Saku Originaal (- 2015)

Formerly brewed at Saku Őlletehas (Carlsberg)
Style: Pale Lager
Saku, Harjumaa, Estonia


on tap

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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Saku’s original pils.
Saku Originaal is a light high-quality beer with a mild taste and pleasant aroma, which Saku brews of its own yeast, water, and selected malt and hops.

Saku Originaal is Estonia’s first on beer of the new era, which came on sale in 1993. With its innovative attitude, Saku Originaal has always been an active player in the Estonian beer market, a creator of new packaging and taste trends. The leading local beer is today the most popular beer brand in Estonia, “The Right Estonian Beer, which expresses the characteristics, life and dreams of Estonian men.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (7404) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2008
Big very white head. Yellow body with carbonation. Fruity straw aroma with grassy notes and some malts. Sweetish grainy straw and chalk taste with grassy vaguely alcoholic notes. Slightly harsh, yet faintly oily, mouthfeel. Light butterscotch. Dryish milky grassy aftertaste. Not bad. (0.5l bottle, Alko, Helsinki.)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2008
Oh sweet boredom, so run of the mill that I wish the mill would stop running. Corn and grass, watery stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
esox (1225) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2008
Canned. Very pale yellow colour. White, medium sized and soapy head is fast diminishing. Aroma is sweet, lightly malty and has a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is medium sweet, light malty and dries up towards the very light bitterness in the finish. Palate is light bodied, fizzy and int finish certainly not fresh. A very basic bulk lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mikkopen (1107) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2008
500 ml can. Pale golden colour, medium-sized white head. Simple, a bit sweet malty aroma. Watery. Mild malty flavour, a little metallic. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Medium gold with a crisp white froth. Oat bread underpinnings; floral, pear and banana accents add a sense of delicacy. A gentle, taffy sweetness before a soft, flowery finish; restrained acidity. Almost creamy and a bit dense with subtle carbonation.

Quaffable brew --oddly reminiscent of a Belgian ale at times-- that could handle more brightness and carbonation.

50cl can, best before 14 November 2008.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
taunusmies (352) - FINLAND - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Golden colour, medium-sized fluffy head. Sweet malty aroma, buttery notes, grassy hops, a hint of fruits. Light mouthfeel but not a watery one. Quite good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (15106) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 500ml bottle (3:2:4:2:5=1.6)
Cold. No aroma. Rich yellow, brief white head. Bland lagery taste, mass-produced, quite chemical hops. Fizzy palate. Blah. Bleh.
Rerate: Tap
4 Almost nothing. Vague milky light grains, very bland. Later a bit of honey.
2 Pale and fizzy
3 Simple light grain maltiness, again vague.
2+ Waterry and fizzy. Finish at least has real hops, with a pleasant bitter bite, and even seems to be whole hops rather than extract.
8 Very clean, no noticeable flaws at all. I didn’t mind chugging this, which I guess is what the brewer intended. (Unless he accidentally pressed the ’add hops’ button.)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JK54B (1601) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2008
Light straw colour. A thin white head. Some hoppinessin the taste. Also some hoppiness in the aftertaste. The beer was packed in a 0.33 l can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maverick34 (3124) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Bottled. A little bit sweet for a mass-market export lager. Not as bad as the reviews here would indicate - Not sure why people have such high expectations for such a thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2008
.5L bottle best before 12/28/07, poured into a lager glass. Light gold in color with a large dense white head. Smells of husky grains and grassy hops. Though the flavor isn’t over the top it is a pleasant grassy flavor. It finishes dry with a lingering grassiness. I can’t believe that i am drinking the same beer as everyone else here because I don’t think this stuff is half bad even though it is past its prime a bit.

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