Wildfire Rauchbier | Penobscot Bay Brewery

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Wildfire RauchbierWildfire Rauchbier

Brewed by:
Penobscot Bay Brewery
Maine, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The smokiness and color of Wildfire Rauchbier comes entirely from using only specialty grains. Weyermann Rauchmalz for the signature flavor, Munich for body, Cara-Pils adds richness and Carafa deep color.

Added by lordofthewiens on 04-25-2012

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of imbibehour
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Happy Holidays!

A classic red copper amber and clear, belows with a real large tan head, thin bubbled and slowly settling. Cream clump action on the head, leaves a great top on the head. Classic looking Rauch, very nice.

Nose is nice and light smoke. Beechwood like fireplace ember sensations, meaty, subtle, hints of jerky and sausage. Solid.

Palate hits a little subtle unfortunately. Not much of a thick malt backbone to this, but small smoke with hints of even hop presence in the aftertaste. Feel has a good depth without a syrup like coating. There's a bit of noticeable caramel sweetness which I don't normally find on other producers of this style.

Overall though, this is a pretty darn good example of the style. Can't think of too many other American made Rauchs that are this good or close to the German textbook greatness producers (Schlenkerla). I could have this anytime, worth drinking again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a ruby-auburn coloring with a beige head that quickly settles into a filmy ring. Aroma is rich and meaty, with a solid charcoal smoke character. The flavors are roasted, with a nutty and caramel sweet backbone. Carbonation keeps the body lighter than most Rauchbiers. The aftertaste is smokey, with a dark, nutty sweetness underlying. Smooth finish seals up a solid brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of caramel malt and campfire smoke. Flavor of charred malt, light caramel malt, smokehouse, faint dark fruit that is hard to detect under the smokiness. Light bodied with peppery active carbonation. An interesting rauchbier, but has a fairly light malt bill and little flavor other than the smokiness. The smoke is nice and tastes natural, but could use some other interesting flavors to support it in the background. The carbonation in this bottle was a little overachieving and distracted from the light flavors. Glad I tried it, but probably would not repeat.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 13, 2014.

The pour is a handsome looking chestnut-amber color with this ridiculously explosive tan head. That could be the way I poured it or it may be overly carbonated.

Smoked cheddar on the nose at first along with toasted malts and toffee that has a sort of buttery or vegetable oil feel to it. That kind of weakens the experience.

The body is about medium with a slight acidic quality to it. Despite the tremendous head the carbonation stays together well on my tongue.

The taste is a lot like Smoked Cheddar cheese. The smokiness does not meld as well with the malts but instead it has a kind of buttery flavor and a lightly mild bitterness at the end. Smoked beers are high on my style list and this one has some good points but not quite to the level I would have hoped.

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Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Taste is of smoke, roasted malt, and some bark like bitterness towards the end. The bitterness seems a bit out of place with what I typically associate with the style, but is interesting. Above average but there are several others in the style I would go to first.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy dirty amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky nose and flavor is sweet smoke and caramel. $6.70 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of cbutova
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A- Dark brown with some red in the light. Foamy light charred tan head forms with decent retention, only a bit of foam after it dies down. A few rare spots of lace.

S- Mostly dark fruit and the smoked malt playing off of each other. Cherry, smoked malt and campfire/grilled meat comes to mind.

T- Fairly simple here too. Smoked malt is the main flavor with some dark cherry and general cereal grains. Some spice and nutty brown malt feel.

MF- Lighter body with a fairly watery overall feel. Carbonation is moderate but the body lacks a fulfilling consistency overall.

Solid delivery of smoked malt flavors but lacks depth. The mouthfeel leaves me asking for more.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this at Tully's and bought it because I've enjoyed this brewery's beers. This one was not so great.

It was brown in color with some red highlights. There was a tiny tan head.

I really couldn't get much in the aroma. After many attempts, I would say there was some caramel and some smokiness.

There was a little bit more in the taste, confirming what I thought I detected in the aroma. Still not that much there.

This beer was underwhelming. To me it didn't have those nice rauchbier characteristics.

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Photo of JoeMans
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of brewandbbq
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours dark amber with an inch of beige, tight head. A quarter inch skim coat and tattered lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with malty smoke and a hint of chocolate. Slightly nutty with caramel and mild smoke.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

Malt and light roast start the palate. Hints of nut-studded chocolate and smoke follow through.

Finishes with some light smoke and sweet malt.

A light-duty smoked beer with very mild smoke.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight lipped ale glass: color is brown, dense looking; head is great looking, nice tan color presenting at least 1/2 inch thick with nice lingering quality.

Aroma is also very good, especially as it warms up: malt flavors are present with touch of caramel and some light sweetness, but it is nicely dominated by a full smoke presence, assuming this is the the beech smoked malt, but its presence is dominate which i prefer.

Taste is good: definitely a good smoke presence and a nice malt backbone. Malt is pretty neutral, touch of toast, but enough sweetness to balance the harsher smoke. The smoke tastes like the more neutral beech wood smoke.

Mouthfeel is very good for a smoked beer: nice carbonation, good crispness, and subtle bitterness from the smoke. Dryness starts to set in on the tongue but only slightly.

Overall, at first taste this beer seemed subdued, but as the ale warmed the flavor greatly expanded... great smoke presence and good malt balance. The malt flavors are neutralized by the smoke but the flavors compliment. Another very nice Maine beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Cam for sharing this Maine-exclusive beer, always up for a new rauchbier.

Pours dark amber with some orange highlights. A fizzy off-white head becomes nothin', a slight ring formed after some swirling.

A decent smoky meat vibe from the scent, reminds me of sausage patties. Some graininess and dark fruit there as well.

Taste delivers alright smoky/meaty flavors as well, but pretty tame overall. Dark fruit and some light fruit as well, some tart apple which seems out of place but somehow works out. Some caramel, grains.

Mouthfeel is kinda limp for a lager, not bad but noticeable. Lowish carbonation. Not sure of the ABV but feels like maybe in the 6-6.5% range.

Decent. Kind of interesting flavor profile, some smokiness there but felt a little weak overall.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.99/22oz. bottle

A: deep rich copper color, full thick head that kept it all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: rich chocolate malt with pronounced smoke
T: rich chocolate malt, well-balanced with smokiness and hops, not over the top with hop bitterness
M: rich and malty mouthfeel

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Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Cath
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Fitzy01
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bruindre
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brewnme
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of psdriscoll
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of GuyIncognito
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smoky, smoky, smoky. Beautiful dark color and woodsmoke aroma. This is an intense beer. It tastes like your clothes smell after a campfire. That's part good, and part bad. For uniqueness I give it a 5, but for drinkability, I give it a 2. I split a bomber with 2 other people, and that was plenty to get the full flavor of this old German style beer. It's a beer I will be talking about for awhile, but I don't know how often I will drink it...

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Photo of tango22
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Wildfire Rauchbier from Penobscot Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 22 ratings