rubbishystuff (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At the Bavarian Lodge. Not bad fro something that isn’t my style really. Held back on the smoke so that it wasn’t like drinking a campfire. Hops may have not works so well against the smoke and needed a bit more malt but it was still over all not too bad. Serving: Tap
ClarkVV (3863) - 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, it’s not like a German rauchbier. There’s 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 you’d 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 don’t. There’s 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 wasn’t 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, there’s a surprising amount of different flavors to be found in this brew, making it the best pilsner I’ve had, probably. The smoke, the sweetness, the hops -- enjoyable beer, especially for a style I’m normally left unimpressed with. I can understand the score of this beer though, if nothing else but the high price. (4/5)
islay (890) - 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. It’s 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 (4547) - 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 (366) - 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 (1607) - Dunmore, 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.
joshmcg000 (302) - Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy gold with fluffy white head. Aroma is some kind of malt, but I cant smell very well right now. Nice light body. Very malty, pislner, really easy to drink. it has a very slight smokyness to it that compliments the pilsner malts quite well. Pretty well balanced and just generally good.
Habanero (2163) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours golden with a huge white head. Aroma of caramel, grain, grass, a hint of smoke and citrus notes. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and bitter. Light to medium bodied, watery to oilt texture and lively carb. A nice pils.
forthebirds (15) - - FEB 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasty, smokey aroma. Well balanced. Grass. Smoke. &Still bright. With a lingering finish. Tastes like camping.
poisoneddwarf (1622) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Bomber. Pours hazy cantaloupe with a large soapy head that takes a long time receding. Aroma is campfire, smoked meats, licorice. Taste is sweet and smoky, not as nice as the aroma. Mouthfeel is sudsy and not very pilsner-like. No pilsner elements really at all. Not a bad beer, though, just lacking a little. It would be better without the champagne-like bubbles.