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Hesjeøl - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
87
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by msmezher:
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msmezher

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hesjeøl is the first beer from HaandBryggeriet I've had the pleasure of drinking. Not too smokey for being a smoked beer, and had a little sweetness in the malt. It poured with a little bit of white froth, and had a medium-full bodied texture. To me some beers really are an experience to drink, and some maybe more for their rarity than purely by their taste. Smoke beers, sour ales, chile beers are few and far between, and I think that counts for something. What I liked most about this beer was it was definitely out of the ordinary, and left me wanting more from Norway.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 06:34:09 | More by msmezher
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SuperMario

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-12-2014 19:31:23 | More by SuperMario
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-07-2014 01:33:42 | More by KAF
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at the lost abbey down in Horsham along side some wound up Brazilians.
A highly drinkable and quite flavorful brew.
The appearance was kinda lacking in that there was very little head, but did have a nice brownish amber color.
Aroma was sour dry and smokey. And that"s just what the taste was. Dry malty with some smokey hightlights.
I like it, it was very good even if there was nothing but soccer on the tele.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2014 21:23:18 | More by micromaniac129
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(at Khyber Pass Pub - served in a fluted goblet)

burnt amber color, mildly hazy in appearance... bit of a gummy lace

flavors and aromas of bubblegum, phenolic smoke, vague honey, bitter wood ash... pretty dry and bitter... thin, barnyardy-grainy malt foundation

fairly light-bodied, moderately frothy

I don't know if I would sit on this one... I'd try to drink it as fresh as possible... this seemed to have a little age on it, however, I suppose that's to be expected as this was a tap takeover of Norwegian beers - probably had to sit on a few kegs while building stock for this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2014 15:44:59 | More by Bouleboubier
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-11-2014 19:02:47 | More by SkinniePost
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-21-2014 01:48:58 | More by afsdan
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -0.8%
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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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-28-2013 17:59:18 | More by Kirk
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bigbadmatt

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-05-2013 06:54:47 | More by bigbadmatt
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-31-2013 00:32:26 | More by buzzy
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Skeeze

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-27-2013 21:42:35 | More by Skeeze
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-01-2013 18:35:03 | More by JohneHoodlum
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-15-2013 02:09:46 | More by baybum
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Gmann

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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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JonIrabagon

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-18-2013 11:11:18 | More by JonIrabagon
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-23-2013 13:26:42 | More by Dactrius
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2013 19:58:00 | More by Ciocanelu
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metter98

New York

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-09-2013 20:34:46 | More by Auror
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sneaks2210

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-16-2012 02:36:41 | More by sneaks2210
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-09-2012 02:48:44 | More by t0rin0
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.