Brewed by Sinebrychoff (Carlsberg)
Style: Pale Lager
Kerava, Finland


on tap


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Nikolai beer’s high original gravity makes it extremely full-bodied. Besides satisfying the most acute thirst for beer, it also goes well with meals. Note: marketed nowadays as "Panimomestarin Nikolai Vaalea Lager". ABV 4.5%->4.7%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hermod (6256) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2009
Can, local store. Pours golden, with white head. Malt in aroma. watery, soft carbonation, some hops in there also. Quite boring lager.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rune (10928) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2009
Canned, bought at Kilpishalli on the Finnish side of the border. Plain golden body under a frothy, white head with satisfying foam retention. Pale malty smell. Rounded, low level taste of malts with notes of fruits. Weak bitter endnotes. Soft carbonated. Clean tasting. No brainer, but, in fact, alright with Greek food (shared with Eva at home in Tromsø, 06.09.2009).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2009
Can 50cl. @ [ Ulfborg Tasting ].
[ Courtesy of Maria ]. Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, toasted, cabbage water, vegetable, cardboard. Flavor is light to moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20081202]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2008
The color is warm golden and the head is huge, white and creamy. The aroma has notes of vegetables and malt. The flavour has a light sweetness, a light, dry bitterness and notes of malt and vegetables in the dry finish. Not a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2008
500ml can (K Market)
Rich gold, brief head. Almost entirely devoid of aroma. Something sickly sweet there perhaps. Palate - thin fizzy pale lager. Caramelly and cardboardy taste. Not good. Now I know why it looked a richer colour than normal - they just dropped a bit of caramel in each can. Finish cardboardy and metallic - even less good than the taste. Anyone who gave the canned version more than 2.0 is a freaking loony.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - OCT 1, 2008
Golden colour with a white head. Quite light aroma of malt. The flavour is sweet, malt and some hops. Quite thin and watery, but drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mikkopen (1040) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2008
500 ml can. Pale yellow colour, thick white head. Simple malty aroma. Sweetish malty flavour with notes of metal, and a hardly noticeable hoppy finish. Soft but watery mouthfeel..

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
punainen6 (93) - FINLAND - JUN 1, 2008
Can, 500ml, Creamy white head. Tiny bit darker than a normal finnish lager.Suprisingly tasty, with a fruity finish and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5902) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2008
50cl can.Deep gold with a billowing white head; grainy and floral hop aroma; fruity malt flavours balanced well by some prominent hops. Much better than most Finnish mass produced lagers.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Finn (6197) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2008
Can 0,5l. Pale golden colored. Almost no head. Unpleasant perfumed aroma. Watery sweet artificial perfumed flavor. Leaves you with an unpleasant sweet aftertaste.

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