kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body under a one finger frothy white head that had very good retention. The nose is pretty nice, a mix of pale bready and doughy malt with an aggressive campfire smokiness. Smells delicious to this fan of Smoked beers. The flavor is pretty smoky as well, but thereís a fairly heavy hoppiness in here that doesnít really work all that well with the smoke for me. The bready malt base works pretty well with the smoke though. Lingering finish. Light bodied with a soft mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. Interesting beer, not sure that I love it, but itís decent.
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a cloudy pale yellow almost Amber color with a thick white heís th fades and leaves spotty lacing. Smell of smoke, biscuits, lemon and slight citrus. Tastes of the same things in the smell with a slightly sharp hopiness in the back end. Mouthfeel is light and chewy with the perfect carbonation for a the style. One of the best pilseners Iíve had in recent memory the sweet malts and smoked malt surprisingly work well together. Also liked the noticeable hops which arenít usually present in most pilseners. A little pricey but worth it on occasion.
charule (2124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Three Aces. Poured clear darker yellow with thin white head. Slight smokey aroma. Light carb med bod. Slight bitter resin light malt. One of the better pilsners I've had.
williamherbert (1478) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear yellow color. Has a bigger than normal head, but thatís probably because I poured it very slowly. Color isnít so special but leaves a proud coronet of lace.
The aroma does have a Rauchbier aroma (liquid smoke, peat, touch of meat), hovering over a pale barley malt aroma. The "regular" malt doesnít get in the way of the "special" malt.
Flavors are similar: the smoke is there, along with a rather metallic second wave. There is a nice, sweet, English-style malt finish: buttery and biscuity. The feel is buttery as well.
As far as pilsners go, this one adds just enough to make it better than its peers. Iíll definitely revisit this.
ClarkVV (5574) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tip Tap Room, 4/13/14
Clear but not the usual pale, straw golden appearance of your usual pilsner, rather this one is a peachy amber with a small white head atop that shows moderate to low retention.
Clean bready malts and light hop notes in the nose leave no indication of the smokiness. Light minerals, a brush of pale malt sugars and moderate citric hoppiness mixed with some leafy and spicy notes. No alcohol or flaws, medium strength of aroma.
Sweeter than expected, up front, with a caramel and honey maltiness, though certainly not too sweet. Soft, light carbonation and an easygoing effervescence producing an almost creamy feel to it. "Smoke" is not really evident until the finish and even then, itís not like a German rauchbier. Thereís no bacon or salted caramel here, rather an almost sourdough and sweet woodsmoke-like flavor that emerges more as it warms and mixes with some spicy, peppery hop notes. Works just fine and the restraint is appreciated.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 11/13/13 and poured 2/12/14. A pricey $4 single.
Appearance: A bit dark for the style, about an orange color with a slight haziness. Lacing is alright. Nice look. (4/5)
Smell: Your typical pilsner with that hay/straw sort of smell, but this one adds a slight smokiness -- not at all strong. Quite subtle. I like it for the style. (4/5)
Taste/feel: Tastes like youíd probably expect. Has a pilsner flavor, with a fair amount of smoke added -- but not too much. Bone dry finish. Sharp bitterness on the end as well. I should hate this beer, as the pilsner flavor mixed with the smoke gives a flavor reminiscent of a Band-Aid... but I donít. Thereís actually a solid hop profile on this beer along side a seemingly nice extra dash of caramel malt to give a surprisingly nice flavor depth. This brew has a high carbonation, and a light/medium feel, as to be expected for the style. (3.75/4)
I wasnít impressed at all at first sip, bug it grew on me pretty fast. Is this beer worth four bucks a single? No. At the same time, thereís a surprising amount of different flavors to be found in this brew, making it the best pilsner Iíve had, probably. The smoke, the sweetness, the hops -- enjoyable beer, especially for a style Iím normally left unimpressed with. I can understand the score of this beer though, if nothing else but the high price. (4/5)
islay (2137) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 4-15-14. Dry aroma features a classic pilsner champagne-esque scent. Light smoke arrives upon multiple sniffs. Pleasant enough but totally forgettable smell. Pours a mostly clear yellow/gold. A light haze in the final pour rescues the appearance from being boring to being mediocre. Moderate effervescence. Beige head and decent lacing for the style. Lightly smoky flavor. Nice underlying pilsner taste. Lemon and orange tartness. Dry and smoky finish. Enjoyable, likable flavor. Dry aftertaste. Medium body. Crisp and reasonably lively in the palate. This is one of the few smoked pale lagers I have tried. Itís not great, but it is decent, and it works. This definitely should be classified as a pilsner rather than a "smoked" (that said, I disagree with calling "smoked" a style at all; it should just be a tag -- nonetheless, the dominant aromas and flavors from this beer are those of a pilsner).
FROTHINGSLOSH (6542) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark yellow color with a medium sized foamy white head that left good lacing. The aroma was sooty and smoky with a hint of vague fruity hops. The flavor was tangy, piney, a bit fruity and had a fairly strong note of charcoal and smoke. Medium length finish of pine and charcoal. Kind of like someone put out their cigar in your beer. Medium body. Not good at all.
alliance100 (1104) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours a deep gold with sudsy off white head . Herbal spicy hop aromas . Taste is of a clean pilsner with moderate smoke . Very nice easy drinker .
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Leafs93 (2070) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy gold with a soapy white head and good lacing. Aroma is smoke, touch of sweetness and light grass. Taste is sweet with acrid bitters with a crisp finish. Medium bodied, good carbonation and lively mouth feel.