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BJCP 2008 Guideline

Smoke-Flavored/Wood-Aged Beer - Classic Rauchbier


BJCP 2008 22A Classic Rauchbier style example
22A - Smoke-Flavored/Wood-Aged Beer / Classic Rauchbier



Märzen/Oktoberfest-style (see 3B) beer with a sweet, smoky aroma and flavor and a somewhat darker color.


The intensity of smoke character can vary widely; not all examples are highly smoked. Allow for variation in the style when judging. Other examples of smoked beers are available in Germany, such as the Bocks, Hefe-Weizen, Dunkel, Schwarz, and Helles-like beers, including examples such as Spezial Lager. Brewers entering these styles should use Other Smoked Beer (22B) as the entry category.


Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, Kaiserdom Rauchbier, Eisenbahn Rauchbier, Victory Scarlet Fire Rauchbier, Spezial Rauchbier Märzen, Saranac Rauchbier

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

View Style on BJCP Website


OG: 1.050-1.057
FG: 1.012-1.016
IBU: 20-30
SRM: 12.0-22.0
ABV: 4.8-6.0%

BJCP 2008 22A Classic Rauchbier style example