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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Once, every farm in Norway was required by law to brew its own ale. All of that ale had a natural smoky taste because the malt was kilned by fire, and most of it was spiced with juniper berries. Norwegian Wood, a recreation of that traditional style, is made by the "Hand Brewery" - four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heliport (12) - Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Pleasant pour though a little bubbly. Nice color and aroma that warns you of the impending smokiness. Agree with another rater that the taste stays with you for hours. Thankfully it is not an unpleasant taste.


3.6
Muggus69 (2671) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2017
500mL bottle from Bucket Boys. BB 04 04 2019 Pours a dense inch of white head atop a bronze hazed beer. Wood smoke prominent from the get go - slight meaty, bacony, grain bread, wood sap, pine, slight gin-esque juniper notes. Full body, slick creamy texture, drying smoke, good carbonation. Get a good toffee, biscuity malt sweetness upfront, smoke is ever present but not overpowering - salami-like, campfire - get a sappy character building on the finish, lingering pine needle sort of character. Not overly funky or potent for a traditional (almost Sahti-like) brew; smokey but pleasant overall.

3.8
Wixie (656) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2017
Clear red/brown liquid, small, airy head. Aroma of smoked ham. Light body, hardly any carbonation. Taste is smoked, a bit sweet and bitter.

3.8
lello4ever (1168) - ITALY - AUG 30, 2017
Buona ale color ambra e riflessi marrone, schiuma marroncina fine. Al naso si nota subito un leggero affumicato e speziatura. Bevuta dolce con ginepro che si avverte bene. Bassa carbonazione

3.6
MRMedellin (323) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - AUG 27, 2017
Cloudy red- brown beer, standar carbonation, small white head. At nose mainly yeasty aromas like barnyard, caramel and some smoked ones are felt as well. When tasted it has a medium body with a really good balance and at the end a nice bitterness mixed with the smoked flavor. Really enjoyable with greasy food.

3.8
sebsky (269) - ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2017
500 ml bottle,bb 04/04/2019. Dark amber,clear,beige head. Aroma - smoked fish,burnt caramel. Taste - more smoked fish,wood,burnt caramel,faint juniper.

3.8
Juks (949) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle at Alaus Pirkliai. Pours slightly hazy dark amber, small white head. Aroma of smoked fish, malts, herbs, wood. Taste is smoky, woody, grassy. Medium bodied, average carbo. Really nice smoky one, easily drinkable.

3.8
MBlessing (1444) - Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 30, 2017
Dunkles braun schwacher schaum, im Geruch holzig rauchig etwas Frucht, im Geschmack auch kräftig holzig rauchig etwas herb leicht dunkle Schokolade im Abgang ganz zum Schluss eine ganz nette beerige Note

4
DrNosha (2573) - Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2017
0,5l Flasche vom Duty Free in Oslo. Trübes rot braunes Bier, flüchtiger Schaum. Rauchige Holznote. Dazu Johannisbeeren. Antrunk Rauch und Beeren. Malz im Abgang. Beeriges Finish.

3.5
Nordcore (1606) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle 50 cl. Brown, hazy with a creamy offwithe head. Burned malt, Brown sugar and wood. Light bitter with a dry burned malt end.

4.1
nybol (2311) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2017
Temmelig underlig øl, den smager af røg, men virker som om der er en fejl i den.


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