Göller Rauchbier | Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung

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

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of alcyonidae
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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 drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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 philipquarles
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

50cl bottle. Pours clear yellow-copper with a huge, fluffy white head that won't die. Thick lacing when it finally does. Light smoked malt aroma with nice fruitiness. Grainy and earthy. Full, malty taste with some light smoked grain. Somewhat fruity and a bit sweet; hoppiness at the end combines with smoke to dry it out. Not the kind of beer you sit and search out all of the minute complexities of, even though they're definitely present. The kind of thing to drink and enjoy, and drink some more. Great rauchbier.

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Photo of kudos200
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Mike-Harms
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of herrburgess
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: smoked wood

Taste: tea, grass, leaves, smoke throughout

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly bitter, dry, high carbonation

Drinkability: This strikes me like a bit of a smoked English pale ale combined with some German ale characteristics. It is different from other rauchbiers I have had. Could have several. A very good brew.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Kakatak
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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 ShogoKawada
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L into tulip. Swing-top bottle.

A- Pale copper, nice pour, head fizzes out quick.

S- Mild smoke, very faint although it's good.

T- Pilsner in taste, with a good smoke component. Not nearly as intense as some other rauchbiers, which I'm thankful for. Don't get me wrong, I love some liquid smoke, but this one takes rauchbiers in another direction. The smoke/campfire taste is very nice and muted enough to enjoy the pale malt qualities of the beer.

M- Pilsner in body, as well. Light, refreshing, and a wisp or two of smoke.

D- High- I would drink a growler of this and not be sick of it. The attenuated smoke levels do this beer a favor- impossibly drinkable.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a fist full of light tan head, clear and copper colored body. Awesome retention that lasts forever.

Smoke aroma is easily detectable, hickory and pepper blended into the mix.

Taste is of sweet molasses upfront, gut gets kicked to the side with peppery, meaty, and smoky goodness.

MF is medium in body, good and wetting to the palate with prickly sensation from the carbonation.

Very drinkable, moderate in ABV, and complex.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Faxmesomehalibut
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of seanyfo
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of movieclockstar
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 500ml swing-top brown bottle, BB 28/08/08, consumed 3 months after the expiry date (...), served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a translucent bright amber hue, coming with very fine and constant carbonation and a semi-thick layer of cottony head that lasts really well.
S: dried smoked longan-fruits, dates, and kippers spring to mind, with a light salty-sweetness at the back along with a touch of leather-ish earthy odour.
T: the foretaste comes the lightest in flavour as compared with other rauchbier I've tried, with but a light smoked tinge as of dried longan-fruit shell, then the taste quietly sinks into a clean but surprisingly bitter aftertaste, a sign of very good level of hopping in the brew. Lightly spicy and herbal, with a delicate touch of smoked-wood-chips to add to the bitter finish.
M&D: due to the good level of bitterness and chewy-hop palate, on top of superb carbonation that makes the bier as soft as refreshing, I find this Rauchbier probably the most drinkable/quaffable amongst those I've ever tried! After trying three rauchbier recently, I really really long to fly to Bamberg in the near future to taste these smoked nectar on cask/tap!

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Göller Rauchbier from Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung
3.87 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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