Fumata Bianca
High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Smoked Beer
3.65 | pDev: 12.88%
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy with a greenish hue to the straw color. Decent bar poured head. Some webby lace.

Corriander and creamed corn come to mind when I smell this beer.

There's a distinctive bandaid taste up front. The malt is pale with a hint of toast. The swallow is distractingly medicinal. Good hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Rich body with a low carbonation--my favorite.

Aug 03, 2014
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hreb from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard tapered glass. True to its name the beer is straw yellow in color, slightly hazy, with a substantial white head. Considerable aroma suggesting smoke, fresh rye bread, with a little yeasty quality, like perhaps a saison or biere de garde. Very promising. And, indeed, the flavor is dead on. There's a lot of flavor in this totally sessionable lager. It's well carbonated, and a very slight sourness brings some refreshment along with the bold grainy flavors of the rye, and the spicy clove flavors from the yeast. I would not have guessed this is a lager, though given the color and mouthfeel it makes total sense. The ABV is 4.5% which is a good thing because this thing is dangerously drinkable. Underrated and worth seeking out for fans of either roggenbier or rauchbier.

Jan 10, 2014
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking sunny yellow color, hazy and opaque, with a bright white head of about a finger and a half. Good retention. Aroma was fairly lemony with more citrus and floral hops. A bit of herbal character and a mild smokey note. Tasted mostly bright citrus and lemon at first, some smoke. After it warmed up and especially the last sip of the glass, smoke was really strong. Feel was lighter bodied, somewhat effervescent with a bit of prickly carbonation.

Definitely a unique beer, something I've not had before, and wasn't bad.

Jul 26, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Campfire light, strumming the guitar and smores on the way. Even though it's late winter, these are the memories that this smoked rye ale evokes upon the very first whiff.

But before that, the beer pours with a solid "bark" brown color and shows semi-opaque translucence. A creamy mid-statured head pulls from the dark ale with an semi-dense ivory cap. The foam retains most of the session and shows broken lace as the beer fades.

Smoky sweet aromas leap out first, and does so with moderate intensity. Chocolate, coffee, nuts, spicy peppercorn and charred barley husk gives a toast scent that stops just shy of roast. Burnt caramel and whipping cream offers a malt-forward balance over that of woody hop notes.

Similar in taste, the beer's sweetness rises on the front palate with caramel, toffee, and chocolate notes. But soon after, the chocolate turns to coffee, the toffee turns to walnut, and the earthy sweetness turns spicy and grain-like as it turns to mid-palate. Finishing spicy, dry, and lightly grainy, the hops shine through with mild pine resins and stemmy bite.

Medium-full on the tongue, the weight of the beer is creamy and malty- and it stays like that from the initial sip, until a mild quiver to finish. Wood-derived astringency and rye spice prickles lightly on the sides of the tongue and jaws to offer up one last tinge of aggression.

Fumata is a standard earthy porter that borrows the nicer attributes of American-style robust porters and London-style brown porters. The rye character shows a raw earthiness that supports the smoke flavor and aroma well- I just kinda wish there were more of it.

Feb 19, 2013
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing. It is a hazy golden straw yello with signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: smokey, spicy, bready, and sweet.

Taste: smokiness is very desirable, spiciness from the rye, a little chewy, and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, smoke in the mouth, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not too familiar with smoked beer, but this one was ver desirable. I wouldn't mind drinking this with BBQ or even any grilled foods during the warmer months.

Jun 10, 2012
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium yellow with a slight white head. No lace.

Some smoke in the nose, but not like I had hoped. Light malt and a little coarse grainy note.

Well, they came thru with the smoke. Big heavy peaty smoke taste. Some mild bitterness and light malt flavors, which all get kicked aside by smoke. A little sour touch towards the end, that mingles with bitterness.

Beer was lighter bodied, ok carbonation.

I wish they did this with a better defined malt profile. Great smokiness, and a mediocre malt. I could drink this again, but probably won't.

Apr 21, 2012
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rinhaak from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly clean and clear golden yellow with a mild head that lingered slightly.

Aromas of a grilled cheese, hops, and a noticeable (though not overpowering) tinge of smoke.

But whoa! The smoke comes through in the mouth. Though it's light in body with pleasant bright hops, the finish is so smokey that it really weighs down the beer. I wish the smoke could be better balanced throughout.

A drinkable beer, and once the shock from the smoke wears off, it becomes a tad more manageable.

A noble attempt at a unique blend of styles, though I would argue it still needs a little ironing out.

Apr 02, 2012
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, light gold in color, clear

Smell: light rye bread and big time smoke

Taste: sweet malty start with light grass, touch of rye in the middle, then a big furnace blast of smoke

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness and light smoke, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: If I did not know better I would think this beer was made in Bamburg. It is that good. It may be the best domestic rauch/smoked beer I have had. Love the smoke heaviness on this one. Yes I wish this was a bit higher on the rye, but anyone who likes rauches should grab this. Way better than the black from High and Mighty, and I do like that beer--especially for rauch like quality.

Feb 24, 2012
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Mildly hazy golden yellow. Foamy, bubbly white head boasts good retention. Thick, foamy rings of lacing.

S: Earthy spicy rye, hefty dose of smoked malts. A touch bready/grainy. Spicy herbal hop edge smells of garden herbs.

T: Creamy banana-like impression up front. From there, a strong smoked malt presence dominates. Straight campfire and smoked meat. Rye is perceptible under the smoke. Lots of hop taste too: pithy, green, and citric with a hint of tangerine. The finish is straight smoke.

M: Light bodied. Slightly lush and creamy. Mild scrubbing carbonation.

O: Reminds me of a Bamberg beer, but leans perhaps a little too heavily on the smoked malts to really drive the point home. Interesting twist with the hops in there. I liked it.

Notes: A very interesting beer. Definitely something to check out if you're looking for something different. One of the most highly hopped smoked beers I've had.

Jan 15, 2012
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Cresant from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was a pale gold/straw color. The head was bright white, modest in size but it had staying power. Hazier on the second pour.

The smell was hard candy. Lemony lager smell. Surprising little smoke aroma.

The taste was smoky and tart. Not too smoky with a spicy aftertaste. Light citrus/lemon tanginess. Spicy, smoky, and bitter. This is a unique mix of flavors. Interesting and very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was light bodied with modest carbonation, which was plenty.

I believe this beer is miscategorized as a "rye beer" here on BA. This is a smoked lager that also contains rye.

Jan 02, 2012
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the clear light golden amber brew. Head quickly fades and retreats to the rim, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet and moderately smokey.

Taste starts with a light sweetness, goes spicy in the middle, and closes with the same medium smoke seen in the nose. Mouthfeel is a bit slick for my taste, and drinkability is pretty good. Wish there was more smoke to round it out.

Dec 14, 2011
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BrewerMike from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, clear straw/golden color. Has a very nice aroma of smoke. The flavor is sharp, spicey, and citrusy. It's quite complex for a easy-drinking beer. I really like the smokiness in the flavor. The spice a breadiness from the rye is also quite satisfying. This is a nice fall beer and is a break from some of the bigger, malt or hop-heavy beers that overwhelm the shelves these days. It is nicely restrained yet complex. Because it's on the weaker side, it tastes a bit watery and not as flavorful as I would like. If it were just beefed up a tad, either in mouthfeel or malt, I would like it more. This is one better cold in my opinion. As it warms, it starts to taste more like a smoked Bud to me. I will definitely come back to this when I want an easy-drinking but tasty beer. I love smoked beers, too, and this was pretty interesting.

Dec 11, 2011
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amphion1065 from Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

20 oz. pour, served in a super cool mug at Deep Ellum. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, hazy white peach. A one-finger head lasts in my mug for quite a while. Very nice.

At first, there's a strong aroma that reminds me of pilsner malt. There's a fairly strong biscuit presence. Underneath, a rather curious mix of spices comes through - it seems peppery, but I feel that there's more that I can't quite put my finger on. Smoke really starts to come through as this warms.

Lots and lots of smoke in the taste. This beer is aptly named, as there's an almost bacon-like flavor at work here. With the rye, it unfortunately almost tastes a little rubbery, but it's not totally offensive. There is a light hint of citrus fruit throughout.

Mouthfeel is on the undercarbed side, making it one of the harder-to-drink 4.2% ABV beers I've had. 20 oz. was definitely more than I wanted at once.

A very interesting beer from High & Mighty, I can't really think of a beer to which I could compare it. Perhaps not something I'd seek out again, but a cool experiment nonetheless.

Dec 04, 2011
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, although no production/best by date, living in Western Ma. I trust it is young.

A - Beautiful light honey colored, nice carbonation and lacing.
S - A light smoke comes into play, the nose is complex floral with notes of pine.
T - Up front lager, the rye makes for a nice tight finish. The smokes elements are very well balanced.
M - The label sets the style as Bavarian/Bramberg. Smooth across the palate, smoke "feel"in the middle then "poof" gone. Pair this with sharp food and enjoy.
This is a fine lager, drinkable and facsinating.
O - Glad to have this available and will continue to seek it out. Well done to those High and Mighty folks keep up the fine work.

Oct 20, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this on tap at American Craft in Boston, liked it a lot but wasn't in a reviewing mood. Now opening a 22oz bottle at home, purchased at Table & Vine for $5.50. The plain looking black & white label gives the following description: "We've modeled our smoked white rye lager after the best examples of the Bamberg style, which are delicately smoked, but we've also added a wealth of aromatic hops, in proper American fashion."

It pours a very light golden color with a thin head, slightly cloudy but mostly transparent. Smoked malts take the aromatic lead but don't completely define it. Behind the smoke some spicy rye gives complement.

It tastes nice but a little thin, at least from the bottle. I remember being much happier with the flavor on tap. Still it's good, just more lager flavor from the bottle for some reason. Pale malts and smoked malts, a nicer hit of rye flavor than the aroma would indicate, tasty. Tasty but thin, the mouthfeel is really light.

This was pretty good, one of the better High & Mighty beers I've tried, but not exactly my favorite rauchbier. All in all a very good intro to the style though. The rye is a nice touch.

Oct 16, 2011
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey. Served in the standard high and mighty mug.

A - Poured a clear light straw with a slight haze. Atop this brew sat a nice two finger creamy head that faded yo leave a thick blanket and creamy rich side lacing.

S - Nice light smoked aroma (almost like smoked meat) and gentle rye finish.

T - So this is a smoked white rye ...not bad. Again more of an almost smoked meat quality to it, with some light rye spiciness. Nice rye notes but mostly a deep earthy real smoke.

M - Smooth light carbonation. The smoke does not hold this one back or prevent it from being drinkable...quite the opposite. The light carbonation and spicy slightly bitter finish makes this rather inviting.

O - Overall very surprised by this beer. Was not expecting this to work but the smoke and rye go very good together. Would buy this again but not something I could drink large quantities of.

Oct 06, 2011
Fumata Bianca from High & Mighty Beer Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 49 ratings