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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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Golden hue. Tons of effervescence. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head, which quickly disintegrates despite the desperate attempts by the rising carbonation to maintain it. No lacing.

S: Malt grains, tons of oak.

T: Bittersweet malt, with a little bit of a hop bite, and tons of smoked oak.

M: Smoky nature does not replace the lightness. Bitter, hoppy finish. A little shallow.

D: You can drink this session style, but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is really nice. Bubbly white head, lots of carbonation. No lacing. Nose is malty and smoky... not much else. Light malt, with a nice hop, all wrapped up in a nice smoky blanket. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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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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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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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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Rauchbier from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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