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Track1 | Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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Brewed by:
Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.58%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mralphabet on 04-23-2009

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34
Ratings:
83
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
35.61%
 
 
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 83
Photo of mralphabet
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Type is English Brown Ale not American Brown Ale... Request has been made to BeerAdvocate to change type

Just got back from Annie Moore's Pub in Roanoke VA... Tried the new Brew from Roanoke's newest Micro Brew... (only a few in town)... This is my first time adding a beer to The Advocate so if anyone has any other info please add it...

Had one pint from tap...

A: Brownish red... very Newcastle colored... very little head and lacing

S: Malt, nuts and a smokeyness

T: Taste like it smells.... A little like Newcastle but not as bitter.... There is a nice sweetness that makes you want more... Very clean with no aftertaste

M: Med to light in body... very refreshing

D: Very drinkable.... went down very easy... Roanoke needs to support this brew..

To add I had a Belhaven Scottish Ale after the Track 1 and wish I had had another Track 1.... My buddy started with Miller Lite (he likes lighter beer) had one sip of my Track 1 and had 2.... Track 1 is the only Beer they have at this time... but I'm looking forward to more... Support Local Brews

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Photo of RyanWo
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber lager with hints of toast bread and a slight chocolatey aroma as well. This a great session lager, easy drinking and approachable. It has a light mouth mouth feel with a pretty nice carbonation level. It tastes of a slight roasty, nutty character with some sweeter bread Malta coming through. Very low hop character but just enough to maintain the balance that favors the malts. Overall a good go to beer.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a nice looking white head. Carbonation is average.

Smell is sweet, caramelly, and almost banana-y. I was confused for a bit on what I was feeling and smelling, but its definitely banana. It adds a nice layer or fruity complexity.

The taste has that banana quality that I really like. It accents the light body and caramely smoothness. Light body and easy drinking Munich Dunkel.

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Photo of mbuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is what it is. A good session beer that doesn't sacrifice taste in favor of a lower ABV. With a good nutty aroma and taste, I've found this beer very enjoyable. The color is a pretty dark brown, with a lighter mouthfeel. Though the head is minimal the head retention is good. Usually only found on tap but is finally in a bottle! I will definitely drink this again in the future, and I look forward to more from Roanoke Railhouse soon.

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Photo of jburris64
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice reddish-amber ale. Minimal head, smooth feel and taste. Very drinkable with some caramel and smokiness. Absolutely no after taste. One of the better ales from a microbrewery. I hope this gets outside the Commonwealth so others can enjoy it.

I enjoyed brew this at the Fork in the Alley restaurant in Roanoke, Va. (Go for the pizza! It's worth it!!)

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Photo of bs870621345
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Doug, dnolan36, for this.

Pours a deep amber with an off white head. Doesn't really leave any lacing.

Smells of caramel, bread, slight yeast twang, and light herbs.

Taste is of caramel, cola, nut, and bread, while the yeast twang makes a slight appearance and finishes with a sort of cola taste. Its pretty nice.

Moderate mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Finishes clean and invites another sip.

Overall, its a good beer. If you see it, try it, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep very ruby color with a large, foamy orange-tinted head that dissipates at a relatively even rate and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Very citric, with a little bit of apple and a touch of breadiness.

Taste: Begins with a citrusy flavor, which rounds out to toastiness and finishes very nutty.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with light carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall: This is an easy-drinking session beer that also has a very pronounced, though hardly overwhelming profile. This is probably one of the better all-round session brews I have had.

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Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from my niece Jane. Thanks!

A lovely deep red/amber with a mice tan head.

Bready aroma with hints of caramel and hops.

Good flavor is rich with malt notes and a hint of hops.

Body is a little light, but nothing is wrong.

Overall a fine lager.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was shocked to see something I didn't even know existed in bombers at Harris Teeter today, from an unknown brewery to boot. Looks interesting enough.

Pours a dark copper with a thin cream colored head that has little staying power. Pure clarity, little carbonation visible. Nose is pure chocolate malt with caramel and nut tones. Decent.

Sweet malt with minimal balance, a pleasant nutty finish with a touch of vanilla or toffee or something frisky, and a mellow aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Just a tasty beer, really. Nothing fancy, nothing spectacular, but heavily sessionable and effortless.

Interesting first offering from these Virginia brewers. Worth checking out if you are looking for something quaffable.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice session beer. Poured into an Aventinus Weizen glass, a clear copper color with ruby highlights. medium bubbly antique white head with less than average lacing and head retention. Mild but pleasant malty aroma.

Surprisingly strong taste. Malty AND smoky taste. I was surprised at the strength of the smokiness. Very tasty brew. I had it with dinner...crab legs and bread. Would have been even better with cheese snacks. The smokiness is a definite asset. Some mild hops bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is fine for a lager....light but not watery. This is a nice light brew with a strong flavor. If you would like to try a smoky beer, this is a very approachable one.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber with Dad... Thanks Dad. According to their website this is a Munich Dunkel. Poured dark amber with an average diminishing head (some lacing). Never had a Munich Dunkel so not sure how accurate for the style. Hop/Malt balanced is pretty good. Sweet and bready at the start somewhat dry at the finish. Flavor sticks around just long enough. Hops are there but not over the top. Its pretty regional but I'd recommend picking one up... it's definately worth a try. Looking forward to their "Loose Caboose", an Imperial Lager - my guess is an IPA Lager Hybrid, we'll see.

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Photo of chilly460
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Really nice looking reddish brown, towering three finger off white head. Nice sheet of lacing to the bottom of the glass.

S: Almost a nutty aroma, maybe almonds. Sweet malts come through, vanilla and caramel.

T: Rich caramel and vanilla carry through to the taste, some toasty bread. Finishes with earthy, almost metallic hops.

M: Nice oily, mid bodied beer.

O: Nice simple beer, very cleanly executed and balanced.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I'm thinking globally while I drink this."

Looks good. Bleeding edge of filtration I suspect, which is totally the way to go. Gorgeous amber color, pour and head. Great lacing too! Musty aromas and smokey grains come in strong with this one. This aint no fru-fru Grand Cru micro. This is a micro! Reminds me of an Otter Creek organic or Abita.

[The legendary Norfolk & Western 611 on the label is a huge buzz amp!]

Toot! Toot!
Choo! Choo!
Chug! Chug!

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Photo of disastermouse
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

A - Orange-brown, semi-opaque. Pencil-thin head after a minute or two, very little lacing.

S - This beer smells like an ESB with a bit of banana mixed in. It has a faint hint of vanilla pudding as well. It definitely has a bit of a hard-water smell.

T - Bread-crust, bananas, the tiniest smidgen of raisins or maybe grape skin followed by a 'hard-water' taste. The aftertaste blends that mineral taste with a blend of malt and hops bitterness.

M - A bit under-carbonated and watery. The mouthfeel is a hollow and somewhat watery version of what you'd expect from the taste. It's a far cry from what you'd expect from the smell. It's not exactly unpleasant, it's just really weird.

O - This beer is unique in its inoffensiveness. I know that sounds like faint praise or a left-handed compliment - but sometimes it's just what you're looking for. It lacks any sort of sensational characteristic that might normally appeal to someone trying to break into craft beer. Personally, I quite like it. The mouthfeel is about the only real letdown.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date; Poured in a Roanoke Railhouse pint glass.

A - Less than one inch of off-white creamy head that recedes pretty fast; Dark copper/amber appearance that's very clear; No real lacing to be had

S - Very crisp smell here; Characteristics of sweet caramel, toasty and nutty aromas, burnt toffee, and a bit of syrupy-like fruit as well

T - Crisp lager taste that's similar to the aroma; Sweet caramel, toasty, burnt toffee, smoky, and a good amount of nutty flavors present; The nutty flavor comes after the inital dose of carbonation and lasts through the finish, but not overwhelmingly so

M - Moderate carbonation; A touch below medium bodied; A bit thin in the mouthfeel; Crisp finish with a light balance of sweetness and bitterness

O - This is a tasty and solid brew from Roanoke Railhouse. I have had this numerous times now from both the bottle and on-tap, and have decided that getting it on-tap is slightly better with a more flavorful taste. This flagship beer is definitely sessionable and makes a great pairing with pub fare for sure. I'm sure I'll have this brew again, especially now that it's being distributed in Richmond.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a nice, dark amber. Nose offers very smooth malts. Taste is a smooth malt offering with hints of yeast. Very crisp on the palate, very carbonated. Overall not bad, especially at $4 for the 22oz at Whole Foods.

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Photo of ordybill
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a medium dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is big on malt with some hops and maybe some grain tossed in. The flavor is slightly odd with a nice mild hop bite, it grew on me with each sip. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick, white head, no bubbles. clear amber/hazelnut.

S: Sweetish malts, nuts, grains, bitter hops.

T: Malts and hops, grains. Just a little bit of sweetness.

M: Disappointing, clean, but boring.

O: Quite drinkable, alright flavor, would be better if the mouthfeel had some oomph.

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2nd or 3rd time I've tasted this beer. Right now, you can only get the beer on tap at various restaurants in Southwest VA. I like being able to support a local brewery and the beer is decent.

A - The beer is brown with orange tints. A tiny bit of brownish hued head was present.

S - Slightly sweet and grainy

T - Grainy taste with a nice malty flavor.

M - The beer was smooth, but maybe a bit too much carbonation.

D - This is a nice smooth beer with good taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of engagechad
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a bomber at kroger.
Tulip.

Pours a very nice ruby amber with a great head.

Smells really malty, no hops

Tastes good, bout how it smells

Mouthfeel is good, smooth and easy

Overall, solid brew not something id buy again really but its a solid brew

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Photo of birderbeerer
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent ruby to brown with a thin white head.

Smells like a standard beer but with a bit of a yeast note.

Taste approaches that of a light lager but is more complex with a solid yeast presence and some dry caramel malt and sweet toffee. Nothing to get excited about but more interesting than a standard lager.

Drinks easily. Sits a little heavy.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tall pint glass. Pours a nice red color with a little white head, but dissipates very quickly. Smells of darkly roasted caramelized malt, not much else. Has a very bland taste, a little dark malt, but watery. Light bodied beer has a nice finish, but is a little fizzy. Overall a pretty average beer.

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Photo of CpnYates
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the fact that Roanoke is pumping out some quality brew. That said, I can't just go "homer" and give this beer a above average rating because of where it comes from.

Lets face it, this is a VERY average brown ale. Clearly intended not to offend. Milder than Newcastle. I have had it on three occasions from three different establishments and each time came away with the opinion of... well nothing special here.

Not that I was hoping for some over the top IBU bomber or malt monster... but was a little let down. maybe their future offerings though. I'm probably not their ideal customer though.

This would however make for a great session beer, and that may be just what springs their company in this area of relative lack of love or support for any thing other than BMC and mass consumption.

Best wishes to the new brewery.

Beer Review:

A= nutty brown, a little darker than Newcastle but much less so than say a Sam Smith, pretty clear.

S= sweet malt, grains, small hops

T= mild, almost tea like taste, with little hop bite or linger aftertaste, the next sip comes quickly and easily.

M&D= The beer shines here. A great beer to have more than a few with. A beer that could allow the consumer to have a few and not place him/ her into an alchol funk for the evening. A true "pub" brew.

Overall pretty good job.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to nonic pint glass on 2/26/11
*From notes

A: Rich amber brilliance. 2+ finger head and pretty lacing that doesn't stick.

S: Almond and peanuts. Slightly metallic on the nose too, with hints of vanilla and alcohol.

T: Immediate earthy copper. Traces of mild smoke on the mid-palate, with a toasty and quite malty finish.

M: Fairly oily and slick. It's got reasonable weight, and the carbonation is well integrated.

O: This is simply a beer. It's not special or extreme, just something to quench your thirst, or sip on when you just want a brew. Don't go out of your way for it, but if you're in Roanoke, make a point to try it, as all the locals (at least the ones I know) are extremely proud to have their name on it.

On a side note, I've also had this on tap. I can honestly say that Track 1 is slightly heartier and richer from the keg.

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Photo of delta490
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful ruby-tinted amber with a nice creamy white head. The head has only slight retention, a thin film being all that's left after about 3 seconds. The aroma is starts out decent, mostly non-descript malts, but with a little hint of hops but gets a weird sour quality as it opens up. The taste is okay but it's hard to describe. There are some grains and some hops but it just doesn't go well together. The body has a nice weight to it and just a hint of carbonation.

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