Hesjeøl
HaandBryggeriet

HesjeølHesjeøl
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Style:
Smoke Beer
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 8.67%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
100
From:
HaandBryggeriet
 
Norway
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
Gots
  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
HesjeølHesjeøl
Notes: 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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Reviews by Gmann:
Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden light brown color with a big airy off-white head that slowly settled into a light cap.

The aroma has a tart lemon thing going on. There is also some hay and farmhouse notes. A hint of clove provides some spice.

The taste is more spicy than the aroma. The clove stand out much more. There is a general hay and multi-grain bread flavor. A bit of a brown sugar sweetness. The beer is more earthy than expected; perhaps from a grassy hop profile. The beer has a wheat malt edge to it which provides a touch of sour lemon. Not really smokey, perhaps a very subtle meaty ham flavor.

Moderate body with very fizzy carbonation; burns a bit. Sweet and herbal on the palate but has good balance. It is quite refreshing.

A unique brew. Kind of in the line of a saison and biere de garde. A nice rustic style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an off-white, two-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer and leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color. Nose is smokey wood. Flavor is a smokey, burnt wood. Not your usual harvest ale. Label has 7.0% ABV. Pricey at $9.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Ani and Erland for bringing this back from Norway. Per the Shelton brothers website:
"The brewers at Haandbryggeriet are proud to offer beer that’s very Norwegian and the Hesjeøl is no exception. It’s a recreation of a traditional Norwegian farmhouse harvest ale. Just like the saisons and biere de gardes of Belgium and France, farmers always served up refreshing harvest ale’s for thirsty workers. Hesjeøl is a refreshing fruity and floral ale with a slight smoky and spicy flavor."

Made from 3 grains, barley, oats and rye and fermented with a special wild house yeast.
Style: Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 7.0%

However, at the breweries website they state the specs as being ABV: 6%
IBU: 25-30.

At any rate, pours out to a crystal clear light copper, forming a creamy light yellow head with beautiful retention and solid sheets of lacing, owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is akin to a saison, with some belgian esters, spice, phenols, tropical fruit and pepper. The mouthfeel is crisp, spritzy, medium bodied. The taste is quite unique...it opens with lots of tropical fruit...I get papaya, mango and pineapple, followed by a very nice soft smoke note, then some pepper, a mild but well balanced bitterness, and ending bone dry with lingering hop bitterness.

This is an interesting brew. I've never had a farmhouse ale with a smoky note, but it works, and is a testament to the craft of the brewers. These guys make good stuff.Definitely worth trying for fans of saisons.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light dirty hay color ale with a generous foamy head with some retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of multi-grain malt bill with deep floral and herbal hoppy notes. Taste is a mix between some lightly smoked multi-grain malt with some quite flavourful green and herbal hops with limited bitterness. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nicely brewed with fresh green hops really coming through and well balanced by grain malt bill.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy, amber color, and is topped by a beige ring of a head. The aroma is fruity and malty with notes of banana, caramel, and toffee. There are also notes of grassy hops and smoke.

This beer opens up with sweet, malty notes of molasses and toffee over grassy undertones. Some spiciness appears in the center along with a dry smokiness that builds towards the finish. This beer is full-bodied, moderately carbonated, and had a grassy dryness in the finish.

I liked this beer quite a bit. Normally smoked beers are heavy handed with the smokiness, but the smoke in this one wasn't overpowering at all.

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Photo of katan
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in a goblet

A - Pours somewhere between a copper and a brown color. Strong head formation, dirty white in color. Bubbling seems light.

S - Malty, sweet, salty, almost like maple syrup.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, only a little bit of malt. Rather understated. Mid-stream brings on a bigger malt flavor. Oddly my first thought is bacon - smokey and salty. Not overwhelming, but clearly the smokiness is dominant. Finishes with a sticky sweet/salty flavor.

M - Moderate body, stronger carbonation. Carbonation comes through in a stingy and biting way. Alcohol is well hidden.

O/D - This is a unique beer. Bacon beer? Has a big time fall feeling to it. Bacon is good with everything, and it seems to be good here (at least in spirit). I'm good with this beer, but I don't know if i could go with more than one.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured up a dark reddish orange like slightly down tea. Sandy coloured finger and a half head stayed in place for several minutes.
I got more of a musty, yeasty smell and some sweet fruity aromas than anything else. Smoke was almost an afterthought. In fact, I don't think this is rauchbier at all.
Taste, while good, is absolutely nothing like a rauchbier, further cementing my suggestion that this is mis-lable on BA. Either way, flavour is huge on the spice with a strong malty presence, alot like a dunkelweizen. Strangely, at only 6,5%, the alcohol was very detectable. Still a good beer, just a bit more assertive than I was prepared for. Mouthfeel is silky and pleasantly carbonated.
I couldn't see drinking too much of this at one sitting, but it *is* tasty to just enjoy occasionally.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little ageing did not hurt this 500 ml. harvest ale. Mild smoke aroma. A bit of an overflowing foaming ale. Rye, smoked wheat, edgy and more complexity and mouthfeel body than a smoked lager. Good drinkability with food. Satisfying. On the bitter side without a lot of hops, yet no too bitter.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a lovely hazed but bright orange golden colour, with enough clarity just to keep the light shining through. Head is filmy and insubstantial. Body has a bit of heft to it, while staying fluid. Looks very decent.

Nose is wonderfully weird and interesting, with nice mixtures of smoke, juniper, hay and green cut lucerne. Something sharper to it as well, with a pleasant spicy character. Really nice.

Taste actually improves on this complexity, adding a soft sweetness on the palate, and a really nice wholesome grain character. All of this is layered pleasantly with the sharp juniper, the rustic smoke and even a touch of eventual acidity to clear it out. This is all aided by the feel which is smooth at the start, but peppered with a fine carbonation—it mirrors the soft malt/sharp green characters in the flavour.

Really nice beer: as well as having interesting complexities, it has a really well thought out and well executed balance to the flavours. I'm really loving what Haand does—this one may be the finest of theirs I've tried to date.

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Photo of drpimento
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting good beer. Let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a foamy, fluffy, frothy, billowy, clumpy, cream colored head and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium dark amber with some bubble trails as they should be. Aroma is yeast, toffee, malt, dark riper fruit, and a hint of sm oke. Flavor is similar but smoke is much more prominant, followed by a sweet tang that really works to balance the whold. Finish is like flavor and has a long duration. Bit boozy there at the end too. Session if you're in the mood for this kind of thing. I rarely am.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my girlfriend, who is not a fan of smoked beers.

Cloudy amber color with a brisk off-white head and ok carbonation.

The aroma is smoked white bread crust and a just opened package of instant oatmeal with dried pears.

The taste is a simple smoked toasted grain that makes me think of a little bit of pumpernickel and homemade white bread had a beer baby, smoked, thats what this beer would beer.

Nice carbonation helps the smokey flavors dissipate, and not linger too long. Which might make you want to take another sip.... and another... and... etc.

My girlfriend doen't like smoked beers, but she liked this one, and so did I. In my book, that says something

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle - served up at a scandanavian tasting recently at brasserie V

appearance: hazy copper-amber body, patchy white lacing

smell: very smoky. A lot of smoked beers come off with smoked meat aromas, but not this one, pure char.

taste: same as aroma would indicate - fiery char, smoked wood, peppery spice, rye, sweet dried fruits. interesting beer - label proclaims "norwegian harvest beer" - i guess!

mouthfeel: spicy and dry

drinkability: good

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Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, slap me 'round and call me Susan....this is a smoked beer. Huh, didn't see that on the label. Surprised a bit, but not let down.

Pours a full golden body with a nice, rich white head-- 1 1/2 fingers. The head did not go away. Love it.

Grassy aroma, some char and roasted malt. Wasn't thinking of smoke, but did pick it up. Sort of peaty without that 'muddiness' to it. Spicy and tingly.

There's the smoke. Nice camp fire type smoke. Some wood, some grass, some grains. Toasty malt. The spice is light but unapologetic. Carbonation adds to the feel of it being refreshing. Light body, very nice drinking

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Photo of meatyard
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/orange with a 2-finger off-white head that has good retention but leaves only moderate lace.

The smell is smoky, fruity and has pleasant malt notes. As the beer warms the fruit and floral aromas decline a little leaving some smoke and bread.

The taste is nicely, but not strongly, smoky followed by a fruit and floral-like taste. Here again, as in the aroma, there is some decline in the fruit and also the smoke as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium and adequately carbonated.

Overall: I enjoy good smoked beers and this one is pretty good. A little more smoke as it warmed could have made it a bit better but it's still a good smoked beer

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, Batch 355. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready malt, yeast, smoke, and some fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like smoke, bready/grainy malt, yeast, wood, peppery spice, and some fruit. The smoke isn't overpowering in either the aroma or taste, but there's certainly enough there to notice it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. I think this is a good brew, I'd buy it again in the future. $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of ksimons
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark copper with about two fingers worth of lightly tan head

S-malts, smoke, and fruity/floral notes. For a smoked beer was hoping for a more powerful smoke smell

T-Starts with a malt, breadlike taste and mixes with some sweet fruity notes and then ends with a decent about of smoke at the end

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, leaves a smoky taste in the mouth

Overall this beer might be trying to cram too much into one drink, but it is good tasting, not too heavy not too light, and easy to drink

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Photo of BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy ice tea color with more yellow than amber in the light coming through this one. Two fingers of off-white suds adorn the glass.
Smell is Hop and yeast. Very little sugar and malt come through though. Mabey a slight alcohol and some raisin/date in the background.
Taste is smoked ham on rye bread. Man, this tastes like they poured liquid smoke in there. Almost too much smoke.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a smokey flavored brew. Finishes with a slight bitterness that is kinda nice compared to the extreme smokiness you get up front.
Drinkability is only OK if you can handle the smoke.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice burnt-orange-brown. Has an inch and a half head that dwindles down to half an inch.

Smell: Sweet plum with an undercurrent of smoke near the end of the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The nose indicates more of a sweetness, while the mouth notes it's mostly a full-bodied smoke taste. There is a bit of bitterness and sweetness to it that reminds me of currants. Has a bit of heat to it. The Smokiness of the beer is really the upfront flavor that you get and is what really describes this brew! Also tends to have a peppery aftertaste that is gentile and smooth.

Drinkability: If smoke is your game, then this beer is what your looking for. I'm not a huge fan of this type of beer, but I can appreciate it for what it is. While I tend to divert from this style, I do have to say that this was one of the better ones that I have tried. Would consider drinking it again...and that's saying something.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a little but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of smoked malts and wood in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the smoky flavors are a little stronger and there is a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Some people may shy away from smoked beers but this is relatively tame and the smoke makes the taste interesting but doesn't overpower it. The best way I could describe this is it's kind of like a smoked saison.

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Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 100 ratings