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Smoke Screen (Smoked Helles) - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Smoke Screen (Smoked Helles)
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 16.18%

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-10-2011)
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Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham into a shaker

pours a crisp golden color with a nice head. smell is dominated by pilsner malt and noble hops. taste has a good amount of smoky flavor to it as well as the noble hops. good drinkability if you're a fan of smoke. mild bodied, mild carbonation.

overall another winner from ballast point.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 18:02:09 | More by Axnjxn
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sticks and Stones last night.Poured a clear light lemon color with a nice looking lacey white head atop.The smoke is a little subdued but is noticable in the nose,mainly toasted cereal grain and lightly sweet bread dough.Flavors are pretty delicate with the smoke playing a role that enhances the beer but doesn't over power it,grainy and quite dry with just a hint of honey-like sweetness in the finish.A good quaffing beer and pretty food friendly to boot.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 23:36:38 | More by oberon
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3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Toronado in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, and a slightly funky aroma. Taste is much the same with smoke and funk flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that tastes somewhat fine but has a pretty bad infected aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 00:18:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Liberty in Charlotte, NC

Im not much on smoke beers, but I am a BP fan, so had a small taste and my eyes really opened up. So got a pint.

The smokey taste was bigger than I expected, but definitely not overwhelming. It finished sweet. I had a second pint with a pork chop and that nailed it. I really enjoyed it the second time.

Great job BP. You really surprised me with this one. If I could find more of it, I would definitely have another!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 21:47:25 | More by dvmin98
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden straw color with a white head. Certainly some smoke, but not overwhelming. Quite fruity with a good ester quality. Light malt aroma of bread and biscuit. Just a bit of citrus in the background. The flavor is nicely sweet with some biscuit malt, fruity esters, and just a general cereal note. Good smokiness with some light yeast and floral hops. Nice and light on the palate, too.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 15:51:51 | More by womencantsail
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2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Imbibed on tap at Gourmet Haus on 2/14/12

Pours a cloudy dark amber, almost brown, with a thin tan head. A big bready aroma greets the nose with some German yeast and a good amount of campfire smoke. Very good German Dark lager or bock taste with a lingering smoke taste. Medium mouthfeel, but this ain't no lager, which I ultimately found disappointing.

Started out well, but a half a liter was too much. The taste wore on me too much and I didn't even finish it. It seemed like a great concept: a smoked lager. But it wasn't a lager. The taste was muddled and not just with the smoke. Although I won't shy from trying another smoked lager, this one just ain't for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 04:41:43 | More by Philousa
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light lager mouthfeel. Pale golden in the pint glass. Nice foam and lacing. Unaccountably smokey flavor, the color is so light I guess I am used to the usual darker Scottish and peaty malts.

A little sharp, and extremely thin bodied. Not a bad quaff if you like smoke. Actually not much flavor other than the smokiness. It would be pretty anemic without the flavoring. Still, for a light beer it's an interesting and quite drinkable flavored brew.

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego, 02/15/2012.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 07:46:49 | More by mactrail
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Macs in Charlotte. Poured into frosted pint?? Boo. Transparent gold pour, just a layer of white. Stuck to the glass pretty well though.

Aroma, grain, hay. Not a whole lot there.

Taste, more here at least. A slightly nutty hay. Some malty caramel, a faint toast or roast. Maybe the smoke, but not much smoke presence otherwise. Finish with a slightly bitter nuttiness and bread.

Light bodied, quite carbonated, drinks pretty easy. Reminded me quite a bit of Yueingling. I probably wouldn't bother again. Worth trying though, a descent session beer I'm sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 02:34:02 | More by Bung
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours clear with a medium white head, some lace. OK look.

S: Smoke, with bits of bready malt.

T: It's a smoked Helles lager, it tastes like the description. Sweet smoke, pils type malt, good flavour.

M: Light-bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.

O: They have done what they set out to do. Although the flavours aren't exactly ones that meld together, you get what you pay for.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 01:39:27 | More by Halcyondays
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Hazy pale yellow color with a bone white head.

S: Wheat and some nice light hops along with some nice smokiness.

T: I really like this one. The smokiness isn't overwhelming at all. Nice hints of lemon, pale malt and grassy hops with some nice smokiness. A really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 04:44:54 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of ehammond1

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Clear golden yellow with a persistent, thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. A gorgeous lager.

The aroma consists of an initial smokiness, along with some Noble hops, a touch of black pepper spice, grass, and bready malt. Complex, strong, yet accessible.

The flavor is dominated by just a touch too much smoke for my liking, though it does add an interesting layer to the beer; I'm sure this would pair particularly well with cheeses and charcuterie. Behind the smoke lies Noble hop flavors, some grass, and a touch of earth, wood, and spice.

Medium bodied. Easy drinking.

An interesting, complex smoked lager. Certainly glad I tried this one. A lot of flavor packed in to an accessible, sessionable package.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 03:43:56 | More by ehammond1
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Good Dog Bar in Philly, what a city.

Smokescreen came to me in a pint glass looking much lighter than expected given the name. Color is a golden yellow with some haze to the liquid and a nice amount of white stuff on top of the glass. Nice streaks of lace on the way down. Smell is mostly Noble hops with a small amount of citrus and much pilsner malt. Pretty pungent and on par with German types. Taste is noble hops alot of fresh cut grass and small amount of apple. Pilsner malt is apparent towards the end with some biscuit and well, stuff. Feel is less than medium with bubbles and a grassy aftertaste. Smokescreen is extremely refreshing and quaffable and BP should consider putting it in six packs, eff a bomber.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 03:11:08 | More by BARFLYB
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost a pale straw with a white head.

The smell is of sweeter smoke which must be balanced out by the malt.

The taste off the first sip is smoke but a good bready malt backbone. As you keep drinking the smoke starts to over power (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). The smoke leans towards an ashy flavor.

I enjoyed this beer but am not sure you would need more than 6 oz at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 01:05:50 | More by Eriktheipaman
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ballast Point tasting room in San Diego, CA on 6/29/11.

A - Clear golden liquid with plenty of active carbonation bubbles and a foamy bright white cap that reduced to a quarter inch of retention and some spotty lace scattered about the perimeter of the glass.

S - Pale and smoked malts combine to release a light smoked meat aroma with a hint of peat. Light grassy hop notes round out the nose.

T - Sweet and smokey with a faint meaty quality and light grassy hop notes to add bitterness. Finishes with a touch of smoke and a grainy toasted malt character.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and average carbonation. The smokiness of the beer doesn't inhibit its crispness either. Finishes with only a hint of bitterness and plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Really refreshing Helles with a pleasant smokey character. Smoke Screen is a drinkable, approachable smoked beer and would be a good starting point for those interested in entering smokey territory.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 18:10:54 | More by ffejherb
Photo of HopHead84


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Homebrew Mart.

A: Straw colored and perfectly transparent with a small white head.

S: Smoke and a prominent noble hop profile. Hops are herbal and grassy, and the smoke is redolent of beachwood and doesn't dominate. Pils malt is bready and crackery.

T: Pils malt imparts grainy and bready notes. Noble hop character is fresh and expressive, with notes of grass and a moderate bitterness. Lightly spicy. The beer is very clean. Smoked profile is reminiscent of beachwood but it's nicely integrated and not dominating. The finish is crisp and clean, and showcases the noble hops and the smoke.

M: Light in body with an upper moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: An excellent Helles with a nice smoke profile. This is very clean, and pretty damn delicious. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 22:21:06 | More by HopHead84
Smoke Screen (Smoked Helles) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.