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Schiehallion | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 138
Photo of IPA35
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping style in mind with regard to the notes ofcourse.

Darker than most macrolagers, not a huge amount of carbonation. White head with good lacing. Poured in a pint glass.

Smells clean and refreshing. Some hops, herbal and slightly citric. Light malts. Appearantly this contains both barley and wheat, interesting for a lager.

Tastes like a lager, quite bitter actually but the hops also give it a slight fruity sweetness. Balanced, not much in the way of nasty off-flavours as you get with many macrolagers.

Thin mouthfeel, not overly watery and medium (to low) carbonation.

Overal a nice refreshing lager, one of the beter ones I have had (mostly macro's).

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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 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 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 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 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 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 danieelol
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been drinking this one for a while now. All of Harviestoun's range (well, arguably excluding Ola Dubh) offer exceptional value for money here in Australia.

Pours pilsener yellow with a nice head.

Nose is pilsenerish malt, herbal "skunk". Nice and hoppy. Green apple combo.

Hops slightly more complex and leafy in the taste, again against a slightly sweet bed of malt. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Body and carb is that of any lager. Slight with good hit of carb, and better cold.

Overall a very nice beer. Used to be an A- on here. I'm probably slightly more inclined to opt for the Bitter and Twisted because it can be a bit more aromatic. Subtle, drinkable and affordable. Go to beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 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 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 glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with good amounts of earthy and light citrus hops. Also present are floral hops that waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more one-dimensional. Soft pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy and slightly leafy hops. Near the end of the sip hints of citrus peel make an appearance, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a bit let down with this beer, I’d be more understanding if the ABV were a bit lower but I was expecting more heft given the extra 1% or so ABV. A well done beer that’s worth a shot but not worth seeking out.

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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 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 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 Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Deep Ellum on Cask.

Pint was topped with a finger of white wispy head that settled to a thin cap. Clear light golden color that is thinking about being straw in color. Some light sticky lacing.

Grape, grass and biscuity malt aroma.

Really a nice beer. Grass again in the flavor. Bready, slight dough and a light herbaceous tone. Nice light/green hop finish.

Smooth on the tongue w/ medium body.

Very nice beer. Way to start and evening.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 GBalbin
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Excellent lager. Golden, slightly cloudy beer. Citric, floral and herbal hops and malty aromas. The flavor follows the aroma and is refreshing and light, despite its complexity in the aromas. Is very well balanced and has great drinkability.

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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 FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp, light gold with a slight orange hue. Thick, foamy white head with good retention and a fair amount of lacing left.

S - Full of hops smells. The more prominent being grapefruit and orange, but not far behind is a floral and a bit grassy smell. Very enticing and mouthwatering, really making me think it's an IPA.

T - A lot of hop and bitter taste. Follows the nose, with citrus being the most prominent hop taste. Good amount of floral, tea and grassy hops as well. At the end of the sip, there is a bit of a malt finish along with some general bitterness.

M - Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and crisp.

D - Easy to drink and good flavors. Flavors don't kill the palate, and definitely build.

Notes: Hard to really decide what style this taste like, a lot like a lager and an IPA, but when talking about Euro Pale lagers, something like this definitely doesn't come to mind. Good hop flavors, and easy to drink. Easily recommended if you have a chance to get it.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a bright gold with a nice blossoming head.
The grapefruity smell of hops comes through gently.
Tastes like a top class pilsner with a grapefruitty hints and a slight bitter tinge on the finish. So nice.
Not over carbonated to hide flavours like many of the commercial pilsners and pale lagers.
I would definitely buy and drink many more of these.

a great Pilsner.

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Photo of dgilks
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
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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