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Schiehallion - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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very good

60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 127
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-04-2002

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Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the cask into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso.

A classic soupy/foamy white head with tight bubbles, sits on a real nice golden clear fourteen carat gold colored body. While drinking beer has very good lacing.

First sense of smell is something kind of musty and dank gaseous. Behind that is some small malt even a slight fruit which is hard for me to pinpoint. Beyond that it seems like a classic lager minus the heavy gas feeling.

Taste is the classic butter feeling warm and inviting, with a mild soft malt/grain sensation even a little sweet grain feeling. There is some mild hop also on the finish.

Overall pretty easy drinking, interesting take but can't say I would highly desire this beer again.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice colour with excellent head and lacing. Carbonation is medium.

The aroma is stunning for a lager. Grapefruit notes combine with breadiness in an exciting way that makes you say "this is classy" before you've even taken a sip. It's got more and better aroma than any lager I've yet tried.

The taste is as good as the smell. It's got the sweet honey flavour that is present in a good Munich Helles and the bitterness of a German Pilsner. There is a satisfying bready backbone to the taste as well. The lingering bitter after taste has you wanting another sip fast. I got plenty of lovely citrusy notes too. Surprising. wonderful, interesting and tasty. Herbal hop, tropical fruits, malty back bone.... it's all here!

Schiehallion really is an lager that is not "boring". It has an abundance of flavour and some ale like characterisics but is still most definitely a lager. It's refreshing and drinkable but full flavoured and enigmatic. A pretty amazing beer. Haven't tasted a better lager than this yet.

My mark out of one hundred would be 90.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In cask at Novare Res. Nice beer.

In a pint glass the beer was a golden color with a medium white head.

Outdoors, grassy aroma. Fairly sweet.

Taste of corn, grassy hops. A little grapefruit.

Crisp and refreshing.

A very drinkable beer; it goes down quite easily.

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Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Picked up a little while back from Booths. Named after a Scottish mountain; the label describes this lager as having a grapefruity taste.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-amber with medium carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of grass, peppery noble hops and earthy yeast. Faintly nutty, with a depth that only decent lagering produces.

Tastes of light malt with a hoppy bitter finish. Notes of grain, faint husk, grass/hay, mild pepper, noble hops, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with a crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and a balanced, creamy body. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter hops and a hint of yeast.

Nice - a quality lager. Gives the impression of having been properly matured. Looks the part, with a relatively subtle aroma of hops and yeast. This is reflected in the flavour, accompanied by a decisive bitterness. Good body for the style; it envelops the palate. Didn't pick up on the grapefruit, but it really doesn't matter. A great beer from a brewery that knows what it's doing - well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle in Edinburgh.

Bright golden body with medium carbonation. Crisp light body.
Modestly stronger flavor than average for style, mostly due to the hops.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with good amounts of earthy and light citrus hops. Also present are floral hops that waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more one-dimensional. Soft pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy and slightly leafy hops. Near the end of the sip hints of citrus peel make an appearance, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a bit let down with this beer, I’d be more understanding if the ABV were a bit lower but I was expecting more heft given the extra 1% or so ABV. A well done beer that’s worth a shot but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of DarrellK
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw/gold colour, not as pale as some pilsner type beers, and no great carbonation, though a decent enough head when served from the cask. Aroma hints at both hops and a slight flowery sweetness, which is reflected in the taste. Good body for this type of beer, full flavour which leans towards the sweeter side, but dryish finish which makes it easy to enjoy and drink. An excellent 'lager' style beer from a UK micro, if only all lager produced in UK could taste as pleasant as this! Not widely available in pubs in my region of UK, but a treat when it is found!

John W
Bham UK Jan 2006

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, the house mouse a bit harder to locate on this particular mountain-fresh label.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a grotesque array of painted lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of crisp crackery, biscuity, bready, grainy malt (all that and more!), a mild tart citrus fruitiness, and sassy leafy, earthy hops - wow - I'm not so sure that this isn't a Czech Pils. The taste is a more blended form of the grainy maltiness from the aroma, though the biscuit character continues to stand out, the citrus maintains a solid presence, not really delving into any particular variety, and the hops stay golden, in their nice leafy, fruity, fresh hay-like effort at lulling me in.

The bubbles are on the level, just a little frizzy, the body an appropriate medium-light weight, and smooth enough in the face of the prickly hop intrusions. It finishes damned-near dry, the hops pulling out all the stops, which isn't to say that the malt, in all its lovely multivaried goodness, doesn't have some last words for this happy imbiber.

Flowery, enamoured, a tad indulgent, you may say. Whatevs, this is a kick-ass example of the style, and quite ripe for promotion to a more heady classification. Try if you can.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It seems this beer has finally made it to America, or at least on a larger scale.

Using my Peroni pilsner type glass for this one. Crystal clear, golden straw color with a continuouse supply of light bubbles rising to the surface.

There is a nice floral aroma coming out of the hops.

Definitely some classic lager taste here, don't know how else to describe that. In addition there is a little more hop character, not my favorite.

Mouthfeel is just mildly dry. And then there is some tannic character, like licking a broken open banana peel but not nearly as intense as a banana peel.

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Photo of Michael_Wall
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lager on cask? Always worth a try.

A: The lager looks pale, a grainy straw color that barely musters up anything. A small head, thanks to the cask, measures almost 1/2 a finger initially.

S: The nose is grainy with a soapy finish. Light breads, biscuity, dominate along with light fruit scents. Hops are mild but crisp.

T: Biscuity and chewy, as my notes say. The lager picks up more fruits and grassy hops in the cask. Light in flavor, what's there is chewy with a bready finish. Fruits become more evident as it warms.

M: The mouthfeel reflects the concentrated biscuit flavors, gradually pulling in hops flavors. Good, especially because I'm not likely to see it on cask anytime soon.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small, fading white head.
Nose shows herbal and spicy hops, some resinous notes and bready malt.
Flavours include more bready malt and spicy, earthy and herbal hops.
Light body, moderate carbonation.
Good quaffer for those warmer days.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft in an imperial pint at Fountainhead. Thanks Acme!

Brassy copper color with steadily rising trails of carbonation visible. Dense and creamy cap of off white foam that has a finely textured meringue surface. It leaves lots of lacing in the glass and looks great.

Aroma is mainly husky grains, bready malts and fairly floral in the hop department. Feels very smooth as if on nitro, creamy and medium bodied. Malt forward, English in character with a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Full flavored and full bodied for a lager, pretty nice in fact. Would drink this regularly if it was more widely available.

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Photo of ToneControl
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is "bottled with a third less carbon dioxide than most beers".

It is an unusual beer, and can't be easily categorised - it it reminiscent of bitters and lager, but it's not fizzy like Smithwicks.

The flavour is difficult for me to describe, although the hops are there, it's not a heavily-hopped dry beer.

I've been buying 1-3 bottles of this on each shopping trip for 6 months or so now. I like it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

golden yellow color that gave way with a fizzy white head that quicky dropped off with only minimal lacing involved.

aroma is light grains, bready malts, a hint of light bittering hops but nothing special really, until i take the first taste and I am blown away by how good this one is, crisp, clean and nearly perfect carbonation gives way to a classic lager. i had no clue this one was coming. notes of clove, quick hits of light hops and grain, a healthy dose of bready malts and a smooth, clean and wonderfully refreshing finish

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has moderately strong aromas of grassy and spicy hops along with some notes of citrus floral hops.
T: The hop flavors in the taste are similar to those in the smell and also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness throughout the taste.
O: This lager is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties with its dryness. It’s quite unique because normally you only see this much hops in IPAs.

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Photo of schehallion
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aromas of fruit, grass & hops. Taste is grainy with grapefruit, herbs & hops. Aftertaste is dry, light, and a little bitter.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. It's great to have Harviestoun beers in BC. They are perfect examples of how beers can be "small" but flavourful. BC brewers could learn a thing or two from them. This lager pours a bright golden colour. Fruity, honey aromas with floral notes pour forth. Great easy-drinking mouthfeel with enough hops on the finish to balance. A terrific session beer for summer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fourth beer in my random beer tasting evening on 12 Aug 2011. The 500ml brown bottle had almost 15 months life left, so it was fairly fresh when it got poured into two Veltins Pilsner badged stemmed tulip glasses.

A Scottish craft lager, it looked fine, like a golden clear lager/pilsner should, the thin pure white head also typical of the style.

The Hallertau Hersbrücker, Styrian Goldings and Challenger hops don't give off much aroma, nor does whatever 'lager malt' and 'lager yeast' are. There is a slight hoppy smell, but not much.

The taste however is certainly hoppy. Refreshing and clean tasting, with hints of grapefruit throughout.

Good body depth (for the style) and all in all a good friendly lager. very surprised however to find it in the UK's top 100 beers on BA, reviewed 30 times now!

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Bright golden color. Crystal clear appearance. White, dense, crown with fairly good retention. Sweet malt aroma, floral hints. Crisp upfront & sweet maltiness. Flavors involved by sweet/sour fruitness & subtle puckering touch. Evident bitterness showing citric notes. Gentle clean bitter palate. Medium body, soft carbonation. Slightly fruity aftertaste. Interesting hop selection : Challenger, Styrian Golding & Hallertau Hersbrucker. Very pleasant drinkability. Well balanced flavors & aromas. An elegant lager above the regular average. Highly recommended as refreshing session beer

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Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.