GregClow (2927) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at Union Beer Trade Tasting, NYC. Light golden with a small white head. Aroma is an interesting blend of fresh lager - bready malt, grassy hops - and well-balanced smoke. Flavour is nice and fresh as well, with a good maltiness to balance the smoke, and some hops hitting the back of the tongue. Not as killer as the Marzen, but a nice diversion - I could imagine this as a good session beer, actually.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. bronze coloured with rich white head. Aroma of smoked pork, biscuiy malts and grass. Smokey and sakty flavour. with a firm bready malty base. Long smokey and crisp aftertaste that lingers on.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear medium gold. Medium head of crunchy white foam. Lots of carbonation bubbles after the pour, slows to a few steady streams as it sits and the cap fades. Ghostly thin lacing in inky stringed patterms.
Aroma is smokey with a clean, crisp, pale malt profile. Very distinct and peculiar with a tang of smoked meat and grain. Nice.
Taste is broad and lasting with a savory little spiceyness of grasses and beechwood. Topping taste in the middle of the smokey stuff that stays nicely weaved within a pale malt sweetness and mild, easy going tang. Perfect floating finish of leftover smokeyness and a feathery spiced hoppy dryness.
Feel is bold, rounded, smooth, and solidly placed in a medium body. Nice little centering sweetness and one fantastic finish of spice and impressionable length..
One very solid, straight up goodalicious, Helles Lager!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 500 ml. stubby euro brown bottle with no freshness date.
Poured a clear lager golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing.
Smokey malt aromas with hints of grain, bread and floral hops.
Good carbonation and a crisp, slick, creamy smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel.
Delicious tasting, toasted grain and sweet, slightly sugary malts mingled with smoked malts, a light spicy and floral hoppiness, the hop are have a soft bitterness, just enough to balance against the sweet, smoky malts, and a sweet grainy finish with a soft smokiness linger on the tongue.
The more beers I try from this brewery, the more I’m impressed with their quality, you don’t have to like smoke beers to find this very drinkable.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light gold with a small, white and foamy head. Lightly smoky in the nose with a touch of fruitiness. Some grassy notes, but it is a little weak in the aroma department. The flavor is noticebly stronger in the smokiness. The fruits are a bit more along with the maltiness. Almost a lemon quality underlying the smoke. The body is light and refreshing and this is just smoked enough to pique your interest. I liked it.
Nekronos (3658) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THis beer was as good almost as the other before. BUt it was a Lager, BUt with this I do not care what Style is.
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light yellow pour. A clovish aroma slightly overpowers the paper aroma. A crisp clean taste that reminds me of a Kolsch but not hardly as dry. Not a great beer but not bad for what iit is.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear light yellow color with a small white head. Big smokey aroma. The smell reminds me of the way band-aids smelled when I was young. Not in a bad plastic beer flaw way though. The flavor was lightly malty with pleasant smokey notes. Light body.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[draught at GBBF 06] Grassy hop aroma with bready malts and a good dose of smoke. light and firm mouthfeel, dry finish.
SSSteve (3862) - - SEP 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 clear gold. medium sized creamy head. honeyish malts with a hint of pepper and smoke in aroma. flavor is quite similar. a dry lager. a good one from the smoke masters.