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 Scrumtralecent
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of amccormi
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice burnt-orange-brown. Has an inch and a half head that dwindles down to half an inch.

Smell: Sweet plum with an undercurrent of smoke near the end of the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The nose indicates more of a sweetness, while the mouth notes it's mostly a full-bodied smoke taste. There is a bit of bitterness and sweetness to it that reminds me of currants. Has a bit of heat to it. The Smokiness of the beer is really the upfront flavor that you get and is what really describes this brew! Also tends to have a peppery aftertaste that is gentile and smooth.

Drinkability: If smoke is your game, then this beer is what your looking for. I'm not a huge fan of this type of beer, but I can appreciate it for what it is. While I tend to divert from this style, I do have to say that this was one of the better ones that I have tried. Would consider drinking it again...and that's saying something. (913 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 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 spicelab
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (1,642 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of msmezher
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (576 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 fear025
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (470 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 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 Xul
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (783 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 JohnnyP3
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 50cl bottle into an imperial pint glass. Batch 265, brewed on 19.01.10. Best before 24.03.12.

Pours a hazy copper with some gold highlights on the edges. Head consists of 2 fingers of white foam that gradually reduces to about one. Foam sticks to the glass very nicely. Some sediment pours from the bottle, adding some particles and cloudiness to the beer.

The scent of this beer is one of smoke, juniper berries, and some slight pine/citrus aromas from the hops. Tasting this beer reveals a delicious wet smokiness, again--juniper berries and a nice bitterness to the finish. The hops deliver some citrus notes on the finish and some spicyness in the middle and are balanced out well by the malt that delivers a brown sugar-like sweetness. A very pleasing combination that is also refreshing. The smoke flavors permeate, but are not at all overbearing. Fantastic overall balance in this beer. Not as smokey as HaandBryggeriet's Norwegian Wood, but there are some additional flavors going on in this Hesjeøl that provide real character. Hesjøl means Harvest Ale, and this beer conjures up images of harvest time smells and flavors. Well done.

Mouthfeel is very pleasing. Nicely carbonated without being fizzy. Great paring with cheeses. Drinkability--I find this beer to be highly drinkable. It is a pleasure to pick out the flavors, savor the smokiness, and enjoy the refreshing taste of this hearty ale. (1,425 characters)

Photo of jikvig
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, brown golden in colour, and a very lively foam.

The nose gives some sitrus, honey, alittle apple and some really nice smoked malts component.

Really tasteful beer, a nice creamy foam, a suddle bitternes and it stays long in the mouth.

This is a really, really good beer, well-balanced and a long, rich finish!
Perfeckt for what it is made for; Drinking on a hot summerday after a hard days work! (406 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 4/11/10 at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, NJ.

From Notes....

Appearance: Tawny - slight hazed russet autumn brown with yellow folds, a 1 finger white crown, little retention and soapy lace.

Smell: Apricot, nectarines, honey, spice (Cinnamon like but not quite)

Taste: Same as nose but with a slightly smokey malt. I'd score it a 4.2 for taste if I could. Nice twist with the smoked malt but I wish the base brew was better.

Mouthfeel: A touch too thin for me.

Drinkability: I'd score it higher if I liked the mouthfeel more. (551 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (794 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 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 EPICAC
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy, amber color, and is topped by a beige ring of a head. The aroma is fruity and malty with notes of banana, caramel, and toffee. There are also notes of grassy hops and smoke.

This beer opens up with sweet, malty notes of molasses and toffee over grassy undertones. Some spiciness appears in the center along with a dry smokiness that builds towards the finish. This beer is full-bodied, moderately carbonated, and had a grassy dryness in the finish.

I liked this beer quite a bit. Normally smoked beers are heavy handed with the smokiness, but the smoke in this one wasn't overpowering at all. (618 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)

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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
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