Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with dense white head, fades to film, decent lacing. Bacon up front, dry biscuit character takes over, somewhat grainy in the background. Flavor much the same. Smoky bacon, dry biscuit/pils malt, very grainy, some residuel sweetness, with herbal/grassy hops near the finish. While it doesn’t sound like much, at least in my words, this is a very nice brew overall. Well balanced, very clean, and highly sessionable. Would have to guess this is one of the better "lagers" I’ve ever had. Not a euro-styles expert, but reminds me of some sort of smoked maibock-pils something or other.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Clear golden color with a hint of smoke in the aroma and a thin white head. I loved the taste of this beer. A subdued smoky flavor with an excellent helles backbone. Could drink it all day.
Quack-Duck (8921) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to MoritzF!
Pale yellow, medium-sized head. The aroma is not smoky. However, in the taste the smokiness is clearly detectable. Starts rather smoky, the middle püart is smoky as well, the finish is dominated by hops. Not as full-bodied and smoky as other Schlenkerla beers, but still very very nice.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light lucid straw with a small white head. Aroma is fresh yeasty dough and musty at the same time and I swear there’s this funky banana smell too. Light and crisp on the palate. It tastes a little like bananas, smoked bologna, and faint hops. Very drinkable as a Helles should be.
gnoff (9190) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(50 cl bottle) Smoked? No way! No smoke what so ever in this one... Pale Lager for sure! Clear pale golden color, small white head. Sweet sugary malty scent, some corn. Sweet malty and vegetable taste. Medium mouthfeel and bitterness.
b33r (773) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange in color with medium white head. There wasn’t much to the aroma. Flavor was interesting. My first smoked beer. It was really good for a lager, but I guess smoked is a different category..
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma: Biscuity malt, noble hops, apples, and faint whisper of smoke. Appearance: Light amber in color and clear. Off white head was full and frothy with good retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Biscuity malt with a nice caramel note, noble hops that slant towards the spicey/earthy. Smoke is subtle and ties with everything else pretty well. Medium bitterness and a medium-sweet finish. Palate: Medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: I liked this one. Smoke was interesting rather than overpowering.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with the look of a standard lager. Smoky, slightly skunky aroma. More hops than usual in a german helles, and a nice smoky touch in the aftertaste.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at j-betskis in raleigh, nc! This is wonderful smoke beer very subtle smoke flavor. pour amber with light head and lacing. nice hoppiness on the mouthfeel and a light smoke finish
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 Bottle from Frugal McDugal in Nashville. A second hand smoked beer eh?
Pours a translucent golden with sudsy white head that dissipates to a ring. Strong aroma for the style, which is biscuit. bread, and european hops. Flavor as lots of biscuit and grass that transitions to a european hop (noble?) finish, with some hard water/ mineral notes. The smoke is subtle on my palate, as I only catch it at the back of the mouth before it goes down. As it warms, you can pickup a little more. My wife picked up tons of smoke on the first sip. Perhaps I am becoming accustomed to smoke in beers or my receptors are not as sensitive. I liked this beern because it is a unique and fairly aggressive Helles.