What gives a “smoky” beer a smoked flavor?

Smoked beer (German: Rauchbier) is a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame.

How do you add smoky flavor to beer?

To add a bit of detail to the existing answers, the primary method for adding a smoked flavor to beer is by using malts that have been dried over a smoky fire, rather than in a kiln which allows the malt to absorb compounds from the smoke that they then release into the beer during brewing.

How do they make smoked beer?

Smoked beers, traditionally made in Germany, are lagers brewed with malted barley that has been dried over an open flame, imparting varying levels of a rich, smoky flavor to the beer base (usually a Märzen). The origins go back to the 16th and 17th century when it was simply easier to dry and malt barley over a fire.

How is smoked malt made?

The kilning process takes about 36 to 48 h. During the first 30 to 40 h, the grain is gently dried to allow the smoke to penetrate past the husks well into the endosperms. During the final 6 to 8 h, the malt is smoke cured at a temperature not exceeding roughly 85°C (185°F).

What does smoked beer taste like?

Smoky. Lots of smoke beers also have a woody and sometimes burnt flavour. If you’re a fan of smoked meats, you will love smoked beers. Beers that taste smoky go great with summertime campfires, crisp autumn evenings, or even holiday chocolates at Christmas time.

How do you smoke grain beer?

Quote from video: You'll install the racks. I like to spread mine out just a little bit to try to increase as much smoke area as possible. Now you're going to gently spread the grains out on top of those racks.

Can you smoke hops for beer?

Easy—if it’s bitter, citrusy, and has a clever name, you’ve got yourself a hoppy beer. Smoking hops is easy to do because the plant itself is actually in the Cannabaceae family, which also produces, yep, cannabis.

What city is known for smoked beer?


But one town in particular is famous for a very special brew that attracts visitors from far and wide. Bamberg, an agricultural and tourist center in northern Bavaria, is home to the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier.

Where is smoke beer from?

Bamberg, Germany

In the smoke-beer genre, most point to the traditional Rauchbier style, which emerged in Bamberg, Germany, in the 1500s.