swoopjones (6659) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Pretty clear Helles like appearance. Milder somke & woodiness in the aroma. Flavor is also pretty mild in terms of smokiness, nice though. Satisfying & very drinkable,
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid smoke nose...light tawny color. Decent off white head with good lacing. Nice light sweetness from the malt, but thin. Almost a lighter version of the marzen.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden amber pour with an awesome foamy white head. Smoked bacon, hints of gorgonzola, and soft doughy campfire lead to bready smoked hickory jerky and hints of banana. medium body with supple caressing carbonation and a clean finish.
jjuf1853 (1258) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brass Tap (Wesley Chapel, FL). Pours a clear golden amber color with a decent sized densely packed off white head. Aroma has a good bit of smokiness, but still on the lighter side when compared to other Aecht Schlenkerla beers. Flavor is quite nice with more subdued smokiness.
jcwattsrugger (11345) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @BT Wesley Chapel-pours an offwhite head with hazy yellow color. Aroma is sweet light malt/grain, smoke. Taste is smoke, sweet light malt/grain-bready, some grassy hops.
burg326 (4318) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Brass Tap, that poured a clear gold, aromas of smoke, clove, and a touch of banana. Favor of light smoke, clove, some honey, and a touch of grassy hops.
ContemplateBeer (1658) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Holy Grale. Aroma of dough, banana, clove and very light smoke. Appearance is light amber with bone head. Flavor matches the nose; quite fruity up front, but with a light meaty smoke finish- a bit more substantial than the aroma. Palate is bubbly. Reminds me a bit of their smoked weizen, but with a bit more fruit; quite nice.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
transparent gold , thin white bubbled head. Nose is light smoke, bark, peach, bit of tea: light and refreshing but not intense or coherent. Flavor of mire bark and light smoke, carbonation seems high, finish is short and doughy, not getting the hops others find, low smoke throughout but lingering in finish. Decent but unfocused, too light for a smoked for me.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smoked malt with a touch of toffee and apple aroma. Sweet pear and light smoke taste with a bit of honey and dough. Herbal and grassy hops at the end. Lovely.
GT2 (9165) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Churchkey. Very excited to try this. The pour is a clearish orange to gold with chill haze diminishing as it warms. A slightly fizzy yellow head forms with good retention and small lace. Looks very pretty. Nose is muted ham and bacon with sugary/candied orange and honey. Perhaps honey baked ham? As it warms the nose is more just like "hot ham water" if anyone knows Arrested Development. Taste is sharp/herbal/grassy/soapy bitter, finishing abruptly and dry like a very good pilsener. Overlaid are sugary bacon and orange flavored seltzer. Very mild smoke. In a way, I wish it were either one or the other. Either a sharp and refreshing pils or a big meaty smoked beer. Instead, it is in between: exactly what it was meant to be. But that doesn’t mean it works perfectly. Still, much richer than 4.5% would suggest and would do well as a session beer as long as you like ham.