Schiehallion | Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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139 Ratings
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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:
139
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
13.61%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
25
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 66
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Picked up a little while back from Booths. Named after a Scottish mountain; the label describes this lager as having a grapefruity taste.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-amber with medium carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of light, grainy malt with hints of grass, peppery noble hops and earthy yeast. Faintly nutty, with a depth that only decent lagering produces.

Tastes of light malt with a hoppy bitter finish. Notes of grain, faint husk, grass/hay, mild pepper, noble hops, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with a crisp bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with well-judged carbonation and a balanced, creamy body. Quite astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter hops and a hint of yeast.

Nice - a quality lager. Gives the impression of having been properly matured. Looks the part, with a relatively subtle aroma of hops and yeast. This is reflected in the flavour, accompanied by a decisive bitterness. Good body for the style; it envelops the palate. Didn't pick up on the grapefruit, but it really doesn't matter. A great beer from a brewery that knows what it's doing - well worth sampling if you come across it.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: big brown 500mL bottle with a standard macro-style label. The cute mouse on the Harviestoun label picks it up a bit.

Appearance: amber in colour with a steady trail of carbonation. A decent two-finger head that maintains well and eventually drops to a solid cap. Good lacing also.

Aroma: the usual suspects here, but nice and clean. Plenty of grassy and citric hops with a smidge of sweet malts and grains.

Taste: a really good, sharp hop flavour up front - perhaps grapefruit. A touch of those sweet malts in the background as well. Quite good flavours for a lager.

Aftertaste: the bittering hops linger nicely. An all-round good lager in my humble opinion.

Mouth feel: a very clean mouth feel - medium in body with a higher but fine carbonation. Really a well put together beer.

Overall: good beer. If you're after a good quality lager, this is much pretty spot on.

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4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice bright golden color. It made just a thin head, though I got it on tap. Faint aroma of sweet bready malt.
Light body with a medium carbonation with small bubbles. Perfected balanced beer.
Very crisp and refreshing taste, delicious zesty and piney flavor. Bitter aftertaste. This is definitively among the top range of beers with high drinkability I have tasted so far.

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Schiehallion from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
3.82 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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