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Karl Friedrich, or just Karl to his friends, is a simple pale lager with historical taste, boasting the delicious flavour of hops and the brew master’s pure spirit. It was brewed in honour of Karl Friedrich Rehbinder, the founder of Estonian beer culture and of Saku Brewery. Karl is a real beer, exactly as genuine Estonian beer used to be for centuries before modern times. There is no innovative crystal filtration or luxurious aroma bouquet, no posh hop cultivars or trendy freshness. This beer only includes barley malt, water, hops, yeast and the experience gathered by Saku brew masters over centuries. Traditional raw materials and brewing technologies create a beer that combines the bitterness of hops and the sweet hint of barley malt. A genuine and pure taste to be enjoyed by those who appreciate the charm of simplicity.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thellgren (230) - Helsinki, - JAN 12, 2013
0.5 l bottle from Kaubamaja, Talliin. Very minimal head, looks like a lager, colour is more orange than yellow. Well, it smelled and tasted a bit like pear cider. That’s odd, anyway, nothing special. There is some sweetness, but not too much.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tlind2 (1078) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 16, 2014
Can. Golden color, white head. Skunky vegetable aroma. Bland, malty flavor, sugary aftertaste. Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hermod (2813) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 16, 2014
Bottled. Pale golden, thin white head. Sweetish grainy aroma. Flavor has the same sweet graininess, malt, mild bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. Had this with food. Thin. Easy, better than the other lagers Saku have made, the few I have tried at least. Ok with food.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rune (7361) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2014
Pint, can, kindly shared by djoeye. Clear straw-golden body. Medium white head, most of it remaining. Grainy nose. Buttery sweet taste of fruits mingled with grainy malts. Bland fruity endnotes. Soft carbonated. It’s drinkable but has got little to offer, rather tasteless, mainstream lager (Tromsø 18.03.2014).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
djoeye (933) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2014
Looks; 2finger head, clear golden body, some curtains inside mug. Aroma; fruity caramel malts. Taste; bread, caramel malts, grains. Normal on palate. Finish; bread again. Not so much of anything. Maybe the bottle is better? Pint can 5%, b@Rimi Pärnu EE, enjoyed@RateMeet@Rune’s 18mar2014.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Senka (349) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 15, 2014
50cl can. 33 cl can. This beer varies from batch to batch - I actually had it in Finland prior to Estonia. Same as Sandels - nothing special. Lager as is. Go for Originaal if you can.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mile (2752) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Bottlle. Light golden, small to average and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate, malty - lightly grainy and sweetish aroma, light corn and cardbord. Body is light to medium, malty - lightly grainy and lightly sweetish, light corn, faint metal. Finish is short to average, malty - lightly grainy and lightly sweetish, light corn and light sharp metal, faint hoppyness. "... brewed in honour of Karl Friedrich Rehbinder...". Really. Brewed in honour? Can the family/relatives sue Carlsberg?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nordcore (950) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle 50cl. Golden, clear with a minimal with head. Malt and straw aroma. Bitter taste with a straw end, flu.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dermi (610) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2014
50 cl, bottled. Pours clear yellowish orange with a fine white head. Aroma: Malt, potatoes, soil, slight notes of hops. Popcorn. Taste: Medium sweet, hints of vanilla. Bread, grassy tones. Traces of salt. Some bitterness. Palate: Near medium body, some carbonation. Not bad, confusing and quite interesting actually.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerheart65 (895) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2014
Clear golden with big creamy head that stays medium long and leaves bit patchy lacing. Bit boring grainy aroma is minimalist as advertisements says, bit cardboard side-notes unfortunately. Medium body, low carbonation, semidry, grain and corn mostly if flavor and they stay to medium long finish. Not much going on here, can’t say this is lively or nuanced. Simple could be beautiful but flavors and aromas are not that great here that they would work as they are. And there are bit unpleasant notes reminding impurities also.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mikkopen (788) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear golden yellow colour, thin white head. Mild, malty aroma with grains and a metallic note. The flavour is malty, rather mild, with buttery notes and a mildly grassy finish. Dull, but drinkable.

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