3fourths (7764) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From draft and unfiltered at Bryggeri Helsinki.
Lightly hazed gold body with a soft white head. Softly doughy nose at first with a clear development of lemon and spice. Couple that with a clean profile, small addition of yeast, smooth baked biscuit and light honey-flavored malt, stunning lemon oil hop flavor and pithy bitterness in the finish only growing more intoxication as it warms and opens. Quenching, hoppy, balanced. Better every time I drink it.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Helsinki Bryggeri.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of kumquat, gum, kiwi.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Excellent stuff, and having just come from Franconia that’s saying a lot...for an unfiltered lager, this is the real deal.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub
My first of four samples indicates to me that the people behind this brewpub know their stuff. As a bonus it was on the cheap side (for Finland) which means if I had to spend more time in the area I would know where to go to stretch the budget. This might be their best beer or at least the one on tap at the time.
Aroma / Appearance - The coppery base and wispy white head sparkle with a bit of carbonation. Black pepper, cinnamon, and malts contrast with the hoppy bite. It is on the earthy side rather than floral as a good fresh beer of this style should be.
Flavor / Palate - The hops and malt ease the flavor profile into a waiting throat. Semisweet caramel bites carry the bitter transition to a hoppy finish. It lingers in the throat like an hour long sunset. To find something this good I usually have to go to brewpubs that specialize in Germanic styles.
thellgren (207) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.4 l draught @ Bryggeri Helsinki. Very good. This has plenty of hops to make it tasty, but not too much to scare away those who don’t like really dry beers. Goes very well with herring and other salty fish.
kiwianer (3305) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is good, the body blond. It smells hoppy, bitter, aromatic, bit malty. The taste is hoparomatic, bitter, bit fruity, malty, intensive. A special and very good Pils! 12/12/13/12/-/12
tiong (2923) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 Draught @ HBF 2013 (Saimaa version)
Pours murky yellowish with a small head. Aroma of buttery notes, grassy hops and malts. Taste is hoppy, grassy and slightly buttery with hints of citrus. Finish is dry and bitter with fruity notes. Okay, quite balanced pils. 3.1
Re-rated on 13.9.2013. Draught @ Bryggeri Helsinki
Crisp, clean and grassy pils with a nice bitterness and bready maltiness. Much more balanced than the Saimaa version. Top notch German style pils.
RABinVA (1000) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours hay. big fluffy white head. Very nice aroma of grass, floral hops, biscuit and cereal. Taste is crisp and clean with a nice sweetness.
ration (1886) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
200413. Tap at HBF. Pours hazy golden with a small head. Aroma citrus, vegetables. Nothing to do with a pils. Like a hippy wit. Not Bad.
Hermod (2707) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ brewpub. Unclear golden in color, thick, creamy white head. Looks great. Lots of grain in aroma, light fruitiness as well. Flavor has hay, grainy malt, citrus, yeast. Smooth mouthfeel. Light bitter finish. Nice brew.
jookos (1451) - FINLAND - MAY 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught@brewpub. Yellow w/slight haze. Pale malts on nose, german lager yeasty profile. Body is light, quite soft and nice. Bitter, tasty. Pale malts, hoppy remnants. Overall a very tasty, at least when fresh, well made clean pils. I’m suprised of the quality of the beer these guys make, feels very authentic.