DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, "manager’s special" at Lemon Tree. I’m guessing there was just one bottling, so this is time to drink. Golden to brassy pils color in the glass with a steady stream of fizz. Smoke is prominent but not overwhelming in the nose, like a neighbor’s grill smoking something. Smoke is also in the taste, but it still brings some nice light pilsner malts with matching German hops through. I can only compare this to the Schlenkerla helles, which I usually don;t see until it’s been shipped and shelved much longer. Smoke might turn a little cheesy toward the end, but this is still excellent.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Clear light golden pour with a spotty white head. Smoked meats on the nose. Slightly sweet. Bolder carbonation. Decent.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber with a thin white crown. Aroma of smoked meats with a pale malt backbone and some toffee underneath. Taste is pale and smoky with a touch of nobility and bready malt. One tricker that conforms to the law of diminishing returns.
UncleKorm (582) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle poured a golden hue w/ a thick rockey long lasting white head. Faint bready aroma. Initial flavor is a moderate sweet w/ a faint bitter finish of short duration. Taste is smokey malts. A pleasant level of smokiness. Light bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and soft carbonation.
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Sugar Maple. Filtered orange-tan body, thin white head. Creamy, mellow, medium bodied. Quite surprisingly well done, this is sessionable and enjoyable, and doesn’t come across cheap or grainy like other LF stuff can. Mild faint hop balance, smooth golden malt and minimal, but present, smoke balance each other out well. I can dig it.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Lightly smoked and sweet malts. Very clean finish. Appropriately low bitterness and good balance throughout. Lighter notes of grain, bread, and caraway. This is a very solid helles rauchbier. Lots of very competent craft brewers churn out awful lagers, but this one is pretty good.
jake65 (2514) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Cloudy orange gold color with a little white head that fades fast. Nose is a muted Helles; bicuit malt and grassey florals. Nice addition of smoke to compliment it. The same carries onto the flavor, where its evident the Helles has been paired with smoked malt. Good peat flavors. The smoke is paired very well here and the base beer is distinguishable. Really enjoyed this more than I thought I would and would honestly have this again anytime.
TheHOFF43 (1612) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with white head. Aroma is smoked meats, sweet. Flavor is smoked malts and meat with a light palate.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Caramel and light smoke aroma with light bacon. Malt and smoke flavor with light grassiness. Medium bodied. Malt and light caramel linger with light smoke and light grass.
dlbeer (640) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden/orange pour with thin white head. Smells of malt and very slight smoke. Much more smoke in the flavor. Not a bad beer.
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drjay44 (2446) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, white head, over a clear gold (SRM 5) body.......nose is cereal, light smoke, light pear.....taste is pils malts, light smoke, hints of sweetness, finishing with hints of smokey bitterness.....mouth feel light, carbonation adds a light acidic crispness. This is a nicely balanced, lightly smoked, clean, crisp beer. The smoke was done such that, it is only reminiscent of a Rauchbier. The result is a slight smokey complexity on a Helles. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7