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Hesjeøl - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
87
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%


Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The name translates to "Hay Pile Beer".

Made from 3 grains, barley, oats and rye and fermented with our special wild house yeast.

28 ibu. 21 ebc colour
Serving temperature 8 - 10 C or 46-50 F

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-03-2010)
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 500ml shared two ways. Amber pour with a nice thick white head. Aroma is smoky and meaty with some spices (cloves?). Very tasty and powerful smoke grain and yet very light bodied. As close to Schlenkerla as it can get, very surprises by this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:04:38 | More by Luk13
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, Batch 363/6. Updated from a 3.75 'Had' score.

A - Gusher!! Beer has some haze to it and is a light brownish-orange color. An off-white head stays alive at about a finger, continuous bubblin'.

S - Good amount of smokiness here, not overpowering at all, melds well with grain, bread and spicy tones, along with some light orange fruitiness.

T - More well-rounded and complex. Grains, rye bread, spice, brown sugar, light pepper, coriander, apple, grassy hops. Smoke/ham is definitely on the lighter side here appearing mostly in the finish.

M - High carbonation and kind of a thin feel. No real alcohol presence, light for 7%, other than the carbonation level it's pretty drinkable and enjoyable.

O - Pretty good, smoke is definitely on the tame side for a 'smoked beer', but it mixes well a nice array of flavors. Think rye beer/lightly smoked German lager/saison, if that makes any sense.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 23:39:21 | More by Chico1985
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Gmann

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden light brown color with a big airy off-white head that slowly settled into a light cap.

The aroma has a tart lemon thing going on. There is also some hay and farmhouse notes. A hint of clove provides some spice.

The taste is more spicy than the aroma. The clove stand out much more. There is a general hay and multi-grain bread flavor. A bit of a brown sugar sweetness. The beer is more earthy than expected; perhaps from a grassy hop profile. The beer has a wheat malt edge to it which provides a touch of sour lemon. Not really smokey, perhaps a very subtle meaty ham flavor.

Moderate body with very fizzy carbonation; burns a bit. Sweet and herbal on the palate but has good balance. It is quite refreshing.

A unique brew. Kind of in the line of a saison and biere de garde. A nice rustic style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 17:43:06 | More by Gmann
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metter98

New York

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a little but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of smoked malts and wood in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the smoky flavors are a little stronger and there is a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Some people may shy away from smoked beers but this is relatively tame and the smoke makes the taste interesting but doesn't overpower it. The best way I could describe this is it's kind of like a smoked saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 02:15:53 | More by metter98
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light dirty hay color ale with a generous foamy head with some retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of multi-grain malt bill with deep floral and herbal hoppy notes. Taste is a mix between some lightly smoked multi-grain malt with some quite flavourful green and herbal hops with limited bitterness. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nicely brewed with fresh green hops really coming through and well balanced by grain malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 14:11:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, Batch 355. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready malt, yeast, smoke, and some fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like smoke, bready/grainy malt, yeast, wood, peppery spice, and some fruit. The smoke isn't overpowering in either the aroma or taste, but there's certainly enough there to notice it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. I think this is a good brew, I'd buy it again in the future. $8.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 22:24:18 | More by bluejacket74
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Wine glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Orangish amber color, quite crystal clear appearance. Off-white, brief crown. Mildy toasted caramel malt hues, floral aromas & subtle peat malts to the nose. Crystal malt flavor, bitter & fruity touch followed by smoky bacon-like notes. Light to medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Spicy palate. Oily slightly watery texture. Dry astringent finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 23:36:06 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in Duvel glass on May 19, 2012

Appearance 3.5

Amber red hazy body w white one inch head that quickly fades

Smell. 4
Soft biscuit malt with notes of smokey roasted and typical Belgian yeast spicy beds. Quite enjoyable

Taste 4.5
Initial crisp grassy hops with peppe, lemon, and slight smoky roasted malt .Then later melded w a more biscuit malt with notes of Belgian yeast spines and fruity esters. Like a combination of a hefeweizen and faint notes Belgian dubbel with more of slighter crisp finish and less sweet. Smoke presence is not the main focus by any means, but detectable in the background, especially in the finish

Mouthfeel. 4
Mild to mod thickness with soft slight creamy carbonation. A contrast of the dry hops vs the slight sweet and roast malt. Reasonably refreshing.

Overall. 4.5
Great complex aroma and flavours with that makes a interesting robust tasting beer that still has a slightly lighter crisp body. Very easy to drink. Good in warmer weather.

Smoked presence is very very subtle. Faint and with incorporated Overall I really enjoyed this beer and found it was not too brash and instead well polished. imagine would go great w food
Recommend to try

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 13:36:26 | More by EnemyWithin
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katan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in a goblet

A - Pours somewhere between a copper and a brown color. Strong head formation, dirty white in color. Bubbling seems light.

S - Malty, sweet, salty, almost like maple syrup.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, only a little bit of malt. Rather understated. Mid-stream brings on a bigger malt flavor. Oddly my first thought is bacon - smokey and salty. Not overwhelming, but clearly the smokiness is dominant. Finishes with a sticky sweet/salty flavor.

M - Moderate body, stronger carbonation. Carbonation comes through in a stingy and biting way. Alcohol is well hidden.

O/D - This is a unique beer. Bacon beer? Has a big time fall feeling to it. Bacon is good with everything, and it seems to be good here (at least in spirit). I'm good with this beer, but I don't know if i could go with more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 16:48:27 | More by katan
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Samp01

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with medium beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, yeasty bready notes, some dark fruit, dates, plums. Taste is sweet lightly toasted caramel malt, yeast, dark fruity flavors of plums and dates, lightly hopped. Palate is a medium body with a slightly thick texture, with some mild carbonation. Finish is sweet lightly toasted caramel malt, yeasty with some dark fruits of plums, raisins dates followed by some light hops bitterness to balance the sweetness. Overall a very good, tasty brew, very much enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:42:36 | More by Samp01
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Bung

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Cloudy orange pour with quite a bit of carbonation throughout. Off white head, pretty good retention.

Aroma, quite herbal and grainy. Some malty toffee, pine like hops. Very faint smoke/toasted malt.

Taste, Caramel, a little fruitcake at first. Changes to a spicy rye and carraway seed like flavor. Very nice herbal woody smoke, not so much a meaty smoke.
These guys have the best brewing spices.

Somewhat lively carbonation, just left if medium bodied. Drinks very easy. Really pretty unique, I can see this being a love hate, like most good smoked or rauch brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:12:46 | More by Bung
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little ageing did not hurt this 500 ml. harvest ale. Mild smoke aroma. A bit of an overflowing foaming ale. Rye, smoked wheat, edgy and more complexity and mouthfeel body than a smoked lager. Good drinkability with food. Satisfying. On the bitter side without a lot of hops, yet no too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:40:28 | More by Sammy
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a lovely hazed but bright orange golden colour, with enough clarity just to keep the light shining through. Head is filmy and insubstantial. Body has a bit of heft to it, while staying fluid. Looks very decent.

Nose is wonderfully weird and interesting, with nice mixtures of smoke, juniper, hay and green cut lucerne. Something sharper to it as well, with a pleasant spicy character. Really nice.

Taste actually improves on this complexity, adding a soft sweetness on the palate, and a really nice wholesome grain character. All of this is layered pleasantly with the sharp juniper, the rustic smoke and even a touch of eventual acidity to clear it out. This is all aided by the feel which is smooth at the start, but peppered with a fine carbonation—it mirrors the soft malt/sharp green characters in the flavour.

Really nice beer: as well as having interesting complexities, it has a really well thought out and well executed balance to the flavours. I'm really loving what Haand does—this one may be the finest of theirs I've tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:07:30 | More by lacqueredmouse
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. The label depicts a nice story about Norwegian farms formerly being required to make their own beer - just like the Norwegian Wood offering from the same producer. I also like the wraparound finger and thumb prints on the label - they just miss fitting my hand by a size or so.

This beer pours a cloudy, chunky sediment-strewn dark golden brown hue, with two fingers of tight fizzy pale beige head, which settles fairly quickly, leaving a low slinking band of lace around the glass. It smells of lightly smoked, meaty biscuity malt, mild fruity citrus, and some earthy spice. The taste is toasty pale malt, some spicy, biscuity graininess, a subtle ashy note, and earthy, somewhat musty hops. The carbonation is quite average and unobtrusive, the body medium weight, and everyman smooth. It finishes off-dry, the multifaceted roasted grain still holding court amongst a bit of fruitiness and lingering earthy hops.

A surprisingly easy to drink ale, the mix of grains making for a down-home, rustic elixir experience. Was a hit in my family home.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 23:24:50 | More by biboergosum
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/12/11

A hazy dark reddish amber with a three finger tan head that falls to a thick film rather quickly leaving a few patches of lace

S sorta smells like a hoppy campfire, one whiffs all smoke then the next one's citric hops with some caramel different but good

T some fruit peeks through the smokey hops but only for a moment, some tobacco and apple I didn't smell and the finish is smokier then when the liquid's in your mouth

M a little lighter then expected but decent carbonation almost on the brink of turning too foam, long aftertaste

O interesting stuff with well concealed booze and a flavor that evolves as you drink it

I was expecting a fresh hopped ale and found some smoke, different but worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:53:17 | More by wordemupg
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Granhaugen

Norway

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice color, copper, burnt orange. Head is 2 fingers, reduces nicely to a thin head. Very nice lacing.
Smoked smell, not too strong. Taste the smokey flavor not over bearing, nice balance between smoke, barley and hops.
Mouth feel is medium. A nice light after taste of hops, that goes from back of throat to the tip of the tongue.
Well crafted beer. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 11:22:24 | More by Granhaugen
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rtepiak

Poland

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bartender at spyten divuel states is a smoked lager.

Much darker than schlenkerla helles as in orange gold. Pour is a nice head that lets out so much apple and woody acid leather notes all in a cloud of floral perfume. Automatically the question not to ask is whether this is a superior beer. Its more astringent but still balanced. Palate of chalk, smoke in one spectrum and apple pie and hints of sour notes that all combine into a grassy bitter end. Well carbonated. Ready for hams and creamy cheese. I love this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 04:17:54 | More by rtepiak
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting good beer. Let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a foamy, fluffy, frothy, billowy, clumpy, cream colored head and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium dark amber with some bubble trails as they should be. Aroma is yeast, toffee, malt, dark riper fruit, and a hint of sm oke. Flavor is similar but smoke is much more prominant, followed by a sweet tang that really works to balance the whold. Finish is like flavor and has a long duration. Bit boozy there at the end too. Session if you're in the mood for this kind of thing. I rarely am.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:38:31 | More by drpimento
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, slap me 'round and call me Susan....this is a smoked beer. Huh, didn't see that on the label. Surprised a bit, but not let down.

Pours a full golden body with a nice, rich white head-- 1 1/2 fingers. The head did not go away. Love it.

Grassy aroma, some char and roasted malt. Wasn't thinking of smoke, but did pick it up. Sort of peaty without that 'muddiness' to it. Spicy and tingly.

There's the smoke. Nice camp fire type smoke. Some wood, some grass, some grains. Toasty malt. The spice is light but unapologetic. Carbonation adds to the feel of it being refreshing. Light body, very nice drinking

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 05:09:39 | More by Mebuzzard
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/orange with a 2-finger off-white head that has good retention but leaves only moderate lace.

The smell is smoky, fruity and has pleasant malt notes. As the beer warms the fruit and floral aromas decline a little leaving some smoke and bread.

The taste is nicely, but not strongly, smoky followed by a fruit and floral-like taste. Here again, as in the aroma, there is some decline in the fruit and also the smoke as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium and adequately carbonated.

Overall: I enjoy good smoked beers and this one is pretty good. A little more smoke as it warmed could have made it a bit better but it's still a good smoked beer

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 18:50:14 | More by meatyard
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ksimons

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark copper with about two fingers worth of lightly tan head

S-malts, smoke, and fruity/floral notes. For a smoked beer was hoping for a more powerful smoke smell

T-Starts with a malt, breadlike taste and mixes with some sweet fruity notes and then ends with a decent about of smoke at the end

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, leaves a smoky taste in the mouth

Overall this beer might be trying to cram too much into one drink, but it is good tasting, not too heavy not too light, and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 21:58:24 | More by ksimons
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to heyta for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a tulip.

Gusher when opened at a cold temperature. Pours a slightly-murky orange-copper color with a thin white head that dissipates very quickly into a thin collar. The nose carries some light smoke and a bit of wood and spice. The flavor is fairly smoked with a bit of the woody character maintained. Not a strong smoke character, but there is a lot of the moderate smokeyness, if they makes sense. Overcarbonated and a light, fizzy body. Not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 21:52:57 | More by Thorpe429
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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge

A - Dark copper with light cream head, good head retention slowly giving way to the copper color.
S - Nice smoked barley smell is the forefront with some sweet almost candied scents coming after.
T - Smoke is quite apparent when cold, but is a smooth mellowed smoke blended in with the brew which imparts some sweet and almost citrus notes. As it warms, more fruit comes out and the smoke is less apparent. An enjoyable and complex taste.
M - Mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied with some tingling in the cheeks and smoke being left throughout.
O - Overall a very solid beer and enjoyable drink. Enjoyed the smoked malts and sweet Belgian like qualities play against each other. Perfect medium bodied ale for a hot day like today when a stout would be too much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 04:50:47 | More by Scrumtralecent
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amccormi

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Piraat tulip glass, creating about an inch head that faded 5 minutes later to a lingering ring. The color is auburn with more orange higlights around the edges, very hazy.

The aroma is at first bright with fruity esters, then comes a bit of malty sweetness and a hint of barnyard earthiness and grassy hops.

Malts lead the flavor with spicy rye, a little caramel sweetness and a light touch of smoke in the background. It has a nice earthy yeast character and finishes with a nicely balanced dry hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is spot on for a nice saison, effervescent, but not much.

I think this is a great farmhouse style beer. t offers a very different sort of malt complexity than most saisons or Bier de Gardes. Pretty smooth and rather refreshing. I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:16:52 | More by amccormi
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crossovert

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

It pours a nice orange/red/amber copper color with a foamy, but sudsy off-white head that has some soapiness to it. It recedes slowly with some nice lacing.

The smell is lightly smoky but refreshing. It has notes of smoke but also some fruits like oxidized apple and candied orange peel. There is some spiciness from the yeast and the rye. Rounding it out is some caramel sweetness.

The flavor is a little less smoky and more of a funky and fruity beer. It has notes of wild yeast that add a bit of barnyard funk. It works nicely with the interesting malt bill.

The mouthfeel is very nice, overall a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:08:55 | More by crossovert
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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.