Smoked Lager | The Covey Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Covey Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by assurbanipaul on 05-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear garnet hue with a medium head that fades to a ring after a few minutes. Aroma is malty bock elements and just a little campfire.

Taste is mild malt, mostly very dry. Good caramel brown ale sweetness but not really sweet, some very light fruity element, some dry cocoa powder. Dusty smoked malt, charcoal, not overwhelming or obvious but building throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel is light and easy, still a little crisp, revealing its lager base. I've had smoked porters and other rauchbiers before, but this is unlike anything I've tried and is difficult to compare to anything else. Based on a traditional Munich Oktoberfest/marzen recipe, according to the brewer.

PS: This review was written from a freshly brewed sample. I had it again after a few days and the smokey flavor is much clearer, a little more robust. Might have had time to settle a bit.

PPS: The flavor continues to improve as this beer matures for a couple of weeks. Smokey flavors have deepened from a light smoke to more of a darker campfire nature. Yum.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark ruby-brown color topped with a creamy head. Malty nose with faint smoky phenol notes. Flavor consists mostly of good caramel malt flavor with only a modest smoky backbone, though it develops a little more as the beer warms up. Bitterness is restrained, with the smoke providing some balance. Soft but full body.

Advertised on their menu as a rauchbier, I found this a disappointing beer as it in no way resembles a traditional rauchbier. The smokiness is way too restrained. It is a good smoked beer, though.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown with a nice ruby glow. Head is medium-sized with decent retention. Aroma is enjoyable, but a bit weak. I smell sweet malts and charcoal. Taste is initially of sweet malts, with a roasted malt flavor coming in at mid-sip. Finish is the smokiest part of the beer. The overall body of the flavor seems just a tad bit thin. This is listed as a rauchbier on the menu, yet the flavors do not resemble rauchbier. However, this is a highly drinkable smoked lager.

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Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown copper color with a moderate-sized head that fades into a creamy lace. Nose is bready malts and smoky charcoal that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Taste is caramelized malt along with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate and the same earthly charcoal smokiness that was in the aroma. An interesting beer that I really enjoyed.

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Smoked Lager from The Covey Restaurant & Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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