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Ludwig's Revenge | Roy Pitz Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by akorsak on 05-10-2008

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 27
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of mikeargy
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
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 bradwalrus
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 malty...so 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 lager...so 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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4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of DIM
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 nightowl66
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 warriorsoul
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli

A-Deep dark brown with a medium tan head that slowly reduced to a thin cap that left decent lace. This is a bit darker for a rauch than I am use to.

S-Nice hickory smoke aroma with dark roasted malt supporting in the background.

T-Fairly hefty roasted malt mixes very nice with a strong, but not overpowering smoke flavour. This is a very well balanced and tasty smoked brew. A hint of a hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium body and very smooth.

D-Not quite a traditional rauchbier, and not hefty enough to be a smoked porter...falls in between the two....maybe a smoked brown. Regardless of what it really is it is a winner. I love smoked beers and when done right I become a fan quickly.

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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a dark brown color with a inch and a half head (tan). The head slowly dissipates leaving decent lacing. Some ruby highlights are visible when held up to the light.

S - A combination of smoked meat and that smell you get on your clothes after spending the night in front of a campfire/bonfire. A deep roasted malt aroma is present as well. Little to no noble hop aroma can be perceived.

T - It's pretty much an exact repetition of the aroma characteristics. That grassy/vegetable flavor of lagers intertwines with the roasted malt and hints of hops and leaves a nice long flavorful finish.

M - Medium feel with adequate carbonation.

D/O - A great Rauchbier that follows the guidelines of the style to a tee. The smokiness is kept in check by the malts and hints of hops. If you enjoy Rauchbiers like I do, the drinkability of this brew if very high. Well done RP. Cheers!

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kldobbins
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Ludwig's Revenge from Roy Pitz Brewing Company
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