Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful clear gold pour with a half inch or so fizzly white head. Slightly smokey aroma, with sweet malts and a dash of earthy noble hops. Taste is on the sweet side, lots of cereal malt flavor. Light oaky smokiness to it with tends to come out in the aftertaste. Nice floral hop flavor helps to offset some of the usual sweetness and dry breadiness. Body is light and slick, perfect for throwing back all day. Excellent beer. One of the best Helles out there.
77ships (4406) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. bottle @ home. Procured from Dranken Geers. BBF 12/2014 (so not very fresh anymore sadly). Enjoyed with sour cabbage, greens, potato’s & tofu sausage in the spirit of things. Super crystal clear golden with a small, solid white head. Lacing is exceptional. Textbook appearance. Nose is grainy lager nose, faint corn sweetness, mmm… Taste is better luckily. Light sweet grains, honey sweet, tad corn sweet, clean, touch more sweet than crisp, sugar, finish has a faint note of smoke that quickly seems to disappear from the picture, making a minor reassurance from time to time but you have to really look for it. Faintly grainy, oily lager body. Crazily easy to drink. It is good for what it is but I might had too high expectations considering that this is Schlenkerla after all. I have to say by the end of the bottle I found myself wishing that I had another one. At a good price point if available locally to me, I can see myself drinking a lot of it. A great accomplishment for a brewery to make a costumer feel that way about their beer. One that I believe German breweries in general work towards.
Dermi (669) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl, bottled. Pours pale yellow with a decent white head. Aroma: Malt, wood chip smoke, grassy hops. Taste: Medium sweet, some acidity. Pleasant grassy flavours in aftertaste. Fresh. Palate: Medium-light body, some carbonation. Stingy. Pleasant and easy lager with smoked aroma.
greenclansman (885) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JAN 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lager with light smoked aroma. Very balanced and smooth. Wish all lagers were like this one.
metalspice (156) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
klart gyllent med fint hvitt skum med store bobler. duft av gress med hint av røyk. røyken dominerer smaken på en fin måte med milde florale smaker i bakgrunn. Fyldig ettersmak.
niquillis (1290) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours golden with white head. Easy drinking, fruity Helles. Some spice. Decent
mcberko (7458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, pours a clear pale blonde with a small white head. Aroma is classic spicy lager yeast, light herbal notes and grass. Flavour is very pleasant, with herbal notes, light spiciness, and a light grassy hops. Everything a helles should be. Perfectly balanced, with a great herbal spiciness. Great stuff.
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle served in a weizen glass.A: Pours an absolutely clear yellow color forming a medium to small head with low retention and lots of thin and lingering spotty lacings in the glass. S: Nose is the classic malty and crispy German Lager. Strong notes of sweet pale malts and flowery hops. Some metallic and ashy notes too. T: Slightly sweet pale malts in the upfront becoming dry and crispy with a considerable hop bitterness in the end. Notes of grassy hops. Hints of ashes and roasted malts.M: Very light body. Medium but persistent carbonation. Grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. O: Great drinkability. Refreshing. Excellent German Lager.
PapaSkeetSkeet (919) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yellow with a heavy haze, a cm of nice white had that fades to a soapy film and ring. Aroma is sweet, wet hay and pleasant smoke in the background, like that which silently wafts from neighbors on a cold winter evening. Body is medium-light, watery-syrupy, medium-light carbonation, just a bit of fine pricks. Flavor is light sweet grain (not malt or wheat, more like corn and hay) with light, delicate smokiness, maybe a hint of rye and tree bitterness. Incredibly quaffable, balanced, moderately complex, and yummy. Deserving of the label "Helles" over "Smoked".
adamnase (135) - Kronoby, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear golden body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of rhubarb, sliced pear, grass and white bread. Flavour of lightly smoked malt, apple pie and a finish of lightly smoked cheese. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. Certainly one of the most unique Lagers I’ve ever tried.
zizzybalubba (1527) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Pale yellow pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of damp pale malt and faint citrus. Smoked wood is certainly detected in the taste and pairs nicely with the light fruit flavors found in this beer. Of the beers I have tried from this brewery, while this is not my favorite of them, I think this is the perfect starting point to introduce what a smoke beer is like. This is a great beer!