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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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once I tasted this, in my mind it instantly registered as being related to smoked Gouda and Swiss cheeses.

Label states this lager uses Beechwood smoked malts.

It poured a light hazy golden color, with 1/2 finger of bubbly foam. Smoked Gouda aroma, not to campfire intensity, more the soft residual smoke in the brown rind of a smoked cheese. Ring of lacing, and tiny particles of suspended sediment.

Light apple and astringent herbal note, vague smoke in the aftertaste. Not heavy like Schlenkerla, more like a lesser version of their Helles. Medium-bodied due to being unfiltered, but with a somewhat watery finish. This seems to be a common characteristic from Viking. In the body and taste, it falls a little short. Points for creativity here, since there aren't that many Smoked Helles out there.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.79/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks beautiful in my stemmed tasting glass: a bright white head falls slowly, leaving lace down the sides of the glass in the shape of a crown.
The nose is full fresh woody smokiness, which is very inviting at first, but the delicate aroma fades and I'm a bit disappointed. There's not so much smokiness to taste in this beer; so much as woody accent to the crisp malt flavors. Hops and malt are in balance, with the hops being favored in a fairly spicy finish.
This certainly isn't Aecht Schlenkerla; it's a tasty lager with beech wood smokiness adding some complexity and an interesting aroma. This a very enjoyable and tasty lager with a peculier complexity, but nothing as smoky as a true rauch bier.

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Photo of Mdog
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold with millions of suspended particles, a fading head.

Smell: Light smoky smell.

Taste: Starts with a generic lager breadiness, but then transitions into a nice smoked flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light, with lasting smokiness.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, maybe even one to give to the macro drinkers.

I picked this up without reading any reviews. After I brought it home I checked the site and thought "This is not going to be good." However, I was pleasantly surprised, it's no Alaskan Smoked Porter or anything, but I definitely got a nice smoked taste out of it that is not overbearing but definitely present. I don't know if I got one of the good bottles and everyone else got bad ones, but I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of happygnome
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a pale copper color with about a half inch of beige head that dissapears rather quickly leaving very little lacing towards the center of the glass
s: bready/earthy (maybe a little honey aroma) malts dominate the aroma with hints of smokiness
t: nice malty bready aroma, hints of smokiness and light hop presence that balances this out
m: medium bodied beer with almost a creamy feeling, little carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this beer but i dont think that its vikings best

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Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +43.9%

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Rauch from Valkyrie Brewing
2.78 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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