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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
progressive (74) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2010
&id"Panimomestarin Nikolai" "Vaalea Lager" = Pale Lager, but I thought that was the name of this http://www.sinebrychoff.fi/page.php?page_id=106=35 I’m rating this Nikolai Vaalea Lager here under Premium Lager. Creamy, still crispy nicely. Maybe the best beer I’ve tasted so far. Because it tastes so creamy. Some chocolate-roasty malt. [0,5 can]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beethoven82 (6) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2005 does not count
This is the latest beer I have tried, and I was pleasantly surprised, considering it’s a finnish beer. Quite a bit of flavor, and the aroma was quite nice, just a bit of metal in the aftertaste, some sweetness on the tip of the tongue...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 55 cl can via oh6gdx (thanks!). Pours a clear golden copper with a large white head, Not much aroma, perhaps a little maltiness and some pears. Flavor is subtle, with a little caramel maltiness, some lager yeast, some mild grassy hops, and even a little bit of pear and apricot. Smooth finish. Medium body and not watery like many of this style are. Good mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing. One of the better Pale Lagers. Perfect for the style and better than any American pale lager i have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5740) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 Good, balanced malt and hop taste. Not too bitter but very full and tasty. A bit darker in colour than a basic pale lager. Excellent mouth feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2003
Copper red color, pretty thick head, some lace. Full malty nose. Full, smooth body, moderately bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dragonblaze99 (353) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2002
Slightly sourish aroma. Flavor opens with slight bitterness, noticeable alcohol tang. Finishes off sweetish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
(on bottle) Actually I had a good experience with this one. Very malty and sweet nose, ther´s barley in use here for sure. Is placed "high" in the mouth, thanx to a good hopping an dfait carbonation. A fresh drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RichardGretton (4577) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2007
Draught@St Petersburg, Russia. Golden beer with a light head. The aroma is mildly dry and the flavour is quite a mildly malty and dry effort. Overall a standard lager that is malty, dry and gasy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bov (11500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 13, 2000

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