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Skjálfti - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Iceland

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 07-27-2008

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 47
Photo of OscarMaad
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Perfect in most ways. A complex yet easy to drink.
Can't wait to try it again. and again.

Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; no date given. This is the first time I've ever had a steam beer - and while I'm glad to tick off another style, it also means that anyone who bothers to read this review should probably take it with a larger grain of salt than usual.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour, completely translucent and highly effervescent. Topped with slightly more than one finger of puffy, white head that lasts a few minutes before dissipating into a thin, creamy cap. Enjoyable aroma of biscuity malts, caramel and some floral citrus notes - good, but kind of weak in intensity.

The flavour is pleasant, and well-balanced. The bready, biscuity malt and slight honey sweetness work well together with the floral, vaguely herbal elements of the hops. There are also hints of orangepeel and appleskin, so the overall profile has a nice fruity character to it. Dry, citrusy finish with lingering bitterness. Light-bodied, with good, crisp carbonation that is neither too powerful nor too weak. Easy to drink like your typical lager/pale ale, and the balanced flavours would make this a pretty good session option.

Final Grade: 4.00, an A-. This is the second Icelandic beer I've had - both from this brewery - and I've been quite impressed with each of them. I've been meaning to try a steam beer for a while now, and although Skjalfti doesn't exactly have the brand recognition of Anchor Steam, I still think this made an excellent introduction to the style. It's a little pricy to be a realistic session option in these parts, but easily worth a try, and I will probably pick it up again some time.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look (3.5/5) ~ Pours a deep gold, which is a bit light for the style. Clarity is fairly good, but not ‘brilliant.’ Head is good: cream coloured; raises well of an average pour; falls at a normal pace with no real lacing; and comes to a cap that lasts quite a while.

Smell (3.5/5) ~ A decent malt-hop balance. Hops have a good helping of pine and a bit of floral to them. The malt is caramel-like and nutty. Fairly crisp finish. I think that the aroma hops are not present enough for the style, although the smell is nice and balanced.

Taste (4.5/5) ~ A great balance of malt and hop bitterness. The malt is bread-crust and caramel, with a hint of melanoidin fruitiness (almost grape-like). The hops are of the same character on the palate as on the nose with a bit more of an herbal note, though I would characterize the hop flavor as medium-low. Hop bitterness is assertive and sets of the malt extremely well: the finish fades into a nice mix of lighter malt notes and hop bitterness. Finish is average-dry.

Feel (3.5/5) ~ Medium body and medium-low carbonation. There is a bit of an oily, mouth-coating feel from the hop oils, which compliments the long finish nicely by giving you something to chew on.

Generally, I’m not that big of a fan of brews where the hop bitterness outweighs the hop flavour (but that’s a personal preference and I’ll have to dial it in with a few more steam beers to see what’s good for the style) Anyway, I found that the style was really well balanced and delicious. A good one!

Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-malt, citrus, some grassy notes

T-malt, light citrus, mild bitter grassy hop flavor and slight sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight crispness

O-a decent beer in this style, reasonable session beer

Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper body and a pile of off-white head. Decent retention and patch lace. Bready and floral aromas predominate, with lesser notes of citrus and sulfur. Toasted malt and tangerine hop flavour, with balancing bitterness in the finish. Not big and bold by any means, just a good balanced profile. Light-bodied but not thin, low carbonation, smooth. Nice session lager.

Photo of Long813
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold body with two fingers of white bubbly head. Retention is decent with little lacing.

S: Mild aroma's of hops, biscuits and malt.

T: Very hoppy, dry hops. Not so much malt or other flavours to it.

M: Medium bodied, water like textue, leaves a sticky bitter hop finish.

O: Decent IPA, it was good to try, but I found it way to one dimensional.

Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes... Another random I picked up at my local LCBO. I quite enjoyed their last offering, so curious to see what this one brings to the table.

A - Pours a light golden colour, finger of head with some retention, and no real lacing.

S - Light on the nose, biscuit and grainy malt, touch of sweet corn and metallic notes.

T - Toasted bread, butter notes, grainy and leafy hops, hints of honey and wheat.

M - Medium, though a tad prickly, and finishes wet.

O - Given the style, the flavour profile was quite loaded. Worth a try, but nothing mind blowing.

Photo of crossovert
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a deep gold with a fizzy white head.

The smell is malty. There is a hint of citrus and pine.

The flavor is nice and malty, a tiny bit of hops on the back end. It really reminds me of a good helles lager mixed with a steam beer and an icelandic touch.

Pretty decent stuff.

Photo of marty21
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear copper colour with 1 finger worth of off white fluffy head. Eventually goes down to nothing and didn’t leave much for lacing. The colour of this beer is what was responsible for most of the points for appearance.

S: Bready malt, caramel, some grassy hops and a bit of sweet citrus on the finish.

T: Grassy hops and sweet citrus but is then taken over by a malty grainy taste.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: Nothing crazy about this beer. I could easily turn this into a session beer but might get a little bored after awhile.

Photo of Roke87
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.
Best before: 04.01.2012

Appearance- Pours a dark copper colour with three fingers of billowing fluffy off white almost tan head that takes a while to dwindle down to a nice thick bubbly top that never really leaves, leaving tonnes of lacing throughout the glass right till the finish.

Smell- The nose on this one is very sweet, right off the bat I am hit with an intense aroma of caramel/toffee malts, some mild grassy hops in there as well but not overpowering in anyway, the aromas actually really remind me of a doppelbock.

Taste- Is much the same as the smells, the taste comes through with a dominant sweet caramel/toffee malt flavour mixed with a nice grassy hop flavour, I detect a very mild touch of citrusy fruits in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with very good carbonation, this is a very smooth and easy drinking beer, it does finish a little on the dry side though.

Overall- This is a very interesting beer, right away this kind of reminded me of a doppelbock from the smells and even initially on the tastes as well. I did really enjoy this one although I kind of had low expectations, which I am quickly finding out that these Scandinavian offerings are a little more above average than I initially thought. Great balance although there is not a whole lot going on in this beer, but I do like the ice sweet caramel bread malts mixed with the mild hop presence and an even more mild citrusy fruit presence in there as well. All in all I wish I would have picked up a few more of this one because I actually liked it!

Photo of Kartoffeln
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, coppery orange with a large, foamy, cream-coloured head. Diminishes to a foamy cap.

S: Sweet bready and toffee malts with floral, slightly spicy hops. Just a hint of citrus.

T: Toffee malts up front with roasted notes and smooth, understated wheat malts. A fruity character comes out in the hops, a bit of orange zest, along with an enduring earthy, floral finish.

M: Very smooth and medium-bodied, nearly no bite from the carbonation. It drinks a bit heavy as a result, but the lasting citric and earthy bitterness in the finish keeps it refreshing.

D: This is actually the first steam beer I've had, so I've little to compare it to. That said, it's a refreshing and pleasant middle-ground between ale and lager well worth trying.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich copper with a nice two-finger thick head with white bubbles. Dissipates to a foamy blanket. Very nice.

S: Funky grassy and earthy hops, faint malts, and a bit of citrus.

T: Light tasting, but nicely balanced between grassy hops and sweet malts. Picking up some pronounced grapefruit and orange tastes.

M: Rather nice and oily mouthfeel.

D: Pretty easy to drink and refreshing brew, but I wouldn't likely seek this one out again.

Photo of Stocean1
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a bottle into a tall wine glass -nice pillowy two finger head - good retention eventually settling to a thin foamy layer of tiny bubbles - neat lacing - very thin film that slowly slides down the side of the glass like cream - colour - amber/copper like an IPA

S - grassy hops and orange peel and a little earthy

T - grass and a hint of citrus up front with a pleasant bitter after taste

M - medium body and carbonation - pleasant tingling on the tongue from the well balanced hops

O - refreshing lager picked up from the LCBO - somehow tastes very similar to Grand River Curmudgeon IPA - I will definitely pick this up again - easy to drink and sessionable - my go to iceland beer!

Photo of
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brillaint copper with a nice tall head that recedes quickly and leaves decent lacing. Very clear.
The aroma is dominated by light citrus and spicy and hops over subtle malt sweetness.
The flavour is lightly roasty with medium malt sweetness and a refreshing bitter finish. Flavourful and drinkable lager not unlike Anchor Steam.

Photo of Mit
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-Pours an amber clear colour with minimal head.

s-hoppy flavours come through in the smell. Some malt odours.

t-hoppy flavours right at the beginning with the finish being fairly typical of a wheat.

m-good for the abv.

o-I would buy this again in a heart beat. Really interesting find for the LCBO.

Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, best before April 1, 2012. Into a tulip.

Pours a golden orange, with a creamy offwhite head. Good retention and some lace. Nose has some distinct grassiness, fairly leafy. Taste has more of the grassiness in it, bitterness is evident but not overpowering. Again, leafy with some pine notes as well. Moderate malt base, some breadiness but subdued. A bit of butter. Finish lingers a bit, but overall a decent beer.

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/amber colour, decent white head, light traces of lacing on the glass. Smell is not overly aromatic but nice smooth malt, light citrus, mildly hoppy. Taste is crisp, a nice hop presence is there, nice malt, a really flavorful lager. Good creamy mouthfeel, quite refreshing very smooth, perfect carbonation. Really solid beer, nice flavourful lager, I could drink this all day.

Photo of irc
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top notch bottled wheat. Sharp citrus with a nice head on the pour. Clean finish. The light amber colour was surprising. I thought it a most delicious pint and would partake of it's wheatie-citrus-ness again. And again. And again. And again. But probably not again after that.

Photo of eat
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber body with a good cover of off-white head, fading to a ring around the glass. Very nice colour.

Smells of lots of yeast and sweet malt, salted caramel, a bit of citrusy hops. Quite sweet.

The flavour is on the light side and mostly of basic grain and hops. The wheat does show through and adds a nice character. Hops are more earthy here and linger for quite a while on the finish, along with the wheat, leaving a fairly strong drying feeling in the mouth. There is some sweet malt but it's out-balanced by the hop bitterness.

Nice full body with pretty mild carbonation. I like it this feel.

A basic and mostly unmemorable beer, though it's well-made enough and pretty drinkable. I'd probably drink this sometimes as a sessionable beer if I lived in Iceland to try keeping things local. Here in Canada, there are too many other good beers similar to this one.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful clear amber with little effervescence, but still offers a delightful mouthfeel. Much more aroma and flavour than I expected from anything European, and truly pleasant to drink.

Hoppy aroma and well balanced taste, with a nicely bitter finish. A very nice surprise!

Photo of bryehn
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow-tinged amber colour with a thick head that leaves a fair amount of lace before settling as a thin layer.

It smells just wonderful to me. Freshwater and deep, bready malts with a real hoppy spiciness in its backing and a candied sweetness that comes through as it warms.

The taste is like toasted malt, but it also has a real fruitiness to it, as well as a light, lemon zest citrus accent. There's also a decent hoppy spiciness here, it's a very intriguing beer for certain.

The mouthfeel may keep me from having more than one at a time because I find it heavy on the tongue. There is a real bread-like quality to the finish, but there is a decent prickly carbonation at least.

Pleasant and unique (to me at least) offering that I'll have to try again.

Photo of mrnobody
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber with one finger of soapy white head that disappears immediately.

S: Smells of European hops; a clean pilsener-like aroma.

T: At first, I thought again of a pilsener but this has more heft as well as a bit of robust smokiness. I can certainly see the style similarity to something like Anchor Steam and this compares favourably.

M: Medium mouthfeel with suitable carbonation.

D: The drinkability is very good. I could see enjoying this a lot in the summer.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Icelandic beer at the lcbo never thought I'd see the day!

The beer pours a fine clear bronze colour, very nice. An off white head about a finger thick tops this but doesn't stick around long though it does leave decent lacing.

Fresh citrus hoppiness hits the nose first followed by aromas of honey and half baked bread. Musky grain warehouse and wet burlap smells add a curious note to the nose. Rounding out everything are faint hints of pear and caramel.

Bitterness is right up front on this one. The malt body shows strength and caramel notes in the middle fading to a mellow hop finish. The bitterness is very dry reminiscent of citrus pith. There is a slight metallic tinge in the finish.
A medium light body supports reasonable carbonation providing a very quaffable brew.

A nice offering and my first experience with the steam beer style outside of Anchor. I am looking forward to the smoked stout from the brewery later this year.

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange colour with an average size fizzy and frothy off white colour head. I can't see much carbonation due to the haziness of the beer.. The head last for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, honey, malts, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - a very nice mouth feel; perfect combination of carbonation and smoothness. The beer has a very nice mild hop flavour, similar to that found in say a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but much more toned down. There is also a honey sweetness and notes of toffee and lemon juice. The beer finishes with a malty slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - A pretty decent brew that is definitely worth a try if you happen to see it on the shelves. Sure hit the spot while watching nfl football today.

Photo of tbeckett
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fizzy white head seems to be going fast but the middle is nice and pillowy so I'm hoping for some good lacing. Tons of carbonation on a hazy orange body. Head has calmed down now and is champing through midway with a nice one finger cap of thick, rocky, gorgeousness.

S - Could smell tons of fresh hops when I poured this. Grapefruit, orange. Nice citrus all over, a nice change for a lager. Slight grain.

T - Nice mild citrus hops. Really minute bitter finish appropriate for what this is. Crisp and refreshing at the same time.

M - Carbonation is less fierce than it looks. Keeps it dancing on the tongue with it's light-medium body.

D - High. A good refreshing lager with a nice hop kick.

Another well crafted beer from these guys.

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Skjálfti from Ölvisholt Brugghús
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