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Gänstaller-Bräu AffumicatorGänstaller-Bräu Affumicator

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Style: German Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kojevergas on 05-20-2012

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This one pours a kind of flat looking and murky brown color, with no head or lacing.

This smells intensely smokey, and a bit roasty, with slight smoky phenols, peat, and caramel.

This is not good. It's got a weird syrupy character, with an intensely smoky and bitter taste to it. If it was less syrupy, and better attenuated, it would be better, as the smokey character itself isn't all that bad, until it warms, and it just gets so overwhelming. I don't understand what's the point here.

This is very, very syrupy, and not all that drinkable. There's a very low level of carbonation.

This is honestly appalling. I am very disappointed here.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1.25 Euros/500 mL bottle at the brewery. Reviewed 10/22/18.
Capped bottle marked “Mindestens haltbar bis 24.04.19” on the front label. Stored at room temperature in the brewery store and consumed at room temperature from a hand washed and dried glass coffee mug.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium brown, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, creamy, good retention, diminishing to a four mm ring and complete layer.
Lacing – Fair – Complete partial ring of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Medium brown, hazy.
Aroma – 4 - Caramel malt.
Flavor – 4.25 - Less caramel and more malt than the nose. Slightly sweet. No hops, no alcohol (4.9 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Less than medium, bordering on syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – I had this both on tap and from a bottle and there is very little difference – both are good.
Rating 4.25, rDev 0% (First review).

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Photo of bigred89
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very hazy dark caramel brown in color. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong, intense aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite smokey and has underlying notes of caramel and raisins.
M: it feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aroma of this beer might scare some people who don't like the smell of iodine and Band-Aids, but the taste is somewhat more balanced with underlying malty and fruity flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of smithj4
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brewberry Bar in Paris, France. Poured in a 12.5cl tasting glass. The smoke is strong in there, in the smell mostly. Some caramel notes. Funny to try

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopBelT
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drmeto
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-pours a clear red-brown with a small,foamy,beige head
-low carbonation visible
-low to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
Very similar to Schlenkerla's Märzen, but much bigger.
Great Smoked Bock.Excellent Winter/Autumn Beer.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark amber color with a bit of tan head. Aroma is quite intense on the smoked malts but also sweet, syrupy, brown sugar and honey notes. Taste is also quite sweet and sticky with intense smoked malt flavor and an earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Medium plus body, low carbonation. There is some alcohol warmth but it's not too bad. Overall it's a quite balanced beer but still a bit unrefined.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Almost no carbonation. Pours dark brown - reddish. Nose is huge smoke and malt - different from smoky beers that I have tasted in the past. This is better. Taste is crazy. Licorice, vanilla, burnt wood, earthy. This is absolutely crazy - HUGE flavor and crazy smokiness. Almost a sweet smoky - hickory. Huge fan!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DispyDnb
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Smell is excellent: powerfull scamorza cheese plus malt and a hint of alcohol; taste is well balanced between the malty bock character, smokyness and hops; mid carbo and body, feels almost liquorous but drinks like a 5%abv beer. Excellent smoked bock beer

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in Rome. Hard to go past a 9.8% rauchbier.

Pours a deep, ruby-red colour, very clear. Body is fairly light, but linguid. Head forms an orange-white creast, very frothy but ephemeral. It leaves clumpy lace as it collapses. Carbonation forms in fine streams. Looks pretty good.

Nose is wonderful: big smoky and sweet, like a juicy beef BBQ. Smoky and spicy ribs with plum sauce and pepper. Really hefty sweetness helps it a lot. It's not like your regular Bamburg rauchbier, but it's pulling it into a completely new direction.

Light spicy entry on the palate, fairly clean but with some sweetness right from the start. The meatiness comes in quickly, smoky, savoury with some brusque tobacco characters. Back has a linger of smoke but supported by a long plummy sweetness and more of that meaty, savoury note. Lingering BBQ ribs on the finish with a little ashy smoke to finish it off. Feel is very solid and rich.

It's really heavy to drink, but really nicely intense, so I don't really care. I probably wouldn't drink an entire pint of it, but it is without a doubt worth trying for the experience.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is brewed for Ma Che Siete Venuti in Rome, Italy. Their blackboard listed it at 9.8%, though anecdotally I've seen it listed online as 9.6%. I had it there on-draught in July 2011, where they served it into a half-pint glass. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average merely from the bar it was served in. Cost was 4 euro.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely soft cream, great thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a cloudy gold-copper.

Sm: Rauchbier influence is certainly evident here, with abundant smokey bacon notes and roast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Baconey body with smoke and malted barley. Actually quite simple, which I didn't expect. It's built alright, but could use more of a roast foundation. Balanced. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Of perfect thickness. Complements the taste decently. Wrong for the style though, which requires more dryness and coarseness. If it had more roasted barley in its base, this would be cured.

Dr: Four euro for 250ml is excessive, but it's a pretty good beer for what it is. Hides its high alcohol content well. It's easy to drink. Its biggest fault is its lack of complexity. It pales in comparison to other German rauchbiers (specifically Bamberg's offerings), but it's not bad.


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