joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks homer321 123 321 123 nice aroma with hints of smoke and lager yeast like a lightly smoked cheese i am not a big smoked beer lover and truley enjoyed this beer i noticed some undernotes of cognac and cigars this is a beer that needs to be sipped to appreciate
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by homer321" pours a nice golden straw with a great bubbly whtie head. aroma is a good sweet smoke almost BBQ like, nice sweetness that is fruit like peach or pear, good crisp malt. flavour is a lite with a good mellow smoke, decent sweet malt adn a great finiish
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle). Some smokiness in aroma, but also malts. Color is "helles" indeed...light golden, with a white head. I agree with malrubius that this would better be classified as a Dortmunder/Helles lager, rather than a smoked. Yes, there is a definite touch of smokiness to the taste, but nothing approximating their Rauchbiers.
malrubius (2614) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle in Schlenkerla glass. Golden with lasting white head. Mild smoke grass and honey aroma. Toasty malty flavor with very mild smoke and clean finish. Medium-light body and medium carbo. Very mild smoke residue adds an interesting layer of complexity to this nicely made German lager, but THIS IS NOT A SMOKE BEER. There is no smoked malt used in this. Why is Stone SMOKED porter classified as a porter, and this fine non-smoked lager classified as a smoked beer. Correctly classified as a helles lager, this would be in the top 5% of it’s style, and deservedly so.
travita (4867) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yellow goldish in color with a decent white head. Clear and light looking. Smell is smoke, malts, off aromas and starchy (potatoe like). Taste is sweet , malts, bland. Ok body.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Quinns. Aroma is pale german lager malts, the smoked character is very subtle, herbal bittering hop. Taste is similar, really well balanced and tasty.
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet aroma with malty and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with notes of smoke, caramel and hops. Smoked bitter finish.
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, golden color with no head, fruity smoke nose with light malt and smoke flavors, a little thin on the finish
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 bottle thanks to blutt59. very pale yellow pour with no head. very slight smoke scent along with a slight malt smell. the smoke definitely shows through in the flavor but, the flavor is still a bit bland.
ToddA (21) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Decent offering from Brauerei Heller. Depending on where you read about this beer you might get the impression that there is no smoke malt in this beer. There has to be or it’s residual from the other smoke beers made there.
Slighly smokey lager bier that drinks like a good export lager. I like it and it’s a good way to wean someone onto Rauchbier...