elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy copper color, with a thin off-white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of smoked bacon, which is to say, an oaked smokiness mingled with cured meat. Taste is more complex, however, with the sweetness of buttery toffee and toasted malts mingling with a salty, smoky flavor. As the beer warms, maltiness becomes more prominent and smokiness less so. Few, if any, hops are noticeable, and the alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is watery, with a moderate amount of carbonation. In conclusion: A beer that seems to split the difference between a doppelbock and rauchbier. If I didnít know better, however, Iíd say this one tilted more toward bock than smoked beer. The smoke is there, but itís not very well defined either.
mmather (134) - Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful bronze color. Nice smokey and malty aroma. Awesome smoke flavor and balance with the bock portion of the beer. Harsher than amberg smoke yet milder than peat or some of the other hardwood smoke yet unique smoke character. A beautiful and unique smoked brew.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
20120408 12oz bottle from Honeygo. Hazed medium amber with thin, quick off-white head and slight lacing. Aroma is massively smoked, but Iíd be lying if I said it was any different from the oak smoke Iím used to in the Schlenkerla beers. Maybe side by side I would see a differnence. This one is a lovely reproduciton of Schlenkerla marzen, with a sturdy malt backbone, notes of pretzel, lactic sourness (mild), and a mildly floral woody characteristic. Fairly well hopped with some lingering bitterness thatís nearly bark-like. largely enjoyable. Smoked is about the only way I ever want to drink a stronger lager like this.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of smoke, smoked malt, smoked meat, slight peat, and a hint of Robitussin. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a large, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, smoke, smoked wood, smoked meat, and wood. Medium body. Thin, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, smoke, smoked wood, smoked meat finish is dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The sienna colored body was quite cloudy, with a small head despite a vigorous and fizzy carbonation upon pour. The smell of smoke hit me immediately upon pouring, and holing it up to the nose revealed the aroma quite clearly. The smoke seemed to mask other odors, but one in a while I could detect some raisins and toffee. The taste was dominated by smoke, as expected, but the other flavors like tart cherry, raisin, and brown sugar were also evident. The beer felt a little thin for a bock, but the smoky finish lingered on. A good beer to try, if you a smoked malt fan, but does not stray too far from the Bamberg formula.
GTAEgeek (1053) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle. Pours hazy copper with a small beige head. The aroma is caramel, smooth smoke, and heavy malts. The flavor is very sweet, with a mild smoke profile up front, and a little bitterness and spiciness in the finish. The palate is medium, a little acidic, and smooth. Overall, this is a nice, subdued smoke beer. Very nice.
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy, dark copper-amber, with a large off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lace. Smoky aromas dominate, with some bacon notes and a touch of sweet malt in the background. A faint initial sweetness leads into some peppery hops and drying woodsmoke. A touch of caramel sweetness mixes with more smoke, leading into a lingering smoky finish with some sweeter, fruity highlights. A nice smoked beer, more subtle than some others I have tried, but still enjoyable.
sunevdj (3051) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Te Anau. Pours a clear light brown with a small off-white head. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of smoked malts and some burnt flavours too. Also sweet aromas of caramel. Hints of ashes. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish with smoked and burnt aromas.
beer4eternity (199) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle thanks to Sue. Described well by Ernest and others, with the addition of strong medicine and leather aromas. To me this beer is astonishing, it has the wow factor in every regard, aromas are amazing, that Manuka smoke brings on so many good memories, it looks great in a tulip glass, the taste is delicious, the palate is wonderful. On my favourites list.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark amber, unfiltered.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), moderately yeasty (horseblanket), with notes of smoked meat, earth/peat, manure, wet hay, dried mango, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Remarkably good. Extremely rustic (horsey/farmy) and plenty aggressive in the smoke department too...really evokes a campfire on the farm...kinda like a cross between Smokey George and Schlenkerla but fruitier than either...wonderful to sniff. Excellent flavor balance with succulent, juicy malt...both quaffable and sippable. Quite clean too. A touch more alcohol burn than one might expect at 7%, but not bad. The only sad part is the price...$6.50 for 33cL. That aside, itís pretty hard not to love it (if you love rustic stuff and smoked lagers, that is...it has Mike and Jeff written all over it).