thewolf (11289) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very pale yellow with a good charcoal white head. Aroma is malty with strong tones of smoke. I’m not the biggest fan of smoked, but this seems okay. Very nice mouthfeel. Then I remembered why I did not like smoked... Too much of it again - powerful aftertaste, drowning out an initial malty sweetness.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Quinns. Hardly a patch on their full on Rauchbiers but it still has that trademark smokeyness although here it is very faint. Still even a hint of that Schlenkerla flavour makes for something that is at the very worst enjoyable.
kayfabe13 (7) - Deep in the 981OH7, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2007 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this bottle at Uber Tavern. I am not a smoked beer fan at all, but this beer is really good. The aroma has a hint of smoke and it carries on into the first sip. Then the beer becomes a classic helles lager. I could never session with this beer, but I woul definetly order it again in a session.
dwyerpg (4686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smellls very smoky. Taste is like a piece of smoked ham. Really nice. I think I like the smoked lagers best, maybe even more than the smoked porters.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good, traditional helles lager. Very drinkable, good taste, a touch smoky, with a floral hop and soapy taste. Good beer.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is great beer!
Stonecrusher stopped by and mentioned that the case I had was not dated and ran the risk of being old, I trust the big lug so we cracked one in the store to test it.
Poured a nice light gold with a thin head, that had me a little worried at first because it died so fast.
The smell was slightly smoky, like a nice western highland scotch, wicked with some hops and a good green leaf hint. Had a hint of rye bread in the nose.
The taste is smooth with a smoky/hickory pepper that would pair well most cheese, and good marbled beefcuts. It finishes with a subtle malt/hop body thats like a sour dough bread.
Best beer I have had in a while. I quote crusher "this beer rocks"
HogTownHarry (6135) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and viggo, my bottle. Pale clear yellow, not much head. Sweet and peaty aroma, mild and smoky, floral hops, slighlty pungent on warming. Sweet, sulfur-bandaiids, smoke and bitter herbal hops. Extremely thin yet sticky (lip smacking) body, flat - smokey aftertaste Really wanted to love it; didn’t.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear and effervescent gold, topped by half an inch of white foam. Decent head retention, good webby lacing. Bright and clean malt aroma with quite a bit of tart herbal hop in there too. Second whiff finds some mildly astringent smoke.
Tasty beer, the toasted malt provides a backbone to the earthy spicy hops and the mild (by Schlenkerla standards) smoke profile. Very smooth drinking, nice carbonation levels, medium body. Not overly powerful in the smoke department, but still very satisfying
guzzler67 (1532) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, golden appearance; tiny head; no lacing. Woodsy, peaty, mild smoke aroma with some tart fruit on the back end. Moderately hopped, biscuit-like malt taste. The second hand smoke adds interest to the sometimes staid helles style. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is dry, crisp, long lasting.
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a small white head that mostly diminished, poor lacing, mostly transparent with a tiny bit of cloudiness, minimal carbonation, and a pale yellow hue. Nose was malty, bready, hint of hops and smoke. Flavor was dry, smokey and earthy. Tingly, dry and smokey mouthfeel. Light-medium body.