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Gull - Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson


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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.57
pDev: 18.68%

Brewed by:
Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 01-29-2006)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.34/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml can. I'm guessing 'Gull' means something different in Icelandic than it does in English.

This beer pours clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and faintly bubbly white head, which leaves a random array of foreboding storm cloud lace around the glass as things slip away.

It smells of grainy, cereal-heavy malt - barley and corn in equal measure - some overripe lemon juice, a touch of stewed veggies, wet cardboard, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more raw cereal - corn, barley, and wheat grains - a slight soapy minerality, and subdued weedy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is airy and rather frothy, but hardly assertive, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit clammy in its workaday smoothness. It finishes off-dry, that blanched cereal and wet cardboard combo starting to grow new legs.

A so-so pale Euro lager - enough edgy (good and bad) hop characteristics to keep it dead center in the range. The prominent cereal malt does a good job in elevating this above the dreck, but tends to get a bit old by way of the one-trick pony bit. Anyways, worthy of a try, but sort of middling if you're looking for a world beater for the style.

Serving type: can

10-23-2013 01:48:04 | More by biboergosum
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.21/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can courtesy of fthomasl pours a clear gold color with a small, fizzy white head. Not much retention or lace. Looks like best by July 1, 2013.

Nose is mostly grainy with a light grassy hop. Falls into the Euro Lager category well.

Taste is refreshing enough and there is a grassy hop presence, but it tastes more like sparkling mineral water than beer. My can I think is saying it is 2.25% ABV, but my Icelandic is a little rusty. Probably the lightest beer I've ever had...I could drink it by the gallon, unfortunately that might not even give a buzz.

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 23:38:59 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of DIM


2.28/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There really isn't much to say about this beer. Its bright golden with a fizzy head. All I tasted was a slightly "off" corn flavor and maybe a hint of something grassy. Its a step above American macro lagers at least. Wet and thirst quenching enough I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 16:42:37 | More by DIM
Photo of Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich

3.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gull is the working man's beer in Iceland. It's simple and fairly clean. Sort of think of an Icelandic Busch beer. Not too much going on with it, but it's thirst quenching and does the trick! Hey, when you're sitting in a hot tub looking at the gorgeous Icelandic scenery you don't need too much out of you beer to have a good time!

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 01:38:09 | More by Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Settles to a ring around the glass with a little island of foam in the center. Left a decent amount of lacing, more then most beers in this style.

S: Very sweet grains with maybe a little vegetables.

T: Sweet grains are the main taste. There isn’t much else. The taste isn’t very strong but for what taste it does have I find it to be right amount.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: I thought I’d try this beer since I’m half Icelandic even though it didn’t exactly have favorable reviews. It’s a really simple beer. But in this case I would say less is more. I enjoyed drinking it. It was very easy to drink. I don’t think I’d buy this on a regular basis but I can definitely see myself drinking this again.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 18:42:47 | More by marty21
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gotta say I really dig this can with its gold and white look. Makes me think of a Schlitz or Lowenbrow but from the '50s!

A: Nothing to write home about. Decent straw yellow like any lite beer. Mild lacing.

S: Has a soapy characteristic with a bit of grain smell. The rear is more boozy/astringent.

T: Ive had worse. It has nice aftertaste as compared to many euro pale's. Not hoppy, but smooth.

M: Not overly carbonated like most lite's and for that it gets more credit where its due. However its a flat short experience.

D: Drinkable in that its lite and almost mowing season.

Serving type: can

04-08-2011 02:25:50 | More by BasementBer
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased at the MLCC and poured into a beer mug. Pours exactly what you would expect. Clear & pale yellow with a fizzy white head of ~1 cm that receded very quickly and leaves little to no lacing. Aromas are corn and vegetal. Initially I was going to score the taste higher as it is unobtrusive, but it has little distinguishing character. There is a bit of corn perhaps with a residual sweetness. Carbonation could be a touch higher, although is fine where it is. A light bitterness sticks in the back of the mouth making this a tougher beer to drink. Decent for a macro-style lager, but reminds me why I don't spend my hard earned money on beer like this regularly.

Serving type: can

07-29-2010 17:19:04 | More by kjyost
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a golden color lager with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light adjunct notes with minimal hops presence. Taste is also heavy on adjunct with probably some rice to smooth things out with a light dry finish. Body is average as well as carbonation. Boring and bland as so many other pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:49:05 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of AgentMunky


2.28/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow, bubbly. Small head which quickly dissipates.

S: Little to none. Mild sweetness which might be malt?

T: Ugh. Um...Sort of sour/bitter/watery all at once. Not good. Middle taste is sort of sweet -- in a bad way -- and aftertaste is poor.

M: Not much to note. Carbonation and sweetness.

D: It's palatable, but not enjoyable. Not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 16:11:39 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Kooz

New York

2.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer from my wife's trip to Iceland.

This is like Iceland's answer to Budweiser. Not bad though really. Poured into a pilsner glass (all I had) from a can. Half inch head hung around for 5 minutes.

Looks like an American lager--pale yellow, and thin. Almost no smell, but what there was wasn't unpleasant, it was just eh.

Tasted pretty good. No harshness, but no real flavor. It had a bit of a soapy quality, but not taste--more of a mouthfeel thing.

Because the flavor is so mild and easy, I could see drinking this a lot. It's not a good beer, but it seems like an ideal beer to drink for a night of inebriation.

Serving type: can

10-12-2009 01:17:51 | More by Kooz
Photo of jbro434


3.05/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice gold color with a decent creamy head that looked very inviting. Mild hop and malt taste upfront thhat was slightly overpowered by the carbonation from the can. Mouthfeel was dominated by a nice grainy malt that was not offensive but lacked any real distinct character. Finished with a grainy, slightly sweet taste that was not too overpowering, much like a typical macro. I chose this as my first Icelandic beer because it was available at the airport duty free shop for much less than in the state liquor stores. Also, the lack of additives such as sugars like some of the other Icelandic brands made it more attractive. Icelandic barley was used in the process for added appeal.

Serving type: can

09-23-2009 11:08:14 | More by jbro434
Photo of germanbeer1


3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to take the unusual approach of giving this beer all 3's because it had absolutely no character to it whatsoever. Not even the awful college beers in the US can match the lack of anything in this beer. But at at the same time it wasn't by any means bad, because there was simply nothing to offer. I figured I'd give it a shot when flying with Icelandair. It's quite carbonated, but not as much as Viking. The head quickly fades, but there is a decent golden color about it. The can claims that it is made from Icelandic barley, which is what might give it a little sweetness, but this beer is about as bland as bland can get. Strange, but I guess also unique?

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 17:36:07 | More by germanbeer1
Photo of aibkstaff

New York

2.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice sunset yellow. Smells like a lager, kinda skunky. Tastes like a lager, kinda sweet'n skunky. Mouthfeel is fine, though pretty carbonated. I found it really hard to drink, just cause it bubbley and didnt taste good. Bleh. Sorry iceland, but your beer sucks monkey balls.

Serving type: can

12-07-2008 03:42:22 | More by aibkstaff
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light=medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Skunky nose. Flavor is thin and hoppy typical euro pilsner. Green 330ml bottle 700 ISK ~ $8.40 at Grand Hotel Reykjavík. From my notes - 7/20/2008.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 20:58:23 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never tried an Icelandic beer before. thanks to bruskiator for letting me try this one out (got it from his daughter on a trip). Very clean and crsip. Little carbonation and almost no hop aroma or flavoring. Easy to consume and have as a session beer. Interesting pairing with some hopped English cheese.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 02:32:17 | More by Backer2004
Photo of stulowitz


2.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

March 1st marks a special day in Iceland. That day in 1989 beer was sold to the public after a 70 year beer prohibition. The Egils brewery was one of the first two Icelandic breweries that offered beer that great day. The first beer that they produced was Egils Gull. According to the breweries homepage (product descriptions only in icelandic, sorry) this beer is brewed in the Bavarian helles style. As a sales trick they say that Icelandic barley is used in the beer. Most people don't relize that the icelandic barley is unmalted and thus gives little to no taste or colour, it is only a cheap adjunct ingredient.

Appearance - clear golden with fluffy white head that dissipates fast.

Smell - fresh acidic sweet aroma.

Taste - sweet, malty, but not biscuty.

Mouthfeel - medium body, slightly rubbery mouthfeel.

Drinkability - this is an easy beer to drink, couldn't drink too much of it though because of too much sweetness.

Overall this is an ok beer. It is a step above american macro lager BMC stuff, but doesn't have the grace and beauty of a real Bavarian helles.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 17:08:38 | More by stulowitz
Photo of farHillsBrewer


2.93/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green bottle, this beer had no head after about a minute and not much carbonation throughout. The color was a bright light gold. An initial sweetness, with a bit of straw flavor that passed quickly , leaving behind a bit of a bite and some mild hoppy length. A decent lawnmower beer, easy to drink, but cheap for sure and already deteriorating in the green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 01:12:19 | More by farHillsBrewer
Photo of stcules


2.03/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It has a golden yellow color, and an average white head.
Warm malt in the smell, with corn hints. Quite carbonated. Quite sweet malt.
Nothing to talk about.
Some more than light in the body. Not really pleasant aftertaste, again warm andsweet.
Macro lager.

Serving type: can

01-29-2006 12:21:55 | More by stcules
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