This was another purchase from John’s Marketplace in Portland… I swear, that place has everything. I must go back.
Appearance: Light cola brown in color, a tiny bit of head but fairly low in carbonation. Clear with amber highlights.
Smell: Amazingly subtle in its smokiness… smells like bacon or a smoked ham—sweet and a tad oily. Very nice and mouth-watering… not too strong at all.
Taste: Smoked ham/bacon is in the flavor too—very nice, still subtle. The background is a nice, somewhat malty amber lager… tough to call out how Märzen-y it is with the smoke, but that’s okay. Smoked meat and beechwood, a bit dry (but without feeling like a mouthful of ash).
Mouthfeel: Drying, smooth, a little oily(?) from the smoke… mouth feels a bit coated by it, but not greasy.
On BeerAdvocate, it’s the number 3 overall result for Rauchbier… following 2 other Schlenkerla brews. It scores 87 out of 100 with 95% approval. On RateBeer, it scores 3.62 out of 5 and is in their 90th percentile.