Tinder Rauchbier
Uinta Brewing Company

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German Rauchbier
3.88 | pDev: 11.34%
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Tinder RauchbierTinder Rauchbier
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rypkr
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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


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Photo of MikeWard
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Myotus
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Benish
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/21/15
Aromas of smoked meat and camp fire. Just couldn't get over this awesome the smell. While the smoke was the prominent smell, it was a little bit more subtle taste-wise (no doubt the smokiness is there though). In a way, I liked it as the smokiness wasn't overpowering so I could easily polish the 750 ml. I strongly recommend this, a great beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking a bomber bottled 1-29-15.
L: Pours brilliant copper tinted gold under a 3” finely bubbled dense cream colored clingy foam collar.
S: The smoke is midway between Brauerei Spezial and Aecht Schlenkerla with smoke, bacon and light malt aromas.
T: Smoke, bacon, rich malts, traces of caramel, a residual background sweetness comprise the palate. The malty caramel flavors and the smoke play well together.
F: Very creamy with a medium body to just a shade above. It sits very softly in the mouth with medium levels of carbonation.
O: The big malt flavors and the smokiness work well together.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have really grown to respect the Crooked Line series from Uinta. This is a pretty good take on a German smoked lager. Not as in your face as say some of the Aecht beers but the smoke is nice and plays it's roll well by adding a subtle layer to what what I think is a well done base lager. Good job guys.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 1/20/14. drank 3/4/15

a: slightly hazy grainy amber color. large 3-4 finger white head

s: smokey and meaty. right away you pick up some salted bacon which is followed by a mellow campfire smoke. the smoke is very smooth smelling and not harsh in any way (mixes well with the meaty smell). at the end i'm picking up some sweet caramel & berries

t: flavor is muchhh less smokey up front than the aroma. there is the sweet caramel upfront with those generic berries i smelled. there is also a hint of graininess in here as well. at the end of the mouth is when a VERY mellow meaty flavor comes through. like a slight bacon aftertaste

m: light mouthfeel. more carbonation than i expected

o: well. i would like more smoke from this - i wish the flavor would match the intensity of the aroma. i think i should have looked at the bottle date before buying :/

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Photo of FFreak
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First Rauchbier, but I'm no stranger to single-malt scotch. It's a pretty interesting beer. Poured into a tulip glass. An almost clear light copper color with a one finger pure white tight head that slowly dissipates leaving little lacing. Slight peat smell combined with the classic bready lager smell. Much more smoke in the taste, but its not at all overbearing. Smoke and peat dominate the taste, but the mouth feel is classic lager...dry, refreshing, perfect carbonation. Overall, I like this a lot. If I preferred lagers, this would definitely be repeated.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-brown hue with 1/2 inch head. Very solid beer. Smoky, medium bodied, and very clean. While I like German versions better, this is a great traditional take on the style.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

I like the whole demeanor of this beer.
It doesn't create any new paths of the Rauchbiers I've enjoyed-- all German and come to think of it, from one or two German Brauereis nevertheless given the brewing genre it is very satisfying. There's a nice smoke flavor on top of hops bitterness with an underpinning of malt. None of the flavors are cloying and I think the beer has a well balanced flavor. The smoke flavor not tends to dissipate leaving the hops bitterness to linger on the palate. I'd love to sample the lager without the smoke. It's almost like an ale rather than a lager or maybe it's the interaction of what's causing the smoked flavor. The alcohol content is not overwhelming, and after emptying a bomber bottle I'm not welded to my seat. The beer has a satisfying presentation in the glass. I like this beer and made not to score a few more bottles of this libation.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle of Tinder is a little long in the tooth but it shows no signs of its age; carbonation erupts off the pour and stays energetic throughout (the ultra-spongy foam did fortunately descend to a more functional level). Though a smoke beer, its amber complexion glows like fire.

There's certainly a trace of smoky bacon in the aroma but this is apparently not the 'the whole block caught fire and my lungs are starting to suffer from smoke inhalation' kind of rauchbier. Bamberg's famous beechwood-smoked malts aren't over-emphasized but instead contribute to an underlying sweetness that profiles hints of ripe fruit and honeycomb toffee.

No matter how interesting any style of beer may be in its own right, they tend to take on different, often more intricate profiles with the addition of smoked malt. This is equally true of Helles Lagers, Märzens, and wheat beers. Of course, no one wants their mouth to feel like an ashtray or a barbecue; the best rauchbiers have layers of flavour beyond their smokiness...

There's not much campfire smoke or burnt wood in this one, nothing remotely aggressive. It's very quaffable. And Uinta has used a nice recipe as the base, though the inclusion of smoked malt has definitely added an extra dimension; there's a clear, focused beechwood flavour and the suggestions of cured meat, sausage, and bacon that are typically associated with it.

The proper approach to a rauchbier is always an open mind. That said, this is a much more approachable example than most; there's enough nutty-sweet maltiness to ease even novices into the style. Tinder provides an easy connection, one with which there's no need to take things slow. Any rauch-haters in your life? Hook them up with this!

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Photo of stephens101
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my new favorite styles and highly anticipated as Unita is on my radar lately.

An almost room filling aroma of smoke and peat emanates from this hazy, yellow-orange brew. A towering, light tan head crumbles slowly and leaves a smattering of craggy lace behind. A closer sniff reveals some light fruits and caramel. Tastes fruit forward with some malt sweetness followed by a quick slap of smoke and damp wood that fades way too quickly. Some orange peel and faint spice is noticed. Lighter in body and crisp at the end with a lingering, subtle alcohol heat.

A bit more "rowsh" in this beer and we have a world class smoker, but I can say I'm not going to have any problem finishing off this 750.

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Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

huge fluffy fizzy head takes up half the pour, tons of streaming bubbles, slow fading head, lots if lacing, mostly clear golden orange color.

Nose nice smoked meat, smoked malts, mild campfire big smoke aroma but not beat you with it, little sweet malt base, mild crisp lager like and fruity note.

Taste fair sweetness, candy like, with big smoke again, smoked cheese, little campfire mild smoldering log, smooth creamy, mild lager feel, soft, mild earthy grassy spicy hop in the background, with fair bitterness, little sticky finish but dry and mild crisp, long mild Smokey finish little bitter hop.

Mouth is med bod, mild creamy, decent but lighter carb.

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Tinder Rauchbier from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 181 ratings