RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2010
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
smoke, basement aromas, clear, thin feel, light body, golden. a true crapper of a beer.
FourBees (13) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale yellow and clear with a white head - suggests refreshing I suppose but not my favorite color for a beer. Slight smokey aroma. Flavor has a subtle smokiness - makes me want to be in New Braunfels enjoying a smoked brat. Unlike other reviewers I don’t think it tastes like beef jerky at all (maybe cos I always get teriyaki). Strangely calm on the palate. Body / flavor / bitterness reasonably balanced. Not extremely bitter, which is okay for a summer quaff. It’s 104F as I write this and the beer is working just fine. Not a killer beer but enjoyable all the same.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Poured a clear yellow color with no head. Aroma was beef jerky, ham and smoky malts. Flavor was lots of smoke and ham. High carbonation. Not even average. I drank 3/4 s of thos beer and then had to pour the rest out. I hate wasting beer.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Pours clear and golden with amber highlights and a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is just flat-out mesquite smoke. I’ve done a lot of smoke cooking with a variety of woods and this beer really screams “mesquite.” Regardless of the type of wood used by Schlenkerla, this one’s aroma is reminiscent of their helles… from a distance, anyway. Light to medium-bodied and very effervescent. The flavor is of sweet pale malts and smoke, but a little thin. Finishes crisp, lightly sweet and smoky. Very decent.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). My second beer from Spoetzl, surprisingly. Pours a pretty transparent darker gold hue, some lighter amber thrown into the mix darkens it, dulled a bit with a big loose carbonation driven white head that dies to a small film that almost entirely leaves. Well carbonated. Aromas are a light campfire meat and cherry wood smokiness, a touch of wood mixes with light cereal grains and a touch of more substantial biscuit. Decent smokiness. Initial is lighter bodied with a decent smokiness, sticking campfire meats, bacon, jerky mix with wood and a touch of ash, sweeter cereal grains and biscuits, touch of hearty bread and light floral finish provides balance. Lingering light smoke and sweet bready malts play well together. A little thin, but the beer definitely has the right idea overall. Bread moves in more, a touch of fruitiness that gets in the way a bit for me, like apple or pear. Nice, not a great smoked lager though. Ok overall, suffers a couple points from the heavy carbonation driven head and fruitiness moving in, thinness. I probably wouldn’t rebuy this, even as a smoked fan.. but can see the draw of it.
LinusStick (2698) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent smoked beer. Kinda weak in the smoke department but a decent beer regardless. Aroma was very average and unfortunately not much smoke. Light pilsener malt with a distant smoke flavor that you have to reach for. Pour was a decent medium gold with some clinging bubbles and a thin white ring for a head. Taste was very subdued. Light pilsener malt and a flat and stale hoppiness. The smoke flavor is clearly an afterthought and not in the forefront. It provides depth to the beer that a normal helles would not have. Decent but average.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Burnt paper. Stinky smoke. I can’t get past the smell. Have I mentioned how bad this smells? I need to wash my clothes after drinking this because they will smell like smoke
thirdeye11 (5336) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle) clear copper, effervescent bubbles and lasting creamy offwhite head. Nose of plastic, light charcoal/smoked wood but very subtle. Taste of light smoke, cream, cereal grains, earth, and biscuit. Cola-like carbonation that leaves a nice Subtle smoky aftertaste.
AndyHasFins (59) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2010
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Ok, so we have blueberry beer, pumpkin beer, apricot beer, cherry beer and even chocolate beer.
And now, ladies & gentlemen, we have the first beef jerky flavored beer!
Yeah, not for me.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUL 24, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smoky... good but that’s about it... really didn’t have anything else going on but that. Interesting I suppose because it is different.