Brewed by Saku Õlletehas (Carlsberg)
Style: Pale Lager
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia


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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.06   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 The production date on my bottle says it was made only two weeks ago. For an import to be that fresh from the LCBO is insane! Pours the nice gold colour with a large, frothy white head. Aroma: Some grassy hops on top of some grainy malts, not much going on, but nothing offensive. Taste: Not half as bad as the low rating will make you think. Nice malty sweetness up front, a tad grainy which I love in my lagers, which leaves a sort of wet feeling on the tongue, followed by some hop presence in the finish, followed by just a touch of skunk. I can’t believe my luck that I got a fresh sample, so I guess this is pretty much as good as this beer can be. And it’s pretty decent. It’s nothing spectacular, so give it a freaking break people, it’s just a lager, nothing more. I’m sure there’s better from Estonia, but this does seem to be getting a rough ride here. EDIT The new canned version is actually really, really good, a big improvement. Very soft, like a Helles, with a perfect blend of pale malts and hops, with a great floral aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle. Very unremarkable. Typical eurolager. Smooth and drinkable but lacking much in flavor or aroma.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
estpiwo (1310) - ESTONIA - AUG 29, 2007
Popular Estonian beer. Produced for "everybody" without flavor and with rich carbonation. So uninteresting. Typical eurolager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
robinvboyer (3395) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2007
very light pale yellow. smal white head. aroma is grainy, and sweet corn. Flavour is that sickly sweet corny, vegetable you get from a bad lager. In the finish there is some slight malt, and a decent crsipness to it. pretty dismal overall.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
jacobwennbom (353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2007
Quite extraordinary bad pale lager. Heavely unbalanced with loads of sweetish boiled vegetables in both taste and aroma. Add a stinging alcoholic sensation and you have Saku Originaal, probably not the best beer in the world.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
KnutAlbert (6350) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2007
Light, thin and watery. Uninteresting lager, while not having a directly bad taste. A little grainy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Country-whoring Estonia. 500ml bottle. Stinky sweet corn and ashtray nose. Wet and sticky and a little crisp up front, more dusty and sweaty corn and fuesal alcohol over the middle and into the finish. Blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4380) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2007
Draught in Estonia. Golden beer with a light head. The aroma is yeasty and dry and the flavour is wheaty, dry, lightly yeasty and watery. Overall a reasonable refreshing beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Draught in Estonia. Not much that differintiates the "Originaal" from the Saku Kuld except that the Kuld is a bit more refreshing because of a slight fruit taste. Go with the Kuld.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4975) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2007
50cl can. Looks like the average Euro-lager - straw colour, white head; smells like the average Euro-lager - industirally processed malt; tastes slightly better than the average Euro-lager, quite well-bodied, with corn-syrup sweetness and a balancing hoppy finish. Overall, we can now welcome Estonia to Euro-averageness.

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