DeGroen’s RauchbockMay 1, 2003 Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Brewing Co.
Available: MD, DC, VA, DE
Baltimore Brewing Co. has brewed traditional German-style beer under the DeGroen’s name since 1989. This Rauchbock is a Bamberg-style beechwood-smoked lager. It is brewed with nearly 50% Weyermann Rauchmalz. A single decoction is performed during brewing.
Alcohol by weight: 5.3
What a fine beer this is. Good smoky rauchbier aromatics, very enjoyable, and there’s a lovely sounding head; all followed by really good taste. The beer is well balanced and luscious, almost candy-like, this without being too sweet. It is well managed and appealing: I like this beer.
- Fred Eckhardt
The color is amber and the head is thin, but I’m getting straight to what I’m looking for—the nose. A nice strong note of beechwood smoke tells me that I’m in the right place. The hops are crisp right up front, but quickly stand aside for the malts, sweet and juicy, playing smokily through the middle. It dries into the finish. The smoke isn’t overwhelming—this is a restrained, refined version of rauchbier. Try it with a wide range of traditional Mexican food, especially puerco en pipián. You’ll be amazed.
- Garrett Oliver
Creamy head, collapsing somewhat. Distinctive reddish-brown color, like ripe cherries. Rauchiers are often said to have the aroma of smoky bacon. This is appropriate: Rauch, after all, means smoke. This has a “sweet cure”, maple-syrup character. Some banana-like esters, too, probably deriving from the high gravity. Lemony flavors deriving probably from a hefty hopping. Some burnt, phenolic, notes in the finish. A beer with breakfast pancakes.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.