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Göller Rauchbier | Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung
Germany
brauerei-goeller.de

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,431
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
63
pDev:
9.51%
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Photo of steveh
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rather exciting find for a German beer lover like me -- let alone a "new" Franconian Rauch I've never tried.

No clear bottle dating -- hoping for the best. 4.9% ABV on this label -- update reported. .5l Brown flip top bottle poured into my short Becher.

L -- Clear, deep dark chestnut with a dense, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Mellow campfire-fireplace smokiness. Very smooth and clean with no astringent qualities -- very inticing.

T -- Same smokiness to the first hit of flavor, maybe a little more astringency in the flavor coupled with recognizable spicy hop bitterness and finishing lightly sweet with a good bready quality. Light astringency and spicy hop bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a light syrup slickness. Body is pretty robust with the combo of bready and smoky malts.

O -- A great Rauchbier example that is up there with the best. It probably leans to heavier smoke character in the flavor than Schlenkerla Märzen, but it's great to-style.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterLambic
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful, creamy, light tan head atop clear, dark brown liquid. Lots of lace coat the glass.
Smell is subtle for the style but the notes of smoked meat, malt with a wee hint of hop.
Taste is more expected: smoky, unctuous, faint hops through.
Medium bodied, smooth, with a nice bit of lingering smokiness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a light brown-ish color, with a small white head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells mildly smokey, kind of like pork sausage with caramel drizzle, a little bit. There's a bit of breadiness, too.

This is kinda like Schlenkerla lite, when it comes to malt richness and smokiness. It's still very tasty, though- that's a hard brewery to live up to. It's an enjoyable version of a style that I'm growing to love more and more. It's got a light sweet and warm smokiness to it, not harsh at all, with a sweet caramel malt backbone, and a hint of breadiness. There's no hop character to speak of.

This is very easy drinking, goes down quite easy, with a normal level of carbonation.

These liquid sausage beers might not be for everybody, but they're certainly for me. One of the best Rauchbiers I've had from not Schlenkerla.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Rauchbier that was produced by a brewery that did not have Schlenkerla in its name.
And you know what ?
It's not as good... although it is less smokey.
But that is what makes Schlenkerla great, that it can have such an aggressive smokey taste and still be better than the competition.
Goller Rauchbier....... I might have it again. But if you really like the smokey taste, taste Schlenkerla.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is an example of something that doesn't have to be complex to be excellent. Although this doesn't work so well with aromas as a simple aroma isn't terribly impressive. Whereas, for flavor it's basically more or less just malts and smoke, but with the carbonation and the subtleties of the yeast and the precise balancing of these qualities that yields mastership. Perfect finish.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Listed as 4.9% on the label. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of wood smoke, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, slight fruitiness, herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big wood smoke, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, slight fruitiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice rauchbier style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of movieclockstar
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kakatak
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the first Rauchbier I have had, and I love it! I'll update the review after I try more of these and see how it compares, but this might be my favorite style of beer. Think black lager meets bacon.

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Photo of Iaido
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the half liter bottle, it pours a reddish brown with a moderate head. Smoke is evident in the nose and on the tongue - not overly smoky, but smoky. Enjoyable brew!

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color (dark brown when viewed from a distance) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the smell—these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of smoked malts and has some associated notes of iodine and Band-Aids.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and seems to be easier to drink compared to some of the other rauchbiers that I've had because it isn't overly smoky and isn't as heavy in body.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect beer to complement smoked gouda.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a 1/2 liter stein a deep bronze with a large fluffy light tannish colored head atop,great color and head.Aromas are on the lighter side with hardwood smoke and a tinge of iron,not much sweetness.Lighter and relatively smooth in the mouth.Smoke and cherry flavors although both are subtle,with caramel in the finish.A pretty subtle rauchbier but will go good with some knackwurst and dumplings tonight.

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Photo of Bung
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap House in Copenhagen. Not quite up to Schlenkerla, but a very nice representation.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma and flavor is a mix of mesquite smoke and fruit. Not exceptional, though solid.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Along with a pleasant copper color that offers a gem-like depth when held to light, this Rauchbier also possesses a very fine head though with little longevity. The smoked malts are immediately apparent on the nose; gamey aromas coupled with hints of dried plums, whole wheat toast, and cardamom are evident here. The wild meat qualities continue on the palate, with saucisson sec driving the flavors forward. The retro-olafaction is quite impressive as both flavors and aromas mount to the nose, leading to a long finish. The mouth feel is a little lacking for this reviewer, as the fullness of the flavors is not matched by the body or texture of the beer. Overall, a solid brew, and I'm glad have tried it, but it's not blowing my mind.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NYMETSGUY
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danny1217
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber in thick 16 oz. pint glass, served on draft at the fine Holy Grale in Louisville, KY. Served warm as should be. No visible lace.

Aroma: Smoky woodsy greatness. Salty, cured, dried jerky, warm campfire…

Taste: Again, woody, caramel, smoky, like burnt mesquite and caramelized campfire wood. Very mellow and pleasant. Certainly a lovely brew, faithful to style and light enough to enjoy anytime. This particular night (rainy, cold, before a Watter show) was perfect!

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