Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Another pale lager

Frydenlund used to be one of Norway's leading beer brands. These days the brewery name is owned by Ringnes, and the brewery group sells several Frydenlund beers in the Norwegian market. One of my favourites is Frydenlund Bayer, which is a fine beer in the Bavarian style.

Frydenlund Fatøl is one of the many pale lagers from the Ringnes group. In the glass it has a medium sized head and some carbonation. I feel grass and flowers in the nose, while the beer tastes of malt and some sweetness before a finish with cardboard. The lager beer is nice, although I will call it average. It is not worth searching for, but it is quite all right as a thirst quencher.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Double Mack

Mack is the most Northern brewery in the world, if the propaganda is to be believed. The Tromsø based brewery has several beers on the market, and in Summer the seasonal special is called Mack Sommerøl.

Mack Sommerøl is another of those Norwegian pale lagers sold in the warmer season. In the glass it has some carbonation and a medium sized head. I feel aromas of grains and sweetness. In the mouth this is a beer with some sweetness but otherwise not much taste before a touch of bitterness in the finish. It is a boring beer.

Mack 1877 is a more interesting beer. This is supposed to be brewed from Czech lager traditions. In the glass it has some carbonation and a medium sized head. In the nose I feel flowers, grains and some hops. The beer is a bit sweet and tastes grass and some hops. The finish has grains, butter and a touch of bitterness. This was a nice lager beer, and it is one to be recommended.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Scottish Viking

Ægir is one of Norway's most interesting breweries at the moment. One of the newest beers in their line-up is a Scottish Ale called Ægir Lindisfarne.

In the glass, Ægir Lindisfarne has a dark copper colour. It has a medium sized head and some carbonation. I feel sweetness and some smoke in the nose. In the mouth there is some sweetness and smoke. The finish is sweet with a touch of smoke. The beer is OK, but it is no favourite.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Northern beer with Southern hops

The Swedish brewery Sigtuna has a presence in Norway these days. One of the available beers is Sigtuna South Pacific Pale Ale with hops from New Zealand.

The beer is nearlly copper coloured in the glass. It has barely any carbonation and hardly a head. In the nose there is grapefruit and green tea. In the mouth I feel some citrus and green tea before a partly bitter finish with some grapefruit. I liked this beer!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Average Alt

Altbier is a beer style that is not very common in Norway. Pinkus Münstersch Alt is one of the exceptions, and I was really excited to try it out.

As I filled my glass, I was a bit disappointed. The beer was pale with a medium sized head and aromas of yeast and sourness. In the mouth I felt gooseberries, yeast and some cherries. The finish had caramel and mint. I found the beer OK, but it is not something I will buy frequently.