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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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German Style Helles 5.4%


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2412) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Not sure what people want from this beer, U have had it 3 times now and its always money. Clean lager, nothing off at all and a nice medium strength smokiness on the nose. Just beautifully melded together. Flavor is mild on the smoke and again super clean. Love it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rxeight (1301) - Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Listed as prarie smoke. Yellow in color. Light and refreshing. Tastes like a hotdog cooked over a campfire.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Spotty lacing. Nose has a bit of smoke behind some grain and light bread. Flavor adds a lot more smoke. A bit unbalanced; could use some additional bitterness and less smoke. Body is light and crisp. Dry smoke. Not a big fan.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drdisque (521) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Taster at Clybourn Brewpub. Pours clear Amber. Bitter nose. Flavor is somewhat bland and grainy with a touch of hops and sweetness. Nothing special but not off-putting either. Honestly couldn’t taste any "smokiness" in this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
Draft in a sampler at the Clybourn brewpub. Pours a clear gold color with a small white head. The smoke is fairly mild in both aroma and flavor, along with notes of sweet malts, straw, fruits (apples, faint citrus), grass, and pepper. Seems like a good helles but the smoke is very restrained. Light-medium bodied, with a gently smoky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoePeesie (859) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours a clean gold with fizzy white head. Nose and taste are of a typical Helles, with a bit of smokiness. Had this after an IPA and not sure if that made the smokiness muted, or if I would have liked more smoke in general. I like the base beer & I like the smoke idea, just not sure it worked great in this brew. I will have to revisit in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
Draft at goose cly, pours hazy yellow gold with white head. Aroma has wet grain, smoked malt. Authentic smelling. Flavors have an initial smoke quality and it only slightly lingers throughout the experience, some honey comb malt notes pierce through, slight peppery finish. Body is a tad heavy but the feel is crisp. Pretty tasty beer. Could up the smoke a bit though but a true Hell beer is here for sure.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
Draft on tap at Clybourn (Chicago, IL). Was pretty excited for this and was in the city so I came right over doing a errand for the Bachelor Party with BeerSommelier. Pours a well hazed golden hue, frothy bright white head atop laces well and sticks around as a bubbly level, cakey a bit and sticks around. Aromas are straw and cereal grains, gentle fruit, and bread malts. Touches of gentle wood and smoke, crisp smoked apples and a hint of wood. Initial is lighter end of the spectrum pushing a touch of lemon and apple, gentle bready malts, pale grains, bread, and some gentle fruit qualities. A mellow smoked essence, touches of wood, some faint meat, more smoked apple. Gentle sweetness, crisp smoked apple and some bready malts, grains, and some cereal elements. Gentle, some fruit, mellow smoke. As it warms, up front gives the smokey touches, as middle and backend get sweeter, crisp. Quite drinkable. Mellow, touches of crisp dryness, sweetness, mellow smoke hits more up front. Solid, could use some more smoke in this guy’s opinion.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2011
On draft at Clybourn. Dark color with slight brownish hues. Slight smokey aroma with hints of bacon. Not too much smoke comes through in the flavor which was fine by me since I’m not a huge smoked beer guy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1351) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
On tap; pour is clear light golden with a frothy white head that retains on the average side; light, spotty lacing in this glass. Subdued smoke on the nose, with a bit of graininess present. This brew is fairly crisp and mildly fruity on the tongue; the smokiness takes a general back seat to the drinkable nature of this brew. I think this is a positive attempt, but could probably use a bit more smokiness, I believe.


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