Schiehallion | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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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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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 mdagnew
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of haz77
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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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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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 wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Sigmund
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, now available in Norway. ABV here is 4.7%. Golden colour, large to moderate white head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is initially surprisingly moderate but nice and pleasant, improves as the beer warms up a little (started drinking it too cold), flowery and citrussy hops (Hersbrücker and Challenger), hints of honey too. Flavour is zesty and grapefruity, the hops dominate but there is also a sufficient malty base. Bitter aftertaste of grapefruit peel. A very unusual lager, clearly related to its golden ale cousin, the Bitter & Twisted.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From my misplaced NERAX 2005 guide book.
This rare cask lager poured a pale gold color with a smallish pure white head, which faded to a constant thin coating, along with some sticky web-like lacing.
A pleasant fruity and floral hop bouquet is released upon first pour. A grainy malt background smell lasts a good while,
Given the thin look to this brew, it has a surprisingly substantial malty body. Lightly sweet and fairly rich and velvety.
The hops provide an edgy crisp bitter bite. A nice floral and fruity hop flavor is revealed in the finish.
Man, this goes down easy, easy but really tasty!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Cask somewhere in Scotland, where else!? HA! No, really I sampled this one on-cask at the excellent Three Judges pub in Glasgow, Scotland. Yes, tis true, a cask-conditioned lager does exist (Slaters premium is another one, is it not?). This is a light golden coloured brew with a small white head of foam. Aromas are of fresh floral hops, and nice bready malts. The taste is simple as well. Like any good German lager, except much fresher, and much, much better! The mouthfeel is creamier than most lagers, and the drinkability is insane. As Darren said, you can have 6 of these bad boys, in no time! Anyway, this is one awesome lager, and it has to get 4.5s accross the board from me. If you ever see this beast on cask in Scotland, have a few pints!

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Photo of cypressbob
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at the Luton Beer Festival. This was a rare cask conditioned lager.

This lager poured a clear, golden color with white foam that persisted fairly long before settling. The smell was a "wort like" aroma, reminiscent of German ungespundete lagers. There was a touch of hops in the smell. The taste was floral and bitter hops with some slightly sweet malt to balance. The sweetness was then followed by some hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low carbonation. Slightly tangy. This was a very decent and interesting lager.

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Photo of ToneControl
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is "bottled with a third less carbon dioxide than most beers".

It is an unusual beer, and can't be easily categorised - it it reminiscent of bitters and lager, but it's not fizzy like Smithwicks.

The flavour is difficult for me to describe, although the hops are there, it's not a heavily-hopped dry beer.

I've been buying 1-3 bottles of this on each shopping trip for 6 months or so now. I like it.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
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 !!!

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Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
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