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 (8366) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Frisco Tap House: Pours a pale copper amber hue with a small ring of off-white head. Has a clean, subtly smoky light caramel nose. Starts with pretty good fullness and lightly toasted malty sweetness with a healthy amount of smoke flavor, albeit lesser than their regular beers, drying out slightly before the crisp finish. Well balanced and very drinkable. I wish this was available in six packs.
blipp (6028) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Toasted malty aroma with some light smokey notes. The flavor has toasted and smoked malts with a very light sweetness, bread crust, and light earthy notes. Very clean and outrageously drinkable. Really good.
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the tap poured a light brown color with a good amount of head. Light smokey malty flavor with a quick finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. In a dimpled mug, has kind of a light brown color, thin lacy layer of foam. Smoky smell but not in an obnoxious way. A bit of cheese rind and barbequed beef, in my opinion. Still has a big smoky flavor, most like a Gouda cheese rind, but also like a Cold-eeze cough drop. You know, kind of medicinal yet minerally. And I’ve always held that Cold-eeze was like sucking ona roll of pennies. Yeah, that’s it. Zinc. You have got to really like smoked beers to enjoy this, and luckily I do, in small doses anyway. However, some tasty German malts comes in here, more detectable than the other Schlenkerlas I’ve had. And yeah, a bit of a medicinal taste. But I can’t help but want to try it.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - 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 (5687) - Aurora, 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 (8411) - 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.