Tinder Rauchbier
Uinta Brewing Company

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Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Lager - Rauchbier
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Jan 03, 2021
Jan 20, 2014
Very Good
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Notes: Tinder is a German-style Rauchbier (Smoked Beer) that kindles moderate malty sweetness and robust smokiness. Brewed with Bamberg beechwood-smoked malt, this medium-bodied lager ignites distinct campfire smoke flavors and aroma.

Aromatic, bright and balanced, Tinder is bottle conditioned and has an ABV of 6.5%. Scheduled to hit select shelves in late January, Tinder is a limited release beer, only 180bbls were brewed.
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3.91 by zotzot from Vermont on Jan 03, 2021
2 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a mug with a light hazy bronzed semi-burnt orange to ruddy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. Thick foamy lacing roams around the glass after the head dissipated. The smell starts off with a rich sweet to moderately smoked malts. Light meatiness enters in after a bit of warming. The taste was mainly sweet with an ample amount of smoked malt portion. Meatiness is extremely subdued. But a light crisp breadiness does show some extra flavor and ends up leading slightly into the aftertaste and on into a quick sweet moderately smokey finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Smooth sweet to smokiness runs along my tongue nicely. Overall, I liked this one for me, and it seemed fairly close to the true "rauchbier" style.

Jul 10, 2017
3.6 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island on Jun 24, 2017
3.71 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on May 16, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by donspublic from Texas

Poured from bottle into Tulip, nice 1 finger cream colored head, so so retention and lacing. Crystal clear amberish golden in the glass. Smells like BBQ in a glass. Initial taste is sweet malt, followed quickly by a wave of smoke, and finishes with a semi sweet low bitterness. This is an easy beer to screw up, I have had Rauchbiers that are pretty much like drinking an beer that doubled as an ashtray. This one initially is very smoke forward but calms down as time goes on (perhaps my palate is deadened to the smoke :)). Great beer, has 2 years on it and is still drinking good

Feb 11, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania

Presentation: 750 ml bottle bottled 1/21/15 poured into a mug.

Look: Hazy copper with an impressive three finger tan head. Head quickly dies down but still about 1/8" remains.

Smell: Sour malt notes with hints of smoked meats.

Taste: Follows the nose, very light smoke flavor.

Feel: Thin to medium and little to no carbonation.

Overall: I wonder if this ones age affected it, but all the ones available to me were bottled on the same date. I would really like to try this one fresh and see how it compares.

Jan 26, 2017
3.96 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Dec 28, 2016
3.62 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Dec 10, 2016
4.27 by DarthVorador from Pennsylvania on Sep 26, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

True to the Bamberg style, this rauchbier is spot on. Murky light brown, with minimal head, smells like smoked meat and fireplaces. Taste is smooth, with all of the emphasis on the smoked malts. Just perfect.

Sep 19, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

How do rauchbiers age? I bought this yesterday and just noticed it was bottled on 1-22-14...

L - snifter pour. Golden orange with fizzy, not frothy head which quickly disipates. Clarity is low.

S - ham. Very salty ham. And green malt. It smells green and grassy but not pertinent to hops (which aren't detectable). I can actually smell the malt both in the smoke and behind it. It smells very light and "airy" - that is, the smoke is not dense or heavy. As it sits in the snifter it gets even thinner aroma wise.

T - mild. It tastes of the same green smoked malts, mild caramel, a touch of burnt sugar, and overall like a "light beer" or rauchbier.

F - whoa. No doubt the age did this guy good. Not flat but so creamy and gentle on the palate. It's filling in the mouth without exploding in carbobation. You can tell this guy sat in the bottle a while.

O - eh. I LOVE this style and with so few examples around I find nearly all enjoyable. However truth be told, this is not a leader of its class. But then again for a $6 bomber I'd probably buy it again. Okay, I would.

Aug 08, 2016
4.13 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Jun 16, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

I have always had a warm spot for rauchbiers.... So, when I saw they had this at the 1st Annual Bacon & Beer Fest in Nashua Saturday (21MAY16), I tried a few samples. After the show, I was able to get a bottle, which I enjoyed yesterday (22MAY16)...

I used a Sammy perfect pint glass to sample the 750ml bottle (filled 29JAN15). It was a medium golden/bronze color and mostly clear. There was an ever-so-slight bit of haze present, and it had steady, fine carbo. The head was off-white, 1/4", somewhat frothy and slowly ebbed to leave good lacing. The aroma was lovely, with the smoke easily noted. Reminded me a lot of the offerings from Bamberg. I wonder of Uinta uses beechwood? Body was a decent medium, with a touch of prickle, though that did not lessen the feel.

Tasted some light sweetness with bready, toasty malt contributing. Also had a bit of caramel and some subtle florality. The smoke notes were what stood out, being balanced between in-your-face overpowering and hard to find. The finish was quite dry, as well. A very well-made Rauch, imo. Prosit!

4.23/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


May 23, 2016
3.71 by Dwinslow15 from Massachusetts on May 21, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

750ml bottle picked up last month in Naples, FL. bottled 1/21/15

poured into a pint glass. murky orange tinted brown with generous slightly off white head which eventually subsides to a ring and faint covering. no lacing.

after initially snorting in the beer (hate that) most of what i got was a damp smokiness and a hint of ham.

taste was a little better that expected, the smokiness was not overpowering, neither was the hamminess. maybe due to age of beer?

mouth was a solid medium, with a not unpleasant finish.

overall, an interesting beer to try, but not likely my cup of tea. did prefer it to most of the smoked beers i've had though.

Apr 09, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

L - pours a dark, burnt copper orange. Glows in the evening light like a fire. Oh ho!

S - smoked ham. Bacon. Did you expect anything else?

T - Canadian bacon! Shocker! Has more flavor than your typical Rauch though. The hops come out to play, and the smoke isn't too overbearing. I typically drink rauchbiers for the smokey blast, but I am pleasant surprised that there is more substance here. In true American style! Getting some smoked Gouda and sweet jelly jam.

F - thicker and smoother than the German variety. Usually rauchbiers are light lagers with smoke, but this has more body.

O - good stuff. A great American take on a classic German style.

Mar 27, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

Enjoyed from the 850 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice rauchbier pours a lightly chill hazed deep amber with a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick sudsy layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of camp fire smoke, subtle sweet malts, and subtle citrus fruits. Flavors follow and exceed the nose with sweet biscuity smoked malts and tart fruits, muted and subtle, of pink grapefruit and lemon on the sides that fades to a slight hop flavor and ends with a dry and sweetish smoked flavor. One of the better smoked brews I have had. Good mouth feel, lightly creamy with solid carbonation making this an excellent session brew for a nice barbecue.


Mar 03, 2016
3.75 by kdivers from New Hampshire on Feb 14, 2016
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4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Jsteez from Utah

Great smoky beer to have with smoked gouda, bacon, and eggs. An interesting breakfast/brunch brew!. Easy to drink.

Jan 24, 2016
3.91 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Jan 15, 2016
3.83 by jaydoc from Kansas on Jan 15, 2016
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Dec 21, 2015
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3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

750 ml 2 yo bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of smoky wood, funky yeast and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Smoky wood, herbal hops, pale malt and sourness fill the mouth. Finish is long and smoky. Interesting brew.

Dec 14, 2015
3.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Nov 22, 2015
3.2 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Nov 20, 2015
4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Nov 20, 2015
4 by ralerwen from Illinois on Nov 14, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by sjdevel from Utah

Medium carbonation and pours a nice dark straw / golden color. This beer is quite clear and has nice lacing after the head disappears.

A smokey smell wafts up first, followed by slight sour fruit. There seems to be a slight hop aroma, but is hard to tell as the smoke smell continuously bats the other smells to the side.

There is momentary bitterness at first, but you quickly get a big shove from smoked malt and sour fruit. When the sour fruit starts to fade, there is a brief malty sweetness before the campfire stokes back up. The beer finishes quite dry, and then you are left with a smokey aftertaste (almost like you've eaten a few pieces of hickory smoked bacon).

This is a medium bodied beer that has a nice champagne-like effervescence on the tongue. There is quite a bit of dryness as well.

I really enjoyed this beer. I have not had many Rauchbiers, but really like the style (and have made one myself that I really liked). I believe this one to be adequately in style. I would buy another one of these again in the future. The only negative thing that I can mention is that it is a tad on the sour side -more than I really expected. But great overall.

Oct 07, 2015
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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by TheSSG from Illinois

Pours a soapy, white head that collapses into a finger's height puff, with nice lacing. Nose is dominated by smoke with a touch of sweet malt behind it. A straw/burnt sienna hue. Starts with an acidic and somewhat hoppy bitterness, floral hops and acidic smoke is a strange combination. Acidic smokiness moves in to dominate, with sweet malt somewhere in the background. The smoke diminishes slightly into the finish, with the malt coming out a little more.

This isn't too bad, but the present hoppiness is a little weird for the style; I LOVE the level of smokiness, but would have preferred more maltiness. To be fair, I rarely expect much out of lagers from out West...so this isn't too surprising.

Sep 26, 2015
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Viaduck from California

The bottle opens with a gentle pop of the the cork. It pours a hazy (smokey?) honey orange with a small & short lived cream colored head. It has an aroma of citrus, honey, a little alcohol & smoke. Citrus & carbonation tickle the tongue. Taste is similar to its smell, with a slight smoke aftertaste that gives it a savory quality. The flavors are well balanced, very enjoyable.

Sep 07, 2015
4.06 by Gkruszewski from New York on Aug 28, 2015
3.44 by Kelp from New Hampshire on Aug 16, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by far333 from Connecticut

Healthy and loud pop of the cork. Served in a stange. Orangey amber colored with an off-white two inch head that lingers long.

Aroma of grainy malt, some corn and florals. Rich favors of maltiness, toasty and biscuity. Well-balanced smoke and malt, faint hint of clove in the finish. Some phenolic notes, slightly band-aidy, but not overly so and just right for the style. Rich and full and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent beer, great representation of the style.

Aug 09, 2015
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Myotus from Texas

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stange.
LOOK: Pours with two and a half finger's of off-white foam that dissipates to two finger's worth within one minute. Honey orange in color with a slight cloudiness and plenty of bubbles. Lacing is relatively low.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of hickory smoked bacon, sweet malts, burning mesquite wood and a hint of peach (sounds weird as heck, but I swear it's there). TASTE: Intial taste is of mild hickory smoked bacon flavors and sweet malts. About a second passes until mild burning mesquite wood flavors enter the palate. Lastly, a dash of peach enters the palate as all flavors persist to create an extremely enjoyable sweet, saviory, and smokey flavor.
FEEL: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, clings to the back of the throat a tad bit, and has a nice, crisp finish.
NOTE: A great rauchbier, but the smokiness could be a little bit stronger.

Jul 17, 2015
3.97 by kornkid8600 from California on Jul 04, 2015
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jun 27, 2015
3.38 by jrand2621 from Connecticut on Jun 22, 2015
4.06 by MichialTanner1 from Texas on Jun 21, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

Smells and tastes like a pork sandwich! Wonderful!!

Jun 17, 2015
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