jsporrer (582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear iced tea brown with a thin white ring. Nice smoky aroma. Descent smoked flavors with a somewhat tangy finish. OK but not as good as the other styles.
rondphoto (3851) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @ Schlenkerla / Bamberg Germany --- Nearly opaque amber brown color, smooth white head that drops to 1/2", splotches of lace. Taste is clear malt that has medium fizz, spice (especially coriander), then after the swallow, a hint of hops followed by light smoke that slowly strengthens as everything else fades. Surprisingly solid, awfully big and filling, but it is effective. I could drink it again.
midovark (441) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - JUN 13, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5 l bottle @ Green Sheep Bar. Hazy, deep amber color. Its aroma and taste is a fine mix of weizen and smoked characteristics. A bit thin on body and has a short finish. Otherwise it’s fine.
Maris (1350) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2016 From a 500ml bottle on 12/6/2016. Pours a deep amber with a small head. Smells like smoky bacon with a bit of basement. Not surprisingly, the smoke dominates against some faint wheat notes. A bacon and fire ash beer with a wheat beer finish! Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very interesting and more than pleasant (unless you hate smoked beers), but not in the same class as the Doppelbock for mine.
ManVsBeer (8286) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Grayston Unity, Halifax. Hazy mid-brown coloured ale with a small head. Gently smoked in both aroma and taste, this is still the dominant feature of the beer and it’s very tasty for it. Ham is evident, it has a fairly easy-drinking texture for its strength, and there’s a few dark malts evident too.
redders1974 (846) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smell of russian caravan tea twigs juniper smoke is not overpowering murky brown small lasting head.
King_Alex_II (1146) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 29, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy brown color with foam layer. The nose combines banana and smoke. Banana taste with a mild little carbonation and a smokey finish. Mild and light smokey aftertaste.
Halfling_4132 (74) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance- hazy rich chestnut brown with quickly disappearing almond foam, aromas- smoked meats, woody, also fruity, maybe syrupy figs and raisins. Palate- medium bodied but light on the tongue, smooth finish. Taste- subtle banana, malt, smokey cured meats, quite a salty taste. Overall- slightly lacking in body compared to other smokey beers I’ve tried but still highly enjoyable and lighter.
lokis333 (352) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - MAY 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark brown color with weak caramel foam. Aromas of cured moose and beaver sausages, with smokey wood, ashes, chachoal and light hint of salt. Palate, medium body, thick, full texture leaving nice smoke and banana finish. Tastes like wheet beer (probably because it is?) with a smoked beer mix, sweet, banana, yeasty and wheaty taste with smoked meat and woody notes. Overall, very nice, quite light, easy going, still smoked and nice, just maybe slight too light for my taste.
Hanoi (803) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose is light smoke, sweet banana, cheese, hints of bubblegum; it’s very disjointed. Taste is less smokey then the nose; light smoke (relative to other Heller beers at least) leading to a very pronounced banana, and banana and cream, bubblegum and cloves taste slight sour. There is a very pleasant bonfire night aftertaste. The mouth feel is weizen thick.
I don’t love this is as much as the dopplebock, primarily because that is a more balanced beer, but this is nice and more than a novelty.