Schiehallion - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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very good

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-04-2002

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer when I went to England for 2 weeks vacation at Easter this year. I have to add it - because it is a classic.
OK here goes;
Firstly : It's pronounced "skee-ha-lion", Yes I am English and the dreaded enemy of all Scots but that is what I am told !
Secondly : It is a "Scottish Cask-Conditioned Lager". What ?!? Yep, rarer than a bottle of Bud at a BA Xmas Party.
Thirdly : Which Style Category ? - well I popped for Experimental Speciality Beer (Ale or Lager). That's as close as I can get (I dare not class it as English, American or German - you know how touchy the Scots get !!).
So what's it like? Unbelievably superb - highly drinkable. Light golden straw color, made with a lager yeast and Hersbrucker Hops, which are prevalent in the flowery nose. Malt starts dominant and then makes way for a malty-bitter finish. Cask version has a solid mouthfeel, but is not heavy. A seriously, gorgeous quaffable lager. Well done Harviestoun for actually daring to do this - probably the most unique beer for some time. They only had a Firkin of this in Fernandes Bar (see Beerflys) and I personally had a Gallon of it !!!!!
Note: Somewhere above, I have no doubt probably offended the entire Scottish nation more than Mel Gibson in Braveheart, for which I unreservedly apologize. Don't think that all Scottish Beer is McEwans Scotch Ale. What I will say is that if you ever get to the UK and see this beer on Handpump - HAVE IT, and add to your Beer Styles tally !!! (1,483 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From my misplaced NERAX 2005 guide book.
This rare cask lager poured a pale gold color with a smallish pure white head, which faded to a constant thin coating, along with some sticky web-like lacing.
A pleasant fruity and floral hop bouquet is released upon first pour. A grainy malt background smell lasts a good while,
Given the thin look to this brew, it has a surprisingly substantial malty body. Lightly sweet and fairly rich and velvety.
The hops provide an edgy crisp bitter bite. A nice floral and fruity hop flavor is revealed in the finish.
Man, this goes down easy, easy but really tasty! (604 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Cask somewhere in Scotland, where else!? HA! No, really I sampled this one on-cask at the excellent Three Judges pub in Glasgow, Scotland. Yes, tis true, a cask-conditioned lager does exist (Slaters premium is another one, is it not?). This is a light golden coloured brew with a small white head of foam. Aromas are of fresh floral hops, and nice bready malts. The taste is simple as well. Like any good German lager, except much fresher, and much, much better! The mouthfeel is creamier than most lagers, and the drinkability is insane. As Darren said, you can have 6 of these bad boys, in no time! Anyway, this is one awesome lager, and it has to get 4.5s accross the board from me. If you ever see this beast on cask in Scotland, have a few pints! (754 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear and straw with a brilliantly white head.

Great spicy hop aromas with hints of citrus. Nice and clean.

Good hop bitterness up front with lemony citric notes and hints of spicy noble hops. Really solid malt backbone which holds up this clean, crisp beer. Almost the perfect lager with no skunking.

Slightly heavier than a standard euro lager, this suits the beer. Crisp carbonation which isn't too high is also welcomed. A great crisp, refreshing beer.

Exceptionally drinkable which teams solid flavours and craft with classic lager crispness and refreshment. This is a truly great beer. (609 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty decent brew. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, frothy, off-white head that settles after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a gold amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is fresh beer, malt, hop, a little fruit and spice. Flavor's like nose, plus sweet in the front, bittler on top, tang on the sides; some grain and a little hop floral. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, of average length and very easy drinking. Tasty, but a little pricey. (492 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp, light gold with a slight orange hue. Thick, foamy white head with good retention and a fair amount of lacing left.

S - Full of hops smells. The more prominent being grapefruit and orange, but not far behind is a floral and a bit grassy smell. Very enticing and mouthwatering, really making me think it's an IPA.

T - A lot of hop and bitter taste. Follows the nose, with citrus being the most prominent hop taste. Good amount of floral, tea and grassy hops as well. At the end of the sip, there is a bit of a malt finish along with some general bitterness.

M - Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and crisp.

D - Easy to drink and good flavors. Flavors don't kill the palate, and definitely build.

Notes: Hard to really decide what style this taste like, a lot like a lager and an IPA, but when talking about Euro Pale lagers, something like this definitely doesn't come to mind. Good hop flavors, and easy to drink. Easily recommended if you have a chance to get it. (992 characters)

Photo of haz77
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear pale gold, with the initially spritzy white head becoming quite firm as it falls and sits atop the body a finger thick. A few patches of lace are left behind. Small bubbles of low carbonation rise slowly.

S - Grapefruit, other citrus in the back, floral hops, slight honey and caramel. Very pleasant.

T - Sweet bready malts dominate initially, before citric hops come through. Floral/fruity/caramel flavours build in the background from the middle and moves forward in the aftertaste. Restrained, long lasting bitter finish. Good stuff.

M - Starts light, but becomes smoother and chewier towards the end.

D - Drinkability is very high. I'd love to try this on cask. (695 characters)

Photo of EskimoDave
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a bright gold with a nice blossoming head.
The grapefruity smell of hops comes through gently.
Tastes like a top class pilsner with a grapefruitty hints and a slight bitter tinge on the finish. So nice.
Not over carbonated to hide flavours like many of the commercial pilsners and pale lagers.
I would definitely buy and drink many more of these.

a great Pilsner. (373 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB date: Apr. 06.
A: it pours a slightly hazy (as it’s unfiltered I think) dark golden hue, with a slightly orangey hint; the white cap is thick, foamy and tight, sustaining for around three minutes before settling down.
S: delicately aromatic hoppy characters stand out upfront, with a slightly spicy+flowery hop aroma (Hersbrücker) on top of the grapefruit-zesty note of Challenger hops, just like what it says on the label~~ decorated with a touch of honey-drink and more flowery aroma, while a semi-sweet grainy, bready note of malts (in-between pale malts and lager malts, and similar to that found in their “Bitter & Twisted”), provides a “firmly soft” malty backbone. Overall extremely pleasant.
T&M: wow… a delicious flow of high-mountain “ooh-long” tea like bitter-sweetness of malts and hops laced with plenty of tannins and chewy hops hits the palate with full force!! More citrus-zesty and fruity (with a touch of pineapple) hop aroma and flavour gradually develops in the mouth, but remains quite low key, letting the moderate bitterness and residual tea-like texture to roam freely in the mouth… lingering bitter, satisfying but not very clean finish. Neither overly tasty nor crisp clean, it retains a kind of balance in terms of flavour and texture between a quality lager and a golden bitter… The mouthfeel is lively throughout, while turning smoother at the back as the bitterness expands.
D: medium-bodied, fantastic lager with plenty of flavours and a good depth of tea-like texture which I like the most about this beer. Definitely a session beer, but not something to quaff or drink too fast. Somehow the bottled-version tastes very differently from the cask-conditioned version. I had a pint of it on cask each at GBBF 04 and 05, and it tasted much more grapefruity, sweeter and while at even lower carbonation, it was more like a golden bitter to me…This bottle tastes cleaner, more refreshing, and allows the more subtle German hop flavour to come out at a perhaps lower serving temp. I’d say I like both versions, and would love to compare them side by side if given any chance! (2,123 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the cask at a local wetherspoons

Pours with a dark yellow body, slightly creamy head but like most cask beers only slight retention.

Smell, fragrant floral hops coming off, aromas of honey and a slight sweetness

Taste, crisp and full of floral hops, dry with a nice malty body

Its odd to find a cask lager, but this beer really did suprise me, very good (378 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,347 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 (632 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy sunshine yellow with steady snow white foam that leaves wisps. Very German nose - fresh grain and cut hay.
Lemon barley and honey grahams up front with big coriander leaf and ginger snap spice hops. Kiwi fruitiness comes out as it warms.
Fresh apricot finish and tingly tart fruit linger. Crisp, some cling, almost medium, soft and round.

How is this not called a Pils? Giant hops, more than most English bitters and golden ales. The tropical fruit made me suspect some NZ hops (even though this beer is older than that trend) but apparently all the work is done by Hersbrucker and Challenger.

Probably (heh) the best craft ager in the UK. (658 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(poured into a 0.5L Euro pint)

A: fairly clear, musty gold (yellow-orange) color - slightest haze - sticky/spongy white head that leaves some lace and maintains a cap

S: is that hops?! noble, German variety - herbal, grassy/leafy - undercurrent of white grape (vinous), apple, and maybe apricot - sugar-cookie thing going on (malt), a touch bread-doughy

T: wow! pretty darn hoppy (for the style and origin), noticeably grassy/leafy and bitter, with a mild flowery, herbal finish - starts off white-grape fruity, but does develop into an unmistakable pink grapefruit flavor - quite a nice, fullish malt foundation of the Pils or Pale variety - malt flavor comes up late, residual in the finish, however, just a bit more sweetness and or depth would be lovely

M: really clean but hardly lifeless - not quite full, moderately smooth - most of it is felt up front, does rapidly fade off dry - very mellow feeling off peppery spike and herbal cooling on the back of the tongue

O: not bad at all! bitter, but not biting - somewhat surprised and delighted by the malty goodness - looks and tastes a good bit German (as in Kölsch) - very drinkable and enjoyable. (1,160 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Deep Ellum on Cask.

Pint was topped with a finger of white wispy head that settled to a thin cap. Clear light golden color that is thinking about being straw in color. Some light sticky lacing.

Grape, grass and biscuity malt aroma.

Really a nice beer. Grass again in the flavor. Bready, slight dough and a light herbaceous tone. Nice light/green hop finish.

Smooth on the tongue w/ medium body.

Very nice beer. Way to start and evening. (456 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at the Luton Beer Festival. This was a rare cask conditioned lager.

This lager poured a clear, golden color with white foam that persisted fairly long before settling. The smell was a "wort like" aroma, reminiscent of German ungespundete lagers. There was a touch of hops in the smell. The taste was floral and bitter hops with some slightly sweet malt to balance. The sweetness was then followed by some hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low carbonation. Slightly tangy. This was a very decent and interesting lager. (578 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pils glass a medium coppery colour with a few fingers of head. Smells quite nice, toasty grain, citrus & grass, very fresh.

Lovely bready malts, no offputting lagery characteristics. Biggish hop flavors with hints of grapefruit and black tea. Bitter for the style. Soft carbonation, crisp finish, not boring in the slightest but extremely drinkable.

With this I believe I've tried all the Harviestoun beers available on our shores. I dig what these guys do. (473 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeffo for bringing me a bottle of this one from Europe. Apparently Harviestoun doesn't send the bottles to North America because they don't want stale product over here - I wish other Euro lager producers would do the same. Served in a pilsener glass. Best before May '11.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. A bit of spotty lace is left behind as the beer is consumed. Transparent pale straw body with a bit of gold to it. Lots of bubbles streaming upwards.

S - Nose is lightly toasted grains, wheat, some floral, leafy, spicy hop aroma, a kiss of citrus zest, and some honey. For a Euro Pale Lager this is is well above average. Actually improves as it warms, betraying its cask roots.

T - Taste is a little less potent, with more pale malt and citrus character. Finishes clean, but leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste that grows over time.

M - Carbonation is a little too zesty for my liking. I think I'd prefer this on cask. Light, refreshing, body, with light residual stickiness.

D - This is miles ahead of competing Euro Lagers, and I like it more than Bitter & Twsited due to the hop character and attenuated malt bill. If it weren't for the slightly harsh carbonation, this would be a great session lager. Try this when visiting Europe if you can find if fresh. (1,337 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is exciting: a Harviestoun beer to review. These guys kick ass. I have thus far reviewed their Bitter & Twisted (actually a favourite of mine now), and Old Engine Oil (a fine example of a Stout). This brew promises to have the Harviestoun touch; aka a beer that tastes like it was poured from a pull-tap in Edinburgh (or elsewhere in Scotland), yum. Yep I said "yum"... yum.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: Looks almost exactly like the Bitter & Twisted; cloudy honey coloured body with a nice dense 1cm cream head that holds fairly well... yum.

S: A nice fruity citrus aroma, are you sure you're a lager? OK then. Grains also undetectable in the bouquet, but that's certainly nothing to complain about, who says that a lager has to smell grainy? Nothing wrong with ale-like aromas in a lager, in fact it's quite intriguing... hmm.

T: My foot this is a lager- with such prominent ale characters this is definitely an ale-in-lager-clothing. Again not complaining, however there are probably some dyed in the wool lager drinkers who would be disappointed with the ale-ness of this lager... they however can switch back to their XXXX, Heineken, Budweiser or whatever else they drink - you leave this full-bodied, citric hop and caramel malt flavoured gem alone! Bastards!

M: Medium to full bodied with a subtle and appreciated amount of carbonation.

D: Drinktastic in my opinion, but then comes the dilemma of how to score this. As a typical lager it's terrible, but for me this is what makes it great. I hate typical lagers - boring drunk cold, and disgusting drunk at room temp. This lager (ale) is a gem of a find, however I don't see it replacing Bitter & Twisted as one of my favourites it's definitely something of a nice surprise and I will likely get it again, cheers Harviestoun!

Food match: Seafood springs to mind... yes, I am a vegetarian and it is a worry that seafood springs to mind... oysters on the half shell or a decent crumbed calamari, with a nice light salad... yum. (2,015 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, now available in Norway. ABV here is 4.7%. Golden colour, large to moderate white head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is initially surprisingly moderate but nice and pleasant, improves as the beer warms up a little (started drinking it too cold), flowery and citrussy hops (Hersbrücker and Challenger), hints of honey too. Flavour is zesty and grapefruity, the hops dominate but there is also a sufficient malty base. Bitter aftertaste of grapefruit peel. A very unusual lager, clearly related to its golden ale cousin, the Bitter & Twisted. (555 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping style in mind with regard to the notes ofcourse.

Darker than most macrolagers, not a huge amount of carbonation. White head with good lacing. Poured in a pint glass.

Smells clean and refreshing. Some hops, herbal and slightly citric. Light malts. Appearantly this contains both barley and wheat, interesting for a lager.

Tastes like a lager, quite bitter actually but the hops also give it a slight fruity sweetness. Balanced, not much in the way of nasty off-flavours as you get with many macrolagers.

Thin mouthfeel, not overly watery and medium (to low) carbonation.

Overal a nice refreshing lager, one of the beter ones I have had (mostly macro's). (665 characters)

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Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.