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Saku Originaal (- 2015)

Formerly brewed at Saku Őlletehas (Carlsberg)
Style: Pale Lager
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia


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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Saku’s original pils.
Saku Originaal is a light high-quality beer with a mild taste and pleasant aroma, which Saku brews of its own yeast, water, and selected malt and hops.

Saku Originaal is Estonia’s first on beer of the new era, which came on sale in 1993. With its innovative attitude, Saku Originaal has always been an active player in the Estonian beer market, a creator of new packaging and taste trends. The leading local beer is today the most popular beer brand in Estonia, “The Right Estonian Beer, which expresses the characteristics, life and dreams of Estonian men.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Medium gold with a crisp white froth. Oat bread underpinnings; floral, pear and banana accents add a sense of delicacy. A gentle, taffy sweetness before a soft, flowery finish; restrained acidity. Almost creamy and a bit dense with subtle carbonation.

Quaffable brew --oddly reminiscent of a Belgian ale at times-- that could handle more brightness and carbonation.

50cl can, best before 14 November 2008.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
taunusmies (338) - FINLAND - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Golden colour, medium-sized fluffy head. Sweet malty aroma, buttery notes, grassy hops, a hint of fruits. Light mouthfeel but not a watery one. Quite good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (12721) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 500ml bottle (3:2:4:2:5=1.6)
Cold. No aroma. Rich yellow, brief white head. Bland lagery taste, mass-produced, quite chemical hops. Fizzy palate. Blah. Bleh.
Rerate: Tap
4 Almost nothing. Vague milky light grains, very bland. Later a bit of honey.
2 Pale and fizzy
3 Simple light grain maltiness, again vague.
2+ Waterry and fizzy. Finish at least has real hops, with a pleasant bitter bite, and even seems to be whole hops rather than extract.
8 Very clean, no noticeable flaws at all. I didn’t mind chugging this, which I guess is what the brewer intended. (Unless he accidentally pressed the ’add hops’ button.)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2008
Light straw colour. A thin white head. Some hoppinessin the taste. Also some hoppiness in the aftertaste. The beer was packed in a 0.33 l can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maverick34 (2848) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Bottled. A little bit sweet for a mass-market export lager. Not as bad as the reviews here would indicate - Not sure why people have such high expectations for such a thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2008
.5L bottle best before 12/28/07, poured into a lager glass. Light gold in color with a large dense white head. Smells of husky grains and grassy hops. Though the flavor isn’t over the top it is a pleasant grassy flavor. It finishes dry with a lingering grassiness. I can’t believe that i am drinking the same beer as everyone else here because I don’t think this stuff is half bad even though it is past its prime a bit.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2008
500ml bottle
4.60% ABV
I tried this beer on May 8, 2008 after purchasing a couple of bottles from the Queens Quay LCBO outlet (one was given to lenusik). The beer poured a very pale golden yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was very sick grainy malt with a slight hoppy hint. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. The flavour was very grassy.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
liinis (1763) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2008
very bulky but in the upper end of the bulk scale. medium white head. some hops and malts, metal

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
SaintMatty (6467) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2008
330ml Can-Light golden in colour with not much of a head and not much of an aroma but what I can detect is malt and a metallic tinge. Slightly buttery and bitter taste with malty and a shoty aftertaste. As dull as dishwater.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
500 ml bottle from JesseM. hope you enjoyed your friday night Jesse. pours golden with a big white head. aromas are gassy hops and some grain. actually those aromas are much better then expected. flavours are enjoyable and balanced but this is still a lager and not really my thing. that being said i will drink this a lot in the summer. thanks Jesse for leaving this one behind.

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