Arbor Brewing Batch 1000 Smoked Lager | Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2003

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of metacog42
2.52/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Botulizard
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JasonR1975
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of gixxerman
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of smoked beer, and this one was done right. The bartender told me this one really came out well, and they were quite proud of it. He was right. I noticed him going to the tap for it quite a bit, I guess the secret is out on this one.

I pour with a nice head, and laced the glass in a spider web pattern. The smoke was there, ohh it was there, just the right amount. You don't hunt for it, but it does not overcome the rest of the complex taste. I hit bacon? smoke, and a bit of malt.

I guess I was lucky to visit while it was being poured.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow--the ultimate smoked beer! I've had smoked beers before, but this one is tops! Pours pretty normal-lager-looking but with a solid smokey smell. The flavor hits you ever harder--it's like drinking the complete essence of a campfire. I don't automatically assume bacon or meat, but definitely campfire. One might not think a smoked beer sounds appealing, but I would definitely recommend people to give it a try anyway, and you may be pleasantly surprised. This one was amazing!

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small dimpled stein a deep mahogany brown with some deep red tint throughout,a nice mix of hardwood smoke and brown sugar-like sweetness in the nose the smoke didnt overpower the aromas.The flavors were much like the nose a mix of sweet and smoke with the brown sugar sweetness kind of winning in the end but there is a real defined smoke flavor to the beer it just became a little cloying in the end.A decent stab at the style just cut back on the sweetness and they have a real winner in my mind.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on January 18, 2006. On tap at the brewpub. A cloudy amber pour with stick off-white head. Aroma of campfire and bacon. Weak. Strong smoke flavor, but it doesn’t mingle or mix with anything. Nothing but oversmoked sausage or bacon. Interesting on that level. Not too much depth. Finish is burnt dry. A touch of sweetness in the smack.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very tempered down and easy going smoked beer, not nearly as blatant and over the top as most rauchbiers tend to be. Definitely a good entrance example to the smoked styles of beer.

Served in a large dimpled mug, chilled but not overly cold. Color is cloudy/hazy, a dark and murky amber in color with a slightly fizzy and short lived head accompanied. Nose is quite pungant, as goes the style, breakfast sausage; applewood barbeque comes to mind. The nose immediately brought pictures of thick sliced bacon sandwiches to mind. Hints of floral elements were present if one took the time to fish them out. Taste is quite good overall, smokey bacon and sausage, dry wood smoke on top of a slight sweetness. No real bitterness other than for balancing effect. The smoke flavor doesn't seem overly well incorporated somehow however, it's like it is just lying on top on a decent middle of the road dark lager.

A very good brew though, for those so inclined toward this kind of flavor profile, I'm glad I had the chance to sample it.


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Photo of aaronh
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy brown with copper highlights. Just a hint of sweet, woody smoke on the aroma. Pronounced sweetness on the palate, followed by a dose of smoke. A hint of apples is in there as well. Bitterness is fairly low, and the sweetness almost bevomes cloying after a while. Mouthfeel is heavy, and the beer finishes poorly. This is a hard one to finish.

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Photo of nomad
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, its been a little while since this beer was released, but its still in good enough form...

A dirty copper for sure, this beer pours bright but with little head formation. It smells of salty Canadian bacon and a mild whiff of Munich malt with biscuity backing. Scents are decently integrated and moderate in impact. Taste follows suit with a mix of moderate German malt sweetness and hammy smoke that is just meaty enough, paired evenly with a dry finish. Smooth mouthfeel shows its lager presence well.

At this point it may be safe to say its lost some potency - Arbor Brewing is well past its 1000 batch of beer. Regardless, a fair showing. Too bad I did not try it with a plate of sausage or pierogies. I like a good rauchbier and this a good and moderate choice for the un-initiated.

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Photo of marburg
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I swung by ABC today for lunch on a tip from trbeer that they had Batch 1000 in the house.

Minimal head atop a light copper brown in the same vein as a "standard" American lager like a Sam Adams. A modest aroma features predominantly smoke, as one might expect, but it was layered -- pork chops, smoked wood chips, grilled meats, and bready malts.

Similarly, the smoke is the most aggressive of the flavors, but it's hardly overwhelming. I'm not sure how this was brewed, but the smoke flavor seemed a bit disjointed. It was very good, but it didn't seem really integrated into the flavor profile -- more of a pleasant afterthought. It did compliment the malt and the very light hop presence though.

Felt more or less like a simple lager on the palate -- smooth, a little sloppy, and pretty easy to drink. With the comparitively mild smoke presence, this was definitely an "easier" smoked brew. Very enjoyable and a solid effort for a local brewpub.

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Arbor Brewing Batch 1000 Smoked Lager from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 11 ratings