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Schiehallion - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-04-2002)
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

2.88/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 18:45:06 | More by Doppelbockulus
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kojevergas

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream and no cream. Retention is below average; about one minute fifteen seconds. Colour is clear yellow. Bubbles are abundant, almost to the extent of seeming overcarbonation. It's appealing.

Sm: Clean barley and a load of pale bittering hops. Hmm. Maybe a light cream undertone, but it's buried.

T: Overloaded with bittering pale hops for the style. Body isn't bitter, just pale - to the degree that that makes sense. Bottle describes the hops as "lager hops". Um. Okay. Grapefruit esters are abound on the finish, but not in the quantity I'd like, and certainly not the position - why aren't they in the body? Certainly a strange choice of build, but it's balanced at least. It's simple but refreshing and nice.

Mf: A nice coarseness lurks beneath the wet surface feel, which is actually very effective when the grapefruit flavour from the body comes. The finish contains an upshot of the coarseness, injecting a need for the next sip. Perhaps better than it has the right to be. It is, however, entirely too thick and lumpy for a beer that tries so hard to be refreshing. Scale it down, Jimmy, and we'll have a wonderful summer lager.

Dr: It's good even though it shouldn't be. A Euro Pale Lager with grapefruit tones and weirdly pale-but-not-but-are-but-lager hops? It's so damned refreshing.

This is a wonderful midrange beer, but it remains a C. It kills me to call it a rating associated with "average", because it's anything but average. But it lacks the complexity and uniquity to propel it into the B echelon.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 18:11:06 | More by kojevergas
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint served by handpump into shaker pint glass at Deacon Brodies on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

A- Gold body with excellent clarity. Excellent creamy 1 finger head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Sweet flower perfumed nose with an underlying bready malt note. Its not a clean smell.

T- It has light hop citrus like a pale ale with the dry bitter hop bite of a lager. It seems imbalanced to me as its not a clean finish. Citrus of the hops are tending to stick around a bit rather than a noble hop finish.

M- Low carbonation, creamy.

D- Very confused beer to me, its obviously brewed as a lager but with very obvious pale ale characteristics. Not a good clean finish a good lager should have, and carbonation not high enough. Not a beer i would go out of my way to find.

Serving type: cask

07-18-2010 20:36:06 | More by seanyfo
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:54:00 | More by mikesgroove
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vancurly

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a) Pours hazy golden, thin white head
s) Lemon & grain, warms to a funky note
f) Lemons again, bready, papery hop flavour. Firm back palate & bitterness
m) Slightly dusty mouthfeel, medium to light body, slightly cloying. Lemon astringency continues.
d) Not sure... seems like I'm drinking a liquified lemon tart. Need a pale ale to wash it down...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 09:58:09 | More by vancurly
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dispensed a hazed, yellow body with a small, snow white head.

Smell: Pith-heavy lemon peels, lesser notes of spice and herb over a subtle, very understated base of lightly crisped barley.

Taste: Lightly (and briefly) sweet, simple particularly pale maltiness. Dull spiciness with a sharp lemon burst accompanying the hop bitterness. Dry, lightly spicy finish with that pithy lemon quality still gripping the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Schiehallion has that strong lemony tone I felt their Bitter & Twisted had, leaving it just a bit too Lemon Pledge-y for me.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2012 16:11:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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dansmcd

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three full fingers of frothy white head tower over the crystal clear yellowy amber below. Chunky blobs of lace adorn the glass.

S - Crackers and buttered corn on the cob. Very pilsner like in aroma.

T - Clean, fresh grassy hops with a solid malt backing. An unfortunate metallic flavour emerges as it warms.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation.

O - Refreshing. Not a bad lager. Decent balance of flavours. Drink it cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 12:53:58 | More by dansmcd
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heygeebee

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm - unsure about this one.

Pours a darker colour than most euro-lagers, head good, fades tho. Good lace.

Smell more a hoppy pilsenser

Hop driven taste, much drier initially than you might expect, in a good way. A bit grassy as well. However, a intensely bitter aftertaste creeps up after a while that is Not Good to this palate. Almost like the good dry taste morphs into something more sinister.... 1 year to go on BB as well.

Mouthfeel is great. Good and solid.

Overall , a beer of two halves. Don't know if it's off or not. Sad.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 07:25:32 | More by heygeebee
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 11:45:28 | More by BlackHaddock
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 08:03:49 | More by CrazyDavros
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – An almost (but not quite) clear golden color, with a nice white head that dissipates to a small patch on one side of the glass.

Smell – A lemony, grassy, hops.

Taste – Lager, but with a bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel – Thin, watery, with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability – This lager has more flavor than a typical lager, though it isn't one of my favorite lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:58:51 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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ADZA

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden hue which leaves a two finger head that settles to a layer of froth and clingy lacing,the smell is herbal hops,sweet caramel malts and freshly cut grass,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and has tastes of sweet barley sugar,herbal grassy hops,sweet caramel malts,pears and finished with a herbal hoppy dryness and overall even though this brew wont set hearts on fire it is very drinkable and a total session drop and for that value id buy again and dont let its low rating fool you because if sessionability was a rating it would rate 5 cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 13:25:36 | More by ADZA
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-08-2012 16:53:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-03-2011 16:04:39 | More by akorsak
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Sutter Inn/Bull Public House pub the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing (surprisingly good on cask). The nose is attractive (albeit a bit light), with dry ginger ale, pepper and light honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this refreshing, dry, yet still pretty flavorful lager. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, and the beer delivers a decent amount of flavor for the abv. Drinkability is good, and it's apparent the alcohol is not very high in this beer.

Nothing spectacular, but still a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: cask

04-03-2011 17:23:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-14-2011 17:36:37 | More by smakawhat
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangey amber colour with a white, foamy head that is about a couple of millimetres thick.

Clean smelling and light on the nose but with a little work I can detect some corn, bitter hops and a very faint amount of grain along with a biscuit like aroma at the end.

Corn and some floral, grassy hops this time leading to a pretty crisp taste. It has very little grain, some biscuit like flavour and a light buttery sweet flavour towards the end.

Medium bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a nice crisp, refreshing finish. This one is a treat in this department and I can't really fault it too much; excellent especially for the style.

A pretty good craft lager and one of the nicest of the style that I have tried so far.

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Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 22:58:45 | More by flyingpig
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kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit disapointed by the appearance after this stating on the bottle that it was a Scotch Ale. It poured a very light golden colour with minimal head, very disapointing, this is simply a lager I thought.

The smell is of two main things, hops and citrus fruits, I expected a very sweet tasting beer.

The taste is dominated by hops with a lemon and grapefruit aftertaste. This produced a very light and refreshing drink, perfect for a hot summers day. The feeling in the mouth is very crisp and clean.

Not my usual style of beer, but yet I found it very drinkable and even went back for a second round. As an ale it was a bit disapointing, but once I accepted this was more like a lager it made for a more pleasant experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 19:34:17 | More by kmacphail
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: cask

01-08-2006 14:45:17 | More by JohnW
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The word "lager" appears nowhere on the label so this isn't exactly what I was expecting. The bottle does warn that the beer is bottled with a third less carbon dioxide than usual to produce a fresher, more natural tasting beer. The label also had a freshness date.

This appears a bog standard straw colour, but the nose is wonderfully sweet and citric. It has a rather dry feel and certainly doesn't taste as sweet as the smell suggests, but it is certainly good stuff. The flavour is more lemon rind than grapefruit and there is a hint of black tea in there too. Definitely a beer for hop lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 22:13:21 | More by charlatan
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely pale straw yellow colour, with a slight haze to it. Head is very large bubbled and fizzy at the start, meaning it dissipates very quickly. Very poor retention. Haze is good - too few pilseners go the even-slightly-unflitered path - and the light colour is great, but the head is certainly a disappointment.

Nose is mild, but pleasant enough, with some light cereal grain giving a pale pilsenery crispness, matched with a very subtle character of crushed organics. Hints of citrus, but it never really gets up there particularly strongly.

Taste is where this really starts to get going. Lovely crispness and a slight phenolic twang on the front, followed by a cereal grain character peppered with a bitter citrus bite. Firm but crisp in the mouth. Quite light bodied, but very deliberate and solid.

It's a very easy-drinking beer, and the hoppiness comes through when it's needed to add the crispness. A very decent pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 08:27:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:36:06 | More by metter98
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flagmantho

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: lightly sweet aroma with interplaying characters of malt, grain and breadiness. A light and almost-spicy noble hop character is also present.

Taste: robust malt character with a lot of bready character. The hops kick in a mild but balanced bitterness and a spicy noble flavor. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. Surprising given the light apparent effervescence. I quite like it; it's especially good given the style.

Overall: a very drinkable and refreshing pale lager, I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:25:06 | More by flagmantho
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a crystal clear nice light golden colour... White head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to light covering. Quite a lot of large carbonation bubbles shoot to the surface... some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Floral and grassy hops, lots of tart fruit (citrus, grapefruit, apricots, apples), some light graininess, light basil herbal notes, some talcum powder, faint honey sweetness, traces of cooked veg...

Taste - Quite a lot of citrus and grassy hops, bready malts, quite tart fruits (mainly grapefruits, some sour apples), some honey, definite herbal notes, salty traces, peppery...

Feel - Light and crisp... Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable - very sessionable

Overall - A good, clean, crisp and very drinkable lager.... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 14:12:26 | More by mdagnew
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SmashPants

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: big brown 500mL bottle with a standard macro-style label. The cute mouse on the Harviestoun label picks it up a bit.

Appearance: amber in colour with a steady trail of carbonation. A decent two-finger head that maintains well and eventually drops to a solid cap. Good lacing also.

Aroma: the usual suspects here, but nice and clean. Plenty of grassy and citric hops with a smidge of sweet malts and grains.

Taste: a really good, sharp hop flavour up front - perhaps grapefruit. A touch of those sweet malts in the background as well. Quite good flavours for a lager.

Aftertaste: the bittering hops linger nicely. An all-round good lager in my humble opinion.

Mouth feel: a very clean mouth feel - medium in body with a higher but fine carbonation. Really a well put together beer.

Overall: good beer. If you're after a good quality lager, this is much pretty spot on.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:25:20 | More by SmashPants
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Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.