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

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RATINGS: 910   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deflagro (106) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle. Reddish colour with a medium, off-white head. Aroma is of smoke with a hint of juniper. A nice smokiness like that of a camp fire. Flavour is complex and slightly acidic, a bit fruity and a bit bitter with notes of smoke and juniper. Quite a lot of juniper berries in the aftertaste. Nice beer.


4.2
MetalNHopHead (2257) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 9, 2018
Norwegian Wood is less overtly smoky than HaandBryggeriet's Bestefar, but it offers an intriguing glimpse at the rustic old world Scandinavian country beers. Norwegian Wood pours golden orange. Balance is cohesive. Partly spicy and partly smoky. Some delicate fruitiness and citrus. Plenty of toasty grain character. Like a lot of these traditional brews, it's a bit tough to pin down but it's very satisfying.

3.4
djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Poured at Shelton Festival, cloudy brown with thick off white head. The aroma is wood, yeast,.smoke. Medium body, similar flavors to nose, light dry finish, good.

3.2
HuskerTan (2449) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle. A- Mild smoke, subtle orange, stale, subtle sulfur, spruce, malty. A- Copper red color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Mild candied orange, subtle bitterness, mild smoke, P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- Not quite as good as I expect from HaandBrggeriet, although it was almost 3 years old. Not sure how that effected it.

3.3
orbit (329) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2017
In my opinion a pretty modest smoked ale, something that the Germans can obviously muster a lot better. This one lacks taste and aroma and no smokey taste is nicely present. Rather tastes like a leffe blonde with some bockbeer details.

3.8
Dervock (1506) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle - pours burnt orange with a beige head. Aroma is smoke, juniper berries and caramel. Tsste is seeet malt up front with a smokey dry finish.

3.8
yoxik75 (454) - Wroclaw, POLAND - DEC 22, 2017
końcówka terminu ale się mieści. Piana średnie oczka i znika szybko. Kolor bursztyn wpadający w czerwień, zmętnione. Aromat jest wędzonka dymna, lekka słodycz o zapachu suszonych owoców, ledwo wyczuwalna nuta leśna. Smak wyraźna wędzonka dymna karmel,odrobina lasu, iglaki, suszone owoce. Piwo z niewielką słodyczą, lekko sie pije, goryczka średnia do niskiej pasuje, lekka zbyt nasycone, Skojarzenia z koźlakiem ze schlenkernią jak najbardziej na miejscu, jest tylko trochę bardziej owocowe i wchodzi niewielka nuta jałowca. Bardzo Dobre

3.6
wojanex (529) - warszawa, POLAND - DEC 11, 2017
ciekawy okaz, lekko toto dymione, jałowiec gdzieś się skrył w cierpkości, herbaciana barwa, szacun za wskrzeszenia dawnego regionalnego stylu warzenia - lubię taki piwny historyzm etnograficzny

3.5
datrael (648) - Krakow, POLAND - NOV 27, 2017
W aromacie i smaku słodowe, dymne, lekko szynkowe, jałowcowe, nieco żywiczne. Pijalność średnia, dość ciężkie. Ogólnie przyjemne piwo o lekko wędzonym charakterze

3.8
PhilosophyGuy (835) - Łódź, POLAND - NOV 24, 2017
Aromat średnio intensywny - jakby zmieszanie ogniskowej wędzoności z jakimiś czerwonymi porzeczkami i jagodami. W smaku wędzonka na poziomie umiarkowanym - ciekawie zgrywająca się z akcentami czerwonych i ciemnych owoców. Wysycenie umiarkowane, dosyć pełne i gładkie. Fajny aftertaste. Szanuję.

3.6
Muggus69 (2807) - 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.


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