AshtonMcCobb (2939) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Appellation Wines.
Appearance - golden with a proportionate head. Nice.
Nose - subtle smoke and citrus.
Taste - citrus and herbs up front and then wood smoke in the background
Palate - light bodied with a dry smoky texture and a balanced dry finish.
Overall - the smoke grows in a gradual way and it’s adding complexity.
allmyvinyl (4253) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear pale gold, thin white head. Light smoke and grassy aromas, light grains. Taste is quite fruity, more light smoke, creamy texture. Crisp, dry finish. Nice.
Imaril (37) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint whiff and taste of smoke is lovely. Good bitterness with a touch of coppery tang and bitterness at the end. Pale sparkling gold. And light and fresh mouth feel. A variation on lager well worth trying
erickok (3798) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden bubbly body and bubbly yet quite stable head. Classic yet very nice lager aroma, classically hopped, and a very faint butter but that supports the body and is far from an off flavour here. But I say don’t smell, drink, because the palate is wonderful, and the bitterness juicy. Again a very small butter taste, but it gives a rich mouthfeel. It seems to come from the smoke. Excellent body, but overall a bit too odd perhaps to really raise the numbers. (50cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
jamestulloch (1587) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Great Grog. Clear golden body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of rhubarb, sliced pear, grass and white bread. Flavour of lightly smoked malt, apple pie and a finish of lightly smoked cheese. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. Certainly one of the most unique Lagers I’ve ever tried.
radagast83 (5087) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at GBD. Poured a clear pale yellow color with a small, white head. Aroma was some light campfire, meaty notes. Light smoke. Flavor was nice light lager character, sweetness, and a little smoke. Not bad.
Poobah (294) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lemon-gold with a generous head, plenty of lacing and a honey-sweet, floral nose. Modest carbonation with a light, syrupy mouthfeel and a long, roasty, honey, overripe banana finish.
edgallow (2364) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grains, yeast and some smoke. Taste is malts and a hint of smoke.
Chopper925 (202) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nice amber color, lacing white head. Nice wood fire smell, with smoky aromas, very tasty. Light sweet, light sour and a decent bitterness. More flat carbonation, with a watery body. Aftertaste is malty with a nice smoke touch, but not too much or too long.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"wow - i’m surprised at the lower scores. this helles lager acheives a far more subtle smokiness than the urbock (which is world-class) and the marzen (pretty dang good too) without the use of smoke. poured at 44 degrees, the aroma took a while to open up...at forst no hint of smoke, but once it breathed the aroma and flavor were just fantastic. typical helles color, but has an everlasting fluffy white head, and is quite smooth. i’m generally not a lager lover, but this well balanced lager would be good without the delicate smokiness, and is just plain delicious with it. another that i’d get all the time if it were available in a 4 or six pack, but even at $4.50 per 500ml I’ll go back to it...probably several times over the summer."