Brauerei Göller

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Brauerei Göller
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #25
Ranked #14,546
3.93 | pDev: 9.16%
May 13, 2022
Jun 11, 2006
Very Good
Notes: None
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Photo of Whyteboar
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Poured chestnut brown, actually brown, with an impressive lighter brown head that dissipated but never went away.
The aroma- most are difficult for my damaged nose to pick out much, but this smelled all the world like a barbecue. Never got that in a beer before, smoked meaty and soft malts playing well together.
The flavor follows a bit at first, smoky and almost but not meaty. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe it well, but it is really good!
The feel, well with carbonation throughout I felt it not smooth like it smelled but having just a little edge to keep it from going off the sweet end. Or barbecue end. Something. It worked for me.
OA, I have not had many smoked beers yet but if this is a good representation, I intend to try many more.

May 13, 2022
Photo of Fordcoyote15
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Great rauchbier. Superclear. Frothy head. Aromas aren't overly potent but still smells meaty and delicious. Taste is especially salty and meaty. Feel is only the lighter thinner side. A slightly more crusade rauch than a schlenkerla.

Mar 29, 2022
Photo of Alexrdvz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Alexrdvz from Oklahoma

Had on a pint glass m. Draft. Loca barbón Amal town oklahoma. No head. Nice dark caramel color. Not strong in the bouquet. Mild roasted barley flavor. Goes well with a burger.

Nov 05, 2021
4.19 by Biergerd from Germany on Oct 15, 2021
4 by paulish from New York on Jan 20, 2020
3.68 by Ajlvt from Washington on Jul 25, 2019
3.92 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 24, 2019
Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

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.

Apr 14, 2019
4.07 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Jan 04, 2019
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Feb 23, 2018
4.28 by Giggy from Michigan on Feb 23, 2018
Photo of bret717
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bret717 from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 15, 2018
Photo of steveh
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by steveh from Illinois

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.

Sep 22, 2017
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 14, 2017
Photo of PorterLambic
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by PorterLambic from Florida

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.

Mar 03, 2017
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Sep 09, 2016
Photo of Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Apr 02, 2016
4.19 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Mar 30, 2016
Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by drpimento from Wisconsin

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.

Dec 06, 2015
Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Nov 21, 2015
4.04 by movieclockstar from Michigan on Nov 11, 2015
Photo of Kakatak
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Kakatak from California

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.

Nov 01, 2015
3.65 by Iaido from Russian Federation on Oct 23, 2015
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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!

Sep 19, 2015
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

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

Aug 13, 2015
Photo of HopsForBrains
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Perfect beer to complement smoked gouda.

Jul 14, 2015
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by oberon from North Carolina

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.

Jun 17, 2015
Photo of Bung
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bung from Michigan

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

Jun 16, 2015
Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jzlyo from Iowa

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

Jun 03, 2015
3.38 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on May 29, 2015
4.06 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on Apr 28, 2015
Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Sleepy_Cecy from Illinois

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.

Apr 23, 2015
3.66 by bishopdc0 from Maine on Apr 21, 2015
4.25 by tykechandler from Kentucky on Mar 19, 2015
3.71 by Danny1217 from Florida on Feb 27, 2015
Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by secondtooth from Indiana

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!

Jan 04, 2015
3.73 by samEBC from Belgium on Dec 18, 2014
4.25 by Mike-Harms from California on Dec 13, 2014
Photo of Duff27
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Duff27 from Illinois

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.

Nov 26, 2014
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