jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle on October 27th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a clear gold.
Aroma: Aroma is nice amount of smoke, not overbearing.
Taste: Light smoke, very light bitterness, bready malt.
Palate:Light body, light aftertaste.
Summary: My fifth rating of Brauerei Heller. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the other versions they make. Might be a good first beer from them if nervous about smokey aroma/flavor as it’s quite light. Just had to try this one, hope to finish out the brewery at some point.
JohnnyJ (4773) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Mostly clear golden pour, with a white head. Grain, corn, mild smoke, some sweetness, and grass. Ok, but I’m not liking it too much.
The_Osprey (2781) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, BB Dec 2015, 4.3%. Pale orange, sparkling, clear, small foamy white head with no retention. Aroma is metallic, cardboard, lager malts. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is lager, toffee, soft smoke, salty, some metallics, enduring musty bitterness. The smokey saltiness brings this up over most lagers for me. Drinkable, tasty stuff.
Lukasmh (348) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Bottle. Pours crystal clear yellow with white head. Aroma is really german pils at first. Light corn, slight metallic, earthy hops. Sweet malts and just crisp. Some really subtle smoky notes in there as well. Taste is really light, fresh and crisp! Then finish is quite dry, rather bitter, earthy and spicy hops. And then smoked bacon! My new favourite lager!
Alexanderdahl (63) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet on the nose, like classic German pils. Jawohl!
Light scent of smoke in it, but really subtle.
So nice and easily drinkable.. Quite a bit of smoke, but so smooth! Gets smokier as it heats up.. Aw yisss!
Erzengel (4932) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh malty, slightly roasty with nice smokey undertone. Fresh malty and dry body. Nice and intense. Full round and malty-intense with a decent smoke. Great intense with a malty-dry and nice smoked aftertaste.
MarcoDL (2596) - NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Yellow golden color, big white head. Aroma of cream, grain and malt. Taste of grain, creamy malt and subtle smoke. Subtle, elegant and quite taste for a lager.
Ambro206 (223) - ITALY - APR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Una lager con un pizzico di affumicato. Una birra pulita, piacevole, beverina. Nulla di complesso o rivoluzionario ma una birra interessante per ucciddere la sete e la monotonia.
jamesewelch (148) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2015 16.9 oz bottle, shared with friend, poured into tulip glass
Aroma: smoke, some noble/spicy hops
Appearance: golden, white head
Taste: sweet with light bitterness
Palate: light body, lingering smoky finish
Overall: A very nice smoked helles. The smokiness is great and not overpowering. You can still taste the Helles and the smoke compliments the style. Well balanced for smoked beer. Very drinkable.
Freaky_tiki (705) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky yellow with a foamy cap that offers little in the way of lacing. First sip comes off an naive as I was unaware that it had smoked essence to it. A tad thin, with some interesting leafy hop notes & a mineral touch. Drill deeper into the bottle & realize its a unique take on the style with a lot of character. I don’t love it, but I’m glad I’ve had it.
tillmac62 (356) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber, slightly darker than golden. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.
Light nose that is slightly sweet biscuit. Underneath is a subtle smokiness that is more campfire like in nature rather than bacon.
Light medium bodied, barely, with a texture that approaches smooth. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.
The outstanding flavor profile is intense, a bit complex and very well balanced. It begins with a mixture of flavors that slowly separate into a mild oak like smokiness over a subtle sweet biscuit. In the middle, it becomes rather crisp and becomes dryer towards the finish. A slightly bitter smokiness lingers.