Track1 | Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
83
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
35.61%
 
 
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 83
Photo of OldManVA
1.48/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow! Been a long time since I poured one down the kitchen sink.

Poured into a normal beer tumbler. Decent head. Color was fine and predictable I suppose. I didn't detect anything amiss with the smell really. However, the first taste was a total surprise. SOUR! I'm not talking lemon sour. I'm talking really bad beer sour; like something's wrong with this beer sour.

I discussed this find with a co-worker thinking maybe it was a bad batch or something. He said he tried a Railhouse brew and didn't think much of it either.

I called the company and left a message and also sent an email. Putting myself in their place, I would like to know if there's a potential problem with one of my brews. It's been several days and I have not heard back. I suppose this is what they think a lager is supposed to taste like. And for all I know 100 years ago it is what lager tasted like.

Don't waste your $$$ on this one.

The worse part was that I found it in the grocery store along with some other local favorites of mine. I hate to think that a potential craft beer convert would try this beer and think this is what craft beer is all about. It would definitely be a turn-off.

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Photo of orcsinspace
1.64/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Roanoke Railhouse is a local craft beer brewery that is walking distance from my house that is quickly starting to symbolize everything I find wrong with the entire craft beer movement: it is not the quality or taste of the beer, but the fact that it is a small business that now makes a beer "good."

Track 1 is what better beers shit out. It basically tastes like someone got a Michelob warm, then gave it a 100% mark up and made it trendy in southwest Virginia. I used to say that Switch Monkey was bad from this brewery, but Track 1 has dethroned it.

As far as all of the qualities go, it might as well be an adjunct lager. I do not mind adjunct lager, but the draw to adjuncts is that they are an economical alternative to expensive beer. What Track 1 is, is a clone of an macrobrew that is one of, if not the most expensive beer per fluid ounce in my market. There are literally hundreds of beers that are better that I can get on any given day, but Track 1 is "craft" so it gets a pass from beer newbies caught up in the latest trend. This beer is terrible.

To describe the taste, just think about every Budweiser, Michelob, and Coors you have ever had and make it less interesting. All of those beers are drinkable in my book, but Track 1 has come in at 6 dollars a pint at a bar down the street. It is almost 4 bucks for a 22 at the grocery store. It is beyond mediocre at best, and I prefer Budweiser to it.

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Photo of HoppyDave01
2.24/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Decent appearance - a little paler than I would have expected but ok looking in the glass. Decent head.

The smell was bad - skunky bad - serious problem with this one.

Taste was right there with the smell but since the smell was so bad I was prepared.

Bottom line on this one was - UNDRINKABLE.

Bad news here folks.

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Photo of avalon07
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a brownish color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Almost no lacing.

S: There was a very faint aroma of malt and mild hops, but little else.

T: Tasted of malt, a little hops, a weird, off-putting smoky quality, and an aggressively foul graininess. The taste was just too acrid and coarse to be enjoyed.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with an earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a great example of the style. Far too many bad elements to be liked.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Railhouse Brewery Track #1 Lager is not very good. The appearance is nice clear amber with thin off-white head that is not lacing. The scent very weak malt and a bitter hop. The taste is primarily a bitter taste from start to finish. The mouthfeel is light and decent carbonation. Overall it is not a decent beer and I would not session this....would rather do a coors lite.

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Photo of 7ate9
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

just moved to roanoke. have to try the beer.
looks good. nice head.
smell is barely there. and what is there is just kind of beerish. Slightly malty. little hops. just smells like a beer.
taste is again barely there. some malt, tea, slight toasty yeast. annnd the finish is almost gone before you swallow. No flaws, just not exciting.
Texture is nice and with so little aroma and taste this is more of a textural experience. it's nice.
It's cheap and it's local. The hight points. Sadly there's nothing about the drinking experience that makes me want to buy this beer again.

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Photo of confer
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up while passing through the area. I was looking forward to trying the local brew. I didn't know what style of beer they were after, no clue on the bottle so I reviewed it as a beer.
The color is that of a penny with a small tan head.
All malt in the aroma, but it is faint.
The taste is pretty watery but it does have a small roasty malt taste in there.
I wasn't really sure what this was but it does make a bit more sense after I saw it was a dunkel lager. A 12 ounce would have been enough of this one.

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Photo of wedge
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean copper color with a thin head that clings to the surface as a spotty cap. Rich, clean aroma...pear, nuts, chocolaty bread. Sweet, nutty, toasted bready malt flavors. A bit too bitter, which distracts from the maltiness. Earthy grain, caramel, and tea. Missing the overall finesse and cohesiveness of a well made German-style lager. Not terrible though...

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Photo of Bierman9
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled today (29DEC12) from a 22oz bottle gifted to me for my BDay last month by Artied2...

Pours a rich, clear amber color, with steady carbo... Head is almost nil, just some fine gatherings of bubbles near the rim. Doesn't leave much lacing to speak of at all. Aroma is a bit toasty with some caramel, perhaps even nutty. Feel on the tongue is quite light and airy, even with a medium body.

Has some light sweetnes, with malty caramel and, again, a hint of nuttiness. Didn't find any bitterness or chocolate, whereas the Railhouse web notes this as a "clean lager with chocolate bitter notes...". There is some floral hopping, along with some fruity action bordering on tartness, which I find odd for a lager, especially a supposed Munich Dunkel. Not what I was expecting.... Prosit!!

2.95/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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