Rauchenfelser Steinbrau | Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

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Rauchenfelser SteinbrauRauchenfelser Steinbrau

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

Style: German Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an honest to goodness Stein (stone) beer. Rocks heated to 1200 degrees and plunged into the beer. What you get from this is a smokey, sweet/malty flavor along with some grainyness. I'm not that into smokey beers but this one has enough going on besides the somke to make it interesting, Not as smokey as say Rogue or Alsaskan but more than Achet.

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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 oberon
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Real nice looking beer very dark amber with good well-retained head.Had a sweetish clovey? smell.The taste hit me pretty hard at first like drinking a slab of bacon but with a little sweetness.Second time I have tried this style liked this better than my other experience,still a little hard to finish this one.

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Photo of ADR
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze color, sort of like n iced tea. Small whitish head of creamy consistancy, laces in incomplete rings that drip. restrained smokey aromas, slightly applewood with a maple sweetness frm the malt that suggests breakfast sausage at a campground. Sweet malt flavors of pear merge with the smoke in the early and middle impression -- finishes with a slightly raisin and wine note, a touch of acid to cut the meaty impression. Not as burly as a Bell's Batch 5000 and maybe a little thin, still the balance is interesting here.

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

OK, but a bit more timid than other smoked beers i've had, slightly sticky and sweet, with a slight campfire smoke/ sausage flavour, i like it, but ther are better smoked/rauchbiers pute there, this was maybe a bit thin, still quite good.

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Photo of cokes
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Toasted golden with trickling, trace carbonation. Compacted white head on top.
Smoky aroma. Lightly meaty, moreso woody. Nothing else. Still, you gotta love it.
Cracker-esque malt base provides the stage for a cushioned smoke hit. Not as rauch-y as some. As it warms and the tastebuds acclimate themselves (which happens quickly, as this is not overpowering in the least), the smoke fades, revealing very little underneath. Turns oddly tart towards the closure with white grapes and pears skins coupling (or conflicting) with the cinder. Rides out lightly herbal with a continuation of dry, charred wood.
Interesting but much less intense than some other versions.
The light-bodiedness of the brew proves to be a flaw. Watery, turning somewhat fuller, but pastier as it sits.
Still, any rauch is well appreciated. And this, despite its flaws, is a pretty acceptable one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown with red-orange tints - the color of Coca-cola, with a medium size tan head that diminishes shortly. The aroma is mainly malty with a light smokiness. The body is medium-light with a limited mouthfeel. The flavor shows off some light smoke up front, backed by a distinctly caramel-like malt, and just a balancing bitterness. Much lighter in flavor than the aroma suggests. Finishes smoothly and lightly dry. Unique and very drinkable.

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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

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Photo of Imbiber
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber in colour with a minimal, fast retreating head. Aroma is moderately strong and predominately of smoked malt, sort of like tasting a standard beer in a bacon factory.

Flavour is malty with smoked notes coming through mildly, which fade away. Not very highly carbonated at all. Aftertaste is disappointingly little, a bit of malt and that's it.

Pleasant enough but a disappointment to me. A boy's version of the more grown up rauchbiers of Bamberg, in my opinion.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have never had a smoked beer, because the idea of it is somewhat adverse to me. I grabbed this beer from the shelf without really knowing what it was. To me joyfull surprise, I loved it. Poured almost like Weizen, with a big head. You could smell the smoke right from the beginning. Chewy and malty, this brew has a kick. Caramel and other delicious flavors, some of which I had trouble defining, were all around. I also tasted some wheat- somewhere. This beer had enough smoke flavor without being overwhelming. A very different beer, one worth tasting.

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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 AtrumAnimus
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour is a burnt umber in color with red highlights. The head is a tan color that is thick and resilient like shaving cream. The nose is fruity with Smokey undertones. The flavor is WOW - a great heavy smokiness like slow cured meat. There is a very complex hoppiness to this one the starts out strong, gives way to a sweet fruity malt followed by the crisp & silky mouthfeel that has a almost oily texture and then followed by a hoppiness again and a dry finish. Excellent flavor - I love this one.

An interesting note on this one: I attended a lecture by Stephen Beaumont and this was one of the highlighted beers. Apparently the process for getting the smoky flavor is quite unique. They take very hot stones and add them to the wort during the boil. As the stones cool the sugars crystallize on the surface of the stones. The stones are then removed as the beer is cooled. Then during fermentation the stones are returned to the mixture and the smoke flavors are released as the yeast eats the sugar off the stones.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown swing-top bottle with the label around the neck. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 1/9/04, I opened it on 10/19/03.

Pours a clear orangish amber shade under a very thin fizzy off white head that disappeared very quickly, leaving nothing but collar within three minutes. The nose is just slightly smokey, with a touch of wheat malt. The mouth is medium-bodied and semi-prickly. My initial impression was that this beer had gone bad - too sour. But it started to grow on me, as the sour impression turned into smokey wheat. There's some hops in the finish, but not enough to overcome the smokiness. Not that this is a very smokey beer - quite the contrary. It is quite mild mannered, in fact, with a smokiness level somewhere way below a European bar and closer to mild beef jerky. Not bad at all, really.

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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 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 granger10
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the Aecht Rauchbier Marzen I was kind of afraid to try this one. But I did and it was much toned down. Slight hint of bacon or some other pork product but much more of a beer than a meal. Not much in the line of hops but a good amount of malts and smokiness. This one is a good introduction into smoked beers or rauchbiers. I'm sure the purists probably dont care for it too much though.

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Photo of ebraun
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first experience with smoke-flavored beer. It might take a while for this style to grow on me. It poured the color of a strong glass of tea. The head really didn't have much life even though there was plenty of pop to the cork. The flavor was pretty sweet with the malt and a mild bitterness on the end that I only picked up after it had warmed. The smoke flavor also lessened the warmer the beer became. I don't know that I would buy it to drink again, but I would like to use it my cooking. Just a guess, but I imagine that this stands up very well with the other beers in this style. It comes across as a very well made beer.

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

Packaged in an attractive one-pint swing-top bottle, the beer pours deep and somewhat dark copper color with a respectable white head. The head produces considerable lace. Aroma is slightly smoky and just a tad estery. Yeast contribute to the smell as well. Taste is surprisingly sweet. The smokiness of the aroma gives way to a mellow maltiness. Caramel and malt. The smokiness makes a brief return in the finish, but it’s more or less an afterthought. Full, and very soft mouthfeel with relatively high carbonation. Flavorful, smooth, very easy to drink, and, most importantly, fun.

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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 WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is great. It has a rich malty scent which is overpowered by a very pleasant smokey wood aroma. The taste is good. It tastes alot like beef jerkey. It has a nice malt palate, but mostly it has a really nice smoke flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is a good drinker. It's the first rauchbier I've ever had and I rather like it.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was my first Rauchbier and going into it I was really not sure what to exspect.

After my first taste my thought was that this is the perfect BBQ beer. That being said, this style might be the perfect BBQ style, but rauchenfelser -- the cheapest Rauch on the menu -- may not be the perfect example of the style.

To look at it this is a brown ale, but one taste reveals a world of smokey malts. Poured with little head and had a few acrid notes but overall a beer dominated by its rich smokey flavor.

Recommended that everyone at least try this style.

Oh, but wouldn't want to drink this all night.

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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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Photo of hobbes2112
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the beautiful amber color. I have been trying for a while to find a smoke beer, and this is the only one in my area, so I gave it a shot. I am impressed, the smoke flavor in this one is just right not too overpowering, but enough to make it worth your while. A strong sense of smoked sausage is present, with almost a garlic hint. A taste that will grab you at first sip, and be your best friend when you are done.

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Rauchenfelser Steinbrau from Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 52 ratings