiness and not much else. What you want from a rauchbier?lilacs?

Taste: Sweetness up front countered by an oaky smoked flavor. dryness and maltiness in the finish

MF: Good carbonation levels, wouldn't mind it thicker. But otherwise balanced

Pretty darn drinakble. Not the best rauchbier I've ever had, but subtle enough to appreciate. Some American efforts are just too over the top. Give this a shot

[ serving type: bottle ]

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Putnam for alerting me to this one. Poured out to a medium burnt orange color with a short lived head. Some rings of lace and light medium low carbonation. Aroma is of smoked malts and biscuits. Flavor is light and crisp, with nice hints of smoke, malt, cured meats and earth. Some mild hop bitterness is present in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, with a slight hint of a butter character. Very nice. Drinkability is good. If one were to make a session out of a Rauchbier, this would be the choice. If one is looking for the definitive Rauchbier, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen would be the choice. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer to start with when getting aquainted with the style. Recommended.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, murky brown with a medium-sized white head. Aroma is malty and smokey, like the embers of a campfire with a couple of cigarettes put out in it.

Taste is malty with more smoke. Sweetly smoked, like a fireplace, not like tobacco, but not too sweet and with a touch of tangy hops. Traces of orange flavor lost somewhere in the middle. Roasty, bready elements combined with a smoked-cheese flavor, like a hickory flavoring for meat. Some meat flavors, also. Finish is clean, smoke flavors fade toward the end of the glass, no real strong aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, not real heavy. Sample has particulates a'floating in it, so it might be an old bottle. An odd style, to say the least. Not bad but one bottle is enough for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, smoky orange-caramel that explodes with tangerine highlights when the glass is held up to the bright morning sunshine streaming through my front window. The ecru cap is on the small side following the pour, but looks to be in no hurry to disappear. Unfortunately, there are only a few ribbons of lace on the glass.

This is definitely a good rauchbier nose. I won't let the fact that I'd like a little more smoke keep me from granting a high score. On the other hand, I like the fact that it doesn't overpower the essential beerness of the beer. Even though it smells like sweet hickory, I'm sure the more traditional beechwood was used.

Rauchenfelser isn't quite as good on the palate because the relative lack of smokiness isn't as easily overlooked. Wood smoke shares the stage with a mild caramel maltiness that is especially evident on the finish when the smoke begins to fade. This is still good beer, but those hoping for a Schlenkerla-like 'rauch bomb' are likely to be disappointed.

The beer has a fair amount of underlying sweetness, but the mouthfeel is on the light side. A bigger mouthfeel might have worked better. I can't be too critical, though, because it looks as if the brewers were aiming for a lightly smoked, relatively light-bodied lager. If so, they hit the bull's eye.

Rauchenfelser Steinbrau is a good, drinkable rauchbier. It may not be entirely fair, but I can't help but compare it to the Brauerei Heller-Trum (Aecht Schlenkerla) line of wood-smoked beers. When judged by that standard, it falls a little short. However, those who like their rauchbiers to be less rauchy should find a lot to like within this attractive swing-top bottle.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as much smoke as some others that I've tried, but perhaps subltety is one of the things this beer has going for it. Sweetened lemon iced tea is perhaps the best beverage that I can compare this beer to. They are both the same colour (murkey brown with yellow hints), and both have lemon and tannic tea qualities. I enjoyed drinking this, but I'm not sure if that makes it a good beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first sniff out of the bottle was of bacon. It's subtler and flatter once poured with a maltier quality than smoke. I actually liked the sniff out of the bottle better. A lighter smoked meat quality.
Amber of brown and orange. Clear. Creamy looking head that settles to a thickish ring. Some lacing.
Smokish flavor. Again like a fresh meat being smoked. Balanced nicely with malt. Overall flavor profile is mild. Smoke flavor seems to create a dryness to finish. Has a nice lager quality.
Really watery like that blends with flavors somehow. Otherwise lager smooth. Medium carbonation and fairly soft.
Overall it's a decent drink and easy to drink. Blends nicely with the cheese I was eating.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stange yeilding about 1.5 fingers of head atop of a deep brown near mahogony colored beer. Slight lacing ran down the side of the glass throughout the sample.

Smell was as if it had been "burnt" with a smokey almost hickory like aroma.

Taste was also quite smokey but not too much to enjoy. Balanced nicely with a slight bitterness and overall very smoked malt taste that was not too heavy on the palate and had little carbonation.

Not a taste I think I would enjoy alone, but paired with the BBQ ribs that it was, it was quite good.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper brown in color with a huge creamy cap of foam. Sweet and slightly smokey aroma is strong at first, but fades rapidly. Smoke flavor is very slight, carmel dominates with a good bit of sweetness. Bitterness is very mild. Mouthfeel is medium light, and the aftertaste is a bit smokey.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 500-mL flip-top bottle at The Sunset in Boston.

This "rauchbier" poured a cloudy, light coffee-colored brown with off-white foam that settled. The smell was smokey and lightly malty sweet. The taste was smokey with a light sweetness. Overall mostly malt with a bit of smoke. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was mildly smokey and lightly malty. This was an OK bier.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a large head initially and fades, but a thin one remains. You will definately be able to smell the smoked and roasted malts in this thing. Very strong, but not overwhelming. Taste is pretty much what you'll imagine after getting your first smell. The smoking flavor is desireable and can persuade to like this beer style. This is my first time trying a the rauchbier style, but I am quite pleased and when I see another like this I know it'll catch my eye.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber brown color with a very small white head, minimal lacing is present.

Aroma: Profoundly smoky aroma, reminiscent of smoked meat, little else.

Taste: Smoky, earthy flavors utterly dominate, with lesser hoppy flavors. Finishes with a slight herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite nice.

Drinkability/notes: Definitely a treat for lovers of smoked foods, would likely pair very well with smoked meats and cheeses, and dark breads. Those who do not care for smoked foods may find this beer a bit overwhelming to the senses.

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Photo of inebrius
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured deep amber under a wispy tan head after I split the sausage casing. Wondrous fumes of fruitwood charcoal, pit stones and preserved lemons smolder while an easy slice of liquid whole grain toast sweeps the buds leaving deposits of river grass and gravel. My initial reaction was desire for a larger malt structure but after a few healthy swigs I understand the just balance between smoke and a sterling drinkability. Multiple liters might be the perfect mental escape from steel and concrete surroundings.

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Photo of jeffjwes
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance : looks like a glass of ice tea but with nice head
smell : smoke is all I can smell
taste : smooth taste, light bitterness ,smoke is the main taste
mouthfeel : dry and light
drinkability : very drinkable would be a great session beer

This was only the second smoked beer I've ever had but I liked it for $2.00 for a pint I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of mynie
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ruby colored. Like tobacco juice.

I've never had a smoked beer before. My olfactory palate cannot pick up anything other than smoke. I'm trying hard, but I really can't. Sorry.
At first the taste was overpowering. It was like a meat and cheese tray from Swiss Colony. Not bad, but very different from any other beer I've ever had. The taste is much more complex than the smell. And, after I had grown a bit more accustom to it, I can pick out traces of sweet malt jumping up through the salami flavor.

Different, that's all I can say. Not really my cup of tea, but smoked beer is actually a lot more drinkable than I thought it would be.

I'm taking the drinkability down a notch. This gave me horrible gas.

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Photo of schrist275
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

head pours very well and lasts... as it should. smell is faster to the nose than the eyes to the appearance.. smell will fill a small room in very short order, (wife disagreed with the smell), smells lightly of rotting "almost apples". the color is a lovely brown/red, almost like a cherry wood.. the taste is weaker than some of the other smoked that i have had.. but is easier to handle all the way around, kinda reminds me of one piece of bacos aftertaste.

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Photo of revdrjbob
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this great bacony brew at the Lowenbrau in Sydney. Poured from the great looking swingtop bottle a dark amber, with a dense white head.
Had an intense aroma of caramel sweetness, and a hint of smoke and bacon. The flavour was great, huge maltyness, great caramel from the rocks, woody, smokey, bacony, dry, with a lingering sweetness and smoke on the back palate. A great beer, not for everyone, but if you're a fan of bacon and pork, you'll love it.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is definitely one of the more unique brews I've ever had. If any type of beer is an acquired taste, rauchbier is it. Appearance is a healthy dark amber with sufficient head. Aroma smells strongly of smoked meat, barbeque come to mind. Not exactly a smell I want in my beer, but not totally unpleasent. Taste begins with familiar German malty sweetness and finishes with smoked flavor. Needless to say this is an interesting brew, but not something I find myself liking. I can tell this is a well-crafted beer, but the unique flavor will probably be offputting to many. Try this, you may love it.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a nice fancy swing top bottle graciously donated to the cause by the fine folks at BJ's

Beer arrives in my nice third a liter with a creamy white head on a crystal clear brown body with orange red highlights from trapped lights.

Aroma is lightly smoky with a burnt caramel and toasted malt edges. Smoke contains hints of wood and burnt edges of stone and granite.

Flavor is caramel and toast with fruits of salted figs and a big bite of pepper and a dry mineral finish

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I heard about and searched for, for quite some time before I was fortunate enough to locate some.

This beer poured amber with a huge head that lasted for quite some time.

The aroma was smoky, and had some depth of fruitiness to the malt. Not quite apples, but close. Also some caramel lingering far in the background.

The taste was of a smoky, malty beer with definite caramel tones. Quite a good blend of flavors.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the swing top bottles. And this is no exception
This is served at cellar temp..when the top is loosened it opens with an audible pop as steam comes out.
The beer is a nice dark amber , almost brown colour with a small white head, that goes fast, minimal lacing.
Smell is nice like lightly smoked haddock i used to eat as a child in Scotland, some malts too.
mm woody carbon taste, again the smoked haddock comes to mind..lightly smoked this is no Sclenkerla rauch, but its very enjoyable if you like smoked foods..nice malt profile keeps it together.
Its nice on the palate, maybe just a touch watery.
Good drinkable beer..a stone brewed beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel, smoke, and gritty mineral aromas are paramount.
Very aromatic with illusions of toffee, slate and sour, burning wood on the nose.
Over-baked ginger snaps, linzer cookies and burned sugar flavors on the palate belie the very dry, hard-edged palate.
Medium to light-bodied with lots of dynamic, shifting flavors including stone, fire, fructose, branch and mulch.
Fizz is assertive.

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Rauchenfelser Steinbrau from Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer
3.68 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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