Rauchbier | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by armock on 10-25-2008

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.73/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a perfect dark and cloudy golden color. THe head is extremely lively and rich as well. The head is very long lived, creamy, slightly off white and leaves a nice thick and complex lacing down the glass.

The nose has a definite hint of smoke floating on top of a fruity malt foundation with hints of apples, grass, pine, earth and bread in the mix.

The taste is rather good and has a very pleasant palate coating experience that is dry malt and has nice smokey flavors throughout. There are notes of vanilla, citrus, mesquite and hickory with a nice crisp clean finish.

The mouthfeel is superb and effervescent giving this a nice crisp nose and flavor experience.

Overall, exceptional. This is a keeper and will be in my fridge again.

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Photo of mcfisty
4.41/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Flying Saucer Houston.

Appearance = my first serving was brought to my table about ten minutes after I ordered it so my had a slight ring of lace with very minimal carbonation. A honeyish golden hue with patches of lace as I drink it down.
The second serving I got right away and it had around an inch of head on it, with nice flowing streams of very small bubbles.

Aroma = Sweet bacon aromas, with hints of grainy malt. Smoke aroma seems really complex it reminds me of ancho and chipotle peppers as well as the bacon.

Flavor = The flavor of the smoke is right up front with out being overwhelming, the sugary malt jumps in to clean things up as soon as the smoke starts to linger. I didnt get any strong hop flavors.

M/D = The mouthfeel is nice and creamy after the carbonation dies off a little, other than the appearance the first one I got was a lot more pleasing and complex. I had three of these in one session along side the bratwurst plate and it was one of the most enjoyable things I have experienced as far as a food and beer pairing.

Very nicely done!!!

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of armock
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Southern Stars Oktoberfest at the brewery.

A - Poures a golden color with a wite head that leaves lacing

S - Is of strong roasted malt like a BBQ pit

T - The smoke flavor is the star for this beer

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I've only had a few other rauchbiers before this one and I must say that it fits the style good compared to the others I've had this is a good beer to drink with grilled food worth trying

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass. Big thanks to armok for this. I guess normally this is only available on draft but a bit was canned and given to select accounts as samples. I'm looking forward to trying this.

Pours a hazy straw colored gold with several fingers of poofy eggshell colored head. Thin creamy layer of retention leaves some spotty lacing behind. The aroma is WOW!, straight up smoked meats, literally smelling like bacon in a frying pan. I like the aggresive smoked smell this is putting off. I'm not picking up much else besides just some residual sweet tones underneath.

The taste switches places, with sweeter malts bringing most of the flavor this time and a pervasive smokey malt feel that winds in and out the sweetness. Pretty low bitterness in this, maybe just a touch in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation that still manages to stay crisper in the mouth.

Nice. I'm a fan of smoked malt in my beers and this seemed pretty darned spot on for the Rauchbier style. I wish they would can this on a regular basis, as I would definitely trade for some more.

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Photo of acevenom
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours hazy dull golden with a fizzy white head that doesn't dissipate very quickly. The beer has the campfire smell with wood smoke and there is some nice caramel malt sweetness in the nose as well. It reminds me of a nice smoked ham. The flavor of this beer takes me back to Aecht Schlenkerla Lagerbier, but it isn't as clean and it's smokier. Those smoky notes come through strongly in the flavor and there's some nice malt sweetness too. There's some hop bitterness in the back end playing with the smokiness. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and the smokiness lingers in the mouth. The drinkability is very high. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of BryantForestry
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to armock for this brew.

"The can says Pine Belt on it but that's not what's inside. What is in the can is the Southern Star Rauchbier. The Rauchbier is keg only so they put some in cans to take to bars as samples. My wife works their so she brought some cans home the other week for me and I put one of those in as an extra." Just so there is no confusion.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, nice smoky notes, with some spice. The taste is malty, with some nice smokyness to it, slight spice thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, not bad at all.

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Photo of strangebrew1981
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright yellow amber glass shows off a quick white fizzy head that dies back to a thin halo that leaves a few spots of lace. Looks like a light grain bill.

Smell: A whiff of smoke, not sooty, but like a wood burning stove smell. Pale lager like base comes though and makes the smoke a counter point rather than in your face.

Taste: Smoke comes through much more here, but this has plenty of beer flavor, which given the light base is a nice trick. So easy to overdo smoke, this is at a great level. The beer under it is a bit light for my tastes, but no flaws noted.

Mouthfeel: Light body, low carbonation, a bit watery.

Overall: A well done beer. Not going to have any trouble with the squat 1 pt. 1 oz. bottle, but there isn't much of a Wow factor, which again is a nice execution of a style that so often goes overboard.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The label certainly proclaims this to be a real German-style rauchbier. Poured into a pint glass, it's a hazy dark yellow color, with almost no head retention. The nose is very nice, offering a lot of smoky phenol notes. The flavor is pretty good: a little sweet malt up front followed by lots of smoke (though not quite Schlenkerla-level). There's a nice vanilla aftertaste. The body is a bit thin and watery.

Decent attempt, but not exceptional; a few tweaks could make this an outstanding rauchbier.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of champ103
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Roasted malt and smoked meat. Not much to it, but interesting.
T: Lots of roasted and caramel malt. A semi sweet flavor, plenty of smoked flavor to go around.
M/D: A medium body that is over carbonated for my tastes. An easy beer to drink though. Something I could session, even at the almost 7% abv.

I enjoyed this at the brewery for the Oktoberfest party. Not bad at all, but I think I need to be more familiar with the style. I hope to try some more of this in the near future.

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Photo of drinkAK
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of truesolution
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Treyliff
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


A- pours a hazy dark golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains nicely, lots of floating swimming around

S- smoked wood, peat moss, band aid, cured smoked pork, campfire smoke, charred wood, toasted biscuit malt, red apple skin

T- lots of smoky campfire up front with hints of smoked cured ham, biscuit malt mixes with smoked peat flavors, charred wood and light apple flavor. The finish is dry, with a linger of band aid and smoke

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry, smoky finish

O- quite drinkable with just enough smoke to linger long after tasting, pairs well with smoked meat

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle pours a light gold color with a fizzy white cap that fades quick and leaves little lace. Fairly hazy too, I must say this one does not have many attributes that would lend a high appearance score.

Nose is heavy on the smoke, which is very good. Ham hocks, bacon and campfires all come to mind. Just a notch or two below Schlenkerla if you ask me…

Smoke is a little lighter on the flavor than Id hoped, but it still has some terrific smokiness and meaty flavors. The grain is maybe a little too light, the mouthfeel suffers a bit because of it, I fear. This is definitely not quite up to the standards set by my homies in Bamburg. There is not a whole lot of complexity here, but the smoke flavors are nice and the beer maintains a clean, graininess all the way through. I could drink a lot of this, but not at the price point it is at currently - can this shit and sell it for $8 a four-pack….fine, but don’t charge $6 a pint for it.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into a Willis glass. I picked this up without even looking at who brewed this because I really enjoy Rauchbiers and there aren't many I come across, and the label looked inherently German. Surprised to noticed Southern Star once I got home. Shame this isn't in a can. Anywho...

Pours an orange color, some clarity, somewhat hazy. Soapy finger of tan color, dissipated quickly. The aroma was meaty, with more of a ham note and a bit of backing malt sweetness. Not very complex, but pleasant. Smoky notes on the taste, but ample malt sweetness up front that sort of take away from the smoke, making the smoke a bit muddled. Body was on the medium side at best, with a slight prickly bit of carbonation.. High drinkability, but could really use a more smoky smell and flavor to make this a real Rauch treat. Worth trying though as its not a style that is typically inundated and its more that decent.

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a firm white cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The aroma is mildly smoked and lightly fruity with a kiss of alcohol. Some herbal hops integrate well and make for a pleasantly balanced aroma. It almost is ashy in the way the smoke comes off in the nose. Not bad but also collectively pretty mild.

The taste is like apple smoke. Some mild fruity alcohol noted blend with herbal hop bitterness. Some sulfur is noted towards the back with a light fresh grain sweetnessto contrast the smoke. Some floral hops blend everything out.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a crisp feel. Light yet enjoyable smokiness and very enjoyable without being overbearing. Smoked beers are not something I crave and sit down and plow through any real quantity of however this one I could probably go back for more.

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Photo of Duff27
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a one inch+ somewhat fizzy head. Body is a hazy dark golden. Drink-by-drink step lacing, head last about 2 minutes and collar stays throughout.

S- Definite smoke in the aroma, almost like beef jerky.

T- More of the same in the taste. Whereas most rauchbiers make me think of bacon or to a lesser degree, ham, this one is all about the beef jerky. I find this unoffensive and therefor drinkable.

M- Medium-thin mouthfeel...medium/medium-high carbonation, prickles the tongue.

D/O- The only outstanding flaw I see here is Southern Star's Rauchbier is all but one dimensional. Take a clean pilsner and throw in 10% beechwood smoke malt...A good one to introduce others to the world of smoke. Thanks for the style want kojevergas!

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