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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2649) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Big bottle from The Market on Washington and High. Pours a really cloudy light yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma is tart with lots of lemon and flowers. Smells like a straight up witbier, basically. The flavor is where the difference is. It is quite odd that the coffee and smoke are not detectable in the nose at all, yet come out in the flavor, albeit not very strong. This is a very light bodied brew and the addition of coffee is weird, but it works. It rounds out the finish nicely. What starts as a citrusy refresher with a wheaty body ends with a suggestion of smokey iced coffee. There is a well balanced sweetness to offset the sour and smokey notes. This is a great session beer and different too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3665) - - NOV 3, 2013
bottle. slightly hazy gold with a large, fluffy, white head. sweet, floral, pineapple aroma with bacon. like a grilled/smoked pineapple. flavor has less smoked notes but still has a lightly sweetened pineapple note. light bodied, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3435) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (1660) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WooPigBrewey (46) - North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Nice clean aroma, but doesn’t really prepare you for the flavor. Taste is a lightly malty wheat with nice hints of smoke. I didn’t notice the honey, but perhaps is just balancing the smokiness with more overall sweetness. Sort of earthy in the dry finish. Unique. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8550) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Cloudy hold color with a nice white head. Wheat, dark honeyed notes, some yeast and the smoke. Neat beer. Hints of spice and sweetness dance in between the smoke.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Pours clear light yellow with a large billowy white head. Very faint smoke aroma with some citrus; but overall not much aroma at all. The flavor follows the aroma. Unexciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
22 oz bottle courtesy of Suttree. The pour is a lightly hazed golden with a 1 inch white foamy head. The aroma is clove along with soft lemon rind and an earthy wheat grain. The taste is the grainy wheat that turns to lemon citrus and lemon peel and finishes with more of the somewhat rough earthy wheat The palate is light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and a fairly thin finish. Didn’t even realize this was supposed to have smoke until I read the description, I suppose that is the "earthiness" I was experiencing. Decent enough, thanks for sending this my way Phil.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2416) - 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

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