Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Friar Bacon Smoked Bock | Listermann Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Friar Bacon Smoked BockFriar Bacon Smoked Bock
BA SCORE
3.67/5
Good
54 Ratings
Friar Bacon Smoked BockFriar Bacon Smoked Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Listermann Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
listermannbrewing.com

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Beejay on 06-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,567
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
54
pDev:
16.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

 1,401 characters

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

 551 characters

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
3.25/4.5/3.5/3.5/4
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...

 271 characters

Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of buschbeer
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

 549 characters

Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Beejay
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 716 characters

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zimm421
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of rangerred
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 769 characters

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of elkinbrown
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of nlmartin
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

 652 characters

Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Friar Bacon Smoked Bock from Listermann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 54 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

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