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Frau Blucher | Barrier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by socon67 on 03-04-2012

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 36
Reviews by brother_rat:
Photo of brother_rat
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass of this on tap at The Farm on Cortelyou. I'd had a few of the Barrier beers at Bierkraft a few weeks back, and so was pleasantly surprised to see this while grabbing dinner with the lady.

The appearance was quite nice: a light faint hay yellow. Very striking. There was a nice foamy head, although I will say that dissipated fairly quick. Minimal lacing.

Actually, the smell was of a faint smoke, but it was there--just kind of smelled like a wet field, near a campfire: wet hay, some smoke, and also a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Very nice smokiness: doesn't suffocate you like most other smoked beers, and I thought it balanced well with the other flavors. Caught more hay, but also some sweetness from toasted malts, very contained hop presence. Also detected a nice citrus balance, but understated.

Mouthfeel: Light and bright, and well-carbonated so as to be very smooth on the palate.

Overall: Great beer. I had some pulled pork app (roasted, not smoked, but still) and the beer went very well with it. On the whole, while this was clearly a rauchbier it had more flavor and balance than most that I've seen, which tend to hit you over the head with smokiness (fine by me as I like that flavor, but they're often very one-note). This was a great beer that could pair well with a ton of foods with the backgrounds notes but also was lighter and refreshing. I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of DonnieHops
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a smoke bomb.

After getting hopped out this beer is a palette cleanser of smoked meat and wood. Pair with a peaty scotch like Ardbeg and a fat cigar.....maybe some beef jerky.....

At 5.4 it's a good BBQ beer and you can swig a good amount of this one.....

I can hear the horses winnie from here as Frau Blucher enters the fray....

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of socon67
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour is golden with a white foam on top. Some lacing, but minimal. Visible bubbles of carbonation.

S - Smells of freshly burnt wood, some grassy scent, and earthy spices.

T - Flavor is a BBQ in a glass. Fresh hickory smoked pork is the first thing I thought of upon tasting this. Very fresh with lots of smoke.

M - The smoke makes this linger in your mouth for a while, so make this either your beer of choice or the end of the night. It is smooth, but akin to a smooth cigar.

O - What I loved was how such a light beer can pack so much smoke. I'm used to a smoked porter or rauchbier, but this was a new one to me. I'd certainly give it a shot when considering a smoky beer. Pair it with a sweet marinaded meat and have a awesome pairing.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of beechwood smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follws the smell and has flavors of smoked malts along with notes of Band Aids.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't too difficult to drink because the smoke is not overpowering, but novices might not be able to get past the Band Aid flavors.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Prost, Garden City, NY.

Poured a brassy hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft hardwood smoke atop a grainy malt.

The taste was well balanced with a pleasant smoke dancing on the palate. The grain bill was solid with a cleansing herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and a touch grainy.

Overall an excellent smoked beer. Very user friendly and suprisingly refreshing.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Frau Blucher from Barrier Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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