My Turn Series: Luther | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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My Turn Series: LutherMy Turn Series: Luther

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 09-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1721st Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter

Shared with Eric at Herbies Birthday bash

App- Out of the bottle this was more akin to a darker larger. This was a golden yellow with some deeper golds. The head that came was a nice and fluffy 1/2"-1" off white. The whiteness struck me as well. A little bit of cling.

Smell- Normally I dont like Rauchbiers or Lagers. I was a bit off put by this one at 1st, the more I think about it the more I realize they did a nice job of integration with lager notes and yeast and a bit of smoke. Not for me, but wasnt the worst smoke beer ever.

Taste- As I just eluded that I am not a fan of lagers and smoke beers. I think this was just about average with a good bit of smoke and butter but sadly not as balanced and layered as it needed to be with that the malts and lager yeast.

Mouth- The mouth on this was just above average. The medium body was just a bit too thick and the carbonation was just a bit to thick again. Residual malts and butters.

Drink- I have said that rauchbiers dont need to be made. I believe that the smoke on most beers shouldnt be there. This was just a step up from average but I feel I am just being nice.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber with a standard pressure-cap into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger head, quickly erodes. Maybe I waited too long to drink this. Golden color with high clarity.

S- Smokey lager smell. Bacon, maple syrup. Not an incredibly complex brew, but not bad.

T- Smokey, light. Not much flavor.

M- Light, bubbly.

O- Light, light, light. Meh. Not a fan of this one, but I have sat on it for several months. Probably my fault.

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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours goldenrod with a light white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Notes of smoke and pils-style malt.

T: Bready malt and smoke with a hint of hops on the back end. Nice flavour, but nothing too substantial like Schlenkerla.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, light aftertaste of smoke and hops.

O: A good intro into rauchbiers, but it's hard not to compare this to Schlenkerla, and it's found lacking. I enjoy this beer, it's just that I've had so much better in the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, smoked malt, and slight campfire aromas. Taste is much the same with a subdued smoke flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is super easy to drink but it's a pretty mild take on the style in my opinion.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw capped by a huge, fluffy head; no lacing left behind as the head descended, however

Smell: Bready, with hints of lemon and smoke

Taste: Tastes like it smells on the front end, though after the swallow, the smoke becomes more pronounced; an interesting lemon cream flavor lingers on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The smoke was surprisingly subtle; clearly the focus here was on drinkability

Thanks, jonallen, for the opportunity

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Medium straw appearance with a two finger white head that recedes quickly.

S. Cured meat such as ham and german-style sausage is predominant with yeasty bread underneath. Nice but on the lighter side of things.

T. I was expecting the cured meat to not carry through onto the palate but it does very nicely. Ham and kielbasa followed by lager components poking through such as cracker and bread malt. Interesting beer to be sure.

M. Lighter bodied with low carbonation.

O. My first Rauchbier so it is hard to judge this against any of its peers. I enjoyed it but am not dying to revisit. Unique, well made and worth a try.

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA. No freshness date on the label itself, but the Ledger's sticker notes delivery was taken 4-13.

Pours a pleasantly hazed, but bright golden yellow colour. Head forms a fizzling, rather unpersistent crown of white, that eventually burns out to almost nothing. Carbonation is fine, and there's some weight to the body, despite its relatively low ABV. Looks decent enough: the lack of head is slightly disappointing.

Nose is extremely pleasant. It's a subtle use of rauchmalz here, providing a slightly sweet smokiness to an otherwise solid basis of crisp German malt. There's a good lager basis to the beer: slightly grainy, crisp, light and slightly fragrant, and it's set off nicely by the Bamburg beechwood smoke. It provides a little campfire wood, some sweet, bacon notes and an earthy wholesomeness. Lovely stuff.

The taste is a lot more subtle, especially from the smokiness side, but it's much like the Schlenkerla Helles Lager in this regard, which is not heavily smoked. Indeed, this has more smoke aroma on the nose than it did. On the palate, this is light, slightly crisp, but slightly fuller bodied than it needs to be. Weak malt provides the basis, while a slight medicinal character provides a dull counterpoint over the top. Some smoke comes from the aroma, and the finish is a little empty, but not particularly crisp.

Overall, this is nice stuff. I like the dose of smoke on the nose: it provides a pleasant quirk to an otherwise solid beer, and does so in a meaningful and well-integrated manner. It ends up being clean, light and easy to drink, and despite some little kinks, it ends up being a pretty compelling package.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in a pint glass

A. nice corn yellow color with a two finger head that is almost white.

S. A smoked malt smell followed by spicy sausage

T. It is smoky and some what sweet and finishes with some smoky malt at the end.

M. It has a medium body with low carbonation

O. This if my first review of a Rauchbier and I will try more as this beer is light crisp and has this smoky malt character, lots going on but really good.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Brings me back to the days of recovering from a Luther overdose across the street in Meadowlark Lemon Park... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a bit over a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild beech smoke, light banana, sweet flowers, and wheat. Though starting off strong enough (I suppose...), the smoke ducks behind everything else when it notices it's being watched. The taste accentuates the smoke, bringing it not only forward, but also giving it dominance for most of the tasting experience. It does fade, though, and in its wake flow some dry wheat, some mild grass, and a touch of biscuit. Nice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a tasty, decently-balanced rauchbier, one that doesn't overdo the smoke, but also doesn't leave me crying for more of it (though I will say that I could stand a touch more...but, then again, I always think that...).

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