Yazoo / Calfkiller The Beacon
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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What is The Beacon, you might ask? Calfkiller and Yazoo brewed this beer with some German oak smoked wheat malt, local TN honey, and some in-house Calfkiller-roasted coffee. It’s fermented with Calfkiller’s house ale yeast and unfiltered. I am so happy with how it turned out! The nose is fresh, clean and slightly flowery. The smoked wheat shows up in the beginning of the first sip, followed by a herbal, earthy body but finishing dry and only slightly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
larrydcarter (11) - Cookeville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottled 750ml with no food pairing. Aroma was of citrus and smoke. Poured into a a nice standing white head. Appearance was a hazy golden color. One first taste my impression my thoughts where " sell the brewery, this is not good." But it only took a sip or to for my palate to adjust to the oddity in my mouth. This beer was full bodied yet finished very dry. Notes of smoked wheat dominated this beer. Finished dry with just enough bitterness to make you want the next drink. Not the best beer I’ve ever had, but surely a very different flavor and nice to have every once and a while. Nice to have these guys local.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (1655) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2013
750ml Bottle Pours a hazy Amber with a off white head. Aroma is sweet malts , grains and a bit of spice and smoke. Taste is smoky, malts and spice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2013
750 ml bottle compliments of nearbeer. Poured a hazy orange color. Unfiltered, some floaties. Nose of earth, peet, yeast and a faint floral aroma. Smoke immediately up front mellows into a nice wheat flavor with a little scorch at the back end. No hint of smoke on the finish, but there’s some hops that linger. This is a tough one to figure out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2415) - California, USA - APR 12, 2013
11 apr 2013, bottle. Light yellow, slightly hazy. Nose is lightly smoked, toasted straw. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Meh. Straw, some faint smoked malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3428) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2013
750 ml. Hazy golden pour with a one inch, creamy head and lots of effervescent action in the body; the look of a Belgian Tripel. Nose of smoky wheat and resin, with a hint of dish soap. Taste is upfront with smoke and light wheat that develops into a smoky, lightly peppery cracker with some touches of wild garlic, green grass, resins and lightly sour citrus on the finish. I normally only consume beer, but this seems like it would pair nicely with some sort of fish. I might take up eating food again just to see. Light body is smooth, and surprisingly seems lightly carbonated with a slight oily texture, and is to the dry side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Tasted on draft at the Yazoo tap room on 3/7/13. Pours hazy dark yellow with almost a brown tint and a thick white head that slowly recedes to average but rocky lace. The nose is dusty cracked wheat malt with a light hint of smoke and a bitter, almost green coffee note. The flavor is light wheat malt up front, moving to an almost creamy wheat flavor and ending with a very lightly, very light coffee note. The body is medium with an almost creamy texture, average carbonation and a long strangely bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2012
This was an odd one. Murky brownish orange and no head. Smells fruity, wheat-ish, some smoke aromas. Very watery on the first sip. Taste is Lemony, some wheat malt, some smokey notes. Dry finish. Not a total lost cause by any means, but maybe needs a few minor tweaks.

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