Zeelandt Small Gods Rauchbier

For want of a better description Small Gods is the brewing arm of Beer Jerk. They’ve teamed up with Hawke’s Bay classicists Zeelandt to create an excellent German Rauchbier, a beechwood smoked lager. This also utilises the uncommon technique of ‘decoction’ mashing.  Gentle smoke wafts over toasted grain on the nose, with a distant grassy hop character hiding away.  The palate is dynamic, with the smoke kicking things off before the highly expressive malts take over, finally subsiding into a clean and firmly bitter finish.  A hugely characterful lager that’s uniquely suited for winter drinking.