3fourths (7885) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2012 draft. multiple glasses at Churchkey in DC, Feb2012. this is the helles lager krausened with young marzen wort. appearance is a turbid dull light orange. a patchy white head diminishes into a fine-bubbled layer of foam after a few moments. the nose is mild and neutral with sweet grains (pils malt sweet honey/biscuit character with a light touch of munich/vienna toffee charater), low hop bitterness and moderate yeast presence (mild banana, mild floral esters); what’s more surprising is just how frothy and apparently "dense" it becomes after kruausening (comparing to the base helles), at least up front and across the middle. this is a beer that seems remarkably light and restrained but with an apparent weight and roundness to the mouthfeel (again, across the middle); it’s *almost* right where I want it, only needing a bit more depth late (it’s noticeably watery and thin on the back) and perhaps with a touch less green (sweet wort) character. the mild smoke present in the regular helles is more muted here given the presence of yeast, no surprise. flavor-wise this is quite easy to enjoy and session, however through multiple glasses I never felt that it was together enough; a little too muted and a lot less clean and snappy compared to the helles. still, minor complaints. it is a joy to drink unfiltered German lager from the keg here in the states, and I would happily drink as much of this as I could.
mcberko (6033) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at The Beer Mongers, courtesy of Jim, pours a clear blonde with a medium white head. Aroma of smoke / firepit, wet horse and lager yeast. Flavour is the same with a light body. Decent, if you’re into this type of thing.
boFNjackson (4110) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured amber with a thin, beige head. Nose had a hint of smoke. Dried smokey meats, malt sweetness, caramel. More campfire smoke. Not overly smoked though like other Schlenkerla beers. Some light fruit sweetness and balance too. Yeast seemed all but present. Allowing the smoked malts to do their thing.
bvc (1148) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at beer mongers. Darker, slightly hazed golden with an eggshell white head that leaves some decent lacing. Caramel biscuit malt, touch of banana an apples, smokey ham undertones with just a bit of pepper spiceiness. Smells pretty nice, a touch of phenolic, but drinks easy.
joeneugs (3119) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Beer Rev. It pours golden with a nice fine white head. The aroma has some funky yeast with a hint of smoke. The flavor is massive smoke with some strong notes of phenolics on first taste. Not very pleasant. After a few sips my palate became adjusted and I kinda enjoyed this one. I really love the Aecht smoked beers, but this was probably my least favorite. The light malt presence and spicy yeast character just accentuated the smoke to a borderline unpalatable level. Maybe my palate was just shocked though, because it sort of grew on me later on.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with a whitish head. Big smoke and bacon aroma. Smoke and malt flavor. Medium bodied. Smoke and light malt lingers with light grain.
DrSilverworm (6022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, poured into a pint glass. Mostly hazy light tan/brown color. Nice thick creamy off-white head. Good lace. It’s got that classic, satisfying-super-smoky Aecht flavor. Light, crisp carbonation, dry texture. Savory salty taste. Quite possibly the best smoke beer for a session. Really doesn’t taste much less smokey than their doppelbock (my favorite from the brewery). Just a lighter body, from what I remember.
JStax (2857) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured on draft. Appearance is a darker gold, almost amber color, with a white head of foam. Good head retention. Aroma is fairly smokey, with notes of barbecue sauce coming through pretty well. The barbecue translates over to the taste, but it isn’t an overpowering taste. The amber-ish ale is still able to come through, but the tastes complement one another. Interesting beer. I wish I had a little more regular access to this brewery.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Rich O’s Publick House: Burnished golden. Creamy white ring deposits wispy lace. Greasy, petroleumlike smoke aromas, with a light note of sugar cookie, smoked cracker dough, mineral, browned biscuit, peach marmalade and apple peels. Soft, compact carbonation. Spicy licorice-tinged hop bitterness is firmed up by a stiff dose of minerals and equally firm woody smoke. Delightfully fluffy smokiness, with nary a hint of ash or astringency. Some faintly apparent juicy esters emerge alongside a suggestion of orange preserves. Sturdy malt is deepened with some springy and grassy hay notions, though it loses some of its sound structure as a bit of wet hay begins to creep in. Vibrant hop flavor imparts some dense yet somewhat succulent texture to the otherwise smoke- and mineral-charged center. Plentiful aniseed-tinged hops accompany a lively yet thoroughly fulfilling blend of dry malt and breaths of smoke in the finish. A straightforward version, more or less, with that telltale Heller-Trum cleanliness and balance. A fun quaff.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rustico’s OktoBEERfest 2011. Served in a plastic pint. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a fairly-clear medium copper color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing. The nose brings some light bread and toast plus just a touch of smoke. Much, much better than Schlenkerla’s other beers, which tend to be far too smokey, in my opinion. Flavor is a good blend of Helles and rauch, definitely leaning heavily toward the former. Light body and nice smokey dryness to the finish. This would be a fantastic summer beer.