notalush (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly clear golden pour, with many tiny suspended particles - fairly smokey aroma, considering there is no smoked malt, with touches of honey and floral hops - smokey up front in the flavor, followed by flavors of butter, bread, honey - grassy, herbal hops arrive late, drying out the beer somewhat - the smoke doesn’t quite work in such a light beer, but this is still pretty nice.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This smoked beer pours a yellow gold color from a 50cl bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is slightly smoky, grainy and some hops. A medium bodied smoked helles. Malts are grain and cereal. Hops are spicy and earthy. There is just a hint of smoke in this one, subtle but prevalent. This is a fairly decent helles with that touch of smoke. Big bold carbonation. Very drinkable beer. Light and refreshing, yet it has a lot of flavor, with that dash of smoke in the background. Nice. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Aroma is smokey, slightly funky, with a hint of grain. Flavor is kind of nasty. I have never had this style before, so I have no idea what to compare it to. I think it tastes like medicine.
thornecb (4690) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright gold into an English pint. Fluffy white micro head with good retention slowly recedes to skim surface. Smoky malt aromas. Crisp smoke with a lasting slight bitter smoke finish. Very light on the smoke and very refreshing.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A mild smokiness emerges from the pint bottle, but nothing like the smoked Marzen. Unlike most Helles, the nose has a fair amount of hops. It pours like classic Helles, clear and light gold. The flavor is light, bready barley malt, light smoke, and firm hops, which do not quite blend together. Still, this is an interesting Helles, well worth trying even if not one’s first choice.
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Barely hazed, light yellow lager with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. Subtle, smoked bacon aroma with a hint of menthol. Generously hopped for a helles; pulls up just shy of being heavily bitter. Flavors of lightly kilned barley with sweet, smoky undertones. Medium-bodied and mildly creamy with super fizzy carbonation. Bitter, smoky, dry finish. My new favorite helles! Thanks, boboski, for the bottle!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Town hall brewery. Pours a rich honey yellow color with lots of carbonation and a half inch of foamy white head. Mild hops and malt on the nose. Mild hop bitterness with a balancing malt flavor. Dry mid palate with a surprisingly refreshing finish. I didn’t know this was supposed to be smoked when I ordered it, though I should have figured it given that it was from this brewery. Not a lot of smoked character compared to their other beers but an excellent beer nonetheless.
Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-pours sharp clear yellow with a foamy soapy whiteh ead. nose is mostly smokey beachwood-pretty cool. REally doesnt have that bacon./meat nose that the others have from this brewery. the flavors here show the twangy german yeast very nicely along with lite smoke, spicy hops, and lots of grassy notes. very well intergrated smoke for such a lite beer. really unique for this style. body is fluffy and soft. carbonation is not as high as i thought it would be. Definately worth a try by everybody!
Maverick34 (2483) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Golden pale w/medium head. Grass, malts, etc. Not as smoky as I expected. Ok but I prefer the Spezial helles.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pale clear golden with a medium frothy white head. Has a pleasant mix of grain, grassiness and light smoke in the nose. Notes of sweet pils malt, lemon/citrusy noble hops, hay, grass and smoky malt in the finish. Light, yet full of flavor. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Good stuff.