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Hesjeøl - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
87
very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

flayedandskinned, May 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kuishinbo_tantei, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of lightly smoked malts, sweeter caramel malts, and earthy hops, in that order. As it warms the hop aromas intensify a bit and a bit of spiciness jumps in as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts sweet caramel malt and mild smoked malt flavors kick things off. Very mild amounts of rye enter into things soon thereafter before fading to make way for good amounts of leafy and earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.

Overall this was one of the more interesting beers I've had recently. It went down easy - no surprise as it had two specialty malts I like a bunch - however it didn't seem to really own any one of its many facets. Still, worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 30, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle - served up at a scandanavian tasting recently at brasserie V

appearance: hazy copper-amber body, patchy white lacing

smell: very smoky. A lot of smoked beers come off with smoked meat aromas, but not this one, pure char.

taste: same as aroma would indicate - fiery char, smoked wood, peppery spice, rye, sweet dried fruits. interesting beer - label proclaims "norwegian harvest beer" - i guess!

mouthfeel: spicy and dry

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Apr 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Ciocanelu, Feb 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

aztraz, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Mar 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
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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.

Bung, Mar 12, 2012
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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.

Samp01, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Aug 24, 2012
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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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

buzzy, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with more yellow than amber in the light coming through this one. Two fingers of off-white suds adorn the glass.
Smell is Hop and yeast. Very little sugar and malt come through though. Mabey a slight alcohol and some raisin/date in the background.
Taste is smoked ham on rye bread. Man, this tastes like they poured liquid smoke in there. Almost too much smoke.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a smokey flavored brew. Finishes with a slight bitterness that is kinda nice compared to the extreme smokiness you get up front.
Drinkability is only OK if you can handle the smoke.

peabody, Sep 20, 2010
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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.

metter98, Jan 14, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a maple syrup colour with a satisfying head that slowly recedes.

Smell is a mixture of sour, lambic notes, familiar HaandBryggeriet Norwegian wood and tropical fruit that pokes through late.

Taste is definitely Norwegian wood upfront, with a metallic, prickly bitterness that pretty much neuters the components in the nose. A little disappointing.

Coats the mouth nicely, but has a somewhat mouthwash character which dries the palate a little excessively.

Agree very much with the previous reviewer. This is a very interesting beer, but it's all but impossible to say whether it works as a package.

spicelab, Oct 08, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

getbehindthemule, Apr 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MoFro, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Xul
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with almost volcanic carbonation running up through the body, capped by two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Retention is good and sticky lacing is left down the glass.

S: Smokey malts up front with a peat component, green apples, lemon zest, a moderate peppery spice, and some very light funk that blends with the peat and smoke.

T: Moderate smoke with some background roastiness up front, which gives way to light fruits - lemon zest, green apples, and some faint green grapes - over a rye base. Peppery spice comes in late, leading to a spiced, somewhat charred finish.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation, has a pleasant smoothness.

D: Goes down fairly easy but the smoke, char, and spice keep it from being too quaffable.

Xul, Aug 13, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Njstoutlover23, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JonIrabagon, Mar 18, 2013
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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.