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Hesjeøl - HaandBryggeriet

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-03-2010

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
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chopp ao Beachwood BBQ, vá a cerveja:

A mix of orange brown, but leaning towards that darker color. Head and lacing are fine. No, it's not a smoky nose I'm getting, I'm getting more of a hopped nose. Grapey hops and floral aromas. It's not bad.

Hesjeøl is not very smoky; it's very subtle at best. It tastes more like it's Belgian, and not a great one at that. The first half of the glass was fine, slightly sweet from the malt and yeast, a tingle of pine, dry. The second half yields a little woddy smokiness as it warms, but also some raw veggie flavors. The aftertaste of aspirin-like bitterness makes the beer go down a little slower.

Unusual is the best way to describe this beer. I like seeing more smoked beer options, but at least showcase that flavor to a larger degree.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from Beermasons. Stuff like this is pretty much worth signing up for, not on the merits of the beer but for the fact that I get to try it.

Nothing I've seen anywhere but this site suggests that this beer contains any smoked malt. Anyone know for sure that this is in the right category? I tend to think it isn't.

Pours a rich dark orange with a massive puffy head. Slightly cloudy, quite alluring.

The smells coming out of my glass are not quite what I expected. Smells Belgian. Big musty yeast nose with juniper berry and alcohol following up. Bit of apple peel and overripe fruit. Smells like a saison or two I have had before.

There IS a light smoky flavor. Is it that it is smoked, subtly, or that other reviewers are tasting more smoke than I am through the power of suggestion? Regardless, any 'smoke' flavor takes a back seat to a few other things. Surprisingly hop-forward - leafy/grassy/herbal hop flavors which ease back to rye and a chalky and kinda soapy yeast flavor, with more bitterness in the finish. Odd, but pleasant. Peppery/spicy notes emerge the more you drink it. Again, more like a saison than anything I can think of.

Medium mouthfeel without much carbonation. Chalky dryness, not entirely refreshing. Fair enough. Not one to drink much of, considering the flavors on offer.

Interesting as hell but a bit jumbled - rating to style is hard. What do you compare it to? A bit odd and kinda tiresome by the end of the bottle. With food I expect it'd be different. Get me some smelly washed-rind cheese and that sort of thing and It'd be ideal. Unaccompanied, the chief attraction is probably the novelty.

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Photo of spicelab
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a cloudy orange (perhaps copper) color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: A sweet and fruity nose, very reminiscent of a Belgian pale ale. Some subtle undertones of smoke and a bit of apple, orange peel, and sweet fruit.

T: The smoke is overwhelming here. The roles are sort of reversed here with the smoke being the dominant flavor and the fruit, sweetness, and Belgian notes being subtle and in the background.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a mildly astringent finish.

D: I would have liked the flavors to be more in balance here, or at least a bitter mirror of the aromas.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured up a dark reddish orange like slightly down tea. Sandy coloured finger and a half head stayed in place for several minutes.
I got more of a musty, yeasty smell and some sweet fruity aromas than anything else. Smoke was almost an afterthought. In fact, I don't think this is rauchbier at all.
Taste, while good, is absolutely nothing like a rauchbier, further cementing my suggestion that this is mis-lable on BA. Either way, flavour is huge on the spice with a strong malty presence, alot like a dunkelweizen. Strangely, at only 6,5%, the alcohol was very detectable. Still a good beer, just a bit more assertive than I was prepared for. Mouthfeel is silky and pleasantly carbonated.
I couldn't see drinking too much of this at one sitting, but it *is* tasty to just enjoy occasionally.

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Photo of Granhaugen
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of fear025
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Smells sweet, malty, a little bit smokey.

Appearance:Caramel in color, fantastic head, great retention.

Taste:This beer has a pretty bold flavor. Malty flavors and bitter hops abound in the foretaste. I can taste the mild smoke more through the mid and aftertastes. The nutty malt also comes through nicely in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Lots of carbonation, and a little astringency.

Drinkability:This is a unique beer, not very sessionable, but lots of flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an off-white, two-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is smokey wood. Flavor is a smokey, burnt wood. Not your usual harvest ale. Label has 7.0% ABV. Pricey at $9.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of ksimons
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lucky enough to snag a bottle of this locally. Thanks Dan.
Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Also, listed here as 6.5%, but my bottle reads 7%.

A: Pours a deep orange, amber color with medium thick head that recedes somewhat slowly leaving thin wisps of sticky lacing scattered around the glass. Beer is mildly hazy, but not from sediment. There's a nice half finger of foam staying on top throughout.

S: This beer really shines here. Almost like a wit, really spiced up smelling of orange peel and coriander, most likely emanating from rye. Buried beneath all that, there are some hints of smoke and toastiness.

T: Tastes pretty smoky up front, with plenty of smoke on the finish as well. The rye and latent spiciness do come through, however, as hints of citrus peek in throughout.

M: A bit harsh up front, seemingly from bitterness? Not exactly sure what it is, but other than that, it's very smooth. Very nice carbonation and a very happy medium between dry and oily.

D: If it only it was a little less smoky. Plus I'm not a huge fan of rye to begin with. I can finish my bottle pretty easily, just not about to open another one. This is definitely a one-at-a-time beer for me.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light red with a firm finger of white head, some lace.

S: Hint of smoke, got some Belgian-type yeast esters, dark fruit.

T: Nice dark biscuity malt with a mild smoke character, for a smoked beer it's not coming to the forefront. For me, a saison type beer at it's base, dark fruit, some plum type flavours, rye spice, I liked it even if it's not what I expected.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation, easy drinking.

D: HaandBryggeriet is super rare so I don't know how Beachwood got this. Definitely a try for something different, don't expect anything near Schlenkerla though.

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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of light brown foam on top of a golden-brown body with light haze. The foam settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - A light, smoky aroma with caramel and toasted malt. Some spicy character in the background cinnamon, clove, and a little bit of tannic oak.

T - Bready, toasted malt up front with light smoke. A little bit of acidity creeps up in the middle with more brown sugar notes. Finishes with a spicy character and increased smoke. Lingering brown malt and spice notes of allspice, clove, and smoke.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - One never knows what to expect with these revivalist, traditional beers, and aside from smoke I really wasn't sure what I was getting into when I popped the cap off of this bottle. I expected something spicy, probably with some juniper; instead I get a lot of toasty, brown malt and muddy clove and allspice/cinnamon. It's kind of like a Belgian pumpkin ale. It isn't really an unpleasant combination, but there is something missing; it seems like it needs a bright note of hops, acidity, or a pungent spice like coriander to lift the heavy malt and smoke off the palate. As it is, it becomes a bit cloying toward the end of the glass and is not quite as drinkable as it might be. Nevertheless, it is an interesting, rustic beer and not quite like anything else that I have had before.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at West Lakeview. Served in my Stone pint glass. Batch 254, bottled November 29th, 2009

A - Pours a murky peach color with a few slow-moving bubbles. There's a half-finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a ring and some haze. A few fingers and spots of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

S - It's like a smoked pale ale. Nice floral and citrus hops, a caramel and multi-grain bread malt backbone, and some fruity esters. Oh yeah, and smoke.

T - The taste is a little more smokier than the nose. There's also some fruity and slightly spicy Belgian-style yeast, some citrus zest and floral hop character, bready malts, and a bitter orange aftertaste. The 6.5% ABV is not really perceptible.

M - Woah - too carbonated! Otherwise it's a solid and hearty medium body that's fairly viscous and chewy. Some nice residual hop oils and resins.

D - It was pretty easy to drink a half-liter on my own. The overly zesty carbonation was the only thing that slowed me down. This is about the right amount of smoke for me - it's a nice supplemental flavor, but something that can be easy to overdo. Probably won't get his again due to the price, but it was cool to try.

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Photo of amccormi
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.