BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I thought this was a decent beer overall. You get just a hint of the smokiness in the nose, but more herbal hoppiness, and a hint of ffresh cut grass. The flavor is got a nice malt profile, a bit of honey sweetness, but very biscuity. The smokiness lingers giving it a nice bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable and uniquely different.
mmather (148) - Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 500 ml bottle. Nice hint of smoke in a well executed helles bier. Loved the combo, but the helles bier as a base was a bit lacking. My least favorite of the Schlenkerla line (but I still would get one from time to time despite the price).
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color was very light golden. The head was creamy, thin, and white. The aroma was very light grape. The flavor was smokey. The palate was lively. The finish was abrupt.
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very pale golden with a fizzy white head. The aroma is grassy, sweet, hay, crisp, a little smoke. The flavor is similar, crisp, sweet, grassy, a tad smokey. Not too blown away by this one.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice helles (smoked!) always hits the spot come baseball season, so I was pleased to see this on the shelf. Pours a slightly cloudy medium gold with quickly dissipating white head. Nose is light, slightly sweet, with floral notes...quite nice! Flavor is initially not too smoky, but the smoke builds throughout the first half of the beer before fading again in the second half as the palate becomes used to it. A mild hops bitterness accompanies it, to make this a nice beer, overall.
jgb9348 (5465) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2008
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Crystal clear golden coloured body with a very thin white head - nothing too impressive. Aroma of yeast, wheat, corn, peat and a tiny bit of metal & fruity sweetness. Medium-bodied; Highly astringent in mouth with an interesting malty flavour at first then fading to a super mild smokeyness. Aftertaste is bitter from the smoke and malt, with a tiny bit of respite for some sugars - but not much. Overall, very odd for the style and not really good in any sense of the styles it tries to represent. I wish I’d try some of their other beers before this one - but this really isn’t recommended at all. I sampled this 500 mL bottle purchased from K&E Discount Beverage in New Paltz, New York on 12-April-2008.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours quite clear and golden with a big fluffy white head. Honey, malt, light smoke and floral hops in the aroma. Sweet malt and mellow smoke in the flavor. Strange way to make a smoked malt just from the house flavor and not actual rauch malt. Has a bit of oxidation and a metallic note. Could be a little bigger bodied. Still, a clean enough lager with a satisfying bitter finish.
Crunchie (36) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Not a rauchbier really, altough it depends on your definition, but not a rauchbier. Gorgeous pale golden colour. Beautiful lightly smoked aroma with some lovely malt and a crisp, smoky, refeshing balanced flavour, excellent finish - nice and hoppy. Superb with fish (not the most delicate however) and sausages. Tends to oxidise fairly quickly in bottle in my experience so possibly not always accorded good enough score in the US. Would it not be better to try an rate a beer on it’s merits as opposed to rating it against something (ie Rauchbier Marzen or Urbock) that it really doesn’t share much in common, styilistically, other than a brewery name? Always got to put it in a box....
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is malty, sweet, and lightly smoky. Flavor is of a medium bodied Helles with a nice hint of smokiness. Clean finish - good for a Helles, subpar for a Rauch.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkling light gold, thin fizzy white head. Light smoke aromas with faint earthy citrus-like tones. Soft nutty earth and smoke flavors play out from start to finish. Thin, watery, with soft carbonation. A big disappointment when compared to the Urbock…