About Rauchbier

About Rauchbier
Rauchbiers are amber to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 5-6%. These beers are characterized by assertive smoky aromas and flavors resulting from a portion of the malted barley kilned by Beechwood-fueled fires. The intensity of smoked flavors and aromas greatly vary and are generally balanced by a sweet malty framework. Originating in Bamberg, these beers can be described as smoked märzen style lagers. Rauchbiers are still brewed in the traditional manner by many breweries centered around Bamberg, though many brewers in other parts of the world have begun to make similarly styled beers. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, Spezial Rauchbier Märzen, Fort Collins Out of Ashes Rauchbier and Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier.

Top Picks for Rauchbier

Samuel Adams Cinder Bock
97 points
Hazy sunburst color. Attractive, smoky, meaty aromas and flavors of smoked meats, sausages and nuts, caramelized dried fruits, and apple butter on raisin toast with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very long finish revealing suggestions of chocolate custard and orange peels, sweet bbq rub, and white ash finish. A superb smoky beer with great chewy, fruity, and smoky malt abounding with finesse and fine balance.
Awards: 2017 Best Lager & 2017 Top 2 Best Ale & 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer & 2017 Top 3 Best Beer
Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh Smokin Lager
90 points
Walnut color. Aromas of smoked walnuts, dark chocolate, artisan banana loaf, black licorice, and autumn leaves with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long luxury cigarettes and chocolate mousse finish. A dense but finely balanced Rauchbier with delicate smoky notes and decadent flavors of roasty malt.