Monthly Archives: June 2011

Stadin Panimo Simcoe Lager

 

  • Brewery: Stadin Panimo
  • Country: Finland
  • Style: American Lager
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: K-Citymarket, 3.90€
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    I got a request from a friend to review more beers that are easily accessible, so here is one from a Finnish microbrewery, available in almost every bigger K-Supermarket or K-Citymarket. Stadin Panimo is a Helsinki-based microbrewery that has been operating since 1999. Their beers are usually available on tap in better pubs, and some of their products can be bought from larger supermarkets (I believe you can even get some from the Arkadia Alko).

    [easyreview title=”Stadin Panimo American Simcoe Lager” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a golden-amber color, and is slighty hazy (the beer is unfiltered), with a slight white head (producing some lacing along the glass).” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has a sweet, fruity, and slightly bitter aroma. Not a very strong aroma. I could also detect a faint touch of fusel alcohol.” cat2rating=”3″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The beer initially has a bitter and citrusy flavour, contributed by the Simcoe hopping, that quickly moves into a caramelly maltiness, with the taste ending quite sweet with low bitterness. Quite refreshing, but a little dry, so it could you a stronger (and perhaps more interesting) malt background.” cat3rating=”2.5″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”As mentioned the body is dry and quite light, and the beer has moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing on a warm day.” cat4rating=”3″ summary=”This beer was nothing special, but definitely tastier than the bulk lagers available everywhere. Stadin Panimo is an interesting Finnish microbrewery, and will be reviewing their Citra Pale Ale in the near future.”]

    Oettinger Gold

     

  • Brewery: Oettinger
  • Country: Germany
  • Style: Lager
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Gift from Germany
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    [easyreview title=”Oettinger Gold” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a clear pale yellow color with almost no head. There is no lacing along the glass either.” cat1rating=”2″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has a slighty sweet and malty aroma. Not a very strong aroma.” cat2rating=”2.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The beer is very light in taste as well (the label even says mild), with some maltiness present. The beer is a quite typical euro lager light in taste, but perfect as a thirst-quencher on a hot day (its been almost 30° C here today).” cat3rating=”2″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The body is light and quite dry, with moderate-low carbonation, making it very easy to drink.” cat4rating=”3″ summary=”Didn’t have high expectations for this one, so can’t say I’m disappointed with it either. Not a big lager fan, but this was a perfect beer to have when I wanted something light and easy to drink.”]

    Beer Hunter’s Mufloni Citra

     

  • Brewery: Panimoravintola Beer Hunter’s
  • Country: Finland
  • Style: Bitter
  • ABV: 3.5%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: K-Supermarket, 4.99€
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    The Citra version of Beer Hunter’s Single Hop series. Sorry for the poor photo (taken with my cell phone, as I didn’t have my camera with me)!

    [easyreview title=”Beer Hunter’s Mufloni Citra” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a golden amber color, and is slighty hazy (the beer is unfiltered and bottle conditioned), leaving a large thick head (producing nice lacing along the glass).” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has a slighty sweet and fruity (pineapple, mango and some citrus) aroma. Not a very strong aroma.” cat2rating=”3″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The beer has a slightly fruity flavour, that ends in a quite harsh bitter and dry aftertaste. I felt the beer was not very balanced, and it would probably benefit from a strong malt body or a shift of the hop profile from early (bitter) hopping towards late (flavour and aroma) hopping. Where is the hop flavour?” cat3rating=”2″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The body is dry and light, with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink.” cat4rating=”3″ summary=”Was quite disappointed with this one, as I feel Citra is a very interesting hop, but this beer did not do it justice. I have reviewed the Amarillo version and also tasted the Simcoe version, which I found much tastier, mainly because they were more balanced and highlighted the hop flavour better.”]

    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2011

     

  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada
  • Country: USA
  • Style: American Barleywine
  • ABV: 9.6%
  • Size: 350 ml
  • Bought from: Alko, 4.16€
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  • This infamous barleywine, brewed by Sierra Nevada, is currently available from the Arkadia Alko (‘Lippulaiva’). This is the 2011 version, and I bought two bottles, one to drink fresh, and one to age a couple of years.

    [easyreview title=”Sierra Nevada Bigfoot” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a clear deep amber-ruby color and boasts a massive cream-colored head, that quickly collapes leaving some lacing along the glass. Makes it look extremely tasty.” cat1rating=”4.5″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”There is some citrusy hoppiness in the aroma of this beer, but not as much as I expected (not super fresh, as the beer was released in January), and it is balanced with sweet, caramelly maltiness. The alcohol is detectable from the aroma.” cat2rating=”3.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”There is alot of bitterness and resiny flavours from the hops directly from the start (IBUs should lie around 90), that combine with sweet caramel and toffee flavours, that ends in some fruitiness (hops and esters?) and just slight alcohol presence. Surprisingly bitter and dry finish, as I was expecting a sweeter and maltier taste (as in e.g. Anchor Old Foghorn), as this could be mistaken for an Imperial IPA. Tasty nonetheless.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a quite full body with a medium level of carbonation. The beer has a relatively harsh bitterness, that probably will fade as the beer ages (can’t wait to try an aged Bigfoot in some years!). Quite well balanced, as the strong hoppiness and maltiness cover the alcohol quite well, but not completely.” cat4rating=”3.5″ summary=”A good beer, but not amongst my absolute favorites. Will see how this one changes with age. There are a lot of strong flavours in this one, that combine into a complex flavour experience. If you have never tried this one I recommend you try it out (only 960 bottles are sold at Alko)!”]