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.
EithCubes (4577) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 Bottle. Clear pale golden with a pillowy white head. Amazing, still smells like smoke, though more subtle than the others from Schlenkerla. Initially crisp, tastes mildly sweet and very malty with less smoke than in the nose, not overdone; balanced and light, with a long dry aftertaste and a note of final bitterness. I have to wonder, was the smokiness intentional, or has every piece of equipment in the brewery been contaminated with that delicious Schlenkerla goodness? Thanks to pivnizub for this treat!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lightest smokiness of all the smoked beers by these guys. Easy-drinking and high quality lager...very refreshing on it’s own...but touched by hints of rich bacony smoke. Another fine beer choice that would pair very well with robust or smoked foods and cheeses, without the fear of overwhelming them altogether. Well done!
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012
2012-04-03, draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen, 7-3-6-3-13=32
Blond color, compact head. It has a mild aroma of cereals and malt, biscuity but light. Malt flavor, mild, with a smooth mouthfeel, and traces of smoke; correct bitterness.
Well drinkable, but I had more incisive and aromatic versions in the bottle; this one has a more fat body and it’s half boring.
2011-05-31, bottle, 7-3-7-3-15=35
Pale blond color; medium-sized creamy head. Delicate, elegant malt aroma, with a mild biscuity touch. Good body, moderate malt flavor, with a light hint of smoke; correct bitterness. Very pleasant.
2006-05-27, bottle, 5-2-6-3-10=26
Hazy blond color. The aroma is very ordinary, with a light touch of smoke; the smoke is just more evident in the taste, and there is some also in the aftertaste; the base is a simple beer, quite dry. Absolutely to drink not too cold!
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Crystal clear, straw-colored, with a good-sized but quickly disappearing white head. Amazing nose of crisp, grassy noble hops, followed by a light hardwood smokiness. Quite smoky flavor, with a funny mtallic twinge. Seems even to be a hint of that vegetal DME flavor you get in cheaper lagers. Smoke covers that pretty well, but this is not on a par with Schlenkerla’s other offerings.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(50cl bottle) Pale straw body topped by medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked sausage. Taste is medium sweet, apple, some grassy, light smoke, caramel. Crisp light body.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Apparently they don’t use smoked malts in this one, smoke flavor comes just from being made in the same equipment. Pours a light blonde, with a hint of smoke in the nose. Its definitely light, you get smoke up front, but its weak. I think its a great starter if you’ve never had one of their beers. Very refreshing, great at a BBQ.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours yellow. Reminds me of a kolsch, but with smoked malts thrown in. Taste is on the light side. Interesting, but not as rich as their other smoked beers.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just a hint of smokiness, somewhat residual. Clear and pale yellow. Markedly different from the other Schlenkerlas. I highly doubt that this would make a good Radler, but it is light and refreshing and made for drinking by the liter-full.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don’t much care for the Helles style, but a pork/bacon flavored Helles is much more to my liking. This beer had the typical aroma and flavor of a Schlerkerla, though maybe a tad more muted than their other beers. In short, an ordinary helles with LOTS of smokiness.