Helles Rauchlager
Live Oak Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #63
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,500
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 13.23%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
22
From:
Live Oak Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  1
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes:
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by DoubleABaird:
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DoubleABaird from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Oak Heller Rauch

Look:
Deep straw to pale gold in color with a bright white head and nearly brilliant clarity. Head has moderate retention and a small bubble texture.

Aroma:
Beechwood smoke hits you first but that is punctuated by a moderate amount of grassy, spicy noble hop aromas. Clean Lager fermentation with no esters or any off-flavors.

Taste:
Melange of smoke and noble hops play well together and that’s the bulk of the flavor. Otherwise it is a clean and dry beer.

Overall:
The best of both worlds here. You get the great hop character and dryness of a Helles with the great smoky flavor of a Rauchbier.

Dec 02, 2017
More User Reviews:
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kkarimi from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 03, 2020
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beeragent from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap: Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear light straw, forming a white 1/2 inch head with heavy rings of lace.

S - Strong aroma of smoked malts that dominates the nose (just as a good smoked beer should!)

T - The smoked malt dominates the palate at first but gives way to a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Very simple yet full of flavor.

M - Perfect mouthfeel. Crisp and clean with great carbonation. Light yet the taste lingers long after the finish.

O - Oh man, has Live Oak ever made a bad beer! Amazing is all I can say. They nailed this one. It's defined as a smoked helles and I have to say this is spot on for what it is. Awesome job!!!!

Aug 08, 2013
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 15, 2013
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 29, 2014
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attometer00 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jan 12, 2014
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javlin624 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Dec 17, 2013
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Oct 19, 2013
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videofrog from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Aug 24, 2013
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ChaseTheAce from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jun 14, 2014
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Fakexican from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Aug 25, 2013
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CheapBeerBuzz from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Aug 18, 2013
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cyde from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Aug 15, 2013
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ExaltedNecrosis from Texas

4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Big Hops in San Antonio, TX.

A - Beautiful golden hue, semi-clear with a finger of white head which leaves good amount of lacing

S - Wow, the aroma is very strong smoke and sweet malt. Hits you right in the nose. Smells wonderful.

T - Taste follows the nose, and it is delicious. Smoked malt dominates with a large underlying sweetness. Bitterness is minimal, no significant hop profile that I can detect, but it doesn't need one. Despite being smokey and malty, it is still balanced with a little bit of bitterness on the end.

M - What more can I say, the mouthfeel is perfect. High level of carbonation that makes the sweet smokiness just pop on your tongue, very crisp and refreshing. I could drink this all day and not get sick of the smoke. Smoke and slight bitterness lingers long after each sip.

O - I knew nothing about this before ordering, and boy am I glad I did. One of the best beers I've ever had, and I think I like it even more than Live Oak Hefeweizen, which is fantastic. I've certainly never had a lager this good. The smoke is strong but not overpowering, and the sweetness and bitterness balance it out along with the great mouthfeel and it all combines to make an almost perfect beer. I will be seeking this one out again.

Aug 14, 2013
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Tiernan from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Aug 15, 2013
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Wayne17 from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -30%

Jul 26, 2014
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Mplsbrew from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Nov 23, 2014
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Jame515 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Aug 25, 2013
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Can_has_beer from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Oct 25, 2016
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StevenLaValley from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Oct 31, 2013
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HipCzech from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

(From notes, sampled 26-Oct-14) 4 oz cask pour into a wine glass at Jester King Brewery. Lightly hazy, bright orange golden with a slight haze, no head. Big bouquet of savory, smoky malt. Smooth, sweet cereal malt, soft, salty, earthy smoke and hints of herbal hops. Light body with little carbonation. Light, flavorful and satisfying - perfect on a sunny afternoon in the Austin countryside.

Oct 26, 2014
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Bryan12345 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aug 12, 2017
Helles Rauchlager from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 22 ratings