Norway > Oslo
Beer Available At Vinmonopolet Oslo - Oslo City (arranged by most recent)
CB Juleøl 6.5% 40, Nøgne Ø Tiger Tripel 91, Nøgne Ø / Jolly Pumpkin/Stone Special Holiday Ale 98, Aass Juleøl 6.5% 58, Nøgne Ø God Jul 99, Hitachino Nest White Ale 88, Orval 99, Westmalle Tripel 99, Nøgne Ø 100% Peated 78, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel 100, Aass Juleøl Premium 71, BrewDog Hoppy Christmas (7.2%) 97, Balder Sognelager 32, San Miguel Especial 7, Nøgne Ø # 100 (Batch 100) 99, Nøgne Ø Kriek of Telemark 82, Erdinger Dunkel 71, Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve 100, Ægir Lir Dry Irish Stout 89, Boulevard Bully! Porter 96
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espenra (32) Kurland, Norway | July 26, 2008
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
Vinmonopolet is norwegian for Wine Monopoly so you’ll mostly find wine and spirits here, but they have a decent selection of beer as well. The staff is helpful, but for some weird reason it isn’t possible for one shop to provide beer from another shop. This is why I gave them a lower service score.
Smaskifa (25) Oslo, Norway | June 19, 2008
46 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
This is the state owned alcohol monopoly of Norway, everything above 4,7 % is sold here only. Their main focus is wine and booze, so the beer selection isn’t the best - and the prices usually are rather stiff. On the other hand, they do have quite a few high quality beers among their standard selection - Nøgne Ø among others. According to their website it is possible to import pretty much everything you’d like, as long as it’s for private use. The costs might be high though.
garza (83) Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), Venezuela | March 22, 2008
28 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 5/20
This is just a store. I don’t even know why is on this list!. And it is not a great one by the way.
altonbrownd (209) Brussels, Belgium | August 18, 2007
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
The price being what it is. What I like about the vinmonopolet is that you can go to their website, review their 72 beers and see which of their many locations spread across the country has which one. Quite service-oriented. Then again, I’m only here a few days so bought a couple of Nogne’s, Aass’s and a bottle from Lithuania. Those 5 bottles pushed me over the eur32 $40 mark... But they are good beers nonetheless.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | May 29, 2007
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Well, this is Norway, so the selection remains pretty bad and the prices stunningly high, but I guess this is the one place to go to get yourself a few bottles to bring back home. Forget about beer advice.
eric82oslo (1) Langhus, Norway | November 3, 2006
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Although the selection of beer types are not abundant (having in mind the 30,000+ sorts included on this website), it’s mostly great in the overall alcohol category, especially by focusing on high quality products. Perhaps for this reason, perhaps not, other types of alcohol are favoured, especially red wines, sparkling wine, whiskey and cognac. My ratings are based on this wide spectrum of offering, not solely the beer selection available. It’s more than sufficient for my demands, although it could, of course, always have been ten times, or a 100 times, bigger. But then again Oslo ain’t Tokyo either. My main complaint is of course the excessive pricing, but this is due to government politics, not their own private policies. :)
yngwie (204) Kristiansand, Norway | August 7, 2006
44 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
The rating must be seen in connection with the poor selection in Norway. Also, the service rating would be higher is this site was named Ratewine. The knowledge of beer is next to zero. The upside of this store is that they have most of the beers available in Norway with an ABV of 4,8% +.
KnutAlbert (271) Oslo, Norway | January 8, 2006
42 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
Seems to be slipping. A good selection, including some you usually have to order, like Old Specled Hen, but no Julebokk, to mention one.
omhper (168) Stockholm, Sweden | October 29, 2005
30 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 4/20
Every time I visit a Vinmonopolet store I feel baffled that the government can force the total selection of beers in a country to be this ridiculouly small. I can understand the idea behind the extreme taxes, but why limit the selection to near nothing? Admittedly there has been some improvement the last few years, but it’s still mediocre to say the least.
austinpowers (152) New York, New York | October 9, 2005| Updated October 21, 2005
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Vinmonopolet is a chain of government-owned liquor stores. They have a monopoly on the sale of beer above approx 4.75% abv, so a stop here is a MUST (beer under 4.75% is sold in grocery stores). The selection was typical for Scandinavia - lame. Try the Aass beer, it’s quite enjoyable. Also, some new Norwegian micros are springing up that are actually quite notable, such as Nogne O and Haandbryggeriet, so check them out.
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