Friar Bacon Smoked Bock
Listermann Brewing Company

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Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #64
Ranked #36,105
3.71 | pDev: 15.63%
Listermann Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Friar Bacon Smoked BockFriar Bacon Smoked Bock
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Much like drinking a pork chop, the sweet and savory flavor of bock bier sets the stage for the rolling mesquite and hickory character that rolls across the complex and malty lager. Listermann brewers have a huge advantage by picking two highly agreeable styles to frame their Friar Backon smoked bock- the bock beer and the rauchbier.

Not exactly fried bacon, but upon the pour, the lager is impressive. Brilliantly clear with mahogany and cedar hues and a dense marshallowy froth of khaki coloration. Rich smoke and molasses waft onto the senses with hints of pepper, dark fruit, char and coffee. To taste, its the malt that reigns supreme- coating the tongue with savory and elegant brown sugar, toffee, molasses, coffee, nuttiness and toasted breads.

As the sweetness tightens and its sweetness begins to dissolve, the toasted dryness of malt stands tall with toasted grains, pepper, nutty flavors- all inviting the strong smoke flavors that quickly charge onto the palate. Semi-sweet in finish, a cola-like flavor permeates the smoke and offers the unique taste of well marinated meats with the grilled taste of stone fruit and a hint of spiced rum in finish.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer carries a complexity and weight that suggests a bigger, imperial even, strength. Warm and toasty in finish, the beer lingers long with spice cake maltiness and that persistent whimsy of campfire.

Jul 05, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Murky, muddy brown.
It smells like bacon. Juuust like bacon. Yummmm.
Much sweeter than anticipated. It's way more malty and sweet than smoky or savoury.
Smooth and round.
A good beer, but I don't know that I'd want a whole one...

Aug 31, 2015
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UrbanCaveman from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear hickory brown, and forms a pale tan head that quickly dies to a cap and ring.

Smell: Char, smoke, grease, and pork, much like the way my smoker smells half of each summer. There's a hint of caramel sweetness underneath the smoke.

Taste: Pork grease and hickory smoke combine to make the first few sips not unlike eating some dry barbecue. As the beer progresses, a caramel sweetness unfolds beneath the layer of smoke, alongside hints of raisin and chestnut. The finish leaves a lingering aftertaste of smoked pork flesh and charred hickory.

Mouthfeel: Medium of body and somewhat sticky, this is a bock.

Overall: Quite enjoyable, and will repeat. It is not quite as good as the Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche, but as this one is listed as a rauchbier, I'll have it rated higher.

Apr 07, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a mug

A - It is a dark rust color with amber highlights. I normal pour provided four inches of tan head.

S - It smells like a rauchbier. I get that wonderful aroma of smoked pork. I get some caramel malt as well.

T - It's got a pretty good smokey flavor to it. I get some sweet caramel malt in the middle, and it has a dry, bitter finish.

M - Medium with some prickly carbonation.

O - It has the makings of a great rauchbier. I loved the aroma, and the initial flavor was good. I didn't like the dry, bitter finish.

Jul 01, 2013
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2.61/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks good. Brown and clean with a thin, off-white head.
S: The label isn't lying. Powerful smokey aroma with bacon showing up clearly. Smells more like breakfast than beer.
T: Smoke blasts the tastebuds hard. Didn't notice the bacon as much, but the combination of smoke and malt wound up tasting kinda like a band aide. Not something I enjoyed.
M: Moderately full, the smokiness made it seem fairly big. Good carbonation.
O: This definitely wasn't my bag. The chemical/band aide affect in the taste left a lot to be desired. Pleasent to smell, not so much to taste. Didn't finish the bottle.

Dec 17, 2012
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber/brown color with a half inch light tan head that fizzled away pretty quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is pretty much all smoked meats/malt (bacon), along with a bit of wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like smoked malt/meats, and there's also some wood and an apple juice flavor noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I think it's a solid brew, it's definitely worth trying.

Jun 22, 2012
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Vierenner from Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried hard but couldn't enjoy it. I don't know if the word Bacon on the label messed with my head but the first hickory filled sip had me thinking a slice of bacon had slipped into the bottle. Had to pour out the rest and move on to a beer of known quality and/or likability.

Jun 12, 2012
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rangerred from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a very hazy dark brown with a fizzy white head. Fairly decent head retention and lacing.

Smells quite smoky along with some fruitiness reminding me of overripe raspberries. Slightly yeasty as well. I do detect the slightest hint of alcohol.

The taste is almost overwhelmingly smoky at first. After taking a few sips, however, some greater complexities begin to emerge. Hidden behind the smoke is a pleasant fruitiness along with some woody notes. There is a bit of alcohol that becomes noticeable in the finish. The beer is fairly sweet limiting drinkability somewhat.

Overall I am impressed with this beer. I am a big fan of rauchbiers and this one did not disappoint. I wonderful hearty beer perfect for a cold evening.

Dec 29, 2011
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kzoobrew from Michigan

3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to brew3crew for the bottle. Cheers Jason

The body is a rather dirty, cloudy golden raisin color. Two finger white head recedes rather quickly. Sparse lacing left clinging to the glass.

The aroma starts to improve my opinion from the appearance. The smoke is not heavy but very much front and center. A nice hickory smoke smell blends fairly well with the heavy caramel flavors just behind.

The flavor is a constant back and forth. The smokiness is very pleasant but the sweetness becomes too much after a while. If there was just more dark malt flavor to contrast the tremendous sweetness we would be in business. In the end the smoke just cannot compete.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. The finish is on the longer side but is in no way excessive.

Just not the beer for me. I can appreciate the concept and the attempt, the final result leaves me wanting more than it can deliver. One pour is enough and then time to move on.

Mar 08, 2011
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backfat from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

100th review. super excited to get this. Thanks CMitchell! shocking my landmark review has something to do with pork....

This beer showed up at the house very cold today. I gave it 15 hours to settle in the fridge. Opened it up to a crazy gusher. Lost about 3-4 oz of beer all over my counter. Perhaps it was the extreme temp changes or the stress on route. Whatever, my kitchen smells like bacon so I don't mind.

L- a careful pour yields a dark, caramel amber. foggy and chunky. white flakes dance around in the murky cider like body. a fizzy, noisy, and lively head dissipates rapidly to a thin white film.

S- The smell off the bat is great. I was afraid since this beer emphasized bacon, that it would be like an overly smoked beer that gave a nitrate like amora, but this one is balanced nicely. Road tar, malted barley, honey ham, rubber, and charred hickory. absolutely awesome.

T- the taste is light and pleasant. It reminds me a Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen. Crisp with a silky malt presents.

F- overcarbonated and fizzy, but not stinging or thin.

D- Very high drinkability for me. Very happy I have another one. The taste isn't too heavy, but the smell is dank. I am very glad this one delivered. Bacon beer baby!

Jan 25, 2011
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chickencoop from California

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a trade, thanks for opening my eyes to some of Ohio's finest.
A - cloudy muddy brown, not much head, after it sat a bit, nothing but an oil slick head.
S - sweet smokyness.
T - like the label says, bacon, pretty much through the whole smell and taste,
D - if your up for a big full flavored beer, this is it, but to imagine having a few of these would be rough.
glad I git to try this, but pretty rough to put down after a few sips.

Jan 13, 2011
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nlmartin from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was picked up at a local stop and rob. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a murky dark amber coloration. The head was a thick beige that resolves to a ring of foam. No lacing noted.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is loaded with smokey bacon. A nice maple note couples with the meaty bacon.

Taste: A sweet maple smoked bacon, starts very strongly smokdy and mellows out.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is just shy of medium. I think a little less fizzyness would improve the drinkability. I would certainly grab another bottle of this should I see it great bang for the buck at $5.00 a bomber.

Dec 05, 2010
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TheBierBand from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Listermann Brewing Co. while I was shopping for home-brew supplies.

22 oz. bomber brown bottle. Poured into pint glass to form a 2" head of off-white frothy foam. The head lasted and lasted as a decent 1/8" cap for the duration. Beer was cloudy and had some minor floaters (bottle conditioned).

Nose: Very apparent smokey scent (like sitting around a campfire). Salty nose as well (Bacon is definitely there)

Taste: Just like the smell... very good. The Malt is balanced well with a slight hops finish.

Mouthfeel: maybe just a tad fizzy for my taste.... but not bad. Not as smooth as I like.

Drinkability: A nice meal in a bottle.... One bomber satisfys.

Nov 24, 2010
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mwa423 from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy red with ample white fluffy head that had decent retention and left a decent lacing.

S - Smoke and lots of it, there is the typical pork/bacon aromas along with a malty sweetness.

T - All smoke and meaty notes, the typical pork/bacon flavors with a grilled bbq type flavor that starts strong and mellow through into a nice malty and smooth finish.

M/D - Mouthfeel is about perfect, coats the tongue but still light and goes down smoothly. Very drinkable for the style and worth a look for rauchbier fans.

Nov 07, 2010
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fishnuttoo from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was bought at Listermann Brewing on Dana ave, 22 0z bomber.

A: Medium, hazy, brown color. Small tan head, faded quickly

S: Strong smokey smell, sweet smell intermingled.

T: strong smokey taste, some richness in there, and definitely some sweetness too. flavor stays throughout the beer.

M: lightly carbonated, medium bodied beer

D: good beer, strong smokey flavor, without being overbearing. would drink again.

Keep making em, and Ill keep drinking em

Aug 08, 2010
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mazdarx from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up the other day as i was getting supplies to brew a couple beers.

Not a huge fan of smoked beverages other than Alaska's smoked porter and a few other smoked porters. So i was surprised when i found myself enjoying this more than i expected to. Smells like smoked bacon right off the bat for me. it marries well with the bock style. very impressed.

Jul 28, 2010
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Beejay from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany brown. Murky with tan head that fades into white bubbles on the top.

S: Definitely smells like smoked meat. Something sweet in the smell as well, almost like maple bacon.

T: Smokey up front.. this fades to a gentle pleasant sweetness. The finish is a nice long lasting grilled aftertaste. There is almost a Belgian flavor in here, I'll need to get another bottle or two to figure this thing out.

M: Thin to medium bodied, though it feels quite light in your mouth. Carbonation is there, but it is not featured. There is a nice roundness to this brew.

D: Definitely something I would like to get again. I think I could drink a few pints of this, and try to figure it out a little better.

Jun 29, 2010
Friar Bacon Smoked Bock from Listermann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 56 ratings