hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with a small off white head. Carbonation on the light side. Aroma is smoky with some spicyness. Taste is lightly smoky, with some spicyness showing in the palate, smooth watery finish.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The body was medium yellow with a thin white head. The aroma was lightly smoked with some carrots and a little bit of pork. The taste was smoky with some celery. There was also a little bit of black pepper spice. Decent beer, but I have had better from Schlenkerla.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Any first impressions?
-A veil of head disappears into the pale yellow clarity.
-A timid aroma produces a slight hop accent, and mild wooden smoke.
-A rising herbal, leafy hop flavor buries the smoke residue.
-A very lean maltiness creates an aqueous mouthfeel aimed at long sessions.
What if you dig deeper?
-The herbal hop bitterness is proficient and moreover very pleasant.
-My bottle doesn’t have much smoked character to it, with reason, since there is no smoked malt at all in here!
-Maltiness is quite underwhelming, and not nearly as well-developed as most basic Franconian lagerbiers I’ve had over there.
Bottle bought at the brewery; best before August ’06.
A second bottle, bought in the US recently, produced more smoke in the aroma and flavor, thus hinting this time at a smoked lager. But the nearly anemic maltiness and easy finish still couldn’t wow me. 3.4/5, compared to the 3.2/5 I had in the first bottle, mostly aroma points going up.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. An appropriate breakfast beer for an East-coast schmuck like myself who is still jet-lagged. Slight corn, malty aroma with some moderate smoked flavors, not unlike bacon. There appears to be a slight DMS component. An interesting aroma. Transparent dark straw color with a small whitish head and nice lacing present. Spritzy, peppery biscuit grainy malty start. Finishes with some milder, subdued smoked flavors than the rest of the Schlenkerla beers. This beer is very refreshing and balanced. For once, the smokiness doesn’t kill the other flavors of this beer. Well-done.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale gold, with fizzy white top. Woody, grainy, gentle forest wood smoke like. Sweet malts behind, with light berry notes. Medium bodied, with gentle smoky overtone. Regular decent lager but with smoky character. Nice balance here. Refreshing and very drinkable "smoke".
eaglefan538 (2819) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, this one poured as expected, golden color, thin head, good lacing on the way down. Lots of carbonation rising in the glass. The aroma wasn’t rauch-like at all, so I figured I just picked up a non-smoked straight helles product from the finest smoke brewer of the world. Some grass and honey in the aroma. Flavor, however was awesome, a nice helles / pilsner flavor with the low grassy hops also in the profile. However, the aftertaste had a firm hint of smoke in it, nothing like their other brews, very subtle in that sense, but man, just a very nicely done smoking for a "helles" or light lager beer. Mouthfeel was light, refreshing, and carbonated. Good stuff!!!
beastiefan2k (2260) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Ok so I hate pale lagers but I love smoked beer. This is one of the worst looking beers in the world. Looks like yellow water. The smell is fainlty smoked. The taste is very good cause its smoked. Well, I like the smoke but the rest of it sucks.
Its better on tap, still does not look appealing but the smoke level with the fresh lager beer works well.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
God I love smoked beers. This one pours a pretty standard golden lager color with a thick and fluffy white head. Aroma of crisp apple with a significant dose of charred wood. What we have is a skillfully crafted Helles featuring a crisp hoppy flavor and a strong malt presence. What really sets this apart is the underlying smoky flavor that adds complexity to this outstanding brew without dominating everything with smoked meat flavors. A smoked session beer if there ever was one.
Rballs01 (278) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 A great addition to the smoked beers. I love this Helles lager. Slightly smoked and refreshing as ever. Great for a summer bbq.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I didn’t expect this one to be smoked, just an ordinary helles. Actually it comes across more like a pilsner, with its distinct hop bitterness. Begins with a bright golden, crystal clear color with a creamy 2 fingered head. Aroma has a touch of charred wood. Flavor is more smoke, with some rounded clean bready malts, which melds evenly into a full hoppy finish, with a resiny almost grapefruity character. This is really outstanding and characterful for a low gravity lager.