visionthing (4950) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 5, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle from Systembolaget, Sälen. Pours clear golden with a small, white, bubbely head. Mild malty aroma with some fruity notes, hints of peaches, honey and metal. Medium sweet with plain grainy flavours and some fruity notes. Rather light bitterness and hints of metal in the finish too. Fair enough, but a bit disappointing.
simont1 (602) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of corn, dms, light spicy noble hops, floral, grain. Taste of grain and corn, quite refreshing and easy going.
arcraw (26) - - AUG 10, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Me and Nils are good friends. He always takes good care of me when I need it. Out in the sun in a sun bed, he take care of me. At dinner, he take care of me. He has a full body, rich aroma and a variety of tastes like, honey, herbs and bread.
Turtles (2283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear dark golden, fluffy white head, almost no bubbles in the glass. The aroma is dominated by malt, also fresh hops and rye bread. Mild carbonated, medium-light body. The taste is malty! Dark bread, crumbs, grass, honey and some citrus from hops. Mild, smooth finish.
nilsas (3753) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
anstei (1458) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from Systembolaget Umeå, Strömpilsplatsen. Pours clear yellow with an orange tint. Little head, but it stays. Aroma of malts, a bit bready. Definitely has a malty character in its taste, and an odd bitterness to it. Without question a very good Helles.
Beerbuddy61 (14) - Ramlösa, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bread, nuts, butterscotch, golden, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, average carbonation,
Alengrin (4814) - BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 Dortmunder from the first of the Swedish craft brewers. Medium and lacing, but unstable, egg-white head thinning quickly but leaving a thin veil and steady rim, colour a beautiful ’old gold’, cristal clear but with faint and tiny ’dust’, quiet sparkling. Aroma begins skunky (cat pee), very lightstruck, though this comes from a brown bottle - must have been exposed to direct light for a long time in the Systembolaget where it was purchased. After this ’skunk attack’ has faded a bit, which it fortunately does after a while, more gentle odours appear: freshly baked brown bread, lightly toasted, perhaps some dried apricot, hay and dried leaves, some iron as well. The taste begins with a quite pointy, appetizing but restrained sweetness of honey and candied fruits, brief and very subtle, after which a more earthy, bready malt sweetness takes over, accompanied by a fairly strong, minerally, sourish carbonation and - unfortunately - a somewhat metallic feel; finish is lightly toasted with bittering, earthy, slightly peppery and leafy hops, medium long and dry with enough of the bready malt sweetness coming through to be credible as a Dortmunder, but still hoppier than usual for the style (if I had tasted this blind, I had classified it as a Pilsener rather than a Dortmunder). In fact, though far from a divine beer as the name would suggest, this is among the better Dorts I had so far - but then, I haven’t had that many. Still, enjoyable and a good starter of a Scandinavian tasting session. Big thanks to Sabine for bringing me this bottle from Stockholm!
Florya (1882) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
How: Bottle Appearance: pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma: bread, fruits, orange peel, caramel. Palate: light body, average carbonation.
mr_h (5070) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Tesco, Whitletts Road, Ayr - hazy deep golden, a few bubbles, off-white head, sweet, floral, grain aroma, no lacing, sweet and fruity, carbonation on the high side