Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #2
Ranked #32,284
3.75 | pDev: 13.6%
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Mid straw, clear, pours with 3mm white head, leaves bands of lacing down the glass.
S- Grainy and bready.
T- Bright, zesty, contemporary, lable refers to it as having a 'grapefruit finish', and after several seconds that note does emerge on the palate.
F- Feels like a summer beer to be enjoying on a hot day. Despite it currently being in 'Flaming June' it's unseasonably cold/rainy and this beer style seems rather out of place and light. It's somewhat zesty and 'bright'.
O- There's a time and place for this kind of beer and for me it would begin with a hot day. The grapefruit is quite subtle, very subtle after a few mouthfuls, yielding a contemporary'ish profile without being a statement blunt instrument. Long/short: Pitches more broadly than just hipsters and citrus-fans.
330 bottle BB: 28/07/2021. Bought from Nicolas Wines, London W11 £2.40 Contains barley + wheat.

Jun 12, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

£ 2.00/500mL bottle at SPAR, Drymen, Scotland.
Bottle stamped “OCT 2019” on neck. In cooler at SPAR and served slightly warmer when I returned to my hotel room, in a hand washed and dried one-pint Tennent’s glass.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Bright yellow, clear, effervescent.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, controlled pour), creamy and off-white, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a five mm ring and layer, both fed by the effervescence.
Lacing – Fair. Partial rings of tight lacing connected by thin columns.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3 - Weak, a bit of malt.
Flavor – 3 – Distinct “skunky” flavor which seems to reduce rapidly. After the initial skunkiness, some of the malted barley flavor comes through, along with a bit of hop bitterness. I think I’m detecting just a hint of dimethylsulfide as well. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Light, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.25 – This is an attractive lager, but then most of them are. The thiol presence in the first couple of swallows almost sent this to the sink. However, perseverance enabled me to finish the bottle. I did have this on tap at the Great British Beer Festival back in 2007 and my notes say it was better then, but what wasn’t?

Jun 18, 2018
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horshack7 from England

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and golden with two fingers of bright white head that upon thinning out leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma: Grassy, lemon zest, grain, green apple with light yeasty notes.

Taste: Lemon zest, apple, crisp mouthfeel with a floral hop bite that gives out a faint dryness. Grainy, grassy.

Notes: What we have here is a solidly tasty Lager all over a good one to pick up. Cheers.

Oct 24, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this during a visit to Wimbledon. A nice touch.
First of all, Andy Murray, a Scot (Harviestoun is a Scottish brewery) ended up winning that tournament (first time a Brit won its home tournament in almost eight decades.)

Schiehallion also is listed in the "1001" and deserves to be there for when Britain, increasingly, needs more quenching beers (due to global warming.)
Schiehallion also listed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die."

Apr 30, 2016
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Spike from England

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark gold with a single finger of rich, off-white head that persists. Some lacing. Plenty of carbonation visible.

S: A pronounced hop nose for a lager, as well as the usual grains.

T: Well above average flavour for the style. Grassy hops. Very moreish malt base.

F: Excellent mouthfeel. Dry, rich. Good level of bitterness. Some sweetness. Coats the tongue. Carbonation is present without being fizzy.

O: If this was available in a pub or restaurant I'd drink it very happily.

Mar 16, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold, filtered, with medium head and a bit of lacing. Nose is crisp and clean, with some doughy notes. Very German lager-esk. Flavor is also very crisp, with some honey and breast malt. Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated, but seems right considering the crispness I mentioned. Overall, a very pleasurable and easy drinking lager. Not one for deep thoughts, but sometimes that's okay.

Nov 30, 2015
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aromas of fruit, grass & hops. Taste is grainy with grapefruit, herbs & hops. Aftertaste is dry, light, and a little bitter.

Oct 03, 2015
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911CROFT from England

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a conical pint glass. Paid £2.00 for a single bottle

Pours a clear, pale golden straw coloured body with a one-finger in height, thin, white, bubbly head that reduces quickly to a frothy cap, leaving behind a modest amount of fine lacing.

On the nose, a mixture of light malts, fresh toasty grains, floral, grassy and citrusy hops give an interesting and uncharacteristically inviting aroma for a lager. Taste follows the nose, light, crisp, semi-sweet grainy malts lead the way upfront before transitioning to a solid bready backbone in the middle. The finish is a touch dry, hoppy, and a little bitter. Floral, fruity and spicy hops provide almost perfect balance to the generously malt-heavy body with a firm, refreshing grapefruit note left lingering on the palate. Light to medium-bodied with ample carbonation, the mouth-feel starts out smooth and ends up crisp, slightly dry and extremely refreshing.

Overall this is a great beer, full of character, well-balanced, immensely quaffable and excellent value for money. Recommended.

Aug 04, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle in Edinburgh.

Bright golden body with medium carbonation. Crisp light body.
Modestly stronger flavor than average for style, mostly due to the hops.

Apr 27, 2015
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EmperorBevis from England

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and part of a postal service ale delivery package prepacked set
Aroma is Citrus twist but a deft touch with a slight bitter aftertaste
And good mouthfeel

Dec 27, 2014
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden with bubbly white 1-finger head, retention is moderate, reduction to a ring of froth and nice laces. Aroma is grainy and crisp, grassy notes. Delicate balance between malt body and hop bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Excellent suggestion among other lagers.

Jul 28, 2014
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LagerCognoscenti from England

4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Oct 17, 2013
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Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Aug 11, 2013
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Picked up a little while back from Booths. Named after a Scottish mountain; the label describes this lager as having a grapefruity taste.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-amber with medium carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of grass, peppery noble hops and earthy yeast. Faintly nutty, with a depth that only decent lagering produces.

Tastes of light malt with a hoppy bitter finish. Notes of grain, faint husk, grass/hay, mild pepper, noble hops, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with a crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and a balanced, creamy body. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter hops and a hint of yeast.

Nice - a quality lager. Gives the impression of having been properly matured. Looks the part, with a relatively subtle aroma of hops and yeast. This is reflected in the flavour, accompanied by a decisive bitterness. Good body for the style; it envelops the palate. Didn't pick up on the grapefruit, but it really doesn't matter. A great beer from a brewery that knows what it's doing - well worth sampling if you come across it.

Apr 11, 2013
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SmashPants from Australia

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Mar 17, 2013
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Jan 15, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice bright golden color. It made just a thin head, though I got it on tap. Faint aroma of sweet bready malt.
Light body with a medium carbonation with small bubbles. Perfected balanced beer.
Very crisp and refreshing taste, delicious zesty and piney flavor. Bitter aftertaste. This is definitively among the top range of beers with high drinkability I have tasted so far.

Dec 05, 2012
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Parrotshake from Australia

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Nov 28, 2012
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Nov 18, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Aug 16, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Jul 01, 2012
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CookstLiquor from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Jun 19, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jun 14, 2012
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doktorhops from Australia

4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Jun 05, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 and 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, and grainy malt (all that and more!), a mild tart citrus fruitiness, and sassy, leafy, and 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 biscuity character continues to stand out, the citrus maintains a solid presence, not really delving into any particular variety, and the hops stay golden, their nice leafy, fruity, and fresh hay-like effort duly lulling me in.

The bubbles are on the level, just a little frizzy, the body an adequate light side of middleweight, 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 multi-varied goodness, doesn't have some last words for this happy imbiber.

Ok, so this appraisal is flowery, enamoured, and 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. Get off your ass and go out and try it, if you can.

Jun 03, 2012
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 153 ratings