Freaky_tiki (725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky yellow with a foamy cap that offers little in the way of lacing. First sip comes off an naive as I was unaware that it had smoked essence to it. A tad thin, with some interesting leafy hop notes & a mineral touch. Drill deeper into the bottle & realize its a unique take on the style with a lot of character. I don’t love it, but I’m glad I’ve had it.
tillmac62 (376) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber, slightly darker than golden. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.
Light nose that is slightly sweet biscuit. Underneath is a subtle smokiness that is more campfire like in nature rather than bacon.
Light medium bodied, barely, with a texture that approaches smooth. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.
The outstanding flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and very well balanced. It begins with a mixture of flavors that slowly separate into a mild oak like smokiness over a subtle sweet biscuit. In the middle, it becomes rather crisp and becomes dryer towards the finish. A slightly bitter smokiness lingers.
AdiBeer (1902) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: light smokey, grain and bread malts, light caramel. Appearance: clear gold, massive, frothy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: intense grain malts again, caramel, slightly dry finish. Overall: quite a nice Helles with the benefit of some smoked flavours. Bottle from Utobeer, London Bridge.
WhatDaddy (7) - GREECE - MAR 4, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, 05lt. Found at Valentin - Curious Biekneipe, Volos.
The aroma is classic malty Lager, with a small hint of smoky.
The same goes for the looks, deep golden with white foam.
The taste ist just great, you got a classic Helles Lager with the smoky feeling existing but just adding taste without to get the main star.
A good carbonation and medium body, maybe a bit oily, with a overall very nice taste that explode the "simple" blond Lager into extraordinary.
Idiosynkrasie (4659) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Clear, brass-golden colour with average, thick, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Grassy, woody, minimally smoky aroma, hints of peppercress, green pepper and dietary salami. Taste is dry, husky, minimally grainy, smoky leavings, grassy hoppy overtones, a mineral touch, very subtle pale malt sweetness; a greasy ’Salame Milano’ layer remains on the lips. Even Schlenkerla’s "dishwater" is better than almost any other Helles.
minutemat (2252) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from beermerchants.com. Pours a helles gold with medium white head. Taste has a light smokiness behind a decent helles character, just enough in fact without being dominating. A pleasant smoky lager.
Zlotta (243) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,5 l bottle from Schlenkerla webshop, best before end 6/2015. Clear, pale golden yellow with a medium large, fluffy, slowly collapsing, white head. Subtle smokey aroma of smoked ham and campfire with lager-like notes of grass, sweetish malts and butter. Sweetish taste of smoked ham, cereals and butter with a short, slightly bitter and grassy finish. Thin body, fresh mouthfeel, average carbonation. Very tasty and sessionable helles with a gentle smokey note that therefore stands out in this style. Good!
hackobock (2101) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
February 11, 2015. On cask at Akkurat.
Clear golden with a medium sized creamy white head. Crispy aroma of noble hops and clean malty/grainy notes with faint smokey notes. Taste is light to medium sweet with floral, grassy and herbal bitterness. Very smooth and easy drinkable, soft carbonation.
stoutnick (696) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
White pale colour. Mild smoke on nose. Taste is big on palate with some mild smoke. Good stuff.
SarkyNorthener (2798) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Pale golden beer with tight large head. Aroma of light smoked cheese and bread. Taste is lightly smoked, bread and smoked malts. Good stuff.