Schwarzer Rauch
Live Oak Brewing Company

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German Rauchbier
Ranked #48
Ranked #29,796
3.75 | pDev: 9.87%
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 31
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another unique smoked beer from these guys, really well done overall but a little heavier than some of the others i had in here. this one is deep amber, mahogany colored with some darker malts obvious. its a lager which i think is pretty cool, but cant really appreciate until the very end when it starts to crisp up a little bit. the malt is sturdy, sweet, and has a strong mineral profile, along with some caramel and some roast, not too deep, but this is pretty dense as they go. the smoke element is mid spectrum, not too intense but certainly a leading agent along with the sweeter crystal and munich types in here. smoke courses all the way through it, notes of raisin and even cherry too, a hefe type yeast element rather than a lager one, but bready and drying up towards the finish. carbonation is a shade below where id like it to be, but overall this is really well refined. a unique recipe for sure, a cool integration of smoke into a classic style, live oak seems to do a lot of that. i had a blast in here!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bangers in Austin, TX.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, with a small white foamy head, with a little bit of sticky lacing.

This smells like sweet and earthy campfire smoke, milk chocolate, pumpernickel, brown bread, and light spice.

This is really quite nice. The smoke level is moderate, and doesn’t contain that gross bandaid/plastic that poorly handled smoked beers can have. It’s got a nice chocolate, bready, and slightly roasty base, with a bit of spice that’s kinda reminiscent of either rye or pumpernickel bread. This is just perfectly reminiscent of a warm campfire.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a soft level of carbonation.

Live Oak is definitely constantly pumping out bangers.

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Photo of stephens101
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the brewery.

Dark brown with deep red hues at the light. Leaves a streaky tan froth down the side of the glass after a slow fade. Has a smokey sweet aroma. Taste involves grain, slight notes of dark fruit as well as other notes of faint wood and smoke that become more prominent as the beer warms. Lighter in body that expected.

A damn good outing by a damn good brewery (who generally has the German styles down pat) but could use a bit more flavor. Then again I'm a bit biased toward the real thing.

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Photo of champ103
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap several times, most recently at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace .
S: Buttery and malty up front. Toast, cereal grains, and then the smoke. Light meaty ham hack.
T: Big toasted malts, cereal grains, light roast. Then the smoke takes over. Not overwhelming, but very noticeable. Meaty, hammy and all that good Rauch character you would expect. Though balanced with the rest of the malty character.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated. Crisp, but also smooth at the same time. For the style this is really easy to drink. The balance between the malts and smoke is great. I have had several since this has become available.

Certainly not as up front, and in some cases, not as abrasive as some German offerings. Though there is still that distinct meaty character. Which is always balanced with their great base Schwarzer. If not one of Live Oak's best, or even 100% authentic, still really enjoyable. Recommended.

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Schwarzer Rauch from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 31 ratings