Hesjeøl | HaandBryggeriet

HesjeølHesjeøl
BA SCORE
3.89/5
98 Ratings
HesjeølHesjeøl
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by GbVDave on 02-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,439
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
98
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
10
Trade:
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 MoFro
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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 biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. The label depicts a nice story about Norwegian farms formerly being required to make their own beer - just like the Norwegian Wood offering from the same producer. I also like the wraparound finger and thumb prints on the label - they just miss fitting my hand by a size or so.

This beer pours a cloudy, chunky sediment-strewn dark golden brown hue, with two fingers of tight fizzy pale beige head, which settles fairly quickly, leaving a low slinking band of lace around the glass. It smells of lightly smoked, meaty biscuity malt, mild fruity citrus, and some earthy spice. The taste is toasty pale malt, some spicy, biscuity graininess, a subtle ashy note, and earthy, somewhat musty hops. The carbonation is quite average and unobtrusive, the body medium weight, and everyman smooth. It finishes off-dry, the multifaceted roasted grain still holding court amongst a bit of fruitiness and lingering earthy hops.

A surprisingly easy to drink ale, the mix of grains making for a down-home, rustic elixir experience. Was a hit in my family home.

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Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/12/11

A hazy dark reddish amber with a three finger tan head that falls to a thick film rather quickly leaving a few patches of lace

S sorta smells like a hoppy campfire, one whiffs all smoke then the next one's citric hops with some caramel different but good

T some fruit peeks through the smokey hops but only for a moment, some tobacco and apple I didn't smell and the finish is smokier then when the liquid's in your mouth

M a little lighter then expected but decent carbonation almost on the brink of turning too foam, long aftertaste

O interesting stuff with well concealed booze and a flavor that evolves as you drink it

I was expecting a fresh hopped ale and found some smoke, different but worth a try

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Photo of Granhaugen
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice color, copper, burnt orange. Head is 2 fingers, reduces nicely to a thin head. Very nice lacing.
Smoked smell, not too strong. Taste the smokey flavor not over bearing, nice balance between smoke, barley and hops.
Mouth feel is medium. A nice light after taste of hops, that goes from back of throat to the tip of the tongue.
Well crafted beer. I would drink it again.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rtepiak
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bartender at spyten divuel states is a smoked lager.

Much darker than schlenkerla helles as in orange gold. Pour is a nice head that lets out so much apple and woody acid leather notes all in a cloud of floral perfume. Automatically the question not to ask is whether this is a superior beer. Its more astringent but still balanced. Palate of chalk, smoke in one spectrum and apple pie and hints of sour notes that all combine into a grassy bitter end. Well carbonated. Ready for hams and creamy cheese. I love this brewery.

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Photo of drpimento
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.8%
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 ksimons
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Thorpe429
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to heyta for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a tulip.

Gusher when opened at a cold temperature. Pours a slightly-murky orange-copper color with a thin white head that dissipates very quickly into a thin collar. The nose carries some light smoke and a bit of wood and spice. The flavor is fairly smoked with a bit of the woody character maintained. Not a strong smoke character, but there is a lot of the moderate smokeyness, if they makes sense. Overcarbonated and a light, fizzy body. Not a huge fan.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge

A - Dark copper with light cream head, good head retention slowly giving way to the copper color.
S - Nice smoked barley smell is the forefront with some sweet almost candied scents coming after.
T - Smoke is quite apparent when cold, but is a smooth mellowed smoke blended in with the brew which imparts some sweet and almost citrus notes. As it warms, more fruit comes out and the smoke is less apparent. An enjoyable and complex taste.
M - Mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied with some tingling in the cheeks and smoke being left throughout.
O - Overall a very solid beer and enjoyable drink. Enjoyed the smoked malts and sweet Belgian like qualities play against each other. Perfect medium bodied ale for a hot day like today when a stout would be too much.

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Photo of amccormi
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Piraat tulip glass, creating about an inch head that faded 5 minutes later to a lingering ring. The color is auburn with more orange higlights around the edges, very hazy.

The aroma is at first bright with fruity esters, then comes a bit of malty sweetness and a hint of barnyard earthiness and grassy hops.

Malts lead the flavor with spicy rye, a little caramel sweetness and a light touch of smoke in the background. It has a nice earthy yeast character and finishes with a nicely balanced dry hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is spot on for a nice saison, effervescent, but not much.

I think this is a great farmhouse style beer. t offers a very different sort of malt complexity than most saisons or Bier de Gardes. Pretty smooth and rather refreshing. I will buy it again.

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Photo of crossovert
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

It pours a nice orange/red/amber copper color with a foamy, but sudsy off-white head that has some soapiness to it. It recedes slowly with some nice lacing.

The smell is lightly smoky but refreshing. It has notes of smoke but also some fruits like oxidized apple and candied orange peel. There is some spiciness from the yeast and the rye. Rounding it out is some caramel sweetness.

The flavor is a little less smoky and more of a funky and fruity beer. It has notes of wild yeast that add a bit of barnyard funk. It works nicely with the interesting malt bill.

The mouthfeel is very nice, overall a nice beer.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 dgilks
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber colour with a medium sized off-white head.

Sweet, malty aroma with good notes of stone fruit. Nice.

Malty but dry flavour with a moderate bitterness and nice fruitiness. There may even be a touch of funk here. Really nice.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation.

A nice, tasty beer with plenty of flavour. Yum.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 womencantsail
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a cloudy orange (perhaps copper) color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: A sweet and fruity nose, very reminiscent of a Belgian pale ale. Some subtle undertones of smoke and a bit of apple, orange peel, and sweet fruit.

T: The smoke is overwhelming here. The roles are sort of reversed here with the smoke being the dominant flavor and the fruit, sweetness, and Belgian notes being subtle and in the background.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a mildly astringent finish.

D: I would have liked the flavors to be more in balance here, or at least a bitter mirror of the aromas.

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Photo of spicelab
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a maple syrup colour with a satisfying head that slowly recedes.

Smell is a mixture of sour, lambic notes, familiar HaandBryggeriet Norwegian wood and tropical fruit that pokes through late.

Taste is definitely Norwegian wood upfront, with a metallic, prickly bitterness that pretty much neuters the components in the nose. A little disappointing.

Coats the mouth nicely, but has a somewhat mouthwash character which dries the palate a little excessively.

Agree very much with the previous reviewer. This is a very interesting beer, but it's all but impossible to say whether it works as a package.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from Beermasons. Stuff like this is pretty much worth signing up for, not on the merits of the beer but for the fact that I get to try it.

Nothing I've seen anywhere but this site suggests that this beer contains any smoked malt. Anyone know for sure that this is in the right category? I tend to think it isn't.

Pours a rich dark orange with a massive puffy head. Slightly cloudy, quite alluring.

The smells coming out of my glass are not quite what I expected. Smells Belgian. Big musty yeast nose with juniper berry and alcohol following up. Bit of apple peel and overripe fruit. Smells like a saison or two I have had before.

There IS a light smoky flavor. Is it that it is smoked, subtly, or that other reviewers are tasting more smoke than I am through the power of suggestion? Regardless, any 'smoke' flavor takes a back seat to a few other things. Surprisingly hop-forward - leafy/grassy/herbal hop flavors which ease back to rye and a chalky and kinda soapy yeast flavor, with more bitterness in the finish. Odd, but pleasant. Peppery/spicy notes emerge the more you drink it. Again, more like a saison than anything I can think of.

Medium mouthfeel without much carbonation. Chalky dryness, not entirely refreshing. Fair enough. Not one to drink much of, considering the flavors on offer.

Interesting as hell but a bit jumbled - rating to style is hard. What do you compare it to? A bit odd and kinda tiresome by the end of the bottle. With food I expect it'd be different. Get me some smelly washed-rind cheese and that sort of thing and It'd be ideal. Unaccompanied, the chief attraction is probably the novelty.

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Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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