LilBeerDoctor (3735) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with hardly any head. Aroma is a bit skunky (which faded only slightly as the beer warmed) with some sweet malt notes. Flavor of more sweet malts (bready), some light fruits as the beer warms. I was surprised to learn this is classified as a "smoked", I guess I would say there are some smoky notes in this beer, but only if you look hard enough for them. Just ok.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma of pale malts and smoke. Flavor mostly keeps the smoke in the background, restraining it to generalized earthiness, with the malt opening up into a nice, sweet breadiness, at times lightly fruity. This bready malt, definitely the highlight of the beer for me, also dominates whatever hop presence there is. Nice beer, nothing terribly remarkable.
idbowman82 (62) - Painesville, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not too bad, but relatively unexciting. The aroma is definitively smoky and peat-y, as is the aroma, but you have to work to find it. Great mouthfeel though.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Slight haze to the golden pour with a thin bubbly white head. The nose has mild smoke, but it’s there. Some doughy, damp German malts and a very mild hop character. Has some wood and earthy as well. Great creamy mouth feel, especially for the low ABV. Nice bready malts give it sufficient body. The smoke is apparent, less so when compared to their other offerings. It leans toward woody and earthy, and it’s nicely balanced by a mild Euro-hop bite in the finish. Pretty solid, just needs more Smoke!
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2011 Smoked ham and hop aroma is not very strong but pleasant. Deep golden color with a medium/small head. The start tasted like most German pilsners, crisp and clean, medium bodied.More smoked ham flavors arose in the finish with very little or no bitterness.
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very pale gold with a frothy white head. Aroma of yeast, smoke, and spice. Light, highly carbonated body. Initial taste is crisp and clean, pilsner like hops.....lagerlike. Finish is nicely (and not overwhlelmingly) smoked which definitely elevates this otherwise unexciting beer. Not my favorite of the Aecht Schlenkerla line, but a clean, crisp, refreshing beer.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011 Pours golden with a small white froth. Light ham aroma, some smoke, and skunky German hops, sweet smelling. Taste is much the same: salted ham, grassy, lightly smokey. Nice bubbly light body, fine carbonation, glassy. Seems like more of a pils than a helles. A nice easy drinking accidentally smoked beer =) 188.8.131.52.15!..... [rerate 2011 after many many bottles... 184.108.40.206.15... more beer needs to be like this seriously, amazingly bready with a beautiful hop bouquet]
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I thought this was a decent beer overall. You get just a hint of the smokiness in the nose, but more herbal hoppiness, and a hint of ffresh cut grass. The flavor is got a nice malt profile, a bit of honey sweetness, but very biscuity. The smokiness lingers giving it a nice bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable and uniquely different.
mmather (179) - Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 500 ml bottle. Nice hint of smoke in a well executed helles bier. Loved the combo, but the helles bier as a base was a bit lacking. My least favorite of the Schlenkerla line (but I still would get one from time to time despite the price).
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color was very light golden. The head was creamy, thin, and white. The aroma was very light grape. The flavor was smokey. The palate was lively. The finish was abrupt.