bastarda (502) - Freiburg, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2016
on tap @ the brewery’s tasting room. Aromas of fresh banana smoothies, grain, oats, when warming notes of camphor, resin, birch trees, Baltic forests, the streets of Riga when passing by the wooden houses on a damp summer evening, some smoke and tiny hints of bog and tar. Taste of chanterelles, forest, blueberry brush, blueberry jam, banana hints, slight salt, laurel and camphor hints. This is unlike every other beer I’ve come across so far, it’s so enchanting and rustic, so unique and well done! ectuohy27 (1159) - ESTONIA - JUL 4, 2016
My favorite Estonian beer, hands down. Bready and sour, tart and yet rounded, it’s got a fantastic balance of yeasty liveliness, sour gueuze-ish notes, and malty balance. One of my go-to choices CaskSensei25 (33) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2017
Oh, this beer invokes some childhood memories, it looks, smells and tastes almost the same as the homebrew my grandpa used to brew in his countryhouse a long time ago... True Estonian tradition :)
On tap at Koht. Pours opaque yellow, looks like orange juice with milk in it. Top is thick and clear white but fades away in few minutes.
Aroma is very unusual - very yeasty, apples, overripe bananas, lemons and... boiled eggs. Bit the eggs fade away.
Taste is actually really good - it feels thick and medium carbonated, sweet-sour with mild hop bitterness. There is yeast, apple juice, cinnamon, cottage cheese and sweet grapefruit in the taste. Overall a very nice beer. No alcohol in the taste, although this beer is quite strong. Nice! TBone (17441) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2005
Oak cask, handbottledMartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
This is original farmhouse ale from Saaremaa island, Estonia - their version of Finnish sahti - "taluõlu" (=house beer) or "koduõlu" (=home beer). This is made from barley malts, juniper, baking yeast and Hallertau-hops. Very interesting brew for my 2000th rating.
Pale hazy yellow-orange color, not much head. Strong dry nose of junipers. Medium-bodied. Flat but crisp, citric notes. Juniper and oaky flavors dominate, typical sahti-like fruity esters, especially in the finish. Very (dangerously) drinkable, alcohol gives nice kick but is not dominating. Overall fantastic sahti - as good as its Finnish brothers - I would like to join Õlletoober (Saaremaa sahti festival) next summer.
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2016 My Bottom Line:
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
This frothy Koduõlu delivers plenty of cereal flavors atop banana esters and scrumpy-like fruitiness and earthy funk.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sticky head of foam covers the cloudy beige-y white.
-The drying finish shares light wooden juniper notes.
-The mouthfeel is very comfortable, creamy and soft.
-After having compared to a dozen other examples from Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, I truly think this Pihtla is a good ambassador to Koduõlu.
Bottles, and on tap at Saaremaa Veski (in Kuressaare), at the Mekituba taproom (in Pihtla) and at Porgu (in Tallinn).
In short: A nice wheat beer (banana cake, etc) with a strong farmhouse character (borderline funky). Very goodomhper (24973) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2012
How: A few hand-bottles shared by FatPhil, filled directly in Estonia a consumed a few days later in lost village of Lithuania
The look: Cloudy yellow body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is banana bread with a nice farmhouse character. Taste has a lot of soft wheat, a refreshing creamy bananas cake, mild wheaty acidity, some farmhouse, some funk. Body is full and carbonation is lively, the pillowy mouthfeel is very nice. The finish is rather dry. I didn’t have many wheat beers (if any) with a nice funk but without losing the true wheat ale personality, and I want more beers like this. This beer is fucking awesome, and maybe I should have mentioned it before, but all my ratings are NSFW if you are a bus driver.
Draught at SOPP, Helsinki. My first ever koduõlu! Muddy straw colour, some head. Sahti-like aroma of sourdough, banana and bubblegum. Mid sweet with medium body and soft mouthfeel. Rye bread,m spicy hops and bubblegum. Low bitterness. Relaxed, mildly rusti and nicely drinkable. Really good! oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2009
Handbottled from SOPP. Hazy orange colour, small white head. Aroma is banana, quite spicy as well as some yeast and berries. Flavour is very much the same. Quite wellbalanced and also had kept very fresh during the trip to London. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
Tap at Porku. Very cloudy yellow pour with a thin white head. The nose is great. Lots of melon, pear and a little bit of banana. Very fruity and estery. Lots of bright wheat character and a little bit of spice. Sort of an intriguing herbal spiciness along with some light smoke. Fresh and juicy and very, very, interesting. Reminds me of the Lithuanian Vilniaus kvietinis baltas that I had yesterday. Really interesting stuff.
Second rate - two days later same
location. Hazy yellow-gold pour with a touch of sweet banana. More tart thanit was the first time around. A little bit of sour banana and a little bit of odd sweaty dank flavour. It’s more tart and less herbal/spicy than the first time around, but it’s equally interesting.
Marstonlad (878) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2012
@ SOPP 2012. The color is interesting, looks like apple sauce and caffe latte. Aroma is a lot like sahti: full of banana and a little juniper, very fruity and spicy. Taste is really sweet; malts, overripe banana and spices. The body is full and thick. A very interesting beer, and for all who like sahti, a very good beer also.