Fumata Bianca | High & Mighty Beer Co.

Fumata BiancaFumata Bianca
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Fumata BiancaFumata Bianca

Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rudzud on 10-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 16
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BrewerMike
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of hreb
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Cresant
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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Fumata Bianca from High & Mighty Beer Co.
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