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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1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of fostwal
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This has to be the most odd beer that I have ever tasted. I passed it around the table just to see what others thought. I got various descriptions. Smoked salmon, bacon, and salami were the words that they used. It smells like smoked meat it tastes like smoked meat. This may be the Rauchbier style. So if you are looking for that in your beer, this is the one. If not, I would look for something else to sip on.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to fatsbelvadere for sending this in the HR Derby BIF. Poured from the bottle into a worthy burger snifter. Smells like hot dogs. A little bit of pork also. Probably the lightest raunchbier I've seen in awhile. 2 finger head dissipated real quick. Not digging the taste. Missing the campfire or pork/bacon taste I love. There's just a weird acidic smoke flavor. Disappointing, as its hard to find this style.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

1 pint 1 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic low-info Southern Star label and unbranded black pry-off pressure-cap acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. I will say the label does lend it a faux-German look. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed as a Rauchbier because it clearly identifies as such. No ABV is listed on the label (is this a Texas thing?).

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess, decent thickness. Okay frothiness. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a weak clear yellow of below-average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

It's quite light and weak for a rauchbier, but I'm optimistic.

Sm: Has a pleasant smokiness - mesquite wood or applewood, perhaps. It's not as pork-y or bacon-y as most good rauchbiere. Biscuit malt, clean barley, vague smoked meat. Little to no hop presence at all. I'm not detecting any alcohol either. Buried red apple. I like the smokiness is present but not overwhelming, guiding the beer's focus without swamping the other notes. It's a good aroma for a rauchbier, and the applewood emphasis really helps it along. I could see the rauchbier style becoming a huge boasting point for Texas breweries if they'd commit to it - they can smoke the hell out of barbecue, why not parlay that to beer?

A pleasant multifaceted aroma of moderate strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Constructively, I'd recommend the addition of honey as well as blonde malts.

T: Applewood is very well employed here, with some red apple notes in the third act really helping to balance the light smokiness. Unfortunately, the smokiness itself is too restrained; more smokey character is a requisite of the best examples of the rauchbier style. Biscuit malts, clean barley, Franconian pale malts, pilsner malts, maybe some munich malts. Floral hops have an atypically noticeable presence in the flavour profile. A bit too sweet for the style; this wouldn't be an issue if the smokiness was more prominent. If you're going to brew a rauchbier, you've got to commit to the smoke. This doesn't.

Okay balance. Decent complexity. Not much subtlety, with the exception of the applewood. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Not a gestalt beer by any means. I do like it for what it is.

Decoction mashing would help this beer, as would more blonde malts and honey as aforementioned.

No alcohol comes through.

As it warms, the smokiness fades more and more.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated, but not biting. Unrefreshing. Okay body and thickness, but it's a bit weak for a rauchbier. The texture of a rauchbier should be more assertive and have much bigger presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile okay, but it's certainly not custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Southern Star really needs to embrace the smoked malt more for this beer to really work. Applewood is a great choice for smoking, but they shied away from the fundamentals of the style. I see a lot of potential here, but it's not a great beer in its current form. It's quite drinkable for the style - but a proper rauchbier shouldn't be this easy to down; the smokiness should ideally lend itself naturally to a beer that demands to be savored. This stuff I'll forget by next week. I wouldn't buy this again or recommend it to friends, but in spite of its flaws it's an above average beer in its style. Hides its ABV well.


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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Southern star bottle poured into a Southern Star 2014 Pub Crawl Pint Glass

Holy cow! This thing must of had a secondary fermentation. It practically exploded on me. Took about 10 mins and popping it over the sink for it to subside.

Sadly it looses a lot of points for that. The beer itself was interesting.

A lot of biscuit and malt flavor similar to a pilsner with a slight smoke. I personally expected more smoke flavor.

Way too much carbonation, I was burping all night.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/25/2008 (Tap @ Brewery, Conroe, TX):

Pours a pale yellow, cloudy body, with a creamy white head, lasting, good sized. Ham aroma, some smoke, some malt, sweet. Crisp taste, smokey ham. Creamy mouthfeel, clean aftertaste. A little too much after a while.

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Photo of denflyr
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay imagine yourself at the campground when the campfire smoke wafts towards you. That is first and foremost what I have to say about this beer.

Came in a pint glass with a small head on it. A golden slight hazy yellow color.

Like I said above, the overwhelming nice here is smoke, smoke, and smoke! I liked the nose. You also get a some sweet malt as well.

Okay the taste was not bad. However I gave it an average because it was just a bit too much. I did not finish the beer because it was too much. Nice malt profile, a bit sweet, and smooth.

The mouthfeel was not bad either. A descent drinking beer. Nice level of carbonation.

Again an average for drinkability because the smokiness is just too much for me and I could not even finish a pint.

A nice effort for sure, just not my style.

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Photo of stephens101
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale yellow and fizzy with a delicate off-white froth. Smells peaty and smoky with light fruits in the background. Sweet and fruity up front with an herbal hop bitterness sneaking in quickly before subtle smoked malts present themselves. After a few pulls the smokiness starts to linger and excite the senses, but never never really kicks off. Light bodied and easy going all the way. Really digging the fact that Southern Star tackled this oh too rare style, but this one needs to grow some balls.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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