wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 Mildly golden with a tight hat of white froth. Grassy with a twist of lemon over a cookie dough base, all quite fluid and breezy. Sweet pale malts blossom into a scrubbing, herbal bitterness; clinging, cooling aftertaste of grass and menthol. Light, fluffy and slick.
Well composed with an interesting menthol kick.
50 cl can, best before 09 March 2009.
A spongy white head deflates on a bright gold body. Muted cereal grains carry a rounded, earthy note and a touch of pepper. Slick, sweet malts open for a tight bitterness, fading into a clingy finish. Carbonation is gentle but adequate; sticky texture on a fullish body.
Grainy, compressed and a bit bulky; pleasantly bitter lingering aftertaste.
50 cl can, best before 08 January 2009.
esox (1139) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned. Clear, pale yellow beer with small white head. Hoppy aroma has citrus fruits , some sweeter fruits and fresh grass. Hops are maybe not the most aromatic but at least there is some. Maly flavor is medium sweet with balancing but a bit metallic bitteration in the finish. Light to medium body and quite oily and smooth texture. I like this beer. Definately one of the best beers that you can find in basic Finnish markets.
bermod (119) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is malts, grass and some butter. Malty flavor with butter and pleasant grassy hops. Nice bitter finish.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fresh 50cl bottle. Sparkling pale golden w/ white head. Nose is grassy hops, malts and little flowery soapiness. Nicely hopped flavor, grass and hay, fairly malty and dry. Light but smooth palate. Well hopped and dry pils, I like it.
tlind2 (1191) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2009 0,5 l can. Clear golden color, big white head. Sweet, lightly floral aroma. Taste is sweet malts and hops, with more bitterness than I’d expected. The bitter aftertaste lingers pleasantly. Beats the hell out of Finnish mass-market beers, at least.
Rerate: pushing up the rating, because Kukko Pils is one of the few good pilseners available in Finland at a reasonable price. And it doesn’t suffer from the same grassiness as Laitila’s Kukko Lager.
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0,5l can. Pale golden color with hints of green. Foamy white head. Malty nose, quite modest. Malts and gentle hops makes up for the taste, slightly bitter pils-type finish.
liinis (1599) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 1, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is a beer that should have stayed unpublished. same coloured water as the rest of finnish bulk beers.
ogivlado (6026) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 31, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled(500ml). -Yellow coloured, medium sized firm white head, dry herbal nose. Lively carbonation. Malty, weak hoppy, herbal and hay taste with notes of vegetables in the finish. Long lasting herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Also quite watery palate.
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 28, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Keg (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Note - the keg version is almost always incomparably better than the canned version. Don’t have the canned version if you can instead do the keg.
Gold, thin head. Slightly creamy aroma, slightly gingery and mashy, but raw and a bit vegetal. Fizzy in the mouth. Taste matches aroma, again creamy, some tangy hops, but alas vegetal. Ditto the finish. It’s good that they’ve stuck a good punchy flavour in this, but I can’t get past the vegetables.
Miksu (4982) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Old Brick’s Inn, Jyväskylä. Golden color with small quickly fading head. Malt and herbal hops in the aroma. Moderate maltiness, firm bitterness, herbal hops and notes of lemon in the flavor. Fairly dry, light bodied and highly carbonated.