eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, this one poured as expected, golden color, thin head, good lacing on the way down. Lots of carbonation rising in the glass. The aroma wasn’t rauch-like at all, so I figured I just picked up a non-smoked straight helles product from the finest smoke brewer of the world. Some grass and honey in the aroma. Flavor, however was awesome, a nice helles / pilsner flavor with the low grassy hops also in the profile. However, the aftertaste had a firm hint of smoke in it, nothing like their other brews, very subtle in that sense, but man, just a very nicely done smoking for a "helles" or light lager beer. Mouthfeel was light, refreshing, and carbonated. Good stuff!!!
beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Ok so I hate pale lagers but I love smoked beer. This is one of the worst looking beers in the world. Looks like yellow water. The smell is fainlty smoked. The taste is very good cause its smoked. Well, I like the smoke but the rest of it sucks.
Its better on tap, still does not look appealing but the smoke level with the fresh lager beer works well.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
God I love smoked beers. This one pours a pretty standard golden lager color with a thick and fluffy white head. Aroma of crisp apple with a significant dose of charred wood. What we have is a skillfully crafted Helles featuring a crisp hoppy flavor and a strong malt presence. What really sets this apart is the underlying smoky flavor that adds complexity to this outstanding brew without dominating everything with smoked meat flavors. A smoked session beer if there ever was one.
Rballs01 (277) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 A great addition to the smoked beers. I love this Helles lager. Slightly smoked and refreshing as ever. Great for a summer bbq.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I didn’t expect this one to be smoked, just an ordinary helles. Actually it comes across more like a pilsner, with its distinct hop bitterness. Begins with a bright golden, crystal clear color with a creamy 2 fingered head. Aroma has a touch of charred wood. Flavor is more smoke, with some rounded clean bready malts, which melds evenly into a full hoppy finish, with a resiny almost grapefruity character. This is really outstanding and characterful for a low gravity lager.
EithCubes (4413) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 Bottle. Clear pale golden with a pillowy white head. Amazing, still smells like smoke, though more subtle than the others from Schlenkerla. Initially crisp, tastes mildly sweet and very malty with less smoke than in the nose, not overdone; balanced and light, with a long dry aftertaste and a note of final bitterness. I have to wonder, was the smokiness intentional, or has every piece of equipment in the brewery been contaminated with that delicious Schlenkerla goodness? Thanks to pivnizub for this treat!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lightest smokiness of all the smoked beers by these guys. Easy-drinking and high quality lager...very refreshing on it’s own...but touched by hints of rich bacony smoke. Another fine beer choice that would pair very well with robust or smoked foods and cheeses, without the fear of overwhelming them altogether. Well done!
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - MAY 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012
2012-04-03, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 7-3-6-3-13=32
Blond color, compact head. It has a mild aroma of cereals and malt, biscuity but light. Malt flavor, mild, with a smooth mouthfeel, and traces of smoke; correct bitterness.
Well drinkable, but I had more incisive and aromatic versions in the bottle; this one has a more fat body and it’s half boring.
2011-05-31, bottle, 7-3-7-3-15=35
Pale blond color; medium-sized creamy head. Delicate, elegant malt aroma, with a mild biscuity touch. Good body, moderate malt flavor, with a light hint of smoke; correct bitterness. Very pleasant.
2006-05-27, bottle, 5-2-6-3-10=26
Hazy blond color. The aroma is very ordinary, with a light touch of smoke; the smoke is just more evident in the taste, and there is some also in the aftertaste; the base is a simple beer, quite dry. Absolutely to drink not too cold!
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crystal clear, straw-colored, with a good-sized but quickly disappearing white head. Amazing nose of crisp, grassy noble hops, followed by a light hardwood smokiness. Quite smoky flavor, with a funny mtallic twinge. Seems even to be a hint of that vegetal DME flavor you get in cheaper lagers. Smoke covers that pretty well, but this is not on a par with Schlenkerla’s other offerings.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(50cl bottle) Pale straw body topped by medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked sausage. Taste is medium sweet, apple, some grassy, light smoke, caramel. Crisp light body.