Brewed by Hartwall (Royal Unibrew)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Helsinki, Finland


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Organic Christmas beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (9646) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 26, 2011
330ml bottle (K Kamppi, Helsinki)
5+ Slightly stodgy roasty bready aroma, a bit caramelly and cakey, and biscuity.
4 Deep red, tight off-white head, persistent and leaving lots of lacing.
6 Almost chocolatey twist to the roastiness. A bit stodgy and mashy. A touch on the sweet side, but nowhere as bad as the US sugar bombs. (So it’s swee, but not sugary.)
3 Full smooth palate, you can sense the residual sugars. Pleasant carbonation. Immediate finish is nicely chocolatey, and later had some bitterness from both the roast and from earthy hops.
10 Got all the right ingredients and in roughly the right proportions. One of Lapin Kulta’s better offerings. However, there’s something that makes it not quite work. It’s a bit dead. Anna thinks it’s a bit astringent and wants me to drop the points a bit, but honestly, this isn’t a bad beer at all in my mind. Throw out the caramel, and make this all year round, and phase out that normal Lahden Kusta that you make, Hartwall, please.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle 33 cl, Helsinki Airport. Pours dak brown amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma is toasted, malty, a bit sweet and metallic. Flavor similar to aroma, some bitterness. Finishes bitter malty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
laiti (5980) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2011
33 cl bottle @ Nurmo, BBE 17.03.2012
Aroma has metal, some spices and hints of chocolate. Flavour has some coffee, chocolate, metal and spices. Dry and nutty finish. Not bad, I actually like the coffee and chocolate here. However, the metal and spices are not nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
omhper (19976) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2011
Bottled at chriso’s. Clear chocolate brown, small head. Mid sweet with light-medium body and sloppy un-firm mouthfeel. Slight spicy hops, near no bitterness. Heineken-y quality...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
kingstoni (1582) - FINLAND - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber/coffee color. Not much head. Metallic, a bit roasty aroma. A little dry & bitter on palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kalervo (741) - FINLAND - DEC 11, 2011
The best Lapin Kulta - beer I have tasted. Much more taste than in regular finnish lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiong (4019) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2011 330ml bottle from Alepa

Pours reddish brown with a large bubbly head. Slightly metallic and malty aroma with hints of caramel. Taste is bready and malty with slightly metallic notes. Finish is carbonated and sticky. Decent for a bulky lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adamnase (135) - Kronoby, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Pours dark amber with a semi high head. Mostly malts in aroma. Flavor is malts and caramel(too sweet and offensive for my taste). In my opinion not a "real" christmas beer because i cant get the christmas-like taste from it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2011
0.33 l bottle from Prisma, Jyväskylä. Dark amber color. Aromas of caramel and bread. Fairly bready taste with toffee, nuts and herbal bitterness in finish. Not sweet, not dry. Hint of metal in aroma and finish. Tastes richer that typical Finnish supermarket lagers, which is a good thing. Balance is towards malt, although herbal bitter finish is typical for finish mass lagers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2011
Bottled (from Prisma, Vaasa): Very deep ruby red colour with a mediumsized off-white foamy head. Aroma is toasted malts, mild toasted nuts as well as some grains. Flavour is big time bitterness meeting a big toasted wooden and toasted malty tone. Ashy aftertaste. Quite aggressive flavour that is a bit out of balance.

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