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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A juniper-spiced beer. Brewed by Saimaan for Lammin Sahti Oy. Known as Kataja in the United States.

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1.7
shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Corn syrup and cardboard aroma. Dark amber without head. Sweet corn syrup and juniper flavor. Okay but probably well past its prime.

2.7
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle from Palm Springs. Hazy brownish/amber in color. Looks almost flat with lots of sediment. Aroma is somewhat sour with a bit of spice. Spiced and a bit sour. Almost vinous like notes. Almost flat. Interesting and not bad, but not a typical beer.

1.7
olio (10290) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2012
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090707.
Pours golden color with a small head. Aroma of herbs, yeast, malts and grass. Flavor of herbs, grass and pale malts.

2.5
rondphoto (4455) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Dark amber with a bubbly head and tiny lace dots. The taste is sweet and sour caramel that remains the same through a somewhat watery finish. Not that it’s bad, just that it’s not enough to make this more than average.

1.9
ccex (1313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2012
11.2 oz bottle(labeled Jataja-Olut IV B) pours a cloudty dark mahagony color with a few clear bubbles on top. Smells of vinegar and juniper berries Taste is sour, with the fruit /juniper coming out only when I burp. Unfortunately there is no carbonation, so this one tastes almost like a spoiled wine. A weird beer I won’t try again.

1.8
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Poured a dark brown with little head. Aroma was bready. Taste lacked any carbonation, but the flavor was of fruits. Can’t say this was anything special, but I got to try a Finnish beer which is a plus in my book.

1.6
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Kataja Olut IVB is a very clear, solid, caramel colored liquid with no head to speak of. It has a sweet aroma of juniper berries and a host of herbs that my nose can’t identify. There’s something like soy sauce in the background. It smells like a fortified wine, not a beer. It’s medium light bodied, flat and abrasive. It kind of hurts my mouth. This tastes like... beer gone bad; oxidized and infected. It’s salty and it burns. I don’t know if this is intentional, but I suspect not. Down the drain it goes. There’s no indication as to when this was bottled, but it probably wasn’t recently.

2.7
thehodgie (13) - - NOV 29, 2011
Aroma: Caramel. Apperance: No head, deep rust. Particles on bottom. Taste: Bitter and sour, , tangy aftertaste. Palate: Medium bodied, no carbonation. A weird, weird beer. Worth a try but I wouldn’t buy it again.

4.5
seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Corral Liquors in Granite City, Illinois, USA special-ordered this for me. It’s as close as we could get (commercially) to the traditional juniper-rye style from Finland. Nice orange/copper color. Malty sweetness combined with sharpness of fresh rye-bread. Subtle evergreen resin and rounded mouthfeel from the juniper twigs and berries. Thankfully, no noticeable flavor or aroma of hops. Fewer yeast esters than I expected, but I’m sure that’s because this isn’t true Sahti, but rather a modernized, pateurized hybrid for export. Delicious. Considering how popular Blue Moon has become, which is even cloudier and spicier than this, I’m confident this style could become a hit as well. It’s just that no one has even heard of Sahti, or even juniper, for that matter. So, who wants to back me with investment capital?

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Psytron (2288) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2011
Sour! (This beer rating was imported from FB and unfortunately lacks any further comments.)


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