TBone (13693) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oak cask, handbottled
This is original farmhouse ale from Saaremaa island, Estonia - their version of Finnish sahti - "taluõlu" (=house beer) or "koduõlu" (=home beer). This is made from barley malts, juniper, baking yeast and Hallertau-hops. Very interesting brew for my 2000th rating.
Pale hazy yellow-orange color, not much head. Strong dry nose of junipers. Medium-bodied. Flat but crisp, citric notes. Juniper and oaky flavors dominate, typical sahti-like fruity esters, especially in the finish. Very (dangerously) drinkable, alcohol gives nice kick but is not dominating. Overall fantastic sahti - as good as its Finnish brothers - I would like to join Õlletoober (Saaremaa sahti festival) next summer.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This frothy Koduõlu delivers plenty of wheat flavors atop banana esters and earthy funk.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sticky head of foam covers the cloudy beige-y white.
-The drying finish shares light wooden smoke.
-The mouthfeel is very comfortable.
-This is a wonderful introduction to Koduõlu.
Bottled from tap. Thx for the opportunity, Phil and Anna!
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A nice wheat beer (banana cake, etc) with a strong farmhouse character (borderline funky). Very good
How: A few hand-bottles shared by FatPhil, filled directly in Estonia a consumed a few days later in lost village of Lithuania
The look: Cloudy yellow body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is banana bread with a nice farmhouse character. Taste has a lot of soft wheat, a refreshing creamy bananas cake, mild wheaty acidity, some farmhouse, some funk. Body is full and carbonation is lively, the pillowy mouthfeel is very nice. The finish is rather dry. I didn’t have many wheat beers (if any) with a nice funk but without losing the true wheat ale personality, and I want more beers like this. This beer is fucking awesome, and maybe I should have mentioned it before, but all my ratings are NSFW if you are a bus driver.
omhper (20669) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at SOPP, Helsinki. My first ever koduõlu! Muddy straw colour, some head. Sahti-like aroma of sourdough, banana and bubblegum. Mid sweet with medium body and soft mouthfeel. Rye bread,m spicy hops and bubblegum. Low bitterness. Relaxed, mildly rusti and nicely drinkable. Really good!
oh6gdx (22067) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottled from SOPP. Hazy orange colour, small white head. Aroma is banana, quite spicy as well as some yeast and berries. Flavour is very much the same. Quite wellbalanced and also had kept very fresh during the trip to London.
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Porku. Very cloudy yellow pour with a thin white head. The nose is great. Lots of melon, pear and a little bit of banana. Very fruity and estery. Lots of bright wheat character and a little bit of spice. Sort of an intriguing herbal spiciness along with some light smoke. Fresh and juicy and very, very, interesting. Reminds me of the Lithuanian Vilniaus kvietinis baltas that I had yesterday. Really interesting stuff.
Second rate - two days later same
location. Hazy yellow-gold pour with a touch of sweet banana. More tart thanit was the first time around. A little bit of sour banana and a little bit of odd sweaty dank flavour. It’s more tart and less herbal/spicy than the first time around, but it’s equally interesting.
Marstonlad (538) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ SOPP 2012. The color is interesting, looks like apple sauce and caffe latte. Aroma is a lot like sahti: full of banana and a little juniper, very fruity and spicy. Taste is really sweet; malts, overripe banana and spices. The body is full and thick. A very interesting beer, and for all who like sahti, a very good beer also.
Tuuker (35) - - OCT 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, clove/banana aroma
Murky yellow color, foam disapears quickly
Taste reminds some german wheat beers. Earthy, Juniper aftertaste.
Silky smooth mouthfeel, strong body.
Rustic and flavourfull beer, what leaves you satisfied!
MadRobin (2287) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Porgu (Hell, in Estonian) in old town Tallinn, Estonia. The beer was listed as "Pihtla, Saarema Koduöla."
Opaque, cloudy pastel dusty orange with a 1-finger creamy off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of cider, bananas foster, cloves, earthy yeast, orange, caramel and spices. As the beer warms, the more the cider aroma fades and the more an overripe banana flavor becomes more prominent.
Taste of bananas foster, clove, wheat, spices, earthy yeast, apple, orange, very sweet caramel, pineapple and a hint of juniper.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
Sweet and very fruity with a saison-like yeast, earth and spiciness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rosenbergh (8245) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at SOPP, Helsinki, Finland.
Light brown/yellow colour with small off-white head.
Sweetish, very sahti-like aroma with juniper. Flavour is sweet, yeasty, fruity/berry with some hints of alcohol. Very sahti-like and delicious brew altogether.