Schiehallion | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
harviestoun.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
Wants:
20
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25
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
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 emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
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 -17.3%
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 atrocity
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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 smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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 MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeffo for bringing me a bottle of this one from Europe. Apparently Harviestoun doesn't send the bottles to North America because they don't want stale product over here - I wish other Euro lager producers would do the same. Served in a pilsener glass. Best before May '11.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. A bit of spotty lace is left behind as the beer is consumed. Transparent pale straw body with a bit of gold to it. Lots of bubbles streaming upwards.

S - Nose is lightly toasted grains, wheat, some floral, leafy, spicy hop aroma, a kiss of citrus zest, and some honey. For a Euro Pale Lager this is is well above average. Actually improves as it warms, betraying its cask roots.

T - Taste is a little less potent, with more pale malt and citrus character. Finishes clean, but leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste that grows over time.

M - Carbonation is a little too zesty for my liking. I think I'd prefer this on cask. Light, refreshing, body, with light residual stickiness.

D - This is miles ahead of competing Euro Lagers, and I like it more than Bitter & Twsited due to the hop character and attenuated malt bill. If it weren't for the slightly harsh carbonation, this would be a great session lager. Try this when visiting Europe if you can find if fresh.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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 bigred89
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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 jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy sunshine yellow with steady snow white foam that leaves wisps. Very German nose - fresh grain and cut hay.
Lemon barley and honey grahams up front with big coriander leaf and ginger snap spice hops. Kiwi fruitiness comes out as it warms.
Fresh apricot finish and tingly tart fruit linger. Crisp, some cling, almost medium, soft and round.

How is this not called a Pils? Giant hops, more than most English bitters and golden ales. The tropical fruit made me suspect some NZ hops (even though this beer is older than that trend) but apparently all the work is done by Hersbrucker and Challenger.

Probably (heh) the best craft ager in the UK.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear and straw with a brilliantly white head.

Great spicy hop aromas with hints of citrus. Nice and clean.

Good hop bitterness up front with lemony citric notes and hints of spicy noble hops. Really solid malt backbone which holds up this clean, crisp beer. Almost the perfect lager with no skunking.

Slightly heavier than a standard euro lager, this suits the beer. Crisp carbonation which isn't too high is also welcomed. A great crisp, refreshing beer.

Exceptionally drinkable which teams solid flavours and craft with classic lager crispness and refreshment. This is a truly great beer.

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Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
3.81 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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