Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 Pours coppet with a crisp white head. Smells of balsamic vinegar, juniper, lots of lactic hints, lemons, touches of bubblegum, sime resiny pine. Tastes sour along the lines of older Alexander. Lots of juniper, phenolic yeasty wheat beer hints, a lactic dry malty hint, lots of earthiness, mineral water. Mouthfeel is full bodied. Finish yields a lot of lactic greatness that compliments the juniper and the cloves present. A near perfect beer that I wish was still available locally. Tim Webb (442) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2015 On draught at Villi Wäinö in Helsinki and stopper-bottled direct from the brewery. That means it was the Finnish version, not the collaboration brew or something transported informally to some far-off place - Lammin Sahti has no hops and so does not travel. I am too old and polite to launch a screaming rant at ignorami who think that just because they don’t get it there is something wrong with it, rather than that they have limitations. Sahti is a folk beer style. It pre-dates Ratebeerians by several centuries. You judge it by its own standards not today’s simpler ones. If a sahti smells and tastes of banana bread that is because it is supposed to taste like banana bread. It is a rye beer fermented with bakers’ yeast or cultivated softer-end wild yeast, filtered by and infused with juniper (branches not berries) then packaged for consumption. By all means conclude it is not for you but don’t even dare to contemplate that it is not for the world. It will outlast IPA à la mode, I would like to bet. And this is not A sahti, it is THE sahti. The other Finnish sahti brewers may be the equal but none yet surpasses it. lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2004
Cloudy brown with very low and tough head. An heavenly aroma and flavor of choclat banana. I love it. hirigalzkar (3127) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2016 Plastic bottle @ Sivukirjasto. Sweet, fruity and yeasty beer with notes of mild spices like cinnamon and clove. Nice soft mouthfeel. Drinkable and refreshing. DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
From a plastic container, Villi Wäinö, Helsinki. Pale ruby, cloudy at the edges with the faintest necklace of bubbles. Slightly dribble-making blackcurrant and banana yoghurt aroma liberally peppered with clove- 9? Smooth, thick mouthfeel, huge banana and clove, lightly smoked blackberry afters. Almost peaty, juniper, slight sugar tackiness. Top end RB (reindeer-beater), a level of complexity and juiciness above Finlandia.
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2007
Draught at the Helsinki Beer Festival 2007. Hazy brown color. Sweet aroma with banana and flowery honey. Sweet, malty, nutty, spicy, minty, bready and chocolatey flavor. Some alcohol bite, a little juniper. Thick and smooth milk chocolate kind of texture with some oiliness. Quite sweet but still quite balanced. mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2008
at FatPhil’s & Anna’s home plastic jug two days old 260708
Taste:fresh strong combination of banana fudge and juniper. Alcohol level no show at all. Very enjoyable! DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle at chris_o’s tasting of new chaps. Alround rating: Wheaty, estery, lemon tart character, immence fruityness, banana. Everythign i want in a sahti, excellent stuff. Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2008
EBF2008. It’s warm golden with a heavenly aroma of malt, banana, yeast and juniper. The flavour has sweetness and notes of malt, penetrating juniper (in a nice way), banana, a light citrussy sourness, light honey and a very weak touch of smoke. It’s different from any other beer I have tasted, but it’s very, very harmonic and well balanced – I love it! Sarpa (1559) - FINLAND - MAY 23, 2014
Tap @ sopp. Pours hazy orange with no head. Juniper, banana, wheat in the aroma. Sweet, juniper, wheat flavor.