redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Apparently they don’t use smoked malts in this one, smoke flavor comes just from being made in the same equipment. Pours a light blonde, with a hint of smoke in the nose. Its definitely light, you get smoke up front, but its weak. I think its a great starter if you’ve never had one of their beers. Very refreshing, great at a BBQ.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours yellow. Reminds me of a kolsch, but with smoked malts thrown in. Taste is on the light side. Interesting, but not as rich as their other smoked beers.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just a hint of smokiness, somewhat residual. Clear and pale yellow. Markedly different from the other Schlenkerlas. I highly doubt that this would make a good Radler, but it is light and refreshing and made for drinking by the liter-full.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don’t much care for the Helles style, but a pork/bacon flavored Helles is much more to my liking. This beer had the typical aroma and flavor of a Schlerkerla, though maybe a tad more muted than their other beers. In short, an ordinary helles with LOTS of smokiness.
Sammy (7718) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Substantive creamy head. Medium body, with cream and grain, smokey and hops in finish as well as metallic. Drinkable, but I thought the smoke was more than I would want next time.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at Binn’y, Orland Park. A representative was there to explain that does not use smoked malt, but is made using the same equipment that’s used for the brewer’s smoked beers, and this is just picking up the residuals. So yes, it does have a lighter smoke flavor, which seems to be in proportion to its lighter lager malt color. Not half bad, kinda like the Tinkoff rauchbeer I had in Russia (also a lightly smoked pale beer). Gets in a few vanilla notes toward the end. Admittedly, you still have to be ready for smoked beer before you’ll enjoy this, but it works for me.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle: extraordinarily clear, pale yellow with a very thin white film. Sweet, lemony hops mixed with light smoke and ham hocks move through a very surprising, complex aroma. The freshness of the hops fits soberly besides the smoked meat. The smokiness and charred wood comes out even more nicely on the smooth, lightly carbonated lagered palate. The flavours of this smoked-helles is the most complex see-through beer I have sampled…rich, smoky, sweet, bitter and fresh. Great.
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2006
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Had I known there was smoke in this I never would have touched it. Pours almost piss yellow with a 1 finger quick fading head. Aroma is of sweet malt,mild honey and some grass. Tastes of sickly sweet malt,grass and smoke. Off balanced. Please sir,may I have a Bud Select?
Now that I made it half way thru it ended up drainpour. Liquid version of a honey glazed ham. Ech.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml. bottle. Clear yellow/gold color with a medium sudsy white head that quickly dissipated. Sweet malty aroma with light smoke and a bit of grass. Smoke comes out a bit more in the flavor, but is still somewhat subdued. Mildly sweet malts and a crisp, refreshing finish.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I tasted this smoked beer(my first) at the Ale St News diinner the other nite.I sampled some before I tried the salad which was a smoked trout and asparagus salad and I did not like it.However once i had it with the salad it turned out to be ok.The smoked flavor can be overpowering,however on its own.