Sap Haus
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Smoked Beer
Ranked #25
Ranked #16,543
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Sap Haus is a smoked dark lager brewed with Maine maple syrup. Dark brown in color with notes of campfire, toffee, maple, and earth with a full body and lightly sweet finish.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 15 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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davesinger88 from Maine

4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

How is this beer average so low? This is--for me--the campfire beer for fall. Each element is present, but subtle so as not to overpower the other aspects: smoky sweetness and a clean finish. Great from the can. I almost never enjoy smokey beers, but this one is so balanced and drinkable a fan of straightforward pilsners and lagers as well as smokey stuff will enjoy.

Oct 25, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is a wonderfully complex beer that comes off as so clean thanks to the subtle lager yeast notes pairing with a truly decadant malt profile. There is mellow smoke hinting at smoked meat or bacon, there is a sappy maple sweetness and hints of candied nuts and brown sugar. molasses, caramel, leather, and a mellow slightly bitter roasty character rounds this one out beautifully. WOW!!

Oct 21, 2020
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ChipChaight from New York

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Blending and Bottling in Portland. Pours opaque dark brown with fluffy light tan head, nice lacing, smell is mildly smoky dark malts, hints of creamy coffee and molasses, taste is nice roast/smoke up front, mild coffee, chocolate, and caramel, hints of maple syrup as it warms, feel is light and very creamy. An delightfully quaffable smokey and mildly sweet treat, pairs well with a roaring fire on a cold day.

Oct 13, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yo, there are few beers that are so flawlessly executed like this one. Pours a dark brown. It's a mahogany. Subtle ham, oak, and maple on the nose. It's frothy with warm campfire smoke balanced with baked Christmas maple ham meaty goodness and some malty breadiness, like honey whole wheat bread, none of that wonderbread enriched white bread crap. If this loses points anywhere, it's from the fact that it is way too easy to drink. At 7%, this could become a deadly beverage. It scratches the smoke, meaty, and maple itch all the while presented in a tight lager package.

Latest batch - gotta knock it down a peg. The smoke is much more muted and the beer suffers greatly for it. We'll see how the next batch of this is. Talking the 10/02/2020 batch here.

Prost, Oxbow!

Mar 21, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-clear dark rouge tap pour with a thin, tan foam cap. The aroma ( and flavor) start with a big smoky puff. However, the smoke impression dissipates and caramel and malt dominates. The smoke and toast continue to inform the flavor through to the fish. This is enjoyable.

Dec 16, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown when viewed from afar but when held up to a glass it is clear but very dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a narrow collar of beige bubbles around the edge of the glass and lots of wisps of lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but has stronger flavors of smoked malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was very easy to drink given its lighter body nature.

Serving type: can

Dec 08, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crowler from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.

This one pours a golden amber color, with a small head, and lots of white sticky lacing.

This smells like light ad wispy smoke, fermented maple, caramel, dark breadiness, and tobacco.

The smoke is lightly done here, luckily - it's certainly a flavor that can get overwhelming with over-use. The maple is definitely there, but it doesn't add to much overwhelming sweetness. The smoke is there - and adds a light and clean earthiness, alongside caramel drizzled breadiness, and tobacco and grassy hoppiness.

This is light bodied, creamy, and rich, with a great drinkability, and a nice creamy smoothess on the back end.

I like this a lot. Oxbow is going to do stuff well that no one else is really gonna try.

Dec 01, 2019
Sap Haus from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 15 ratings