NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Very quaint and refreshing helles, though not quite what one would expect from Schlenkerla, nor a helles, if that makes sense. A bit of off bitterness, but a very clean finish, quite quaffable. Pleasant.
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale yellow-golden pour with small white head that diminishes quickly. Combination of light smoke and bready grain in the aroma. Bitter finish after a slightly sweet start. Subtle flavors of bacon, dough. Crisp mouthfeel and the finish is moderately long. Medium body. Very nice.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Reading Beer Festival, April 2006. Gold colour with a light sparkle. Despite the absence of "Rauch" in the name, this has the signature Schlenkera smoky bacon profile in abundance, especially in the aroma. There are spicy hop notes in the flavour that do not clash with the smoke, but compliment it. Fantastic stuff.
3fourths (8593) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 Perfectly clear deep gold color, sizeable white head with large bubbles popping and leaving a spider web of lacing on the glass. Nose is a bit stenchy, with some assertive buttered biscuit malt scents and some more subtle dough, creame and even lemons or oranges... with the smoke character coming out as it warms. Grassy, vegetal hops as well, and a small hint of charred and smoked corn when cold, more full in the nose when warm. Slick and oily up front, then drying and almost peppery on the back of the tongue. Dried out quickly into the finish. The smoke I think works well with the more light and oily biscuit malt flavors. It certainly stands out from both regular rauchbier and from helles.
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Smoky nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is smoky sausage, way more than "a hint of smokiness". Clean finish. $3.30 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I would suggest that, contrary to the commercial description listed on this page, that this beer has more than a hint of smoke, although this is definitely not the smokiest beer I’ve had (that would be the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen). To my palate, this beer tastes meaty, which is not entirely a bad thing but does make the beer a bit less drinkable than some other styles. This beer tasted a bit like summer sausage, in contrast to the Rauchbier Marzen by this same brewer which tasted very bacon-y. Definitely worth a try, but not something you’re going to drink more than one of! Also, if there was ever a thread on this site for "worst lawnmower beer," this might be in contention.
Oddly (at least to me) is that this beer really does look lager-like. it is golden with nice amounts of head. Aroma is very smokey. Mouthfeel is actually fairly pleasant. Recommended.
Theis (14464) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - while typing the festivalratings. Clear golden - white head. Corn, crisp, straw, grains, nice light hoppy, grape, citrus, lime, very dry, light smoked, dusty. It gives me a fury feeling on my teeth !!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear pale yellow body with small white head. The aroma is dense hickory smoke, light herbal hops and a touch of biscuit underneath. The flavor is lightly smoky, herbal, lightly grassy with some bread and honey. Medium/light body is softly carbonated with a nice bitter finish. Superb.
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pale gold with medium carbonation. One finger head that dissolves quickly. Never had a smoked beer before. Not bad, but the flavor isn’t for me. Drinkable, but probably my last...
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear yellow/gold with a small white head. Distinct smokiness is right up front, almost masking altogether a grainy, bready aroma. Light, clean palate with only moderate carbonation. A hint of light malty sweetness lurks in the background, but the flavor here is dominated by a pleasing smoky bitterness. Lengthy dry refreshing finish. This is unlike any other smoked beer that I’ve had, and certainly not typical of the beers of Bamberg, which I have had first hand. It is much lighter, and although apparently no smoked malt is used, the smokiness resident in the brewery certainly characterizes this beer. It is actually quite refreshing, an adjective normally not used in describing rauchbier. Not for everyone, but I like smoked beers.