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CZIG MEISTER THE GUNSMITH SMOKED LAGER

The American craft beer market may be thriving, but rarely has any brewer been able to replicate the meat-cured, kiln-smoked rauchbier style the Germans invented. And this quaint “maple caramel bacon beer” is no exception. Its initial beechwood-smoked grain soiling dissipates as the syrupy maple malting gains cloying nature that contrasts an unwelcomed lemon wedge souring. Unbalanced and underdeveloped.

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OSKAR BLUES THE G’RAUCH IMPERIAL INDIA PALE ALE

On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, well-done rauchbier/ IPA hybrid (in collaboration with local Colorado brewers, Ska) brings smoky campfire, beechwood and mesquite tones to crisply clean citrus fruiting. Barley-smoked cured meat pleasantry keeps rauchbier likeness lingering longer and stronger than casual orange, grapefruit, peach and apricot illusions.

BARRIER UNDERTOW DUNKEL RAUCH

Trying to succeed as a uniquely hybridized curiosity and doing so for the most part, this ambitious German smoked beer combines its stylish beechwood sear with sweet chocolate malts and dark-toasted wheat sugaring. Hints of cured meat such as salami, sausage and spiced bacon ride alongside ashen campfire wisps. May lack body, but very sessionable as crossover fodder for dunkelweizen fans.

 

BRAUFACTUM ROOG RAUCHWEIZEN

Reclusive, loosely defined, wheat-smoked German lightweight goes for subtler stylistic approach and nearly works as a crossover. But its unspecific peat-smoked cedar char and seared meat niche succumb to wavering flavor profile. Warbled chocolate-spiced malting and nutty fruit sprucing hit a snag, never fully penetrating the surface. Sputtering pecan-buttered almond and chestnut undertones never fully integrate with dried-fruited stewed prune, pureed raisin and dried fig sedation (or tangy red cherry, red apple, navel orange and berry notions). Distant honey-glazed ham and banana nut cake nuances dry up.

CALDERA RAUCH UR BOCK

Elaborate kiln-fired cherrywood and beechwood smokiness inundates outstanding grain-charred bock lager. Damp wood-burnt campfire aromatics surround brown-sugared chocolate malt roast, cured meat glaze and lemon Seltzer twist. Maple-sapped barbecued bacon sweetness and cedar-singed peat mossing deepen heavily smoked mocha finish. One of America’s best rauchbiers.

Caldera Brewing Ashland Oregon Canning Craft Beer -22 Ounce Bottles