Deep Purple Rauchbier
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States
Lager - Rauchbier
3.76 | pDev: 17.29%
May 09, 2018
Jul 10, 2010
Very Good
Notes: Smoke on the water! This Bamberg inspired smoked ale is bacon in a glass. Very polarizing beer, you either like the style and taste, or you never want to drink it again. Unique, brewed using German malts and Noble hops.
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3.72 by BeerTwigs from New York on May 09, 2018
3.85 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Aug 15, 2017
3.8 by neil2me from Connecticut on Dec 26, 2016
4.32 by kdevilliers from Massachusetts on Jul 25, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at Novare during the Marshall Wharf tap takeover

Mar 13, 2016
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2.44/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
by Crumpetsnbeer from Maine

My notes from that night just say. "I thought it would be really good but all i can think of is old people as i drink it, was not great"

May 10, 2015
4.21 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2014
4 by Hairrrrrrrr from Illinois on Oct 20, 2014
3.75 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Sep 27, 2014
4.25 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Sep 15, 2014
4 by TeamStreet from Massachusetts on Sep 07, 2014
4.25 by RockyCoast from Maine on Aug 14, 2014
3 by jebrew from Maine on Jul 20, 2014
3.75 by hvy1 from Maine on Jul 04, 2014
4 by sgregory from Connecticut on Jul 04, 2014
3.5 by psdriscoll from Connecticut on Jun 30, 2014
3.5 by tinterlande from Maine on Apr 03, 2014
3.75 by Kelp from New Hampshire on Mar 08, 2014
2 by craft_shannie from Indiana on Sep 12, 2013
5 by BlackHoleBrew42 from Colorado on Aug 05, 2013
4 by blt2646 from New Hampshire on Jul 29, 2013
3.75 by Jspriest from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2013
2.75 by rderedin from Maine on May 05, 2013
3.75 by DinoBlueShoes from Maine on Feb 21, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Tap at the festival.

Semi clear auburn color, light fizzy head.

Nose some smoke, soapy perfumy aromatics, light campfire, caramel, sweet malts, chewy malt like, charcoaly.

Taste Smoke galore, campfire smoke, hint of peat like smoke even, caramel and reddish malts, chewy, light earthy grassy hops, a bit of bitterness, little creamy even, and a heat from the smoke itself but fluffy. Finish is long smoke, bitterness, light astringent.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad but not great, I've had better and worse Rauchbiers. It brings plenty of smoke, but not much else I think.

Oct 22, 2012
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4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

@ Novare Res, Portland ME

Dark orange with a thin head. Some crescent moon retention to begin with but all foam is pretty much dead by 4 fingers.

Smells like campfire, bread crust and fig jam.

Smoke, of course, is the base but the malty depth is as good as I've ever had in a rauch - MacIntosh apple, gingerbread and as it warms the sweetness settles down and it tastes like a smoked pretzel. Not as smokey as it could be but the malt character is complimentary and enjoyable enough that it works.

I've yet to have a Marshall Wharf beer that didn't impress the pants off me and once again I find myself pant-less.

Sep 02, 2012
4.5 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Aug 29, 2012
4.5 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Jun 27, 2012
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4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

On tap at When Pigs Fly. Have I mentioned what a phenomenal beer list they have?

In a snifter the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head.

It had a caramel and an understated smoke aroma.

The taste was smoky caramel, with a little vanilla.

This was a very smooth and delicious beer. The smoke was kind of in the background, and not right in your face. Very nice.

May 13, 2012
3.75 by Snellgg5 from New Hampshire on May 09, 2012
4 by mikeale from Maine on Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

I stopped into Three Tides with Alewife on 09DEC11 for some bier and food. Started off with a 1/2-pint of their Rauchbier, served by the Tides owner, David Carlson.

My slender, fluted glass was filled with a clear copper brew, with steady carbo rising up. Head was thin and fine, off-white, but left minimal lacing. Had an attractive aroma, some caramel mingling with light smokiness. The rauch was easily evident but not overly strong. Medium bodied all the way, the liquid was also fairly easy-going on the tongue.

Good caramel notes and light sweetness were first to board the palate. Restrained smoke was noted. Again, like the aroma, it was readily noticed but not the liquid-bacon that scares most people off. The smoke was there but didn't overpower anything else here. A little florality came into play at the finish, which was pretty dry. Quite satisfying and enjoyable. Most folks either love or hate Rauchs; I'm in with the Rauch-lovers, and this one hit the spot. Prosit!!

4 rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Dec 12, 2011
4 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Dec 08, 2011
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3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by GarthDanielson from Virginia

Poured on-tap at Three Tides, the beer was served in a pint glass. The beer pours a honey-brown color, with a vibrant, yellow-hued highlight. There is a thin ring of fluffy, white head. The smokey nose is similar to applewood bacon and oak chips. The beer's flavors are a bit watery and light, especially after the heavy aromas. Mostly nutty sweet, with a steady smoked background. The aftertaste is very light, with a balance of smoke and sweet malt. The beer does have a smooth, clean finish.

Aug 25, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Rifugium from North Dakota

First had: on tap at Three Tides, Belfast, ME

Described as "bacon in a glass." I've definitely had rauchbiers that are smokier than this, but this was nice and easily drinkable.

Poured a thick, dark brown with a nice finger of well-retaining head. Roasted malts and nuts in the aroma with an obvious smoke presence. More roasted malts in the taste, with smoked wood and mesquite happening, but not overly smokey compared to other rauchbiers. A bit of sweetness coming through on the finish. Medium bodied and pretty drinkable if you're a fan of the style.

May 14, 2011
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4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by facedogg from Connecticut

Poured from the growler, not too much carbonation so no need to be careful with your pour. This beer is definitely not for everyone, the main characteristic is certainly smokey, almost reminiscent of bacon, which I don't mind at all. Underlying sweetness rounds out the taste. Definitely will try this one again.

May 08, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by blackie from Oregon

a: pint serving, dark amber in color with a nice off white head that shows good retention

s: malty lager base - perhaps toasty vienna and the like, with a full but mostly balanced hardwood smoke presence, fruity esters

m: carbonation light, medium bodied

t: a malty toasted lager structure holds a genuine hardwood smoke flavor, not necessarily the dominant characteristic but at the top of the mix, moderately sweet with a grass hop edge, somewhat estery with some light fruits, decent smoked beer

d: easy enough, but not something worth more than a glass

ordered this at Novare Res but the keg kicked halfway into my pint, which the bartender kindly provided without charge

Jul 22, 2010
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1.65/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by Bendurgin from Maine

Had this in a pint glass on tap at Novare Res. The pour was decent. The bartender said it would take a bit to settle and after a couple pours then settles I had a clear brown beer with a small white head. No visible carbonation and my ability to see right through this beer really surprised me. I was expecting something a little more heavy. After looking at it for a while I stuck my nose right in. Deep Purple gives a faint smell of a smokehouse flavor. As if I where smoking bacon. Not much else to the nose. It's really dominated by smoke. Not much to taste in this one. A little bit of the smokey bacon flavor I was expecting from the aroma, but there wasn't enough of anything. This was really watery and had zero carbonation. I really felt like I was drinking dirty smoked water. The lack of carbonation and extremely light body give this beer an off putting mouth feel. This would be easier to drink if the flavors where more there, I just feel like there wasn't enough of anything. I'm really hoping my next Marshall Wharf endeavor is better. I ended up only drinking about a third of this before just calling it a night.

Jul 10, 2010
Deep Purple Rauchbier from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 38 ratings