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Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #81
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3.63 | pDev: 11.29%
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle with a "best by" date printed on the back label. Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: The thick, foamy, one finger head stays around for a while and doesn't leave any lacing behind. It's a clear, very dark amber, almost brown color.

Smell: It's a sweet and smokey scent with notes of roasted malt, caramel and dried fruit.

Taste: It's rich and smokey but mostly sweet. There's honey, caramel and malt along with some cocoa and hoppy bitterness in the background. The smoke rounds things off nicely.

Mouthfeel: It's lighter bodied but still creamy with medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A classic rauchbier in both scent and taste but toned down and more accessible. Possibly because of this, it feels a bit light and it would be better with some more robustness. Still, it's a great beer.

Mar 27, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Weyermann, Bamberg, DE. €6.99 + 0.25€ Flaschenpf (Bottle deposit). Reviewed 10/28/18.
650 mL capped bottle marked “Mindestens haltbar bis 01.12.2018” on the back label. Stored in reefer in the maltery store and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Deep amber, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, dense with surface rocks, good retention diminishing to a three mm ring and a complete layer. Head retraction leaves behind multiple broken pieces of lacing.
Lacing – Good. As the level lowers, thick partial rings of mostly tiny bubbles remain, connected by thin columns or flowstone-like sections.
First pour – Tan, hazy to the point of being opaque.
Aroma – 3 – Very weak smoke and some weak caramel barley (malted).
Flavor – 3.5 - Predominantly smoke but still much less than an average bacon. Slightly sweet. No flavor hints of a weizen. No alcohol (6.6% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation, i.e. a typical weizen.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – An average rauchbier. While the flavor of smoke is low, it is still more than adequate to bury any subtle flavors from the wheat malts.

Oct 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

german rauchweizen, but not too heavy on the smoke. my bottle dates back to 2014, but its drinking quite well still, aside from the little layer of sediment that has likely formed in the bottom of this and flaked out into the glass when i poured it. it fizzes up to a quarter inch of khaki head, but it settles back quickly into the reddish brown medium bodied liquid. the aroma is nice here, candied malts, long boiled, lots of earthy wheat, and of course the smoke, which is subtle and autumnal here, nice that there is some sweet to balance it in the taste, and there are both aromas and flavors of all sorts of fall treats from pie crust to candied red apple to dates and figs. its got a nice weight to it, better carbonation than it holds in the glass, and a neat bitter element from the smoke. its well layered, just a touch oxidized at this point, and with things like graham cracker, grill scraper, and multigrain toast coming to mind. overall a tasty beer, probably a little more compelling when it was brand new, but i thought this was quite well done. enjoyable as an after dinner drink on a rainy evening.

Sep 06, 2018
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tuesunsommiel from New York

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: cloudy dark brown/copper, translucent, hazy with a decent cream/tan head
S: some smoke, malt, cocoa
T: Some wheat flavor, smoke (subtle), malts with some hot bitter finish
F: Good body and mouth feel, oily
O: Decent rauchbier smooth

Jul 23, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid two finger head of brown foam, fairly even surface in spite of mix of bubble sizes, reduces evenly and slowly, the lacing is thin and long with normal staying power. The liquid is brown with an orange rust tint, quite cloudy with a fine sediment throughout, the visible bubbles are fat and move incredibly swiftly up to the surface. The nose starts off with caramel, butterscotch and German chocolate cake notes, metallic and dried meat accents usher in the peaty smokiness which remains more subdued than aggressive, maybe some date or fig lurking in the background along with dough and banana. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and the carbonation delivers on the visuals, all hyperactive thrashing and snap, crackle, pop. The wheat manages to enunciate a bit more here but still subordinate to the caramel, honey roasted nuts, toffee and clove. With repeated sips the smokiness accrues in your mouth pores, however, can’t call it a major factor. Not as much fruit presence and the esters seem more knit into the whole. There is a puckering sensation at the end and the finish is truncated. Satisfactory, not exemplary.

Jan 08, 2016
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

This had me at its stylistic description: a rauchweizen. Right on, right on. It pours a mostly clear garnet topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit backed up by a hint of beech smoke. Hm. The taste holds notes of cracked wheat, light orange zest, mild dry toffee, clove, and mild beech smoke. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer was a bit of a disappointment to me. The smell is too vague for its own good, the smoke character is barely there, and the weizen character is subdued. You can't see it, but my head is hanging a bit here...

Nov 21, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours hazy dark mahogany, with a generous fluffy beige head that sticks around a long time.
Smell of smoked cheese, banana chips, clove, lots of caramel, faint nut, faint bacon. It really smells like a rauchweizen, nice balance between the aromas of each style.
Starts smokey and fruity, first thing that comes to mind.. smoked apple peel, smoked dried apricots. Some cherry and banana too and a sweetness that's also a bit warm, reminding of fruit brandy. Gets breadier, the dark kind, with burnt crust and a deep spicy feel with lots of clear clove, some pepper, and the sweetness from the start carries on through some nice caramel maltiness. Gets salty, drier and dustier towards the finish, a nice nutty character (walnut, almond), hinting a bit of smoked wood too. Hops are present and provide a leafy mild bitterness.
Medium body and carbonation, chewy, "nutritious". Aftertaste is smokey, some lingering dry fruit and nut.
Great stuff, not the most aggressive rauch but packed with flavors and a bit more easy to drink than many Bamberger-born ones.

Oct 10, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, the first bomber that I can ever remember seeing from Germany, neat-o! A 'rauchweizen', in that it is apparently made with numerous sorts of malted (and smoked, of course) wheat.

This beer pours a rather hazy, dark red brick amber colour, with four flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some thick rolling hills lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of lightly roasted sweet caramel and spicy wheat malt, deep-fried bananas, clove, white pepper, a growing smoked porcine meatiness, faint tanned leather, and earthy, singed leafy hops. The taste is quite in line with the aroma - mixed and toasted caramel and wheat malt, mildly spicy clove, baked banana, fading meaty smoke, a subtle salty nuttiness, and tame earthy, weedy noble hops.

The bubbles are actually fairly active, in a pleasantly supportive and frizzante manner, the body on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth - that smokiness interjecting itself as such. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel and wheat cabal tightening its hold, while the smoke continues to wisp off into the ether, and the obvious fruit and spice packs 'er in.

A pleasant, and approachable version of this most heady of German brewing styles - the Weizen character as notable as the meaty smoke, for the most part. Easy to drink, until the unchecked sweetness catches up to you, and you start to think about that as yet unused fire pit simulacrum you just procured.

Aug 26, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Tons of head as I expect from a wheat beer, I had to let it settle for quite some time and do several pours to fill the glass. The head is foamy, bubly, and forms a peak that reminds me of a root beer float. The body is a cloudy brown with hues of blonde.

Initially, I only smell the wheat, clove and banana I get from most hefes, but the smoked ham aroma is there when I pass the beer under my nose a few times. Lots of sweet on the nose too.

There's the smoke! It's still not as aggressive as a rauchbier or smoked porter, but it's there and very tasty. I've got the lingering taste of smoked almonds on my tongue, but the beer starts sweeter and banana-heavy. I get some caramel like flavors coming in and out, mingling with the smoke. I like the flavor here.

I'm slightly disappointed by the mouthfeel here. It seems a bit flat, or at least lacking the burst I usually get from a hefe. It's smooth though and has a very light feel, this despite the 6.6% alcohol.

I think I like this beer. I'd drink a lot of this throughout the summer, very light, but full of flavor and the smokiness I'm a sucker for.

May 25, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of smoked malts, but there are also underlying notes of wheat malts and hints of bananas from the yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer didn't seem as heavy on the mouthfeel compared to other Rauchbiers and I think this was because the beer is branded as a "Rauchweizen" and is brewed with a combination of wheat and barley malts. For this reason, it is rather drinkable.

Apr 25, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitz.
According to the draught list, this was the only bar in the US to have this on tap, but looking at other reviews, that's obviously not true.

Served in a 0.3 liter stange, a murky, rusty brown color with a small beige head, minimal lacing. Bready, malty aroma, light roast. In the taste, caramel sweetness, bready malts, banana esters, honey ham. A little weird, but not necessarily bad. Medium body, and pretty easily drinkable, especially when paired with good German food. Decent overall, but not really worth a second visit.

Mar 17, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Acme for this one!
Served in a mini dimpled mug at Resi's Bierstube (happy 50th to Resi's).
Review transcribed from written notes.

Murky dark mahogany brown with a towering head of tan foam that rose above the rim of the glass for a minute or so. As it dissipated, there was lots of lace in the glass, and swirling rekindled the foam easily.

Aroma was more roasty than smoky, dark roasted malts, funky yeast. Odd note of stagnant water when swirled.

Flavors of charred malt, burnt caramel, somewhat nutty and lightly bitter in the aftertaste. Body was full, fairly smooth and creamy in feel. Left more of an impression of a roast malt brown ale. This was an odd one, couldn't really get into it though I love Rauchbiers across the whole spectrum.

Feb 19, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown where light clears the edges. Small head but it did leave a solid streak arc on the glass.

Sweet and Christmassy (spicy as if there is cinnamon and nutmeg in the brew). I only notice the smoke on the third whiff.

The initial taste is fairly neutral but the finish is strong--smoky with lots of wheat present. The body is thin and the carbonation elevated. The aftertaste is short lived and a bit sour. Interesting because it is different, but not enough to seek out. It's rare, so I would order if you find it.

Feb 04, 2014
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bark from Sweden

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange-brown colour, clear liquid. Low brownish head that sinks down quickly.

Light smokey notes in the smell, some bitterness. Caramel and woods.

The taste got a light and well integrated smoked flavour. Caramel and elegant bitterness. Some warming alcohol and red fruits/berries. Pleasant. Malty notes with some sourness in the aftertaste.

Lager-like strong carbonation. Light yet smooth liquid.

A quite pleasant beer with smoke that is not too strong.

Jan 19, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some decent aromas and flavors.

Jun 03, 2013
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 66 ratings