Ringnes Pilsener - Ringnes Bryggeri (Carlsberg)

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 04-22-2003

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by TheDeuce:
Photo of TheDeuce
2.01/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Rignes Pilsner…..on tap at the bar at Radisson Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo, Norway

I had this beer multiple times all over Norway as it would often be the only Norwegian beer available on tap.

Appearance-light, pale golden color, a large wispy white head that seems almost overactive in the glass, took the server awhile to settle it down. Lots of bubbles, traditional look.

Smell-light alcohol, adjunct grains of corn and flaked bread, not all that aromatic with limited range, not much underneath the surface, what you see is what you get.

Taste/Mouthfeel-grainy and light altogether, not much here. Watery, not in an unrefreshing way but not interesting, not as sour as some other beers, decent smoothness and no issues that made me want to spit it out or anything but not too great. Not a strong flavor to be had here, tastes lighter than it should.

Overall-many Norwegians disown this beer, rightfully so in my opinion. Not much to see here, forgettable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Devanatha
1.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can at home. This used to be the default beer in Oslo when I grew up. Back then it was decent, but unremarkable. Now generally considered the worst factory brew in Norway. Haven't had one in many years.

The colour is much paler than it used to be. The head is big and fake-looking, and disappears quickly.

Virtually scentless, very slightly metallic.

The taste is actually a little better than feared; slightly hoppier than the average macro-brew, but very, very little malt-taste. Very watery. A strange sweetness in the after-taste is not very appealing. I bet they have started putting maize and/or other crap in it after Crapsberg bought this traditional Norwegian brand a decade or so ago.

As if the Danes haven't ruined this country enough already.

Photo of Bureaucrat
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beverage is served in pretty much every restaurant and bar in Oslo. One can praise the consistency of the product but run-of-the-mill for its style would be its score in general. With a light gold colour, there is a about a finger of head with little to no lattice. The smell is malty and slightly sour, but not disagreeable. The carbonation is considerable, quickening the mouth, and the hops are noticeable, but not significant. The beer finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Given that it is the only game in town in most establishments, Ringnes Pilsner is a reasonable, but not remarkable, option.

Photo of jdhilt
2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Musty/hoppy nose. Flavor is typical euro-pilsner with a moderate bitter finish. Pricey - 56 NOK ~ $11.20 for a 330ml glass on-tap at 3 Brødre Restaurant Oslo, NO. From my notes - 7/19/2008.

Photo of drpimento
1.63/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

just got a can of this at a nearby convenience store here in downtown Oslo, Norway. LAME. Poured with a big soapbubbly type foamy head and lots of matching lace. Aroma was common world lager. But the body is about non-existant. Weak carbonation and very thin and watery. Almost no flavor either. It's worse than forgettable because there's nothing there to forget. If I was real hard up for alcohol, I'd really try most anything else. Gosh, I'm almost afraid to try a Ringnes Lite...

Photo of ElGordo
2.91/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My parents brougt me back a can they picked up on their North Atlantic cruise this summer. Presented in a bright golden 500ml can with a whole lot of Norwegian writing.
Pours a bright, pale golden hue topped by a huge, foamy, stark white head that leaves some holey, webbed lacing. Not much aroma to speak of - a little sweet adjuct malt and the faintest wisp of Euro noble hops. Palate is inoffensive, but boring. Light adjuct malt yields to a light bitterness from the noble hops, and that's about it. Body is a little thin, but nicely creamy. I guess if I were in Norway and couldn't find any Aass, this would do.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on SAS flight to Copenhagen. Well, sad to say, the megabrews of other countries are too similar to American megas: the choice in most serving situations is usually pale lager. This is a little closer to a real pilsner. More golden in appearance, well-behaved head. Nice taste of lightly roasted malt, and a respectable, albeit mild, hop bitterness. Leaves a decent malt and hop aftertaste behind. It’s okay. But only okay.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with an off-white head.
Aroma of grainy malts and hops.

Grainy, biscuity malt. Some hop crispness. Somewhat dry finish.

Good body and mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Got this one in the Norway section at Epcot. Fuller body and flavor, but less refreshing than the Casablanca found in the Morocco section. On a hot Florida day, I'd opt for the Casablanca.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently, this beer only shows up at Epcot, and this was true for me, as well. European lagers are not one of my favorite styles, but I very much enjoyed this beer. Clean and crisp, with some light grassy flavors and subtle but sufficient hopping, this beer was thirst quenching and was a perfect companion for the cold Norwegian buffet of smoked and pickled fish and cheese. For those folks who favored the Casablanca over this, the heat must have gotten to them.

Photo of faust82
1.7/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a straw yellow with a fast-fading one-finger head. Lacing occurs, but is barely present. The head is gone by the time the bartender hands you the glass, and it's all gone by the time you get it back to the table.

The smell is that of alcohol, a hint of malt and generally a bit sour.

The taste presents with a lot of malt, and some bitterness. Strong at first, it fades pretty fast. Aftertaste is a bit yeasty.

It's easy enough to drink after you've had a couple other beers or alcholic beverages first, but you shouldn't have to drink down to a beer. All in all, something I generally try to avoid if there's other alternatives.

Photo of bark
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour is straw yellow; the finger thick head is white. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is a little bit sour-stale. There are sweet notes of malt as well as some alcohol. No bitter notes.

The taste is also a bit musty. Quite a lot of malt, some sweetness, and anonymous bitterness and notes of pumpernickel and broth. The body is at fist quite strong but it fades immediately. The aftertaste got some bitter and bread-like notes of yeast.

The carbonation is a little below the average for this style. Medium sized bubbles.

A boring euro lager, on the edge of being unpleasant.

Photo of GreatEastern
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Standard light-golden beer colour. Poured into a Carlsberg glas. Minimal, bubbly (not foamy) head that promptly vanished.

Smell - Malt and alcohol.

Taste - Very malty and bitter taste. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Can be drank fairly easily, but the below-average taste makes it less appealing.

Notes - Cheapest beer available in Norway. And the result acurately reflects the price tag. Cheap malt-beer. Pass.

Photo of UncleJimbo
2.93/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Disney World Epcot center (in the Norway area). It seems I was not the only one to find this beer there, and since I had never had a beer from Norway, I gave it a shot (depite the >$7 for 16 oz price).

This pilsner poured a slightly darker than yellow color with thin white foam that settled. The smell was thin: malt, perhaps some corn?, and a touch of a grain aroma. The taste was light but not offensive: moderately hoppy with a typical lager malt flavor. The mouthfeel was crisp and lightly hoppy with medium-light body and moderate carbonation. This was an ok, though light, pilsner.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In the Norway section of Epcot. $7.25 per cup, so maybe my expectations were artificially high. I don't see Vikings knocking these back. More or less your standard Pils. Pale yellow folor with a thin white head. Aroma is barely hoppy. Rather thin body, lightly malt with a somewhat bitter hops finish. I skip Norway and go on to Morocco for a Casablanca next time.

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of white head that leaves nice lace as it settles. The body is medium gold with good clarity.

S - Pils malt with some honey and a light herbal hop aroma.

T - Dry pils malt with a light honey note. Some hop flavor is detectable before the strong, smooth bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish with a bit of astringency.

D - Not a bad north German style pilsner. Similar to Jever.

Photo of katan
2.91/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at SAS Lounge Oslo

A - Pours a light orange to straw color. head formation is frothy, white, and well retained. Leaves behind a bit of lacing. The system here at this lounge could use some balancing.

S - Light amount of pilsner malts and just a hint of hops. Very understated.

T - Starts off lightly bitter, a bit grainy. Not really the pilsner malts coming through, but rather something more husky. Mid-stream gets a little more bitter - but nothing to really speak off. Finishes mostly clean.

M - Light body, light amount of carbonation. Finishes very clean - nearly non-existent.

O/D - A really easy drinking beer since nothing about it comes through strongly. ABV is manageable. Not filling. Just a good one to wash tonsils.

Ringnes Pilsener from Ringnes Bryggeri (Carlsberg)
66 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.