seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Corral Liquors in Granite City, Illinois, USA special-ordered this for me. Itís as close as we could get (commercially) to the traditional juniper-rye style from Finland. Nice orange/copper color. Malty sweetness combined with sharpness of fresh rye-bread. Subtle evergreen resin and rounded mouthfeel from the juniper twigs and berries. Thankfully, no noticeable flavor or aroma of hops. Fewer yeast esters than I expected, but Iím sure thatís because this isnít true Sahti, but rather a modernized, pateurized hybrid for export. Delicious. Considering how popular Blue Moon has become, which is even cloudier and spicier than this, Iím confident this style could become a hit as well. Itís just that no one has even heard of Sahti, or even juniper, for that matter. So, who wants to back me with investment capital?
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lammin Sahti Oy--Finland--Kataja Olut IV B--2005 11.2 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 40 IBUís? (4.5 / 5.0) Sahti Brew. Mild head. Clear bright amber golden color. Tangy Juniper Berry floral mild hop front. Cloying sweet crisp rich tasty complex malty caramel body. Clean mild balanced Juniper hop end. New unfamiliar flavor. Sampled 3/2/2005.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my fifth sahti and I absolutely loved this stuff. The 7% abv is less noticeable than Iíd have thought, and the flavor seems to smack of juniper. Very flat, which I like, and is appropriate for the style.
Given that "real" sahti deteriorates too quickly to ship overseas, we owe a debt of gratitude to Lammin for mixing up this hybrid brew which does transport well. No, itís not the cloudy, murky, alcohol-accented sahti youíd get in Finland, but itís as good as weíre going to get without a trip to Helsinki, so enjoy it. Available at Whole Foods for $5/bottle. Clear and copper-colored. Nice.
My suggestion: Brew a sahti with 5-6% abv. Itíll sell better, IMHO, because it will have less alcohol burn. As long as youíre breaking all the sahti traditions in creating Kataja, one more tradition (hi alcohol) broken wonít hurt.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Murky orange-rust body, no head. Tart/sour grapefruit and brett aroma. Very different flavor. Thereí s just enough carbonation to give it a slight zing which is all you need. Otherwise it starts with medium buttery muffin sweetness followed by zippy grapefruit tartness. Also in the middle is the sweetness and tartness of an almost-ripe berry. At the end is a fun stemmy spice and more of that sweetness.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange-amber color with a quick disappearing unatractive foam. The smell is slight barn yard like and has a sour apple like freshness, it also has something of fermenting rubarbe wine. Taste is smooth and on the dry side. It is less fruity than the nose sugest. This beer has a nice nuttyness and some accents of freshly toasted sesame seed slightly covered with buttercaramel . In the second fase the hints of stone fruit-pits are comming up. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, but the taste is quit complex and has a good balance. It is on the dry side and is also very silky at the same time. Afthertaste is slight fruity, woody, earthy and ends with a soft bitterish nuttyness. Thanks alot Juha for this very original beer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/Brown coloring with White Ring. Fruity, Rich, Grapey, Herbal (Juniper) Aroma. Medium Mouthfeel...Very Floral..Herbs, Fruit...Light Dry Ending and Quite Tangy. Nice Traditional!
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/23/2009: Kataja Olut smells like freshly baked banana bread with walnuts. It pours a shiny golden honey color and has a minimal level of carbonation. It tastes moderately sweet and like doughy banana bread along with some caramelized malt and a faint hint of spruce/juniper. It is medium-bodied and feels smooth and mellow in the mouth. Overall this particular offering embodies the descriptive characteristics of a traditional Finnish Sahti and is quite excellent.
11.2 fl. oz. bottle (7% alc./vol.) shared by ShareANevada [BA]. Rating #231 for this sahti.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly clear orange copper with a thin ring of bubbles. Tart strawberry metallic sawdust aroma with lemon citrus. Green, fresh juniper body with dry piney finish. Has a nice tart balance without being overly acidic, balanced with a dry malty body. Lightly warming acidity/alcohol finish and earthy barnyard character. A very interesting and enjoyable brew.
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Manchester Wine and Liquors. My first sahti. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, mildly vinous, with a bit of sour fruitiness. Brown sugar seems to prevail, though. Mildly hazy amber color with a minute bubbly light tan head despite a very aggressive pour. Startís a bit peppery with a touch of spiciness. Sweet malty brown sugar to finish. Slight touch of smoke. Smooth, extremely easy-drinking. Not quite so sure why this is so lowly rated. The only drawback is that this is quite straight forward, but this would definitely be a good high-gravity session beer if not for the cost. These go down so easily.
doublebock (556) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is orange/auburn. little head to speak Aroma is hard to detect. Palate is chewy and flate. Taste a bit of sweetness and orange.