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Norwegian Wood - HaandBryggeriet

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very good

294 Ratings

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 42
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with smoked malt, munich malt, crystal and chocolate malt, and spiced with juniper twigs and berries.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of skipxtracer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Had this on tap at Amundsen Brewery in Olso. Pours amber, no discernible head or lacing. A nice drinkable smoky beer. A lot of effervescence but with tiny bubbles. Leaves a buzz in your mouth like a well made Gewurtztraminer. Taste is smoky of course but the malts really come through. Fun beer.

skipxtracer, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

nebuchadnezzer, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

emquilxy, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Sean32
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sean32, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

tykechandler, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

ejimhof, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(batch 561 - poured into a balloon)

A: somewhat hazy auburn colored liquid, bit of sediment does cloud it up a good bit toward the end... tall, open, frothy/sudsy foam on the pour; retains exploded texture and volume as it recedes... looks wild and rustic altogether; a frothy cap remains till the end... with the rest of the sediment poured in, it becomes remarkably opaque, nebulous

S: floral, sweet smoke... dark, toasted malt... moderate campfire quality to the smoke later emerges, ahead of the floral notes... the intensity of the aromas very much die down with the addition of the sediment...

T: bold, hard-hitting smoked embers, backed by an equally bold seedy, herbal flavor... moderate toasty malt backbone, however, nearly absent of sweetness... so, in essence, it's mostly woody, earthy, smoked, dried vine/stem-like vegetation with a mildly biting, enlivening bitterness... bit of a phenolic, wild culture funk on the edges?... alcohol fairly well hidden, tiny touch of bubblegum and the skins of the juniper berries real late in the aftertaste

M: frothy and dry; not a terrible degree of roundness to the body, but it's not thin or sharp... no heat or burn in the aftertaste outside of what the smoked grain provides... altogether soft and float-y

O: for smoke beer lovers, this is actually a real treat... out of the bottle, it doesn't look as pretty or drink as clean and muscular as it does on draft... I'd suggest really taking care to not pour out too much lees

Bouleboubier, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

micromaniac129, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

scottbrew4u, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

berkshire413, May 16, 2014
Photo of Luk13
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Brown pour with fluffy brown head. Aroma is smoked wood and intense sesame oil. Taste is nutty and smoked malt and wood Lively carbonation. Body is slightly richer than most traditional smoked. Also, it is not a meaty smoked, it leans more toward campfire and nuts. Decent smoked but not on par with the traditional version such as Schlenkerla's. 3.5

Luk13, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of mverity
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared. Pours a creamy looking brown with thick creamy tan head that lasted really well. Sticky lacing and thick legs. Creamy mouthfeel from medium carbonation and rich body. Aroma is light smoke, caramel malt sweetness, and some faint earhty/floral hop. Taste was fantastic! Rich caramel, smoke permeates through everything, but well balanced. Really glad I got to try this one.

mverity, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

tom10101, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

yancot, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TheCuriograph, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

j0hnc2468, Feb 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

bigred89, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

smlmeyer, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

KMcG, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jhanken, Dec 03, 2013
Norwegian Wood from HaandBryggeriet
88 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.