"Rauchbier" means "smoke beer" in German, a rare specialty of the Bamberg region that comes in many variations, as any beer style can be brewed with smoked malt. Here the base is a rich amber lager in the Oktoberfest-Märzen tradition, brewed with barley malts dried with beechwood smoke. Opening the bottle releases a pungent scent of bacon that grows stronger on pouring the russet-colored brew. While smoked meat dominates the aroma, a soft and nutty malt flavor makes an appearance on the palate in a beer that is lighter in weight and easier going down than one might expect. A perfect accompaniment for grilled sausages or bacon cheeseburgers, this unique beer is a rare treat well worth seeking out even to enjoy alone.