dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild smoky aroma, golden colored, big white head, malty, sweet, much lighter smokiness than some of their other beers, very enjoyable.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear straw yellow with a lasting white head. Smokey malt aroma but not as powerful as their other beers. The flavor is strong in peat smoked malt but not overpowerfully so. You can actually taste some earthy hops and german malt.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A weak white head topped a pale amber body. There were pleasant notes of malt in the aroma, a grassy touch, but also a very evident smokiness. Thin and watery, the flavor was slightly sweet with a bacon essence weaved in. Interesting, to say the least.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a golden color with a medium sized white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grains, citrus fruits, toasted dough, and light smoke. Taste of toffee malts, light citrus and smoke, medium bitterness.
smoosh (533) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - subtle smokiness in the aroma. I couldn’t stop smelling. Appearance is nearly that of an AS. A nice blend of malt, fruit and smoke in the flavor. I could see an extended session of this brew!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear bright, lightly-effervescent golden with a thin-lacing airy white head. Very nice aroma of lightly sweet pilsner malt and a good amount of smoke, despite there not being any Rauchmalz used in the recipe, balanced with some noble hops. Body starts with lots of sweet biscuity malt, some lager yeast character and bittering hops before a crisp, dry, lightly smoked finish. A nice helles.
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle. unassuming blue and white paper label - i like it already. very pale body with a spritzy white head that lingers but doesn’t really do much else. sweet peaty aroma, i was surprised to find smoke in this one, as i didn’t know it was considered a smoked beer beforehand. much smokier aroma than flavor, as the smoke flavors hide behind a nice fruity malt presence and just a hint of grassy hops. i’m surprised this isn’t ranked higher than it is.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
03.29.06 500ml bottle. Pale straw color, sort of limp looking with a fleeting, small white head. Aroma is lovely with a mellow and mild mix of sweet malts, subdued but rich smoke, and distant mineral notes. The feel is light and lively, and the fine carbonation is completely refreshing. The flavor is quick, light, and quaffable. Could be more malty, but I think some of the more subtle malt flavors might be overshadowed by the persistent smoke. As it warms, the body fills out giving the impression that it’s maltier than it tastes. Smoke lingers with more mineral notes, and quick bitterness, almost as if peat smoked. I’ve found my lawnmower beer. Delicious.
5000 (5655) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pale straw, amazingly clear, thin white sudsy head falls quickly, spotty lacing, moderate carbonation.   Fairly strong smoked malt aroma, and really, not much else as it dominates the nose.   Softer smoked malt on the tongue, with a bit of grassy malts emerging at the finish.   Helles is not a style I would pick for being smoked.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Lingering smoked malts after the finish.   Meh, tiz okay but I’ll stick with their Bock or Marzen instead.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2006 0.5L bottle purchased from the brewery. Light golden color, very clear, small white head. The aroma is that delicious smoky aroma from their own rauchmalt. The flavor is incredible (especially for a helles). It is a nice, clean helles with that delicious smoky, bacony malt flavor backing it up. The amazing thing is that no rauchmalt was added to the grist; the flavor and aroma is from their brewing system. Rauchmalt might not be your cup o’ tea but we are quite fond of it. Give it a try if you can get some. Great beer.