Sugarfire Smoked Lager | Excel Brewing Company

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Excel Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Franziskaner on 03-20-2015

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13
Photo of emerge077
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale gold, with an ample frothy head of foam, decent lacing.
Aroma is off, DMS, creamed corn, overcooked vegetables. Not much smoke there.
Taste is a little better, though the corn is prevalent there too. Some decent wood smoke behind that. Light bodied but with some substance, and an even level of carbonation. Needs some tweaking.

 341 characters

Photo of Quetzolcotl
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've only had a few smoked beers so I dont know if people actually drink several of them at once. I sure couldn't and a six pack will last a long time. This beer has nice balance between the lager beer and smoke flavors. You can still taste the beer besides the smoke which is nice. Sugarfire is a really good BBQ joint and they did a good job with the smoking addition in this beer. If smoke is your thing give this one a go.

 431 characters

Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong smoke, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, the smoke quality in both and aroma and body is fantastic, otherwise an average beer.

 452 characters

Photo of Franziskaner
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep gold in color with excellent clarity and a fingernail of off white head around the rim. I smell corn German hops. The flavor matches the nose. This is not a smoked lager as advertised as there is not a hint of smoke in the nose or the flavor. The mouth is crisp and refreshing. There is more body than I typically find in a lager here.

 345 characters

Sugarfire Smoked Lager from Excel Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.