Ludwig's Revenge
Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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German Rauchbier
Ranked #33
Ranked #21,122
3.86 | pDev: 12.44%
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Photo of HughHenry215
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a lot of great features to it - great texture, tastebud tingling hops and a robust bottom.

The smell of this beer made my ass itch - but overall, it’s a solid libation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roy Pitz Brewing Co. "Ludwig's Revenge"
$4/8 oz. on tap at the Roy Pitz Barrel House, Philadelphia, PA on 11/04/2017

Notes: 5.25% ABV. 22 IBUs. Black body beneath a short head of khaki foam. A light roastiness, soft smoke, and caramel greet you in the nose. The flavor follows but I'm not sure what wood the smoke is coming from. Apple? It doesn't seem like Beechwood. It's moderately bitter but still mostly dry in the finish with smokiness and roastiness and some dark chocolate lingering. Medium to medium-light in body and crisp with a fine bubbled median carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Mark for the share, enjoyed in a half pint.

The color is practically black and opaque clarity with thin light tan head.
The smell is a mix of sweet and smoky with a mild woody type accent. The feel is nicely balanced smoke and malt level with semi-dry finish and moderately carbonated with light phenolic quality with medium body.

The taste has a nice level of smoke in flavor with some sweet caramel to balance with toasted quality in the middle and yeast adding to the smoke which continues into the finish and lingers in a semi-dry residual feel. This is a pretty good rauchbier -nicely smoked without letting the smoked malt flavor become overbearing.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- motor oil black with a half finger tan carbonated head. Wavy mountainous lacing on pint. Opaque as well.

S- roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

F- bitter coffee malt with roasted follow up.

M- bitter coffee hangs around a tad too long in this brew.

O- not bad but def have had better.unlikely to buy again.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.39/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into an Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier pint glass.

Extremely light and large foamy cocoa colored four finger head off the pour with a good amount of staying power that settles to a one finger foamy puck. Body color is extremely dark for a "rauchbier", nearly pitch black but with some light walnut black coloring. Pretty aggressive looking brew.

Nose is odd. Huge amount of imitation like smelling powdered chocolate, almost like Nestle Quick on the nose, but not as enjoyable. Faint smoke, and a weird sweetness that puts the bouquet incredibly off balance. Not good, not sure where this is going.

Palate is incredibly flat, and lifeless, and flavorless Mid palate only fills with a good amount of ashen like smoke but with virtually no malt or rich sweetness of caramel only after you swallow. Extremely ashy flavors. Return sips force me to smell that horrible chocolate just making the experience even less enjoyable. Lifeless.

I love Rauchbier it's one of my favorite styles and this is just really not good. Screwy mix of flavors through a wet palate. This is almost as if someone took flat homebrew and mixed it with Nestle Quick and served it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Im sampling a cold 12 oz bottle poured into a glass mug.
The beer pours a dark rich cola brown with ruby highlights. A .5 cm creamy tan head foams up after an aggressive pour and fades to a wispy island after only a few seconds.
The aroma is roasted malt to the point of being smokey, I didnt anticipate just how smokey this would be. The label says dark lager, but BA has it as a rauchbier. I go with the latter and move on. I also get a little brown sugar, but make no mistake the nose is smokey, not campfire ash, just burnt wood.
First sip reveals fine fizzy carbonation that tickles on each sip.
Also makes for some pretty quick and hefty burps, that feature brown sugar and a bit of black licorice note.
the texture is crisp and clean and the beer is immensely drinkable.
The flavor of the beer is malt and malt. Again I get some light brown sugar and a bit of roasted malt. There is some smoke that lingers on each sip, but otherwise the finish is fairly clean.
I enjoy this beer and its fairly robust flavor profile mixed with clean easy to drink qualities.
This I would buy again and would recommend to folks that appreciate the style.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, nearly opaque, red-brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Ok lacing.

S: Roasted and smokey malt.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted and smokey. Notes of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: True to style. Carbonation was a bit much. Other than that, good beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1568th Review on BA
Bottle to Dimpled Mug

No bottle date
Thanks to my RS guy TroyG2352 for this one

App- It poured a dark brown, maybe more like a soda with a good blend of colors and moved into a off khaki head with some lacing down the side. Was okay. Nothing fancy solid.

Smell- It was way to sweet on the nose. It had too much sugary black licorice and not too much smoke to balance it all out.

Taste- WTF happened to this. Its just wayyyy to sweet and has overpowering licorice. Touch of smoke and some meat behind it. I cant finish it. I took 3 sips and fed it to the sink.

Mouth- Light, thin body with a smooth carbonation. Residual black licorice and candy.

Drink- Not for me. I tried it. Probably the worst Rauchbier I have had.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and smoke. Taste is roasted malts, meaty, a good bit of smokiness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, although I am not a huge fan of this style, this was an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown-nearly black color with a medium off white head. The head faded to leave a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasty malt aromas are heaviest and are mixed with some smoke. There are also some hints of sweet chocolate mixed in the nose that meld well with the smoke and roast.

Taste- The taste starts out a bit on the more roasty malt side. Some hints of chocolate are also present initially. The sweeter chocolate fades over time with a smoky flavor that takes its place. At the very end a very light bitter coffee flavor comes into the flavor, giving a slightly more bitter smoky chocolate flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is a bit on the creamier and thicker side with a medium level of carbonation. Rather appropriate for the smoky chocolaty flavor.

Overall – A nice easy to drink brew. One that is well worth trying.

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Photo of nightowl66
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is very dark brown, almost black. Thinnish head goes down fairly quickly. Nose is very mild, a little sweet, not especially indicative of the taste. I couldn't really perceive any smoke in the nose immediately after it was drawn, and not much after it had stood a bit either. Taste is nicely balanced between sweet malt, lightly bitter coffee and smokey with some meaty/savory character. Very nice Rauch. I will certainly look forward to trying more offerings from Roy Pitz Brewing if this is an indication of their beers.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My newest favorite PA brew!! So good and different!

A - Relatively dark black opaque color...quick fading off white head...

S - Smokey roasted sweet malt, a hint of chocolate and coffee, and a slight herbal sarsaparilla note...I can't wait to drink it!

T - Superbly balanced...the malts are the star...deliciously smokey...enough of a hop kiss to keep it from being too tasty I ordered another!

M - Creamy and crisp, medium bodied, definitely not as heavy as it looks...since it resembles a heavy porter or stout...

Overall - An excellent rauchbier and my new favorite dark different and delicious...extremely drinkable...easy to session especially if you are a dark beer fan. Give this one a try and you will be surprised how much you like it! Good job Roy Pitz!

I can't wait to try a Roy Pitz porter or stout...I bet they would make an awesome coffee or imperial stout!

I'm very impressed with this brewery!


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Photo of y2jrock60
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a light tan head that starts off vigorous but fades quickly.

S- Mild roasted malt aromas with a hint of smoke.

T- Strong upfront malt flavors followed by a slight sweetness which then turns into spicy and smokey flavors that linger on the tongue.

M- Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. It's very flavorful but not overpowering.

This is probably my favorite brew from Roy Pitz. I've had their Fat Daddy Sacks and Blonde on tap back in November and wasn't very impressed. I was convinced to take a visit to their brewery after visiting my local homebrew show. I wasn't disappointed. They gave free samples of every beer they had on tap. There Quad was delicious as well.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a roy pitz brew, at the brewhouse...

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is very solid black with tan head, that lasts and laces.

Smell is slightly smokey, mixed with roast, Otherwise clean.

Taste is very well done, dunkel upfront in terms of mild roast, clean flavors, followed by a nice light smokiness, sometimes mixed with a bubblegum type flavor

Mouthfeel is slightly lingering for dunkel, sits on the to gue, but could be a product of the smokiness

Overall, nicel done brew, clean dunkel, flavor light smokiness to come through and linger nIcely

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a brownish tone with a white fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a malty aroma with a light smoked aroma in there too. The taste of the beer has elements of smoke and lagered malts in there. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it's got a lighter body that remains drinkable. Overall this beer was decent, it's not something I'd need to have again but it's not bad.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at $1 draft night at the Shippen Place Hotel. Pours what appears to be black in color. Hard to tell for me as I was outside on the patio as the sun went down. Didn't retain much head however. Smelled mostly roasty with otherwise a clean smelling aroma. Maybe a little coffee from the roasts, but I thought it was mostly subdued. Didn't get much smokiness from the malts; I think maybe just enough was added to this beer to add a little complexity but that's about it. Tasted roasty with a light mouthfeel. Would have liked to see better head retention but a nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A glass on-tap.

A: The lager is dark, closer in color to a schwarzbier. The black darkess surprised me. A thin head came along with the glass.

S: The nose isn't an all-out rauch fest. Instead, it allows the darker chocolate malts to mix with the mild smokiness. The result is sweet, making me want a sip.

T: The dunkel lager stresses its malty side before submitting to the rauch. Chocolate and darker malts lend a sweetness to the lager, a bready flavor that is stronger than the smoke. As the rauch flavors move in, they add more sweet flavors along with a meaty finish. It's worth noting that the smoke never gets in the way; this is a mildly smoked dark lager and not the other way around.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, chewy with a dark undertone. I'm impressed with how well the flavors combine.

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Photo of turnstile
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown with some deep chestnut highlights; minimal head retention. Very smoky in the aroma - sort of a sweet hickory scent. Roasted and perfume notes as well as a hint of cocoa and honey sweetness. Smoke very present on the palate, followed by slight tartness and a mildly bitter finish. Body is light/medium and very creamy. Average drinkability; smokiness is a bit overpowering.

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Photo of DIM
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Very dark brown body with a thin, light tan colored head.

s: Very nice gentle smoke aromas that bring bacon to mind over hints of chocolate. Smells great.

t: Nicely balanced smoked beer. Some chocolate and coffee manages to come through the smoke. The smoke isn't at all acrid which is nice.

m: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

d: I haven't tried many, but this is one of the better rauchbiers I've tried. Very nicely done.

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Photo of mikeargy
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Whip Tavern in Coatesville, PA - Winter 09/10

A- Dark brown...almost black w/ a medium dark beige head.

S- Smokey aroma w/ roasted malts at the end

T- Wonderful, but subtle, smoke flavor. Finishes w/ a slightly hop bite

M- Very smooth

D- Should be in a category by itself. One of the best overall brews I've ever had!

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Very dark brown to black. Tannish head that dissipates

S- Roasted, almost coffee like smell. Nice and warming quality

T- Chocolatey with coffee mixed throughout. Smooth flavor which is well "blended". Nothing jumps out at you too much, but all flavors are noticeable.

M- Decent body. Not too heavy, but still a nice weight. Carbonation is perfect.

D- The taste lasts a little too long on the tongue. Almost a bothersome effect that detracts from an overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of kldobbins
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler that was filled the morning of tasting this beer.
16 oz Poured in to a stout glass.

poured out dark brown, but appears more black than brown in the glass. minimal if any light tranparency. Good lacey white/brown head formation- 2 fingers worth. slowly decreases over time

Smell of roasted nut or chocolate. Distance charcoal aroma.

Tastes of a dark roasted coffee with a moderate smokey, burnt , near a campfire sensation.

Good overall smoothness. Nothing stands alone, yet nothing goes unnoticed.

Excellent drinkability. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a very dark body...I'd say it was more black than brown...a tight, brown head stood about a finger tall and slowly settled...nice lacing

S - Deep roasted malts really come through and mix with hints of chocolate and some faint smoke

T - The roastiness continues through the taste...the malts are perfectly roasted and never become burnt or bitter...a chocolate flavor is more apparent now...this beer isn't as smokey as I was expecting from a Rauchbier...a subtle hop bite sneaks up at the end

M - Medium bodied...linger roasted flavor from the malts...goes down smooth

D - I've never had a Rauchbier beer before but I was expecting more smoke flavor...overall a solid offering...I look to try more from the local Roy Pitz

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Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 1/25/10.

A - Very dark brown color with copper tones and a creamy dollop of tan head that transformed into a thin patch but deposited lots of thick, sticky lace around the glass.

S - Smokey malt with a hint of sweet chocolate and a slight burnt popcorn character. As the liquid warmed up a bit, a waft of charred firewood emerged as well as a mild coffee presence.

T - Opens with a hint of smoke and mild chocolate notes with a limd hop bite in the backend. Finishes with an earthy tinge amidst notes of coffee, licorice and burnt wood.

M - Medium bodied and fairly robust with an almost creamy texture, resulting in a slightly chewy mouthfeel. The soft carbonation provides only a hint of bristle on the tongue. Finishes with slight bitterness and a burnt aspect on the palate.

D - Probably the best offering I've had from Roy Pitz to date, Ludwig's Revenge boasts a well-rounded mouthfeel and pleasant smoked flavor that left me wanting more.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Craft Ale House...thanks to Josh for the ride.
Pours a dark chestnut w/ a thin tan head...very little lacing as I work my way thru the pint.
Inviting aromas of faint smoke, roasted malt and yeast.
Taste is just as enjoyable...not overly smoked but a great flavor with that roastiness really shining thru as I consume this one.
A tad thin for the mouthfeel, but not overly so for the style....finishes very clean with almost no lingering aftertaste.
Drinkability is a solid 4.5...could drain this growler in no time and would not be bored in the least.
Glad I picked this one up, since there would be no way to find it around these parts.
My first RP brew and hopefully not the last.

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Ludwig's Revenge from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 73 ratings