lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Systembolaget. Another winner in my book from Nils Oscar. Nice madarin orange colour and decent head. Big nose of dough and caramel and honey. Tasty too, with a fat, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation and chewy malts. Nicely balanced and moorish.
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33 l bottle. Golden to amber color with small head. Good malty aroma with fruity and herbal hops, some caramel, british hops. Malty flavor with caramel, toffe, honey, fruity hops and moderate bitterness. Well made and balanced with good maltiness.
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. OK hop aroma. Sweetish flavour, quite malty and roasted/smoked.
Enjoyit (3460) - Vadum, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice golden color, light whtie head. Aroma with hints of honey and citrus . Malty sweet taste, some honey notes. A very nice beer, which i will enjoy.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Engelsmann, Best Before Oct 2006, drunk on 9/30/06.
A very deep pencil-yellow combines with a healthy copper-maize hue to create quite a colorful body. Thin, but creamy white head is retained, precariously at cover, and leaves wisps of lacing down the glass as it recedes. Medium-sized bubbles rise aggressively at first, but soon quiet down. Clarity is medium-high to high.
Sweet honey and chewy graham crackers in the nose rise up, almost on par (in strength) with the saazy dryness that emanates forth as well. Clean and well-lagered, but the malt produces an near-caramel-like character that seems much overdone, when I would think the hops should be doing most of the talking. Still, a snappy yeast is not lost, picking at the malts as the hops slowly fade in to a dry, leafy, almost herbal-like afterthought. Settles out to some light dough and honey, upon warming.
Very sweet up front. Like dropping a glob of honey in your mouth. The palate is recovering from that the rest of the way, locking on to some light hops and dry yeast crispness, but not enough, in my opinion. A bit loose in texture, thanks to the very low carbonation, which also does not help with the sweetness. But there is some bitterness, the more I drink, just nothing to match the malt. Still, attenuation/carbonation issues aside, it’s a delightfully clean, well-brewed lager that just takes a little getting used to. With their wonderful mashing/extraction techniques, I think these guys are a little bit better accustomed to producing sweeter beers, but still, this is nothing to shake a fist at. No alcohol noted in flavor or aroma.
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden color with a white head. Fruity malt aroma. Flavour is fruity malt with some hints of hops.
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 Clear yellow with a fine head. Citrus, fruit, slight toasted and hops. Quite flavorfull and very smooth.
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Clear golden colour with a longlasting off-white head. Malty slightly grassy aroma. Some hints of hops. Sweet malty bitter flavor with some hints of citrus. Long malty bitter finish.
thebeertourist (4814) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear. Deep orangey golden colour with a very small head. Aroma is more malty than hoppy with hints of fruit. Sweet maltiness, some offsetting bitterness and toffee towards the end. Good body for a lager. A good enough lager it is.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2006
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
It seems like these nils oscar beers are having a big problem with head retention and texture. This, the 4th nils i’ve had.. has apauling retention, almost looks like a soft drink. Interesting sweet aroma, some saaz which is nice, but there is a lot of corn in there too. The flavour is so dominated by corn that it is hard to identify any other flavours as it carries through to the finish and also the aftertaste. There is also not too much bitterness to note. As far as lagers go its not too bad, but its a long way from the quality you expect (and pay for) from nils oscar.