FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at map room. Pours a deep amber with a moderate fluffy off white head. Aroma is nicely rounded with bready biscuit notes and a delicate smokey character. Everything is very light, a fruity note, earthy, woody. Flavor is soft and smokey, nice sweetness that never gets cloying, grainy doughy bread notes and a smooth woody smoke finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Very nice
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Publican (Chicago, IL). Stopped by to check out the deal with these lambic blends and found this gem. Pours a glowing darker golden amber pour, a healthy darker golden glow on the edges, gentle haze, and frothy offwhite head cakes moderate sized and sits around well, healthy lacing. Aromas are a wonderful mixture of bready malts and grainy essence mixing with gentle woody smoke, touches of meat, lively fruity apple, touches of spice, carmelization, and more yeast and bread dough. A mellow smokiness with lively fruity and bready malts. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, sitting fuller on the palate than expected. Sufficient smokiness, earth and woody with gentle carmelization and toast, moving into crisp bread, cereal grains, touches of yeast and lingering house smoke into the backend. Lingering on with notes of apple and bread, spice, touches of pear. A lively little brew with a good flavor wheel, healthy smoke for it’s size, but nothing overbearing, giving a new lighter spin on their house flavors. Very nice, aromas giving off smoked apple and bread. Very enjoyable.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber, white cover. Aroma is very light, toast, caramel, the smoke is an afterthought. The flavor is mild caramel, toast, light meat smoke trails way behind but in a good way. I will say that I remember even the regular Helles being smokier than this.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Ginger Man - Hazy golden-amber pour topped by a tight sticky white head. The aroma is quite lightly smoky with a touch of noble/minerally hoppiness. Creamy palate with a lovely soft malt sweetness. Rounded character that really melds the malt, hops and smoke. Soft and a little bit sweet. A touch of light sweetness along with a touch of soft chewiness. Moderate minerally bitterness on the back. It doesn’t quite rise to the heights if the Urbock or the Marzen, but it’s a fine drink nonetheless.
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Hazy amber body, small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some smoke, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some smoke, spicy. Light-medium body, light stickiness. Smoke quite mild compared with the other Schlenkerla beers.
BeerandBlues2 (8481) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours clear amber with a large, creamy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is light smoke and bacon, caramel and toast malt, and light fruity esters. Flavor is light smoke and bacon with light biscuit malt, yeasty, thin bodied with a lightly sweet finish. Medium-light body, low warmth and carbonation.
malrubius (1512) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Bierkraft. Golden copper with lasting white head and lace. Mild smoky grassy hay aroma with a tiny citrus hint. Biscuity malty grassy with underlying sweet malty smoky bitterness and lingering noble hop bitterness. Medium body, fairly rich for a pale lager. Excellent. I could drink this all day. Oh, what do you know? I have.
Travlr (9869) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Churchkey. Bright clear golden color, small white head. Smoke is very subtle in the aroma, and even more so in the taste, which is mostly clean and crisp. Pretty good.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft @ redlight redlight. I’ve been waiting for this one for awhile now! Light smoke on the nose, bbq pit. Pours gold with a slight amber hint with a dense white head. Crisp lager, grassy hops upfront with smooth beechwood smoke next, with a hints of malty sweetness. The beer finishes dry and crisp. Excellent!
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber pour with tan head. Smoke, peat Bacon like aroma. Flavor follows but is smoke dominated.