Tinder Rauchbier | Uinta Brewing Company

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Tinder RauchbierTinder Rauchbier

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Petey_the_Quiet
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells like wood chips, tastes like sitting around a camp fire. Very unique Smoked Lager, completely different from anything I've had that has classified itself as smoked anything. This beer had a special smell/flavor/mouthfeel all it's own. It's extremely rare to find a beer that is this different from anything else AND still be a good, tasty beer. LOVED it!

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Photo of jneiswender
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into a Pilsner glass
Orange Brown body somewhat cloudy with an off white thickhead
Smoke bacon wood some floral and vegetable
Good smoke flavor throughout with a bit of a minty finish
Medium Mouth feel
Very nice representation of the style I would drink this beer again

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Photo of sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Bung
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Dark golden pour, half finger of frothy white head. Sticks just barely to the glass.

Aroma, meaty campfire, some grainy hay like malt, caramel, grass.

Taste, Gentle caramel ramps up with the beachwood smoke. A real nice gentle malt backbone. A slight herbal grassiness and bitterness. BBQ smoke lingers nicely.

Real smooth real easy drinking. Mouthcoating creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol presence.
May be the best example I've had since visiting Bamberg.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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 Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a stein.

A big head results from the pour and a good-looking, copper-colored liquid flows with a bubbly carbonation. The pale, fluggy white head is persistent, probably spurred on by the constant effervescent sensation taking place beneath.

Having recently had Schlenkerla's Marzen, I notice they two have the smoked ham aroma in common. This beer, however, seems a much fainter, tame version. It's still smokey and reminiscent of a campfire, but one that was doused last night. There is a heavy woodiness, maybe cedar, and a hint of a spice I can't put my finger on. I don't detect much as far as malts, although there's a hint of sweetness. I shouldn't sound so demeaning, because this beer actually smells tasty.

Speaking of tasty, I get a bit of a chocolate flavor here. There's still smoked ham, still a lot of smokiness, but I get something sweeter, maybe even some vanilla too.

Tinder's pretty easy to drink, but the body still has some thickness to it. I'm actually quite impressed. I think this is a close to impeccable effort at the rauchbier style. Ultimately, I'd have to decide which is the cheaper of the two between this and Schlenkerla.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 01/06/14

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that sticks around for a very long time while leaving some nice lacing

S: Nice and smokey right up front along with some light sweetness from the malts. Smoke definitely takes center stage

T: The smoke is a little more subdued than in the nose, but it's still right up front. The smokiness is followed by a nice mellow sweetness and some breadiness. Also get some fruitiness in there which melds well with the sweet and smokey combo. Finishes with a lingering light smokiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and smooth

O: Definitely up there on the list of top rauchbiers, especially American made ones. It's very balanced while keeping the smoke at the forefront. Nice and easy to drink as well. Certainly worth looking for if you're into the style

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 agreenman19
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine one finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt and smokehouse smokiness. The smoke isn't intense, but covers and subtle flavors here. Flavor is caramel malt, meaty smokehouse, campfire, finishing with nicely integrated malt and grassy hops leaving a long, lingering pleasant smokiness. Medium bodied with a good creaminess. A very nicely made rauchbier. My initial impression was "not as intense as Schlenkerla" (my standard for fine rauchbiers), but immediately was pleased by the complete balance and integration of the flavors. The malt and hops are definiately masked by the smokiness, but the impression is that they would be quite good by themselves. The smoke is somewhat more subdued than European rauchbiers, but is plenty assertive. Quite nice and another excellent effort in the Crooked series. A pleasure.

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Photo of stephens101
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So this is a weird one...
purchased this bottle at the Brewery and enjoyed in my hotel room in my travel tulip.
Corked and caged bottle. Bottled 1/22/14 - enjoyed 2/13/14
Pours a surprising golden amber color. Huge thick white head...very carbonated as well. Seems like they bottled with a champagne yeast.
Initial aroma as the cork pops is smoke, but that is gone quick. what remains is aromas of hoppy crisp lager...the smoke is still there but its not so intense.
Taste is big smoke.."rauch". Bacon like...but its very well balanced with the noble hop and perfect malty grain bill. The crispness of the lager really works well with the rauch qualities.
It almost has a bit of funk to it??? perhaps an infection? well...I hope so ( I bet Uinta doesn't) but it all works well.

Really nice brew and a very drinkable. If you like a bit of rauchbier you will like this for sure.

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Photo of FFreak
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Viaduck
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Myotus
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled on date of 01/20/14. Served in a mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with an inch and a half off-white head that stays around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and smoky, the brew smells like smoked malt/meats, caramel malt, band-aids and some light grassiness. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a malty sweetness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating, smooth and goes down easy enough. It's also well carbonated. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind buying this again. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of rypkr
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Benish
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Thankin_Hank
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first thought after a good smell test was bacon. The wife agreed and upon tasting she said she didn't like it. I liked it and it got better after a while. This one fits in with the breakfast beers, naturally. Try it with your bacon and eggs next time you're out camping or deer hunting.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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 fourstringer
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Becker pilsner glass. Moderate hand. Bottled on 2/17/13.

A: Caramel-colored body with nice clarity. 3+ fingers of off-white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Campfire smoke and peat. Toasted malt with bread, cracker notes. Toffee. Faint, indistinct hop character in the periphery.

T: Malty sweetness & moderate smoke initially. A light to moderate hop bitterness develops to a semi-dry finish. Essence of wood, campfire and smoked meat linger in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a thick, luxurious body for a lager. Suits the smoky/malt-forward flavor profile well.

O: I found this to be fairly reminiscent of Schlenkerla's Marzen with a slightly less complex smoke and a more American-style hopping. Well balanced with a tactful, tasty smoke. Good stuff!


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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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 tigg924
4/5  rDev +2%
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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