Rune (8587) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2009
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
330ml bottle from Fenaknoken in Oslo. Golden body, a bit cloudy. Patchy surface. Pale malty to the nose. Shortage of taste, just some hints of corn and grain, and hard water. Brief bitter endnotes. Lively carbonated, but still a tame and bland impression (shared with Eva, Tromsø 17.10.2009, rating no. 2700).
gunnar (5776) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours weak golden, with a 1 " white firm head. Weak malty aroma, paired with weaker hops. Refreshing malty taste base, pity there is not much hop here,but enough to make this a good thirst quencher.
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
0.33 L bottle from Rema 1000 Hønefoss. A shiny blond head resting on a gold colored body with good clarity. Light sweet, light buttery malt aroma. Hints of hayish hops. Taste is medium sweet, far from fresh malty, with some noticable earthy hops down below. Light, well carbonated body.
Faint caramal and a slight bitterness in the finish. Mediocre.
larsga (6356) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Small white head quickly disappears. Yellow body. Licorice aroma, very faint. Dryish licorice mealy taste with papery watery notes. Fizzy, watery mouthfeel. Faintly oily. Dryish papery mealy aftertaste with perfumy notes. No reason to buy this. Ɛ.33l bottle from KnutAlbert.)
yngwie (14365) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle, provided by the ever helpful OleR. It’s a quite dark golden beer, crystal clear, and topped by a small white head. Almost butterscotchy aroma, toffeeish with a fruity touch. The butterscotch is surely present in the mouth too, with toffee and fruityness taking over rather quickly. Hints of bitterness. Really fizzy in the mouth, medium body and quite dry. Caramel, fruits and some bitterness in the finish. This is by far the most uninteresting of the three Hønefoss beers, a real diacetyl bomb. Had bigger diacetyl bombs though. (090818)
KnutAlbert (6288) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fairly standard lager. More packaging than content here, I’m afraid.
The label says world class, I don’t know about that. Some malty sweetness, flowery hops. But not much.
Sigmund (5345) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2009
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml bottle, thanks to OleR. Brewed for Hønefoss Brygghus, Norway, by Krönleins Bryggeri, Sweden. ABV is 4.7%. One has to accept that Hønefoss Brygghus is another "brewhouse" that does not brew (the slogan "Drink locally" is thus ridiculous) , but why on earth do they commission a pale lager in the Norwegian style "sommerøl", contract brewed by mediocre Krönleins? Norwegian macro breweries have plenty of boring "sommerøl", there is absolutely no need for another one. HB’s Juleøl (a stout brewed by Det Lille Bryggeriet) was decent, this one is not undrinkable, but certainly no masterpiece. The recommendation on the label "To be drunk ice cold" gives you some idea about what to expect. Deep golden colour, much darker than other "sommerøl", moderate white head. Sweetish unpleasant aroma, typical Swedish macro. Notes of artificial candy and rotting vegetables. The flavour is fortunately much better than the aroma, some moderate malts and hops are around, and the beer is not too sweet.