Hesjeøl - HaandBryggeriet

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 58
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours murky amber with globby white film on top. The head is really viscous and just sits there watching and judging.

S - Sweet brown sugar, sort of candy flavor, blood orange, lemon.

T - Really subtle smokey flavor. Oak, floral hops, spices, really a ton going on here I can't quite grasp the whole flavor profile, it's pretty complex.

M - Really smooth, medium bodied.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.23/5  rDev +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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a DT tulip.

Batch 254
Total Bottles: 2160
Bottled: 29.11.09

A: Pours a hazy, sunset-orange color with about 1 1/2 fingers of creamy, light khaki colored head perched on top. The foam is fed by some very adequate carbonation and gradually falls down to a whispy skim and creamy ring. Some small ropes (threads?) of lace were left behind.

S: Big, smoky, smoked grain aroma right off the bat. There is some caramel and quite a bit of spicy, herbal, floral hops and a pinch of fruity yeast.

T: Quite smoky with nicely roasted malt/grain flavors. Everything about this suggests that this is the type of beer where all of the ingredients might be sourced from one village or even one farm. Very herbal and natural tasting. As it warms a noticably fruity yeast flavor emerges to compliment the smokiness.

M: Surprisingly full bodied with a fantastic spicy and peppery zing that spreads out all throughout the mouth.

D: Another winner from the Hand Brewery! This is, according to their label, a "Norwegian Harvest Ale". No such category exists but their description on the label also references the fact that this is "smoky". Be sure to drink the sediment in the bottom of the bottle!

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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.