uhre (384) - - JUN 25, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
There is a bit of smoke in the aroma which is the same in the flavor, very interesting for such a pale beer.
joshwoodward (416) - - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Interesting, though not necessarily delicious. Definite but subtle smoked character. Crisp, full flavored. Noticeable hops, but balanced.
westler (19) - Stuttgart, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very interesting stuff. A clear, light Helles with fine and firm head. The subtle smoke aroma makes this a unique beer. Much more drinkable drinkable than the Rauchbier. Malty and satisfying finish, considering it’s relatively low aloohol level.
Finwe (360) - Grankulla, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from S-market Kasarmitori. Pours golden yellow with a white head. Malty aroma with notable smokiness despite no smoked malt on the malt bill; some grassy hops as well. Grainy sweet aroma with some grassy and earthen hops and some smoke. A dry finish with some bitterness.
BOSSbrewer (1036) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore. Smooth. Pale yellow pour. Somewhat bland. Grass and hay. Nice beer but nothing special.
Mortlach (880) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15/11/2013 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Dorata, limpida, schiuma bianca mediamente persistente. Al naso sentori di malto rustico, integrale, leggerissimo affumicato, appena percettibile, ottima! In bocca è dolciastra all’attacco con leggerissimo affumicato, quasi impercettibile, finale amarognolo, molto buona. Corpo leggero, watery, carbonazione media. Birra freschissima e di squisita fattura.
b3shine (3562) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good for the style; a transparent gold with foamy white head. Smells doughy and (in the words of Tmoney99) like a basement beer. Tastes like it smells with light smoke. Average on the palate. Not bad, but forgettable.
abemorsten (2234) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from bottle at the Vaaland stand at Nærbø Ølfestivalen 2013. Clear golden body with a faint white film. Light malts and wort on the nose. Sweet, smoked and pleasantly bitter. Light to medium bodied leaving the tongue dry.
tectactoe (715) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Bottle: yellow & straw color with a thick chill haze, topped off by a puffy & cloud-like white head that has excellent retention and leaves plenty of chunky lace behind. Aroma is humongous bread, grain, barley, thick yeast, mildly musky hops, and an uplifting dose of sweet, subtle smokiness. Fresh, crisp, clean, unique. Taste follows right along. Bready malts, toasted grains, & sweet smoke, almost like the liquid smoke that you use to barbecue with, though not as "peaty". Subtle, yet integral to the excellence. Finishing citrus zest, grains, & light smoke. One of the most drinkable beers I’ve had, and my personal favorite helles lager. A simple, yet great beer.
johnnnniee (1840) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Redstone
Pours a fairly clear medium golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Rich sweet caramelized pilsner malt dominates the aroma. Rich dried fruit, prunes and raisins come to mind. Non existent hop aroma. Lightly spicy and almost smokey component shows up in the aroma as well. The flavor is rich with lots of caramelized sugary maltiness and plenty of dark dried fruits. There is a hint of herbal hop flavor and a bit of sweet cardboard. Medium body with a fairly dry finish. Moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Love the aroma here, but the flavor suggests this bottle my be less than fresh. One day I will make it over the ocean to try some great lagers the way they were meant to be drunk!
marquisalex (111) - Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Very slightly hazy light gold with a decent white head, medium density. Aroma is malty, sweet breads. On warming, reminds me a little of marzipan and green wood, but it’s the smoke that really starts to show through. Taste is mostly sweet malt, with some bitterness. Very gentle smoke finish, which is quite moreish.