sic1314 (2422) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a medium amber with a small white head. Aroma of rauched malt. Medium body, flavour of sweet caramel malt and smoke.
VastActiv (2050) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Trappist, Oakland. Colour is deep orange with thick white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, apples?, some yeast, hints of smoke and some sourness. Quite dry, fresh and juicy. Very lightly smoked.
jmm635 (816) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grey-golden color with a large creamy white head. Aroma of smoked sausage, bacon, ash, and smoke. Not overpowering. Smokey flavor and slightly sweet. I’m enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would.
mansquito (3054) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pizzeria Paradiso, Alexandria tap ($10): Pours a light amber with a white head. Aroma is meat, oak smoke, and a bit of sugar. Taste is smoky, but not to the same extent as the eiche, but it has the same character. The lower smokiness makes it somewhat more drinkable in my opinion. It ain’t the best from Heller, but it is still pretty nice.
queenholly (2569) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at New Albanian. Sweet smoked ham and apple aroma. Amber with a small head. Smoked ham and apple flavor. Medium body. Phenomenal smoked beer!
shrubber85 (6811) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at New Albanian. Smoked ham and malt aroma. Golden yellow color with no head. Sweet apple and smoked meat flavor. Moderate bitter herbal hops finish. Has the typical Schlenkerla smoke flavor but with a sweet fruity flavor - like applewood smoked bacon. Spectacular.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers... This poured pale, hazy, milky, golden with a white head. Nose was extremely yeasty. (Maybe the keg was all shook up?). Hints of wood, wine-like yeastiness, faint smoke in there. Sweet, brine-like. Some chemical component that were a little astringent. Not my favorite from the Schlenkerla.
AirForceHops (2578) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Novare Res. Served in a mug. Smoked sausage nose. Flavor has some sweet malt, that tries hard to come through all the campfire smoke. I think the body was kind of heavy or maybe I was just had enough by the time the mug was empty. It’s exactly what I was expecting and I appreciate what this brewery does. And you really have to like smoked in order to enjoy this.
madvike (2539) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the Malt House - Pours clear amber with a huge foamy white head. Lightly smoked beef jerky on the nose, with some sweet grain and a bit of grassy spiciness. The sweet/smoked blend isn’t totally my thing. Taste blends some of the same things: smoky dried beef, oak, pungent sweet grain, and some earthy hops on the finish, obscured by the smoke. The sweetness is there, which really doesn’t work for me.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Chuchkey. Dull, hazy tea color with limited apparent carbonation. Odd rubbery smoke aroma, like there’s a tire fire in the backyard and bacon on the skillet. Sweet toasted malt flavor with Schlenkerla’s smoky house character. No helles bock character to speak in terms of color or flavor. Not the best offering from this venerable brewery.