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

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
fonefan (35055) - 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]

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Fully golden with a small, creamy head. Aroma of...nothing! Slightly sweet malt and almost no bitterness. 270705

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Bottled. Yellow coloured with a white head. Aroma of malts, but not much aroma at all. Flavour of malts and corn.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
oh6gdx (20313) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloured, big white foamy head. Sweetish malty aroma with caramellish hints. Sweet hayish malty flavour with caramellish hints. Not much aftertaste.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
Can. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty grainy aroma. Fruity malty grainy flavor. Has a fruity malty grainy finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
Can. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are malt, buttery notes and hops.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Bottled (BB 09/2004 = fresh, brewed in Pori)
Dark honey color, medium foamy head, some lace. Slightly hoppy aroma with a metallic tone. This one has clearly more malty body than other Sinebrychoff lagers. Watery, slightly sweet finish. (5/2/6/3/9 2.5)
Re-rated, can (brewed in Kerava, BB 06/2006)
They call this now Nikolai Premium
Deep golden yellow, nice foamy white head, some lace. Malty cardboard aroma. Malty with harsh bitterness in the finish. Some sweetness in the start and finish. Ok with food (sausages) and sauna, otherwise forget it. (3/3/3/2/8 1.9)

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Maria (10143) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2000

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (9344) - 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.


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