Rauchbier is a German Lager brewed with a smoked malt called Rauch. In the past, the smokey flavour of this beer was obtained by drying the malts over an open fire. Soon brewmasters discovered new ways to dry their malts, and Rauchbier was no longer commonplace.
Today, Rauchbier is seen as a novelty, however, it is an excellent beer. While it does have an intense smokiness to it, you will also find a malty flavour with fruity notes and a dry finish.
One would think that Rauchbier would go amazing with smoked foods, however, we find this pairing overwhelming. Instead, we’d suggest paring Rauchbier with foods that are grilled, roasted, or contains foods high in umami, or savoury flavours, like mushrooms, tomatoes, anchovies or soy sauce.
- Grilled Pork
- Grilled Hamburgers
- Chinese Food
Rauchbier and Pork
Smoke and Pork are a natural marriage. Think about how a little smoke flavour adds a bit of life to Ham, or how the scent of a pork roasting in the open air makes your mouth water. Or imagine Hickory smoked bacon, fresh off the frying pan. Rauchbier, with all its smokey glory, elevates any bit of ham you might put in your mouth. The pairing is just that amazing!
Grilled Hamburgers and Rauchbier
Rauchbier will love any meat grilled, such as steak, chicken, salmon, shrimp, tuna, asparagus, Portobello mushrooms, etc. But our number one favourite is a grilled hamburger, with some Monterey Jack and Bacon slapped on it. The smokey flavours of the beer pick up on the charred flavours of the meat, making for an incredibly heavenly pairing.
Chinese Food and Rauchbier Pairing
A smokey beer with Chinese Food might sound unusual, but hear me out. Chinese Food tends to have a smokey backdrop as it uses black bean sauces and mushrooms. Just imagine a smokey Rauchbier with chicken fried rice, with a dash of soy sauce and you’ll get what I mean. The chicken skin is roasted and crispy, and the beer picks up on these wonderful notes and elevates them even further.
Smoked Beer and Tomatoes
Perhaps another unusual pairing, as beer and tomatoes together never really springs to mind. However, if you’ve ever had a fresh, tomato sauce that uses flame roasted tomatoes, you’ll understand instantly how well a smokey beer and tomatoes work. Tomatoes are sharp and savoury, and a smokey flavour just brings a satisfying element to this pairing that will leave you wanting more.
Smoked beer might be hard to find in your area, as they are not mass-produced. We’d suggest Aecht Schlenkeria Rauchbier Marzen, Brauerie Spezial Rachbier, Angel City Brewery Rauchbier, Scarlet Fire from the Victory Brewing Company, or the Alaskan Brewing Company’s Alaskan Smoked Porter.
Do you have a favourite Rachbier and Food Pairing? Let us know in the comments below!