Ludwig's Revenge | Roy Pitz Brewing Company

Ludwig's RevengeLudwig's Revenge
67 Ratings
Ludwig's RevengeLudwig's Revenge

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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Photo of newbeeraday
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of imbibehour
2.39/5  rDev -37.6%
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 FosterJM
2.68/5  rDev -30%
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 beans923
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of JamesGrove
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
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 JNForsyth
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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 THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
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 turnstile
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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 alcohline_trip
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barleycorn
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Bdel34
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwhancher
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Scott1970
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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