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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3
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9
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 32
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 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 oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 be a good intro for the style. Pretty drinkable and actually refreshing which is rare for the style.

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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 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 dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 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 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 stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 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 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 Bung
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

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 Masters
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 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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