Brewed by Hartwall (Royal Unibrew)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Lahti, Finland


on tap


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Organic Christmas beer.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fonefan (47142) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2012

Bottle 330ml.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, spicy, earthy - damp stain - fusty. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111205]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oh6gdx (26261) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2011
Bottled (from Prisma, Vaasa): Very deep ruby red colour with a mediumsized off-white foamy head. Aroma is toasted malts, mild toasted nuts as well as some grains. Flavour is big time bitterness meeting a big toasted wooden and toasted malty tone. Ashy aftertaste. Quite aggressive flavour that is a bit out of balance.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
omhper (24541) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottled at chrisos. Clear chocolate brown, small head. Mid sweet with light-medium body and sloppy un-firm mouthfeel. Slight spicy hops, near no bitterness. Heineken-y quality...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (16858) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2011
Bottled 330ml (BB 03/2012)
Deep chestnut color, small off-white head. Nose is a bit harsh with toasted malts, hay, metal, coffee and brown sugar. Light to medium-bodied but watery palate. Coffeish, caramelly, lingering toastyness. Harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. Not too bad, stronger version could be quite ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (15384) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 26, 2011
330ml bottle (K Kamppi, Helsinki)
5+ Slightly stodgy roasty bready aroma, a bit caramelly and cakey, and biscuity.
4 Deep red, tight off-white head, persistent and leaving lots of lacing.
6 Almost chocolatey twist to the roastiness. A bit stodgy and mashy. A touch on the sweet side, but nowhere as bad as the US sugar bombs. (So its swee, but not sugary.)
3 Full smooth palate, you can sense the residual sugars. Pleasant carbonation. Immediate finish is nicely chocolatey, and later had some bitterness from both the roast and from earthy hops.
10 Got all the right ingredients and in roughly the right proportions. One of Lapin Kultas better offerings. However, theres something that makes it not quite work. Its a bit dead. Anna thinks its a bit astringent and wants me to drop the points a bit, but honestly, this isnt a bad beer at all in my mind. Throw out the caramel, and make this all year round, and phase out that normal Lahden Kusta that you make, Hartwall, please.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (12006) - Troms, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2012
330ml bottle from Finn Arvid, shared with ratebeer-Finn. Frothy and bubbly beige head, spotty lace to the glass. Deep, dark brown body. Vague smell of chocolate malts, moderate roasted. Dark malts to the taste buds, including dark chocolate and nuts. Roasted bitterness to the finish. Accepted, in fact, rather nice in a Lapin Kulta context (session in Troms, 12.01.2012).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (11289) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 330 ml bottle. Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with tiny tan head. Caramel malt, toffee, rye and dryish grains in aroma. Flavour is dry yet mild bitter hoppiness and some caramel sweetness accompanies. Surprisingly good. I could have another one before xmas.

Well I didnt... but now I have another.
The design of the bottle and label has changed since 2011.
330 ml bottle. 14/03/15. (Prisma) Tampere, Finland.
Clear dark ruby red colour with a small light tan head. Quite strong sweet caramel malt aroma with toffee and some grainy dryness. The flavour is grainy malt, some caramel sweetness, mild hoppy and dark fruity notes. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gyllenbock (8630) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle from a local food store in Pello, Finland. Bought in September 2014. Light amber with a white head. Sweetish with some dried fruit, caramel and syrup. Drinkable but with a low bitterness and thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cuso (8306) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 30, 2012
Bottle, many thanks to rosenbergh. Red brown color with medium beige head. Toffee, caramel, malt in aroma. Taste, caramel, roasted malt, some herbs, bitter hops. Light bitter finish. Drinkable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
laiti (8232) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2011
33 cl bottle @ Nurmo, BBE 17.03.2012
Aroma has metal, some spices and hints of chocolate. Flavour has some coffee, chocolate, metal and spices. Dry and nutty finish. Not bad, I actually like the coffee and chocolate here. However, the metal and spices are not nice.

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