Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Bonfire RauchbierSamuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by HoustonTX on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 576 |  Reviews: 238
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Gushue3
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- somewhat bigger head thats just under 2 finger and has some nice retention. The body is a deep dark brown with some red tints. Head has pretty much receded and left no lacing.

S- Light sweet malts and smokey smell thats tougher to get. Not too pungent, but smells okay.

T- Caramel malts accompany the smoke and bacon nicely. The finish is nicely rounded. The smoke is definitely the main focus in this brew, but isnt over the top

M- lighter medium mouthfeel that has a similar carbonation feel.

O- Not too bad of a beer but is kind of 1 dimensional but cant complain for 2 in a great 12 pack

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3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a 6 oz taster glass.

A: Lighter than I would have anticipated. The beer is bright copper, topped with a thinnish bleached bone white head.

S: Aroma is like an oktoberfest or other malt heavy beer with a dash of liquid smoke tossed in. Yes it smells like smoke, but has the effect of making it seem like a beer pretending to be a rauchbier.

T/MF: Taste is an improvement as the smoke flavor is much more apparent here than in the aroma but does not overpower the subtler and sweeter malt flavors. Feel is quite smooth with a biting, but pleasant acridity that buts a nice edge on the mouthfeel.

D: Needs more smoke! I can understand why Sam Adams might pull back a bit on this style as they probably want to avoid scaring Gomers from trying any more of their mixed seasonal pack. But they are probably going to hate it anyways so why not just go whole hog on this?

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3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with my BA buddy, BeerConnoiseur. Thanks, Pat for sharing the brews!

Enjoyed in an authentic German Beer Mug.

A - Beer pours a translucent, deep amber color. A small, half to one finger head on the initial pour. Decent lacing.

S - Wow! An overwhelming smell of smokiness or burnt wood.

T - A decent tasting beer if you're really into smoke! A strong smoke presence with a taste of bacon? Yup, I'm getting a spicy, almost meaty smokiness while I drink this. The beer has a slight sweetness from the malts and some hops give it a bitter aftertaste. A beer that lives up to it's style. Tastes like I just inhaled a hit of bonfire smoke! The alcohol is not noticeable.

M - A slight tingle from the carbonation. On the thin side for consistency.

O - A beer that is truly a rauchbier! Not what I call a refreshing beer but it is not bad. This beer was rated on how close I would imagine it is to being correct for the style. Not a beer I'd drink on a regular basis but I enjoyed giving it a try. Thanks again, Pat for sharing the brews!


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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of aorloski
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful dark amber to withered rust, pours a half finger head in a tulip which disappears quickly and sticks to the glass

Smell - If you have ever smelled beef jerky this is what it smells like, sorry if that is a little crude but it is what comes to mind first. Big yet smooth smoke characteristics and hidden in them are peat, malts and spice

Taste - definitely on this one follows the nose. Beef jerky, smoke, peat, wood, salt, cured meats. "bonfire" is an apt name for this brew

Mouthfeel - moderate carbonation, true to style

Overall - This came in a mixed pack i bought on a whim and is the only one i cared to rate, the only one that stuck out really. A pretty in the middle of the road rauchbier that is pretty enjoyable and of course great to crak on an october night. cheers!

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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1/5  rDev -71.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Generous three-finger creamy offwhite head. Body is a gradient of clearish amber to hazy ruby. Laces some.

Smells tangy for a rauch, there's something pungent here that I'm not enjoying-- like a cheap-lager smell. But the smoke is there, so that's good.

Body has a lot of watery tartness around the smoke. Sort of a tinny lager with some smoke in it. I had my hopes up; Sam Adams does some pretty nice stuff, but this didn't live up to my expectation. I hold the bar really high for rauchs in general,a nd this one, while not bad per se, is not very good. Malt feels cheap and corny.

Mouthfeel is sort of fizzy, but not prickly. Again, not great.

Eh, a letdown, but I probably expected too much from it.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber brown with a two finger dirty white head that has good retention, no lacing left on the glass as the head resides. The aroma is full of roasted malts, clove and a nice smokiness. The taste puts the initial smoke in your mouth that fades quickly with a rich molasses and malty notes. A lighter mouthfeel then I would hope for but the carbonation feels good. This is a good beer, I wish there was a tad more smoke but it would be a very good way to introduce people to smoked beers.

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3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a brown color with dark red hues and a filmy tan head. The smell is mostly smoky wood with some sweet malt and a hint of bacon. It tastes of burnt bacon, there is a slight tang to it and it has a bitter smoky finish. This beer is very smooth with a medium body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a good beer, the smoke isn't too powerful and it has a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

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Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.53 out of 5 based on 576 ratings.
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