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Gull | Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson

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Brewed by:
Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson
Iceland | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 01-29-2006

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Reviews by farHillsBrewer:
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2.92/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of mynie
2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is starting to grow on me. But that just means it's gone from repulsive to tolerable. Maybe a few more in I'll begin to kinda enjoy it. But, alas, I won't be in Iceland long enough to develop a genuine taste for it, which the locals certainly seem to have.

Pours dark for an adjunct lager. Smells of deep, sweet barley. Not *bad*, at least not in any traditional sense, but a little off. Everything about Iceland is weird. And pretty. But mostly weird, like a volcanic dystopian hellscape that through the miracle of the radical science of socialism somehow morphed into an anti-dystopia... a "utopia," if you will.

Erm... anyhow, all my senses are fucked up here. All the people smell like licorice and--I swear to god I am not speaking at all hyperbolic here--downtown Reykjavik smells like flowers and candy. Not, like, near a candy florist, either. The air smells different, and wonderful, but also simultaneously a little offputting, because it's so entirely foreign.

Which is a roundabout description of this beer. It's densely sweet and a little medicinal, but there's nothing about it to suggest that either of those flavors were anything but intentional. It's very grainy, and the grainbill is the obvious star of the show since it's so lightly hopped, but it goes so far against what most American beer people would consider typical that the best I can say for it is that it's an acquired taste.

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Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.32/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of Ralphs66
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Backer2004
3.28/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of aibkstaff
2.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of aloria
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -43%
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.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
2.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of civicm87
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of elkinbrown
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.19/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of DamageCase76
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Chronark
3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

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3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of jbro434
3.06/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich
3.15/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

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Photo of BasementBer
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -24%

Photo of jdhilt
1.72/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of Brewhaha83
4/5  rDev +52.1%

Good dry beer. Local iceland brew.

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Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev +14.1%

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