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Gull - Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson

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67
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson visit their website
Iceland

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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Reviews by stulowitz:
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2.58/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

stulowitz, Jan 27, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

dcbeers, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.34/5  rDev +26%

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.

biboergosum, Oct 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Backer2004
3.28/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

Backer2004, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of pagesofphotographs
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

pagesofphotographs, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of aibkstaff
2.23/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

aibkstaff, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of aloria
3/5  rDev +13.2%

aloria, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 01, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

civicm87, Apr 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

elkinbrown, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.21/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

twiggamortis420, Jun 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

DamageCase76, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +22.6%

Chronark, Jun 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev +13.2%

stupendous, Jul 25, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

jbro434, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich
3.18/5  rDev +20%

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!

Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich, Apr 26, 2012
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2.45/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

BasementBer, Apr 08, 2011
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2/5  rDev -24.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

farHillsBrewer, May 31, 2006
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1.75/5  rDev -34%

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.

jdhilt, Jul 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev +50.9%

Good dry beer. Local iceland brew.

Brewhaha83, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev +13.2%

joefinnigan15, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev +13.2%

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?

germanbeer1, May 30, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Erik-P, May 30, 2014
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Gull from Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson
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