Sap Haus
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Smoked Beer
Ranked #4
Ranked #6,837
4.12 | pDev: 7.52%
Feb 12, 2024
Nov 12, 2019
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.
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Rated: 3.99 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Feb 12, 2024
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Reviewed by StephenisDunks

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Looks like a dark lager.

Smell definitely is quite roasty and has sweetness from the maple syrup. Due to the maple syrup it smells quite pleasant

Taste is light and grainy with alot of roasty notes, the maple syrup has a very pleasant, medium intensity, level of flavor. It mostly comes into the equation in the faster tatse. Smoke also lingers along with a bitter note.

The flavor is not the most intense in the world but it's very enjoyable especially if you like maple.

Feel is light and maybe a little velvety. Solid for the lager style.

Overall if you like maple this is a super pleasant beer.
Jan 21, 2024
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a narrow imperial pint glass: color is dark brown, amber edges, head is tan and presents 2+ fingers thick, head lingers with a solid top and provides soapy lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is beechwood smoke, light roasted malt like note, touch of malt sweetness, earthy dry hops, maybe light maple syrup aromatics.

Taste is more beechwood smoke, some roasted malt notes, subtle sweet malt, maple syrup flavor is not provided but i think the drying provided by its addition allows the smoke to shine through and residual malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bite from smoke and bitter backing.

Overall a very, very good smoked beer - smokiness permeates aroma and flavor but is not acrid, smoother lager flavor allows it to shine, mapleness is limited but its addition allows a dryer taste/feel.
Dec 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
(16 oz can, canned on 11/04/22(?) - the '22' is blurred out; purchased cold single at Beer Peddlers yesterday... poured into my Human Robot Tubinger mug)

L: hazy brown liquid; tons of tight tan foam on the pour, had to top up a couple times... the foam looks incredible, while the lack of clarity in the jucie is a concern... curiously little lace, despite the consistent splotchy cap

S: mmmm, love that smoke; beechwood variety, fairly bold, with a touch of underlying bready and toasted sugar malt aromas... soft hint of grassy, herbal (noble) hop cutting through?...

T: relatively richy malty upon first sip, brown ale-like... phenolic static comes to the fore midway, before ebbing out in the finish, giving way to a mildly woody, earthy smoke in the aftertaste, bit of almost-burnt bread crust in the near background... lacking enough sweetness or just malt clarity? maybe the maple syrup is what's exaggerating the malt intensity here, because there's no overt maple-ness to this, just a rounder malt with some depth and lasting intensity... it's interesting: the smoke is bold but just short of arresting the senses like a Bamberg import; I dig the restraint here... note of root beer by the end?!

F: plush contact up front with a silky swell, quietly fading away, giving way to a finely-tuned smoky and booze-ish stun... I don't really mind the soft sludge to its body, but I'm craving more of a crisp, cut finish

O: overall expressions are muddy, in need of more cut contrast and nuance... but, a smoked lager that also tastes like a brown ale?? - yes! I'll have another... good stuff (2106)
Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by Beecham from California

Aug 26, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by NeoClassicist from New York

Aug 08, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Opaque dark brown body with a full tan head and lacing blobs here and there. Great classically smoky nose, with earthy and woody accents, maple is a whisper. Taste starts the exact same, but then the maple and dried fig emerges in a gentle way. Not sweet which is very much appreciated! Great smooth body, drinkable but full and smoky. Really nice work. Best on a cool summer night outside or early fall during the day.
Jun 16, 2022
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

May 19, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by festizio from California

Apr 26, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by Klister from Maine

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by mvogt from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
One of my favorite finds from last winter, still fantastic!
Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can.

Pours a cloudy mahogany copperish color with a large fluffy khaki head. Nice, stubborn head retention. Leaves a halo of sticky lacing around the top of the glass. Great looking beer.

Strong aromas of smoked ham and wood chips, as well as maple syrup, brown bread, caramel and piney hops.

The flavor starts off with some caramel and sweet malts, followed by a wave of smoked wood, maple syrup and earthy hops. Finishes with sweet citrus and vanilla cola flavors. Nicely balanced with subtle complexity.

The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Lightly crisp and very drinkable despite the ABV.

Overall, this is a great smoked lager. The maple syrup character is present, but restrained, never overpowering the smokey flavors. Great balance and drinkability.
Jan 24, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
light smoke taste after taste of maple enjoyable but one or two at a time
Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Lovely dark caramel color. Body features a touch of haze, but you can nearly read through it. Decent head production, retention, and lacing from a fairly gentle pour.

Nose somehow nails absolutely everything: woody smoke, maple syrup, caramel malt body, and fresh piney and earthy hops.

Flavor is exceptional, especially for an American smoked beer. Tons of very woody smoke (little to no meaty or ham-like flavor), restrained but noticeable and complementary maple, oak, caramel, orange, dark bread. Lovely flavor profile.

Crisp and drinkable; medium bodied. Very smooth presentation of a relatively high ABV lager.

This is a unique and delightful beer. It reminds me of some of the darker malt smoked beers from Aecht Schlenkerla, and if it's not necessarily better, it does compare favorably - and that's high praise. The maple simply gives it yet another dimension.
Nov 22, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear, dark mahogany body; thin yet lasting bone-white head. Excellent rustic sweetness to the nose; anise. Old, sweet taste; cola and root beer. The taste is sweet and spicy; very mild hop bitterness. Medium body; sweet and prickly on the palate.

This review is based on a partial pour. I used the majority of the beer for some home-made sourdough bread. Reading Hunter S. Thompson's 'Ancient Gonzo Wisdom' may have contributed to the weirdness. No, I don't get the beer's purported smoked malt and maple syrup components. It is dark, semi-smooth. But I just don't get anything really unique about the beer. I have other singles available at my local, so to be fair, I will grab at least one more for a proper pour and tasting to see if things come across differently.

Poured at 55 °F; smudged, hard to read canning date on bottom of can: 03/**/21
Oct 17, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned March 2021; drank 8/10/21 @ Form Over Function Rosslyn.

Brown/orange appearance.

An even pour yielded a huge khaki head; frothy lace.

Smoke, light maple & faint bacon notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Same notes in the flavor. Substantial & interesting; one is enough but it's a fun diversion.
Aug 16, 2021
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $3.99. Canned on 1/8/21, so this is almost 7 months old.

Look: Nice chestnut brown color with amber/red highlights. Small fine-bubbled beige head. Decent lacing. Looks like a nice dark lager.

Smell: Nice aromas of dark bread and molasses. Subtle smoke flavor, similar to mesquite, on the back end. A bit floral and fruity on the nose as well - I get some interesting cherry aroma. Nice!

Taste: Very tasty. The smoke is a bit more pronounced on the taste than I was expecting from the nose. It's still very well-balanced and everything works in harmony. It has a subtle sweetness on the finish, but it's not particularly discernable that it's maple syrup. It's very nutty and a bit chocolately. This is a very delicious and drinkable beer.

Feel: Has a nice medium lager mouthfeel, with a bit of creaminess to it.

Overall: It's been a very long time since I have had a Smoked Beer. This is exceptional. It would be a very nice beer to enjoy with food. I may have to pick up some more of this.
Jul 30, 2021
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