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Gänstaller-Bräu Affumicator | Gänstaller-Bräu

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Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kojevergas on 05-20-2012

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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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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