Schiehallion
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #3
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #33,692
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 13.6%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
155
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Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer when I went to England for 2 weeks vacation at Easter this year. I have to add it - because it is a classic.
OK here goes;
Firstly : It's pronounced "skee-ha-lion", Yes I am English and the dreaded enemy of all Scots but that is what I am told !
Secondly : It is a "Scottish Cask-Conditioned Lager". What ?!? Yep, rarer than a bottle of Bud at a BA Xmas Party.
Thirdly : Which Style Category ? - well I popped for Experimental Speciality Beer (Ale or Lager). That's as close as I can get (I dare not class it as English, American or German - you know how touchy the Scots get !!).
So what's it like? Unbelievably superb - highly drinkable. Light golden straw color, made with a lager yeast and Hersbrucker Hops, which are prevalent in the flowery nose. Malt starts dominant and then makes way for a malty-bitter finish. Cask version has a solid mouthfeel, but is not heavy. A seriously, gorgeous quaffable lager. Well done Harviestoun for actually daring to do this - probably the most unique beer for some time. They only had a Firkin of this in Fernandes Bar (see Beerflys) and I personally had a Gallon of it !!!!!
Note: Somewhere above, I have no doubt probably offended the entire Scottish nation more than Mel Gibson in Braveheart, for which I unreservedly apologize. Don't think that all Scottish Beer is McEwans Scotch Ale. What I will say is that if you ever get to the UK and see this beer on Handpump - HAVE IT, and add to your Beer Styles tally !!!

Oct 04, 2002
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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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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the cask at a local wetherspoons

Pours with a dark yellow body, slightly creamy head but like most cask beers only slight retention.

Smell, fragrant floral hops coming off, aromas of honey and a slight sweetness

Taste, crisp and full of floral hops, dry with a nice malty body

Its odd to find a cask lager, but this beer really did suprise me, very good

Aug 09, 2004
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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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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Dec 23, 2010
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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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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

Jan 29, 2012
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charlatan from Scotland

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Mar 20, 2006
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wl0307 from England

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB date: Apr. 06.
A: it pours a slightly hazy (as it’s unfiltered I think) dark golden hue, with a slightly orangey hint; the white cap is thick, foamy and tight, sustaining for around three minutes before settling down.
S: delicately aromatic hoppy characters stand out upfront, with a slightly spicy+flowery hop aroma (Hersbrücker) on top of the grapefruit-zesty note of Challenger hops, just like what it says on the label~~ decorated with a touch of honey-drink and more flowery aroma, while a semi-sweet grainy, bready note of malts (in-between pale malts and lager malts, and similar to that found in their “Bitter & Twisted”), provides a “firmly soft” malty backbone. Overall extremely pleasant.
T&M: wow… a delicious flow of high-mountain “ooh-long” tea like bitter-sweetness of malts and hops laced with plenty of tannins and chewy hops hits the palate with full force!! More citrus-zesty and fruity (with a touch of pineapple) hop aroma and flavour gradually develops in the mouth, but remains quite low key, letting the moderate bitterness and residual tea-like texture to roam freely in the mouth… lingering bitter, satisfying but not very clean finish. Neither overly tasty nor crisp clean, it retains a kind of balance in terms of flavour and texture between a quality lager and a golden bitter… The mouthfeel is lively throughout, while turning smoother at the back as the bitterness expands.
D: medium-bodied, fantastic lager with plenty of flavours and a good depth of tea-like texture which I like the most about this beer. Definitely a session beer, but not something to quaff or drink too fast. Somehow the bottled-version tastes very differently from the cask-conditioned version. I had a pint of it on cask each at GBBF 04 and 05, and it tasted much more grapefruity, sweeter and while at even lower carbonation, it was more like a golden bitter to me…This bottle tastes cleaner, more refreshing, and allows the more subtle German hop flavour to come out at a perhaps lower serving temp. I’d say I like both versions, and would love to compare them side by side if given any chance!

Oct 29, 2005
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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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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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...

Jul 03, 2008
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ILiveOffHops from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Aug 25, 2013
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shivtim from Georgia

2.51/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Jul 24, 2015
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haz77 from Australia

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear pale gold, with the initially spritzy white head becoming quite firm as it falls and sits atop the body a finger thick. A few patches of lace are left behind. Small bubbles of low carbonation rise slowly.

S - Grapefruit, other citrus in the back, floral hops, slight honey and caramel. Very pleasant.

T - Sweet bready malts dominate initially, before citric hops come through. Floral/fruity/caramel flavours build in the background from the middle and moves forward in the aftertaste. Restrained, long lasting bitter finish. Good stuff.

M - Starts light, but becomes smoother and chewier towards the end.

D - Drinkability is very high. I'd love to try this on cask.

Aug 09, 2006
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Jan 08, 2012
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seanyfo from Scotland

3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Jul 18, 2010
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kmacphail from Scotland

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Dec 03, 2006
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vancurly from Australia

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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...

May 24, 2009
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BlackHaddock from England

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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!

Aug 14, 2011
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swizzlenuts from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Looks light with a slight bit of carbonation. A small inch head, that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Smells hoppy for a lager, yet the underlying malts are there.
T: A nice crisp dry hoppy lager. The malts are a bit in the background, but the hops bite you right away. There isn't the standard lager taste to this beer. It's actually quite nice. The hops are quite tasty and refreshing. This is a beer I want when it's hot and sticky outside.

M: A bit thin

D: Incredibly drinkable.

Mar 21, 2008
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metter98 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Apr 29, 2012
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deac83 from Texas

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

Dec 31, 2014
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20%
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

Dec 03, 2011
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pin from Australia

1/5  rDev -73.3%

May 22, 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
Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 155 ratings