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Skjálfti - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ölvisholt Brugghús visit their website
Iceland

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 07-27-2008)
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Photo of mfkr
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden orange liquid, with a small white head that leaves some lacing.

S - Lots of sweet malt and some hops.

T - Lots of malt, butter, hops, the taste felt a bit artificial.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

To sweet and buttery in my opinion.

mfkr, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of hotsudge
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

hotsudge, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of clean cereal with light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by floral cereal with a clean dry finish with some subtle residual sugar notes. There is also some light cooked vegetables which I could have done without. Body is quite full with slight oily texture with good carbonation. Not bad thought it doesn't really stand out and the light DMS touch is not that pleasant.

Phyl21ca, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that lasts leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Flavor is almost balanced leaning to hoppy, slight bitter finish. 330ml bottle 249 ISK ~ $2.99 Vínbúõin Hvolsvelli, Iceland. The name means earthquake - very appropriate for the country. From my notes - 7/22/2008.

jdhilt, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow body with initially a foamy head. Wafts initially a cheesy aroma, then reverts to a neutral one. A little lagerish taste, a tad beow average mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not too drinkable, and 500 ml. is too much for me. Rather uninteresting overall.

Sammy, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.4%

cfalovo97, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ecoastman
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't expect to find this one under a California Common / Steam Beer lager category but then again why not? The brewers tell you more about Icelandic earthquakes than the beer and the intended style on the label.

Overall, a decent beer that has much more flavour than a typical Euro Lager - not even compareable really. But I'll probably only buy it again the next time I'm in Iceland.

The appearance is a hazy straw colour with a head that recedes leaving no lacing. Sweet malt and earthy-pine hops are balanced in the light aroma. But there's a medium-high level of bitterness that stands out which lingers too long in the aftertaste for my palate.

ecoastman, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jsnoek, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ThinkAgain, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold and decent head. Nose has an odd fruitiness to it, lychees and tropical fruit. Fairly bitter and sharply carbonated, again with a lychee flavour. Quite dry and a bit astringent with a herbal hop. Light toasted grain and caramel round out the flavours. A little bit on the acidic side as well. This one could use a bit more sweetness to balance the hops, but overall drinkability isn't bad.

allergictomacros, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Digimaika2, May 20, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

spinrsx, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Long813, May 14, 2012
Photo of marty21
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

marty21, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just saw this today at the LCBO, how nice to be the first reviewer from Toronto for a change. Big foamy off-white head, three fingers, low moderate carbonation, lots of sticky sheet lace. In due course, the head settled into a few large beige blotches floating atop a clear copper brew. There was a citrus fruit hoppy aroma on the pour and more sweet apricot and bready malt nose after it breathed; quite a pleasant smelling beer. The taste was more malty than hoppy with pine flavour and a resiny mouthfeel, earthy swallow, more pine and bitterness in the long lingering finish. Mouth is pine resiny, medium body, buttery texture. No hint of volcanic ash whatsoever. Overall, not bad at all and I'd gladly have another.

ThatWineGuy, May 27, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper colour with a nice white head. Smells sweet like fruit candy almost. Taste has some hops with a strong malt backbone. Very bready type taste that has some type of fruit in there. Very smooth and a great drinker. Probably not going to buy a lot at the price in Ontario, but a very nice beer.

kwjd, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of eat
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

eat, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Mit
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Mit, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

liamt07, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of ludachris
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and hazy amber hue with one finger of fluffy cream coloured head yeilding after an aggressive pour, displaying good retention and leaving sticky and thick legs of lace.

Fresh doughy bread, lemons, a bit of pine, and a fruity undertone I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe raisons? Whatever it is, the nose is quite inviting.

The bready malts play as more of a backbone in the taste with a long lemony/grapefruit snap being the most prominent thing going on, eventually leading to a pleasantly bitter herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, cirsp, balanced, and dry at the end thanks to the hoppy finish. I'm drinking this on a warm spring (feels like summer) night, and it suits it perfectly. Flavourful and sooo refreshing.

I felt almost obligated to pick this one up because of the rarity or rather lack of availability of the style, and I'm very happy I did. On a hot summer's day, this beer would be on my top three to turn to. Worth a try for sure, and the perfect season to do it.

ludachris, May 29, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

crossovert, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Birthday gift from cousin Dan. Best before January 20th, 2001. Served in a mug.

A - Pours with a half-finger of eggshell foam that sizzles to a partial cap. Body is a hazy peach color with tons of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Smell has some nice citrus hop character - ripe oranges mingle with a nice clean sugary malt character. There's a bit of lemon sourness and earthy spice too but they are in the periphery.

T - Taste is a little less interesting, with more spice and pepper flavors instead of the sweet juicy citrus of the nose. The malt character is also more bready. Not bad, but a bit of a letdown.

M - Carbonation is a little high, and the body is a touch grittier than I prefer. Body is medium and of sufficiently heft, and the finish is slightly dry.

D - Nice solid, session brew. I dig the idea of a hopped-up steam beer, and the nose on this one is quite enjoyable. If it tasted a bit more like it smelled I'd actually get this semi-regularly.

MasterSki, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Roke87
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Roke87, Jun 18, 2011
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Skjálfti from Ölvisholt Brugghús
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