Hesjeøl - HaandBryggeriet

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 95
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Norway

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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  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. (742 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Batch 254. Hmm, farmers required by law to make beer? Finally, a coercive act I have no problem with. This apparent relic of bygone days pours a not-quite-clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of thick off-white froth that tries to live forever but ultimately fails. Ah, the mortality of bubbles. The nose exhibits a healthy dose of peat smoke up front, almost like fiery oregano or something, with some wheat, grasses, and wood making up a rather rustic backdrop. The taste holds a rather more subdued smoky character, still fairly dark, that served as a compliment to the somewhat citrus-y and flowery wheat notes. Imagine a very subtly hopped wheatwine which was then nicely smoked. Good times, baby. The body nears heft, with a light carbonation and a somewhat dry feel. Overall, another good time from the Hand boys. Keep 'em comin', you crazy Norwegians! (895 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: THick frothy head fades slowly over the super hazy dark brown and slightly marroon color.

N: Some nice malts, a decent amount of smoke but not heavy. Some light brown sugar and molasses, with a slight spice, and slightly toasty.

T: Starts right off the with smoke, but again is pretty light compared to many others. A slight smoked meat with that, chewy malts, malty overall with some brown sugar and molasses. Some light spicy hop character, a little sweet.

M: Medium but a little lighter than I expected but with good carbonation.

F: Small finish, especially for a smoked beer. A little sweetness but it dries well. Slight malt and molasses. More light smoke and some dry smokey malts as well as a slight spicy hop. It finishes short and then just disappears. (797 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (611 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,088 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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 (754 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber colour with a medium sized off-white head.

Sweet, malty aroma with good notes of stone fruit. Nice.

Malty but dry flavour with a moderate bitterness and nice fruitiness. There may even be a touch of funk here. Really nice.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation.

A nice, tasty beer with plenty of flavour. Yum. (330 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my girlfriend, who is not a fan of smoked beers.

Cloudy amber color with a brisk off-white head and ok carbonation.

The aroma is smoked white bread crust and a just opened package of instant oatmeal with dried pears.

The taste is a simple smoked toasted grain that makes me think of a little bit of pumpernickel and homemade white bread had a beer baby, smoked, thats what this beer would beer.

Nice carbonation helps the smokey flavors dissipate, and not linger too long. Which might make you want to take another sip.... and another... and... etc.

My girlfriend doen't like smoked beers, but she liked this one, and so did I. In my book, that says something (677 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a dak amber color and a thick, hazy consistency. There was a huge amount of white, foamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: Didn't have a particularly overwhelming smell, but did have traces of hops, wheat, sugar, smoke, and herbs.

T: Tasted of hops, a bit of malt, sweets, a grassy quality, and an herbal component. Despite this being classified as a smoked beer, the smoke isn't as noticiable as it is with other beers of the style (Aecht for example). Still, a nice, easygoing flavor.

M: A very good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An interesting, drinkable beer. Very easy to drink. (671 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 (451 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle picked up at Greens.

Pours a deep, clear amber, extremely lively, with bubbles feeding a three inch creamy white head that shows excellent retention. There is solid lacing on the way down.

The aroma is interesting, caramel sweetness with a lightly smoked character. There are some spices and herbs, maybe juniper, and sweet fruits and hops.

The taste has an earthy hop kick up front with some sweet berries and apricots on a more heavily smoked malt backbone than the aroma suggest. The finish has some sweetness and hops but it's the interesting hickory smoked flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated which seems to balance the smokiness very well.

I'm highly impressed with this one honestly. It's very drinkable and has just the right amount of smoke to allow all the other flavors come out. Really tasty. (893 characters)

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Batch 254, home. This beer pours a tawny shade of sienna with a small beige-ish head. The aroma is big mix of caramel malt, spicy rye, smoke, oak and floral hops. There's also what I now recognize as a wild yeast note from Haand's own strain. The flavor is medium sweet, smoke and more of that interesting yeast. This is another very good beer from an excellent brewery. (378 characters)

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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
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