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The Lubitsch Touch | Right Proper Brewing Company - Shaw Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Right Proper Brewing Company - Shaw Brewpub
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smokey, Balanced, Refreshing. This pale beer is brewed with a blend of both beech wood and cherry wood smoked malts. The Lubitsch Touch is very light and refreshing take on a German rauchbier, with just a touch of balanced smoke in the finish.

Added by jjdc on 01-11-2014

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

A bright white head is presented, fairly small, with a slightly opaque and solid lemon body color. Creamy thin puck and collar as the beer sits and rests.

Slightly closed aroma, only really opens up with more sips. Slight hints of smoked wood, not much else.

Palate though on first sip just explodes nicely. Soft bodied malt, with minimal mix of chewy quality and light crispness. Big crackling toast finish and white bread with matchin smokey aromas. No off putting phenolic aromas or band aid off putting senses. Small hints of tobacco and even a little bit of sugar and salt on the finish together. Palate is minimal on the carbonation giving the malts some depth, just soft enough, but misses just the hint of bakery bread action on a classic pils.

I love smoked beer and this one is a real surprise, it at first seems very ordinary but the first taste hits like it was a beer brewed on the other side of the pond. The brewer absolutely nailed this one. and at 4.7% abv, I could see myself drink a lot of this in the possible future.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Faint smoke on nose. Lite smoke on taste. Excellent!

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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Growler from the brewery. I haven't had this beer in years.

Pouring a faintly hazy yellow with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose opens faintly smoky with a touch of honey, dough and a mildly minty/herbal hop character. The smoke character is mild, maybe even milder than the Schlenkerla Helles, with a faintly cherry/apple wood smoke character. Refreshing. The palate is sublime. Opening firmly but mildly smoky with a blend of burnt sugar and dying embers before a brilliant bitterness, mildly oily, mildly minty and moderately earthy takes over, coating the palate and locking in the smoke. In between, the doughy and mildly bready/honey-like malt character raises its head gracefully, lending a fullness to the palate that belies the low ABV. Medium light in body with soft carbonation, this beer has a long finish with a blend of earthy hops and delicate smoke. The mid-palate is just a hair thin, but apart from that, this beer is pretty exceptional. Highly recommended.

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On tap at Right Proper Brewing Company in Washington, DC.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A thick lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, grain, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, smoke, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a mild smoke presence that makes this one tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

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A refreshingly light rauchbier. Good drinking here, corn as an adjunct helps to determine this beers finish and body.

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3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Adventurous style: A pale rauchbier. This looks like any other Belgian, but things get interesting when you bring it to your lips. Big campfire nose. The light body can't quite stand up to the four-alarm smoke. Needs more of a malt backbone to firm this one up and give it some ballast. Props for creativity though.

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The Lubitsch Touch from Right Proper Brewing Company - Shaw Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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