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Schiehallion | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 10-04-2002

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64
Ratings:
136
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
19.9%
 
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 136
Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream and no cream. Retention is below average; about one minute fifteen seconds. Colour is clear yellow. Bubbles are abundant, almost to the extent of seeming overcarbonation. It's appealing.

Sm: Clean barley and a load of pale bittering hops. Hmm. Maybe a light cream undertone, but it's buried.

T: Overloaded with bittering pale hops for the style. Body isn't bitter, just pale - to the degree that that makes sense. Bottle describes the hops as "lager hops". Um. Okay. Grapefruit esters are abound on the finish, but not in the quantity I'd like, and certainly not the position - why aren't they in the body? Certainly a strange choice of build, but it's balanced at least. It's simple but refreshing and nice.

Mf: A nice coarseness lurks beneath the wet surface feel, which is actually very effective when the grapefruit flavour from the body comes. The finish contains an upshot of the coarseness, injecting a need for the next sip. Perhaps better than it has the right to be. It is, however, entirely too thick and lumpy for a beer that tries so hard to be refreshing. Scale it down, Jimmy, and we'll have a wonderful summer lager.

Dr: It's good even though it shouldn't be. A Euro Pale Lager with grapefruit tones and weirdly pale-but-not-but-are-but-lager hops? It's so damned refreshing.

This is a wonderful midrange beer, but it remains a C. It kills me to call it a rating associated with "average", because it's anything but average. But it lacks the complexity and uniquity to propel it into the B echelon.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It seems this beer has finally made it to America, or at least on a larger scale.

Using my Peroni pilsner type glass for this one. Crystal clear, golden straw color with a continuouse supply of light bubbles rising to the surface.

There is a nice floral aroma coming out of the hops.

Definitely some classic lager taste here, don't know how else to describe that. In addition there is a little more hop character, not my favorite.

Mouthfeel is just mildly dry. And then there is some tannic character, like licking a broken open banana peel but not nearly as intense as a banana peel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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

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Photo of seanyfo
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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...

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three full fingers of frothy white head tower over the crystal clear yellowy amber below. Chunky blobs of lace adorn the glass.

S - Crackers and buttered corn on the cob. Very pilsner like in aroma.

T - Clean, fresh grassy hops with a solid malt backing. An unfortunate metallic flavour emerges as it warms.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation.

O - Refreshing. Not a bad lager. Decent balance of flavours. Drink it cold.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm - unsure about this one.

Pours a darker colour than most euro-lagers, head good, fades tho. Good lace.

Smell more a hoppy pilsenser

Hop driven taste, much drier initially than you might expect, in a good way. A bit grassy as well. However, a intensely bitter aftertaste creeps up after a while that is Not Good to this palate. Almost like the good dry taste morphs into something more sinister.... 1 year to go on BB as well.

Mouthfeel is great. Good and solid.

Overall , a beer of two halves. Don't know if it's off or not. Sad.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden hue which leaves a two finger head that settles to a layer of froth and clingy lacing,the smell is herbal hops,sweet caramel malts and freshly cut grass,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and has tastes of sweet barley sugar,herbal grassy hops,sweet caramel malts,pears and finished with a herbal hoppy dryness and overall even though this brew wont set hearts on fire it is very drinkable and a total session drop and for that value id buy again and dont let its low rating fool you because if sessionability was a rating it would rate 5 cheers.

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lager on cask? Always worth a try.

A: The lager looks pale, a grainy straw color that barely musters up anything. A small head, thanks to the cask, measures almost 1/2 a finger initially.

S: The nose is grainy with a soapy finish. Light breads, biscuity, dominate along with light fruit scents. Hops are mild but crisp.

T: Biscuity and chewy, as my notes say. The lager picks up more fruits and grassy hops in the cask. Light in flavor, what's there is chewy with a bready finish. Fruits become more evident as it warms.

M: The mouthfeel reflects the concentrated biscuit flavors, gradually pulling in hops flavors. Good, especially because I'm not likely to see it on cask anytime soon.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Sutter Inn/Bull Public House pub the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing (surprisingly good on cask). The nose is attractive (albeit a bit light), with dry ginger ale, pepper and light honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this refreshing, dry, yet still pretty flavorful lager. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, and the beer delivers a decent amount of flavor for the abv. Drinkability is good, and it's apparent the alcohol is not very high in this beer.

Nothing spectacular, but still a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the cask into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso.

A classic soupy/foamy white head with tight bubbles, sits on a real nice golden clear fourteen carat gold colored body. While drinking beer has very good lacing.

First sense of smell is something kind of musty and dank gaseous. Behind that is some small malt even a slight fruit which is hard for me to pinpoint. Beyond that it seems like a classic lager minus the heavy gas feeling.

Taste is the classic butter feeling warm and inviting, with a mild soft malt/grain sensation even a little sweet grain feeling. There is some mild hop also on the finish.

Overall pretty easy drinking, interesting take but can't say I would highly desire this beer again.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden, decent head, pin bright.

Aroma of sweet bready malts and some spicy hops, slight metallic edge

Crisp and dry, decent carbonation and some bitterness. Some more sweet, light malt flavours there

A most enjoyable beer

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Photo of flyingpig
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangey amber colour with a white, foamy head that is about a couple of millimetres thick.

Clean smelling and light on the nose but with a little work I can detect some corn, bitter hops and a very faint amount of grain along with a biscuit like aroma at the end.

Corn and some floral, grassy hops this time leading to a pretty crisp taste. It has very little grain, some biscuit like flavour and a light buttery sweet flavour towards the end.

Medium bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a nice crisp, refreshing finish. This one is a treat in this department and I can't really fault it too much; excellent especially for the style.

A pretty good craft lager and one of the nicest of the style that I have tried so far.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw/gold colour, not as pale as some pilsner type beers, and no great carbonation, though a decent enough head when served from the cask. Aroma hints at both hops and a slight flowery sweetness, which is reflected in the taste. Good body for this type of beer, full flavour which leans towards the sweeter side, but dryish finish which makes it easy to enjoy and drink. An excellent 'lager' style beer from a UK micro, if only all lager produced in UK could taste as pleasant as this! Not widely available in pubs in my region of UK, but a treat when it is found!

John W
Bham UK Jan 2006

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Photo of charlatan
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.
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