Rauch | Valkyrie Brewing

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Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Soneast
2.04/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy amber color, with a 1/4 inch thick, watery, off-white colored head that dissipates quite rapidly to a bubbly ring.

Hidden somewhere behind all the faux smokiness there are some subtle malt aroma, mostly a tad bready and somewhat sweet.

The smokiness is relatively subdued in the flavor, but i don't think that helps at all, as it seems like a badly concocted oktoberfest, with the slight breadiness and slightly sweet malt flavors, but it is fairly ruined by an over abundance of yeasty esters, leading to a sort of smoked lemon flavor, leaving an acrid aftertaste on the palate.

Pretty lackluster, watery body and very thin carbonation, this just doesn't feel that good in the mouth, the smokiness does little to help, only succeeding in making the beer feel greasy. I was really looking forward to trying this "rauchbier" since I am still new to the style and have never tried any made by an American brewer. All in all, this was a big letdown unfortunately.

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Photo of brdc
1.88/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was very hopeful for this beer, since I love rauchbeers.
What a disappointment!
Hazy golden with a thin white head, there is none of that great, powerful smell I learned to associate with rauchbiers. It smells like whiskey, corn and just plain alcohol.
It is a little hoppier on the palate than expected, with a very faint smoked taste deep down below (or am I looking too hard??).
This is uncharacteristic of the style, and very poor as a beer anyway.

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Photo of brewbucker
1.83/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted on Nov 7, 2007. A pretty clear yellow gold with a faint head. Aroma and flavor was not good. Seemed sour and burnt plastic. Body was thin and it seemed as though they put a couple drops of liquid smoke in it and called it a day. Time to have a Big Swede.

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Photo of cokes
1.74/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Uggh...I've been impressed with all of Viking's stuff until this one...

Pours a decent hazy orange. Off-white head fades to a wisp, but stays around.
Just a little faint smoke on the nose (actually, a weird smokiness...not all that good).
Start off with minor smoke on the taste buds. Some grassy flavors here too. Switches to an odd citric sourness in the finish. Not good at all.
Soda-like body and carbonation do not help things.

Tastes like someone ashed a joint into a bottle of 7-up.
Stay away

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1.74/5  rDev -37%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

When I open it, the noise lets me know this is gonna be way overcarbonated. Loud "Pffft" sound. I was right. On the pour, I get 3/4 worth of head and 1/4 worth of beer. Smells phenolic and a little sour. Just not right. Mouthfeel is very gassy. Not enjoyable at all. Taste is not as bad as everything else, but it's still below average. Sourness mixes with too many smoky phenols. This is drainpour.

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Rauch from Valkyrie Brewing
Beer rating: 2.76 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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