Rauchbier | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jakester on 08-25-2005

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was able to try this Sly Fox beer on 5/24/2008 at TJ's Everyday. They served it to me in an Imperial pint glass.

This Rauchbier poured a dark reddish amber hue with a small less than 1/2 inch head of white foam. This head of foam had OK retention that left behind a handful of white rings and a streak or two of white lace.

It had all the aromas I'm looking for in a Rauchbier. That means it had the scent of olives, smoked meats, a hint of smoked malts, and smoked beechwood. That that was good and all, but all of these aroma were too small and faint.

The taste too had all the elements I look for in a Rauchbier; olives, a hint of smoked meats, smoked beechwood, and a speck of smoked malts. Again, just like the aroma, all of these flavors were too small and faint. It would have been much nicer if they would have increased the Rauch of this Rauchbier.

This Rauchbier is a light bodied beer with an all too faint aftertaste of smoked meants, olives, and smoked beechwood. This aftertaste will not last long in your mouth.

In the end, it's just a basic Rauchbier that you would give to somebody to try and get them into the style. For me, it was too light for a Rauchbier.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking copper color with a white head on top that faded pretty fast. There wasn't any retention or lacing on this one. The smell of the beer is definitely smoked, it's not overwhelming but you can tell what style they're going for here. The taste of the beer is smokey as well with a bit of caramel in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation. Overall this beer was average to me.

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Photo of curlybird
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap served into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark brown with some red hues. Tan at times with a hazelnut brown tint.

S- Smoked malts. Smoked meats. Campfires and roasted flavors. Typical rauchbier scents, nothing too different here.

T- Kinda boring. Cocoa, chocolate, malty, no hops, metallic undertones, smoked malts, roasted nuts. Somehow, this one did not work for me. I felt it was bland and difficult to drink, even with the low ABV.

M- Smooth and watery going down. Light bodied.

D- Not my thing really. I wouldn't go seeking out this beer but it may be worth a shot to some if rauchbier is your thing.

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Photo of TheBoss
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5 L beer glass Rastal
Nice darker brown color, but not dark enough where ya cant see through the glass, light carbonation, one finger head maybe lil more, head reduced while drinkin but nice lace left down the sides.
Smells nutty and smooth, some hops, Im smelling something sweet and cant make out what it is.
Taste solid and crisp, not to heavy on the tongue, no lingering after taste, I drink this baby all night.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of BBM
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clean, clear burnt orange color with a thin beige head. Aroma was smoky and sweet.

Flavor is fiery smoke, with notes of cured meats and barbecue. There is a slight hop to cut in, but not too noticeable. Also a touch of alcohol is present in the flavor. Sly Fox has done a nice job of recreating this German style without "Americanizing" it too much. It's not quite as potent as some of the more famous German Rauchbiers, but that's not necessarily a bad thing here. Nice job with the style.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served at the Phoenixville brewpub.

A: The smpked ale is a dark copper brown color, like an old penny that is showing its age. A finger of head coated the top of the glass and quickly receded.

S: The nose is an intoxicating smokehouse, thick slabs of cured bacon and ham. The intensity of the smoke does not overwhelm the malts, instead laying nicely atop them.

T: Each sip is strong on the smoked malts up front. The smokiness is pungent and pleasing, coating the tastebuds with liquid smoke and cooked meats. The biscuity malts manage to cut through but are rather flat, a touch of a letdown after the initial smoked strength.

M: The smoke is fleeting, hitting hard before moving on. I'd love to see that bite stick around a little longer.

D: Very drinkable, this was a perfect accompaniment to some pretzels and spicy mustard.

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Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of lightfool
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ujsplace
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Memphis Taproom.

Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with golden amber edges and a half dinger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beet was pretty disappointing at first. All I was getting was sweeter malt notes and hardly any smoke at all until it warmed. After a while, the smoked malt presence be ame more evident with hints of charcoal, BBQ and smoked meats. This is countered by the sweeter notes of caramel, rye and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a good balance of smokey and sweet malt notes. Like the nose, the flavor of this beer consisted mostly of the sweeter characteristics until it warmed up. After about ten minutes the smoked malt flavors began to appear with hints of charcoal, BBQ, bacon and burnt toast. This is nicely balanced by hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut, rye and a touch of dry, earthy hops. Complex but not overly smokey making it relatively easy to drink. A good introdction to the style.

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Photo of jurbanik
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this from the brewery.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A slight, smoky smell; reminded me of a combination of smoke wood and bacon.

T: A malty taste with smoky notes. Also, a nice, smoky aftertaste, like smoked bacon. The smokiness could have been a bit more evident, but this taste went well with the burger I had.

M: A medium bodied mouthfeel that was also pretty smooth.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination. A pretty good smokebeer that was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a rauchbier enthusiast and only have had a few before, but after doing some research on the style, this sounds like a pretty darn good rauchbier.

It poured what looked like (it was a bar after all) a very clear amber with a full white cap and thin lacing.

The aroma was malty and smokey like caramel candy and sausages.

Smoke and malts take the lead and it has a mildly dry finish and lightly hoppy. (notes from the bar)

Light to medium body and sweet with a dry finish and low carbonation.

I described it as very pleasant but a little too sweet on the bar napkin.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.
This is my first time having this style so it's tough to review ''to style''. That being said, this is one delicious brew. I was expecting smoky flavors, which it has, but I wasn't expecting such a deep hardwood palate. There are also a fair amount of malt sweetness that pulls it all together. I would compare it to smoky version of a scotch ale, only with the refreshing qualities of a well crafted amber lager. This is certainly worth a taste if you happen upon it. Cheers!

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Rauch and I wasn't sure what to expect.

Smell: An obvious woody smoked aroma that was accompanied with a slight hoppy and dry earthy smell as well.

Appearance: Poured a dark nutty brown color with a quickly dissipating head with a good amount of lacing.

Taste: Sweet malts up front with a smokey hop finish. Nothing amazing on the palate but a truly well balanced beer that wood be decent without the smokiness but with it is just a little something extra that makes this a good beer.

Mouthfeel: I didn't find the body to be too heavy more a medium bodied beer. Carbonation was present but not much.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer that provides a balanced amount of flavor. Unfortunately only available on tap.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sly Fox- Rauchbier

On tap at the Royersford brewpub

A- Clean and clear chestnut brown with a small fluffy head.
S- BBQ sauce and campfire smoke & wood.
T- Sweet, tangy BBQ sauce flavored malt with a touch of paprika, ceder wood and smokey ash.
M- Tangy with a dry body and finish.

Overall- A style I'm very starting to enjoy more than ever. Solid smokey flavor throughout. Good solid beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark amber hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust smoked malt for an all around smoked salmonesque experience.

The taste consisted of a smoke spiciness, grainy malts and a complimenatary earthy hop.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall an easy drinking smoked beer. Paired well with my bacon, apple, red onion and cheddar melt.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into nonic pint at Standard Tap, Philly. Pours a golden brown...more brown than golden, a bit of head and lacing. The aroma really shines here...lots of subtle smoke and sweet maltiness - not crazy, but deff present. Again, the flavor is on the more aggressive side of subtle with the smoke; perfect amount for me, with a nice sweet malt balance. Easy easy easy drinker and very pleasant. I have been drinking some really nice rauch's lately...a lot with the subtleness of smoke and bacon - which I really prefer, and this one really hits the mark for me. Overall, a great rauchbier for this who like the subtle smoke without the bacon...

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Rauchbier from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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