Smoke Screen (Smoked Helles) | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.69%
 
 
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of heyabbott
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breadwinner
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty smoked helles, the smoke is never overwhelming. Nose is surprisingly muted, but palate opens up with a bit of hop spice with smoked malts. Solid. I can never find Schlenkerla's lager on shelves, so I don't have a great basis for comparison, but this is one that, at the least, I'd have again.

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Photo of Lucular
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anteater
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Screper
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of aoampm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of robear
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of trytoketchup
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of sisterthelonious
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham into a shaker

pours a crisp golden color with a nice head. smell is dominated by pilsner malt and noble hops. taste has a good amount of smoky flavor to it as well as the noble hops. good drinkability if you're a fan of smoke. mild bodied, mild carbonation.

overall another winner from ballast point.

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Photo of TaraBrynn
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Pecan
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of herrburgess
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sticks and Stones last night.Poured a clear light lemon color with a nice looking lacey white head atop.The smoke is a little subdued but is noticable in the nose,mainly toasted cereal grain and lightly sweet bread dough.Flavors are pretty delicate with the smoke playing a role that enhances the beer but doesn't over power it,grainy and quite dry with just a hint of honey-like sweetness in the finish.A good quaffing beer and pretty food friendly to boot.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Toronado in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, and a slightly funky aroma. Taste is much the same with smoke and funk flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that tastes somewhat fine but has a pretty bad infected aroma.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of arfenhouse
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hpthebull
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Smoke Screen (Smoked Helles) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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