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): 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%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of reddomino
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Delivers a light, smokey scent with malty, sweet undertones. The taste is light and mostly malt with hints of honey and spice and just a touch of hoppy bitterness at the end. Leaves an after taste reminiscent of smoked ham.

All-in-all not a bad beer. Personally, when it comes to Rauchbiers, I say bring on the funk. The smokier the better.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

0.5l bottle, best by 19 Feb 2010 (a little late...). Pours a completely clear golden-orange color, creamy off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, wheat, wood, slight smoke and bacon. Flavor is pale malts, a bit of caramel, fruity, and some smoke. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a dry finish. Decent beer, I tend to like this level of smoke, but it could use more smoke and more backbone.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

.5L swing-top, best by the end of Feb. 2011.

Pours a hazy light amber with a small, but stable foamy head. Looks like a pale ale.

Aroma is interesting, with notes of smoke, ham, and tangy hops.

Flavor is odd. Kind of sweet and tangy, with a weird vegetal thing. The smokey note is nice and subtle, reminiscent of a smoked ham. Touch of diacetyl. There's a bit of strange fruitiness and ale flavors-- is this a top-fermented Rauchbier? Kind of tastes like it. The mouthfeel is woefully under-carbonated, but smooth, with decent weight.

This is a weird beer. Although I'm still within the best by date, I fear this bottle may be past its prime.

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Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of NYMETSGUY
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Masters
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Iaido
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bishopdc0
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale and Munich malt scent along with a mild smoked character. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with some moderately sweet Munich malt notes. The Rauch malt is quite assertive. It's a nice smokey flavor. It's too bad the rest of the malt bill is lacking. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average rauchbier, but nothing exceptional. It's easy drinking, but not too interesting.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Smoke. Alittle like a campfire, or maybe like smoked meat. Can't really get past the smoke to any other aromas, but still not the smokiest beer that I have ever smelled.

Looks: A nice light copper/golden colour. Good clarity. Nice thick white head that lasts. Some lace.

Taste: Good smoke flavour dominates without being over the top. Well balanced. A touch of malt sweetness with a bit of biscuityness, perhaps from the Munich malt. The finish has a good clean bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is average.

Overall, a well rounded and balanced beer. Enough smoke to keep things interesting without over doing it.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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 samEBC
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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 wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Duff27
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Göller Rauchbier from Brauerei Göller Zur Alten Freyung
3.87 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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