Sahti - Goose Island Beer Co.

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 26
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Amber color, juniper berry aroma, spicy rye flavor, medium body.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 12-29-2003)
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer on tap and it came out a translucent, tarnished gold color with a thin white head that didn't really stay. Aromas were piney and yeasty. I thought his was a very interesting brew, but didn't taste much like beer. It tasted much more like white wine to me. I would liken it to a big fat chardonay that has been hopped or otherwise bittered. I definately tasted the juniper, but it didn't really jump out at me. Mouthfeel was a little flat and thin. I sucked this down quickly.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slight reddish-brown body that was hazy. The light tan head was creamy with a soapy bubble layer on top. The head stays for most of the glass.

S- The aroma of green fresh hops was balanced by a faint gin note that had a slight tart character to it. The tart flavor might have been a slightly old cask but it really gave the aroma more depth and appeared to fit nicely, so I will assume it was intentional.

T- The soft note of gin or pine is faint but gives more depth to the green hops flavor. The hops appear to come before the light caramel malt flavor, which is unique. The finish is a kind of sweet/tart note that is soft but interesting.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- This beer is unique and interesting but that is what I would expect from a traditional Sahti, not that I have had very many. The pine and juniper flavors had an interesting quality that comes through more in the cask than in the keg. It is possible that the sweet and tart notes were off flavors but I think they gave more depth and interest to this mysterious style and I think they were designed in the beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Semi-clear light orange with a small white head and little lace.

S - Fruity, apples, melon, peach, berries and vanilla.

T - Mildly fruity, slightly bitter, but mainly sweet. Not as exotic or odd as I thought it would be. Pumpkin spice and sugar are there too.

M - Gentle carbonation, light body, and a slightly woody finish compliment the laid-back mild fruitiness nicely.

D - I was hoping this would be a bizzaro brew, but it really isn't. This could be marketed as a light and slightly fruity beer for the masses.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Kind of a flat golden beer. Ok carbonation, but good lacing.

Smell: Juniper berries and biscuit malt. Very good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Juniper berries and malty crispness. Definitely tastes like gin, so I give it points for this. Very smooth as well. No hops or hop bitterness. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: I really like gin, so I could drink this all day.

Overall: A great change of pace.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Glibber
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Goose Clybourn.

Pale orange hue, bright clarity that almost sparkled in the light. Thin cap of creamy foam across the top. Minimal lacing, average retention. Head fades into a broken skim that clings to the edges.

Husky grain in the aroma, simple and clean, oats and apparently rye are used in this Sahti. The lack of any defining juniper/herbals didn't bode well.

Lightly tart with mild astringency that suggested apple, very crisp with ample carbonation. Vague spice that seems derived more from rye than juniper. Nice and crisp feel, the overall simplicity and easy drinkability begs for warmer weather. It would have been better with more noticeable juniper or some level of herbal presence.

Photo of CRJMellor
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Beer of Finnish and Estonian origin with Juniper berries added)
Pours dark golden with very little head and no lace. Aroma is pale malt, very faint citrus hops notes and a slight hint of the juniper berries. Taste is a bland pale ale with just a hint of the berries. I've had this in past years and it was excellent but the 2003 batch just isn't very tasty. Taste is somewhat dominated by the rye malt used. Very dry finish and low carbonation makes it very dull in the mouth.

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HungarianCount
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of GbVDave
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml wax sealed "20th Anniversary Cellar Collection" bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

The label clearly states "Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub, Chicago, IL 60614" so that's why this review is here and not in with the Fulton St. brewery reviews.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange that is very still and generates virtually no head. No skim and just a slight ring. Second pour is nearly perfectly hazy, but still no trace of head or lace.

S: Has an interesting fruity nose that shows signs of having been spiked with juniper. Nice aroma of toasted malt, caramel, earthy hops, and spicy rye.

T: Sweet toasted malt and spicy rye with a bit of pine/juniper that plays well with flavors of tart green apple, lemon, pear, and toasted bread crust. Interesting "communion wafer" flavor looms large in the finish.

M: I have a feeling that the recipe for this has evolved over the years. The mouthfeel is (to me at least) creamier than I remember. Perhaps they're using more oats? Dry and spicy with an oily slickness. Slightly peppery in the middle.

D: Very enjoyable and dare I say sessionable? When I first tried this years ago, I remember it being very harsh and prickly. Maybe my palate has evolved, maybe the beer has...more than likely it's a little bit of both. I will revisit this on draft at Clybourn.

Photo of EJLinneman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Not enough sahtis out there. Seriously. This one pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, vague wood, and sour rye bread. The taste holds notes of biscuit, rye spice, light mint, juniper berry, and light balsa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, a very nice sahti, one of the more enjoyable examples I've had in a long time.

Photo of Antnyd82
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of robbyc1
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy and fizzy pale gold looking with a neat white head.

Pale malts on the nose with a freshness and spicyness unidentified. The juniper is detectable as well, not hard to find.

Taste is very much like the nose, pale with dominant juniper, a spicy note as well. Very refreshing. No hops for the finish according to the brewer, just for the floral notes. Dry nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is light and silky.

Very drinkable, a session beer at the 6% limit I would favor.

Update: June 2009 - new brew, the nose is still fresh and spicy, with the juniper still there. But the taste of this one is quite sour, not as balanced this time. Lower the taste score by 1/2, some less drinkability as well.

Photo of udouche
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught at Goose Island Clybourn over Paddy's Day Weekend. 8.3% ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes. Served into a 12 oz tulip. This was my first Sahti.

A: Pours a white floater - no head whatsoever. Body colour is a rich auburn. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Understated yet appealing.

Sm: Red wine. Heavy berries. Cherry. Bright fruit skin. Luscious and appealing. Maybe light raisin? A refined aroma of mild strength.

T: Cherry and berries. Definitely berry-dominant. Light acidity. Fruit skin. Light red wine notes. No hop character at all. Grapeskin. A bit of vine. Balanced and enjoyable. Certainly a different flavour profile from what I'm used to. Still, there's not a lot of depth of flavour here. Earthy. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Slightly dry and coarse. Lightly vinous, even a bit scratchy. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Fairly drinkable, but it's something of a sipper. Hides its ABV well. I need to spend more time with the style, but tentatively I'd say that I wouldn't get this one again; it doesn't stand out.

B-

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this while in Chicago for the weekend.

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a clear gold with a slight head and little lacing.

The smell is fruity with a touch of plum and a slight tea like flavor. There is a bit of a malt flavor in the back with some spiciness as well.

The taste is again, fruity with pear, and some apple flavor that is smooth and mellow. There is a nice bready flavor that is a bit dry as well.

The feel of this beer is light and goes down smooth. There is a bit of a dry feel to this beer that is an interesting feature but leave my mouth a little flat. This would go well with the properly paired food that might compliment this beer well.

Photo of Hugonaut13
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This incarnation was 6.2%, served in a tulip. Pours a hazy golden, medium white head forms, good retention and some lacing. Smell is sweet, lots of rye and berries, wheat, pretty mild but neat. Taste is nice and malty, rye has a strong presence, grainy, with citrus and juniper berry in the finish, finish is slightly bitter and has a bit of sourness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation, very dry beer. I enjoyed this, on the lighter side tastewise but an interesting and tasty brew, would try again.

Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

It is hard to judge and compare as this is the only sahti I ever had.
Hazy golden, nice white head with good retention, some lacing.
Aroma and flavor are both sweet, more so than I expected. Frutiness, wheat notes, grainy, citric, some acidic and tart notes.
Light to medium in body, very refreshing and easy to drink, worth a revisit if I have a chance.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with minimal head and decent lacing.

Scent of candi sugar, citrus, yeast, some fruits and a hint of bubble gum. I really like the scent of this beer, it has a good balance and a nice strength.

Taste of spices and citrus with some bready malts start, with a hint of bubble gum and candi sugar. Finishes slightly dry with yeast and some malts.

Mouthfeel is very clean and pretty smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, it is very drinkable and pretty light, but has a good amount of flavor; enough to make me want more.

Photo of Kaveman
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Sahti from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.