Knoblach Rauchbier

amber beer in mug
Schammelsdorfer Rauchbier

Brewery:  Knoblach
Style: Rauchbier
Color: unfiltered amber

Head: creamy, rocky

slight smoked malt
Body: medium
-bodied, medium-carbonation
Palate: firmly bitter, smokiness creeping in more than dominating

Finish: clean, dry and bitter

Served: on tap at the Rauchbier Anstich at the brewery

Impression: Knoblach is is one of my favorite Franconian breweries. Their beers are generally very well-hopped, bitter and supremely dry across the board. I had my first one outside at the Anstich and mistakenly labeled this as the Räuschla, the brewery’s smoky Märzen. After going inside for a meal, I realized it was in fact an entirely different beer. In fact, they had both on tap inside!  The Räuschla is a year-round offering while this Rauchbier is a relatively new speciality, this being only the 2nd Rauchbier Anstich. At 5.1%, it’s a bit weaker than the Märzen but it’s much more firmly bitter with quite a hop presence. The smokiness is more an undercurrent but is unmistakably there. I quite liked it and it was worth the walk from Memmelsdorf to enjoy it.

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