Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 854   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Once, every farm in Norway was required by law to brew its own ale. All of that ale had a natural smoky taste because the malt was kilned by fire, and most of it was spiced with juniper berries. Norwegian Wood, a recreation of that traditional style, is made by the "Hand Brewery" - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (2913) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
500ml bottle, many thanks to Gunnar! Pours a deep amber with thick off-white head. Aroma is smoked malts. No juniper detected, but a lovely smooth smoked beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mariuszek (702) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAY 18, 2015
pours hazy, tea color, medium, hissing head falling down to nil. Aroma of smoke, smoke, and malt. Very nice. Juniper (if it is juniper, because it is not stated in ingredients. Only hops) is sensible in taste giving a sour, dry, fruity note. High carbonation boost sourness even more. Fruity and smoky aftertaste. Interesting brew, but a bit unbalanced IMO. And I would expect better appearance from beer refermented in the bottle, "traditional ale" is no excuse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (2298) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Flaska. Oklar bärnstensfärgad öl med ett smutsvitt skum. Dofter av karamell, citrus, russin, torv och läder. Smakinslag av torv, karamell, läder och malt. Medel mot stor kolsyra. Rökig eftersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2015
Traditional Norwegian ale. 6.5%. A nice copperish, brown color. Slightly hazy. Medium, tan, head. Smells sweet and alluring! Some smoke tones, and some herb like structures. The juniper comes through well in the taste. Having brewed with juniper myself, I think this is well done, the sweetness balances the juniper in your mouth. Not smoke though. Watery finish. Easy to drink, but juniper makes for a special kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blogmeabeer (29) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2015
Pours brown with tall head. Very high in CO2 due to (planned!) bottlefermention. Liquid is cloudy woth some visible sediment. Beautiful deep and rich malt with a light smoke aroma. I get hints of juniper. Tasting less smoky than expected but still distinct. Just a hint of juniper and spruce and a dark rich malt as a base with dried fruit and liquorice. I like the style and this is a very nice beer. Nothing for the "beer beginner" though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asimeow (234) - Sandsli, NORWAY - APR 2, 2015
0,5l bottle from Flesland. Light brown, caramel head, tall. A "Belgian" aroma. Aroma also has some lovely yeast, ripe fruit, and a slight hint of licorice. Tastes somewhat like a mild stout. Smoky, licorice, but also ripe fruits and yeast. Like a mix of stout and blonde, or stout and "mild" abbey double. More than decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rarbring (1959) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2015
Overall: Sweet smoked fruits, vigorous bubbles. Dry finish.
Note: Bottle 500 ml at home. Reviewed 2015-03-18.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (2708) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2015
50 cl. bottle. Hazy, amber colour with golden hues and a dense, lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma with smoked malts, caramel, fruits, juniper berries, spices, ashes and an earthy note. Some spruce adding bitterness. Taste is sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and a fine, lively carbonation. Lasting smoked, slightly drying finish with a good juniper berry fruitiness and toasted malts. Odd, but well balanced and this beer is gaining attraction as the bottle empties. A good experience if you’re looking for something special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
axl (268) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2015
From 500ml bottle. Redish brown with one thinger thick beige head fading to leave a small lid and some lacing. Aroma of peat, saussagy smoke and juniper. Similar flavor but also with crisp bread and a fresh berry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (2026) - Hässelby, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2015
Pours clear brown with low off white head Aromas of german sausage, hints of smoke, caramel Taste has nice caramel malty backbone, charcuteries, smoke, wood

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