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Style: Smoked Beer
 
Style Information
Smoked Beer is a wide category, with the most notable example being the German Ruachbier. The key characteristic of the style is the fact that the grains have been smoked or dried over a fire. Many examples of the style also add various types of wood to the fire to lend subtle flavors to the smoking process. The underlying beer style can also contribute a lot to the overall aroma and flavor of the beer.

From Wikipedia:

"Smoked beer (German: Rauchbier) is a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavor imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. The Rauchbiers of Bamberg in Germany, Schlenkerla in particular, are the best-known of the smoked beers.

History

Drying malt over an open flame may impart a smoky character to the malt. This character may carry over to beers brewed with the smoked malt. Prior to the modern era, drying malted barley in direct sunlight was used in addition to drying over flames. Even though kiln drying of malt, using indirect heat, did not enter into widespread usage until the industrial era, the method was known as early as the first century BC. Also, there have been various methods over the years of preparing cereal grains for brewing, including making beer from bread, so smoked beer was not universal.

Beginning in the 18th century, kiln drying of malt became progressively more common and, by the mid-19th century, had become the near-universal method for drying malted grain. Since the kiln method shunts the smoke away from the wet malt, a smoky flavour is not imparted to the grain, nor to the subsequent beer. As a result, smoke flavour in beer became less and less common, and eventually disappeared almost entirely from the brewing world."

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Top Consumed Smoked Beer
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company11
2. The Owl by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse9
3. Rubio Fumando by Freetail Brewing Company4
4. 1910 Smoked Porter by Draught Works Brewery4
5. Smoked Porter by Pipeworks Brewing Company4
6. Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter by Deschutes Brewery, Inc.4
7. Bonfire of the Valkyries by New Albanian Brewing Co - Bank Street Brewhouse4
8. Big Butte Smoked Porter by Highland Brewing3
9. Whiskey Barrel Aged Smoke by O'Fallon Brewery3
10. Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale by Rogue Ales Brewery - Brewers on the Bay3

Top Reviews Smoked Beer
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Unplugged Smoked Rye Bock by New Glarus Brewing Company92
2. Smokestack Heritage Porter by East End Brewing Company90
3. Smoked Helles by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery86
4. Unplugged Smoked Rye Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company85
5. Smokey by JailHouse Brewing Company84
6. Smoke Ale by Rogue Ales Brewery - Brewers on the Bay82
7. Rauchbier (Defumada) by Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda80
8. Imperial Smoked Porter by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.80
9. Porter, Smoked by Coast Brewing Company78
10. Barrel Licked Bock by Fort Collins Brewing77