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Rock Bottom Chicago Smoked Helles

Rock Bottom Chicago Smoked Helles
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
22IBU’s & 5.4% abv This lager has a unique smokiness that is imparted by the use of beechwood smoked malt. The term helles refers to a lighter lager style. Light in color and body, but rich and flavorful with a complexity of malt tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
On tap @ Oak Park beer festival. It has been a long time since I have been into Rock Bottom Chicago and I used to live there. Pours gold with a white head. Nice smokey aroma and flavor, yet very balance, light, and easy to drink. My friends liked it and they had never had a smoked beer before. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
On draft at RB. Pours a light clear glowing golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is nicely smokey a bit meaty, earthy with a bit of light fruit and a soft doughy character. Flavor starts sweet and nicely smokey with a touch of meatiness and a bit of crisp fruitiness. The sweetness continues with some honey and sweet breadiness into a sharp and quick finish of some smoke and a touch of bitterness. Medium body and a softer carbonation. Good and refreshing, though not nearly rich or complex enough to match the real German rauchbiers,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
GABF 2010. Pours clear yellow with a small, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (grainy, hay, straw), light hops (spicy), average esters (banana) with notes of smoke. Flavor is heavy malt (grainy, hay, straw), light hops (spicy), average esters (banana) with notes of smoke. Light body, low warmth and creaminess, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1907) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2010
I’m a sucker for smoked foods and this is no exception. Had this on tap in downtown Chi-town at the Rock Bottom brewery while watching 4 different football games and chomping on some red pepper hummus. Awesome aroma with the smokiness taking center stage early and not letting go. Mouthfeel is soft and malty with a long tart smoky finish. I could not think of a better combination. Blew away the smoked helles from Shlenkerla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Clear dark gold with a thick, lasting white head. The nose is moderately smokey and sweet, a little beachy and tree bark as well the flavor is initially smokey but not overwhelmingly so after a third of the pint. Smooth smokey and sweet bread with a crisp honey quality. Lightly snappy noble hops are an afterthought but provide a nice balance. Medium bodied and pretty easy to put down. Pretty good but I could see a nicer malt flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Draft at RBC. Pours a pale gold with lasting white head. Nose is distinct beechwood smoke with some sweet pils notes in the backgrown and a touch of phenolics. On taste, the fermentation isn’t perfect, there seems to be a bit of a phenolic issue independent of the smoke causing some astringency. Has a nice smoke character that fades in the finish and towards the bottom of the glass. Still, pretty nice to see some traditional lagers being done here. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6908) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Sampled at the RB: Warrenville Pop Malt Liquor Event (Warrenville, IL). Poura a bit darker golden hue, a touch of amber, well hazed, moderate creamy white head. Aromas are nice crisp bread dough, crackers, pale biscuits, and a light smoky meat character, cherry wood. Initial is similar, well balanced with bread, smoke, and a nice floral grassy hop feel. My summer lager of choice, a tasty brew with firm seemingly cherrywood smoked malt flavor, campfire meats and wood very nice

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