Göller Rauchbier
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Style:
German Rauchbier
Ranked #17
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,070
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 9.14%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
70
From:
Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the swing-cork topped bottle with no date shown anywhere. I sampled it on April 13, 2019.

How beautiful is that pour? Mahogany-amber with nice clarity and a long-lasting and lacing-leaving light tan head.

Wow! I have to give the aroma a 5 out of 5. The smoked caramel and toffee is like standing next to a bonfire on a mild spring night. And I can pick up a brown sugar sweetness that I expect would also show in the flavor. Low floral hop profile. But it's the smokiness that takes this to the top.

Light almost watery body. That was its biggest flaw in my opinion.

Because the taste is smoked forward and sweet and it really captures the character of the style. Mildly dry finish. i have to give this high marks because it deserves it. And I'm rating it entirely on style. Some people may not like this style but it happens to be one of my favorites.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark brownish orange with a one finger light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of faintly biscuit and caramel malt and wood smoke, a hint of smokehouse. Flavor is a lightly flavored pale malt, wood smoke, tea and mild light fruit. A nice lingering wood smoke finish which reveals a little more of the smokehouse character. Light to medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. A relatively mild flavored smoked beer that has all the flavors I hope for in this style, but a little laid back. It is redeemed by the finish which has the umami meat smokehouse character exhibited by the best of this style and not much tartness, which some lighter examples have. I liked this mellow rauchbier and glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of bret717
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- Pours a ruby-tinged brown with a 2 finger dirty white head

Smell- Primarily campfire smoke, but also getting a little sweet breadiness a light floral hops

Tastes- starts with the campfire smoke, but then a firm grainy breadiness kicks in but not as sweet as the aroma indicates. Faintest bit of the floral hops at the end w/a little bitterness

Feel- light-bodied and soft

Overall- nice rauchbier, heavy on the smoke, but it's contrasted nicely by the grainy bread taste underlying it

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Photo of steveh
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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 PorterLambic
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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 +4.6%
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 +0.8%
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 drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -1.5%
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 Kakatak
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 -3.6%
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 oberon
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Sleepy_Cecy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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 secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Duff27
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Centimeter tall off-white head that recedes to a cap and collar. body is a translucent dark brown. Thin splotches of lacing.

S- Faint whiffs of woody smoke.

T- Sweet taste transforms into the smokiness that I love. Marzen-base? Would guess this at 4-5%abv as the perceived alcohol is minimal.

M-Medium-full mouthfeel, carbonation is low but works here.

D/O- Overall, just a tad sweeter than I'd like from a rauchbier personally. Other than that really no complaints. This is a beer I wouldn't mind drinking in bunches on a fall night.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Schlenkerla tall pint glass.

What an interesting head color. Light chocolate tan with a foamy and very soapy four finger head. Island pick lacing and cap, sitting on a real nice dark red amber body, with mahogany highlights all throughout. Real neat looking Rauch.

The bouquet is classic smoked beechwood, but much more smaller and subtle on the nose. Small hints of caramel, a bit of faint sweetness as well to match.

Palate doesn't seem to deliver much and is very tame. Mild smoke and woody aromas, but a good amount of prickly carbonation and pilsner like feel. Banana esters a bit round out on the finish with come milk chocolate. Slightly crisp a bit with not much malt density or coating thickness. Steely finish with some fruit citrus and more of the banana.

Comes off as a milder rauch with some marzen character. Decent but not really bringing the goods or really interesting to me.

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saturated deep auburn color, sharp clarity, two fingers of tan foam that leave behind lots of lacing all around the glass. Long lasting surface coverage that doesn't break until close to the end of the glass.

Soft woody smoke in the aroma, pipe tobacco, nutty toasted malt.

Taste is lightly smoky, nutty toasted malt comes through as well. Finishes dry, and is light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall a nice easy-going rauchbier that would make a good intro to the style. Pretty drinkable and actually refreshing which is rare for the style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at 40 degrees into stange
Aroma of smoke, very weak
Head enormous ( >7 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing poor – few islands of various size, tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor of smoke with malt overtones, slightly sweet, ends slightly bitter with reasonable hang time; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.9375
A decent rauchbier, not overpowered by the smokiness.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a soapy, tan head that has good persistence and lacing. Rich, smokey flavor with notes of acidity. Radiant, clear burnt umber color. Starts with a surprisingly mild smokiness; acidity and carbonation dominate the first second. Builds in acidity slightly. Biscuity malt comes through, smoke on the top. Finish is light malt and smokiness.

This is pretty good. It's not nearly as aggressive and intense as it's Bamberg counterparts, but it's no slouch. I'd consider it to likely be a more accessible entrance into Rauchbier.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Sampling right now after bowling on 9/2/14. Comes in a single 500ml bottle for $3.99 that has a ceramic stopper. Contains 4.9% Alcohol and 'BEST BY" 13.03.15" date on the back label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

This 'Rauchbier' (Smoked beer- type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavor imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame) pours a very dark drown with ruby highlights, almost black in color actually with a thin beige head. Spotty lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant of German roasted malts, yeast with a light hint of smoke. The taste starts out a little salty (NOT overdone at all) with some dark bread with a light hint of smoke that wasn't over done at all. Very nice and goes down very easy. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation and medium-bodied. Never had this style of brew before and really liked it! Have to say I was very impressed! Prosit! :)

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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml swing-top to boot. ABV on label listed as 4.9%. An assumed best by date of 3-13-15 on the back.

Appearance - Dark brown pour with orange highlights, off-white head. Good retention as a patchy cap and thick ring, bits of lace left.

Smell - Pretty straight-up salty salty ham, peppery glazed ham on Easter Sunday. Light smokiness, bready and grainy tones, honey and caramel sweetness.

Taste - Less intense on saltiness and ham but a little more of a smoky roasted feel. Pretty earthy, kinda woodsy leafy thing going on. Dark bread, grains, helles-like malts. Light molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the watery side, could use a bit of oomph in the carbonation and body.

Overall - The label describes this as "subtly-smoked" and it succeeds there, a pretty decent rauchbier that doesn't overwhelm and delivers some solid ol' fashioned German lager flavors.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring it slowly and there's still a lot of bubble activity, especially lots of popping and fizzing in the big frothy head. It settles nicely fast enough tho, leaving a nice one finger head and lots of traces on the mug. Pale amber.
Smells of bacon, rich and salty. Some sweetness and smoked wood also.
Taste: nice malts, like mildly smoked toasted biscuits, also sweet with a fruity component, some red apple, oranges. Spicy feel with prickly pepper. Smoked wood follows, again, mild. Quite a decent amount of hops present in the finish, herbal and bitter, nicely keeping the smoke in check.
Medium carbonation and body, crisp, surprisingly thirst quenching for a rauch.
Out of the box, nice, this rauchbier doesn't just rely on heavily smoked malts, but has tasty hops and a great Munich-style helles malt sweetness. Still, if you want that rough barbecue aftertaste, this isn't the right beer for you.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Milder than Schlenkerla, but still with an adequate taste of smoked malt. Milder taste made it a good intro to rauchbier. As lots of first timers for racuhbier were at the tasting, this one was popular at first, but interest waned as tasters became accustomed to the taste of Schlenklerla. A good starter rauchbier

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Photo of seanyfo
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

50cl swing-top bottle best before 8th March 2012 poured into Spaten seidel.

A- Mahongany coloured body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy tan head that has very good retention and lacing.

S- Smoked ham, doughy breads remind me of pretzels. Id said its the smell of Bavaria!

T- Caramel and toffee malts balance with a toasted malt bitterness in the semi dry finish, touch of apple fruitiness in there. This is blanketed in a nice moderate layer of smoke. Finish is a bit thin and lacking in depth.

M- Low carbonation, medium body initially but once again finish tails off and lacking.

D- Looks and smells great. Has a nice level of smokiness and malt sweetness/bitterness levels. Let down by this thin finish. Overall, very drinkable though.

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Göller Rauchbier from Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 70 ratings