Saku Originaal - Saku Brewery LTD

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78 Ratings

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by allergictomacros:
Photo of allergictomacros
2.99/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml Brown bottle with a blue label. 4.6%abv

Looks... well like a macro. Clear, yellow - but not super light coloured. Big white head from a hard pour dissapates quickly.

Clean-ish, some citrus. It has that characteristic "macro smell" whatever that is. I've never smelled it on a micro brew (is this what adjuncts smell like?).

Light on flavour. Low bitterness. Almost no aftertaste. Maybe a bit of sweetness - but not much. Nothing offensive, just not a lot of flavour.

Nothing special here. Thin with average carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink I'd say, if I were thirsty. I wouldn't go to this one if I wanted a taste sensation, but nothing offensive about it. Maybe a good chugging beer (it's also pretty cheap) - I bet the Estonian college students drink a lotta this stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light yellow and clear in color with some good carbonation and a decent white head. In other words, just like the other 10 zillion Pale Lagers that I’ve had.

Smell – This one has a nice, light grainy nose with a hint of floral hopping. I can also safely say that there is no skunk or other gagging aroma, which is a big plus for this style of beer.

Taste – This isn’t bad. There is definitely some nice floral hopping to this one along with a touch of sweetness which manages to stay out of the “nasty” category.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied with a bit of carbonation and a nice, clean finish.

Drinkability – One of the more drinkable Pale Lagers that I’ve had. Nice job!

Photo of Jason
3.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: .5 L brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Big bubbled white foam, frothy and cake like head that lasts a while. Good clarity with a bright tarnished golden hue.

Smell: Aroma of grain with an odd twang to it, not horrible just odd.

Taste: Crisp and smooth like a pilsner is supposed to be, moderate body. Big grainy flavour with slight metallic and husk flavours all over. Hops ride with that borderline astringency with a bitterness that holds into the finish. Sweetness actually grows from middle to end with some residuals after they hurdle the astringent flavours.

Notes: Something bothers me about this brew, the astringent flavours must be putting me off. An ok brew but a little banged up with off flavours and aromas.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can picked up at the LCBO as part of my Eastern European Lager series of beer tastings. Saku will, like for most people, be my first foray into Estonian beer - the other will most likely be A. le Coq if I ever get around to doing so. Knocks another nation of my beer drinking list.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Looks pretty good for a pale lager - I must have got one from a good batch. Pale yellow, lots of visible carbonation. Good fluffy head, decent lacing and retention.

And thus end my compliments for this beer.

The nose is sweet and corny, which is not something I look for in any product except for sweet corn. Based on the nose, if there was any hop extract or malted barley present in this beer, it has long since been washed out.

Then there's the taste, which consists principally of two basic elements: corn, and nothing. Actually, scratch that - there is, in fact, a third flavor that I'm getting now, and that's an astringent metallic tinnyess that has proceded to assault my tastebuds with every sip. At least Budweiser and Molson have done us the courtesy of attempting to mask their corn/rice adjuct flavors with some sort of hops or malted grain; Saku didn't have time for all that. At least it's well-carbonated...yay?

Two thirds of the way through the can and I've had enough. I could waste my time with the rest of this brew, but I have three cans of Creemore and a bottle of Aventinus Weizenbock in the fridge, which would make for a far better use of my time / caloric intake. Down the sink it goes...

I may have successfully added another beer country to the list, but it comes at the expense of my tastebuds who weren't prepared for such a brutally boring experience. Avoid.

Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with lots of puffy white head, which leaves sparse lace around the glass. It smells of white cracker grain, and acrid grassy hops. The taste is sweet rice and cooked corn, and medicinal, skunky hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly weighty, but cloying, and it finishes off-dry, with a sweet graininess.

Pretty average for the style, another run-of-the-mill Euro-lager.

Photo of aluskungs
3.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saku to me baby!

Sorry I had to say that. The major problem I have with this beer is that the head dissapears quickly and is gone. And I mean gone, it's looks like a glass of apple juice, no bubbles. It is a nice gold color though.

The taste still has carbonation, even though the head is gone. Nice smooth pilsner taste on the sweet side. Not too much hops presence like a german or czech pils, good malt and a husky taste (grain husk, not dog).

Smells nice. A sweet smell with a bit of alcohol in it. Very refreshing beer. Clean mouth taste that goes down smooth, and I want some more! But my glass is empty, man that went fast! Good beer.

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts. Taste is a good mix of malts and hops, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a fairly good brew.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a bid bubbly white head with OK retention. Aroma of sweet malt with no discernable hops. Taste is refreshing but quite bland with some sweetness and subtle floral malt. By no mean it this a great beer but at least it is not full of brewing mistakes.

Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops. Fruity flavors of apples also become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, flavors of grainy malts stand out in the overall taste, which also has some malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness from the hops. There are some notes of apple juice.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink, but there's nothing that really stands out in it that would want to make me try it again.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.06/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 500 ml blue can, can't figure out the freshness date stamped on the bottom though. Pours out a dull golden light amber, a bit of white head that settles quickly.

Bready malt in the nose, yet also accompanied by a slight sour funk from what I'm assuming are adjuncts.

Fortunately the flavour contains that rich biscuity malt but for now passes on any off flavours hinted at in the aroma. Crisp, drying sensation on the finish, aftertaste is mostly a thin bubbly carbonation more than any one flavour. Pretty straight forward and one-dimensional, however more malt flavour to it than any national domestic micro lager. A little bit of funk does come out of the woodwork in the aftertaste once it warms. Okay, I had to bump it down a full point on that factor, I can't shake that husky sour cooked veg aftertaste that continues to linger on and on, much to my dismay. Sadly that's my final memory and impression of the stuff, and not the okay malt.

Mouthfeel is thin with small pockets of carbonation here and there.

Starts out okay, but the true colours come out eventually and I can't be friends with this Estonian lager any more.

Photo of 3Vandoo
2.65/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a Shy fuzzy yellow beer. who was golden limpid with a good creamy head.

Smell is fruity, hoppy, very cerealic with a shy malted finish.

Taste is smooth, sweet, cereals are very present, actually too much cereal for my taste. Shy hops are there, followed by a shy floral hops finish. Very watery in mouth, ends up with a malted presence.

Photo of cfrancis
2.02/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty run of the mill pale lager. Skunky smell and taste. Crisp yeast and alcohol bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall a bland lager that I won't be drinking again. LCBO needs to carry more beers than just lagers. I wouldn't recommend this beer to others.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly light tasting beer, very smooth and easy going. The taste is a bit sweet and malty. Overall very refreshing, not very complex.

The appearance and smell are the same as your average mainstream beer.

Kind of unique in it's own way, not to strong but not to light. Would recommend giving it a try.

Photo of funkengruven
3.41/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice dark yellow color with a puffy cloud head, quite nice to look at. Smell wasn't anything offensive, somewhat delicate actually. Taste was pretty decent for a beer of this type, I would say however this tastes more like a Euro Lager than a Macro, it sure tastes better than an average Macro though. Mouthfeel was a slight bitterness with an almost non-existant aftertaste. Overall fairly easy to drink, and really not that bad. I'd put it in the same Category as a Heineken, Stella or Grolsch.

Photo of Derek
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4.6% abv, production date 180308 (March 18, 2008).

A: Very clear yellow with a white head. No retention, slight initial lacing.

S: Floral hops & a little breadyness.

T: Floral hops with a little metallic mineral, slightly bready, a little DMS, balanced bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is pleasantly smooth.

D: It's decent, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have one.

Photo of Redrover
3.18/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz heavy brown bottle with no freshness ating but a informative label that tells me the beer is crystal filtered to give it a crisper taste, crystal clear clarity and freshness of draught.

Poured into my SA perfect pint glass, the beer is a light yellow with the promised clarity. There is a white head that collapses yet stays around in top.

The beer has a light grainy aroma. Not much there but no off or odd smells either.
The taste is slightly sweet, a bit grainy and the finish is slightly bitter (almost astringent). There is a hint of floral hops and touch of spice from the hops at mid glass. Not bad, but pretty average.

The mouth is medium with mid to levels of carbonation.

Not a bad beer, not that interesting, would like to try fresh in Estonia (Which has been on my to visit list for a while now). .

Photo of atis
2.45/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from somewhere in Estonia

Pours brilliant gold, no lacing, lots of carbonation - streams of small bubbles. Aroma is weak malty with herbal hops.

Taste is malt, light hop bitterness, enhanced by high carbonation, dryish finish and malty aftertaste that does not last long. Mouthfeel is light, effervescent, but carbonation diminishes towards the end.

Overall, it had very, very industrial feel and taste.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Saku original

500 ml bottle of saku original aboard the cruise ship. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale golden color, small white head of about a half finger which dissipates pretty quickly into wisps of head. Plenty of bubbles. Somewhat clear as well.

Smell - faint grainy and grassy aroma not a lot else. Typical average lager fare.

Taste - fairly bland euro pale lager, but withstood clean and crisp grassy and grain flavor. Starts bland then flavor picks up a bit then finishes with almost. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated with a. Slightly dry finish. Lively in the mouth. Pretty good

Overall - pretty basic and not exciting, but as far as European American style adjunct lagers go, this is pretty decent. Worth a try, especially if in Estonia.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.22/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As an easy drinking and no-frills lager, Saku Original is the type of beer to encourage your swill-drinkin' buddies to enjoy better beers.

Saku pours with a light straw color and an light overcast haze. An airy white head builds on the beer, but then colapses just the same. Mild intermitten pockets of foam are fueled by steady streams of carbonation.

Aromas of grain and malt give a slight bready note but majorily of raw barley. Light lemon and apple scent overcomes the moderate sulfur note (think burnt match sticks). Very clean and simplified scent but the more astute beer enthusiasts may find it somewhat banal.

Flavors behave much the same: part-malt, part-grain notes lead to a grainy taste but with mild light breads and yeast. Acidity of lemon and green apple make for a refreshing taste, but there's not enough malt support to properly balance the beer. Again, some sulfur and mineral elements should halt when giving the beer a crisp flavor, but they go too far and bring undo attention to these characteristics- causing balance and flaw issues to the forefront.

Light and crisp throughout, the beer doesn't carry the 'heaft' of even moderate German pilsners. Grain character leads to mild astringency and acidity to the point that it hurts the mouthfeel. All leading to a somewhat watery feel late.

Pairing with hot/spicy foods may provide a nice complement because of the high rate of consumption and without interference from flavor or intensity that this beer provides. But as a stand-alone session, Saku Original lacks the balance, complexity, or courage to become rewarding.

Photo of Lemke10
3.32/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-cloudy golden amber color with an average head. Scent is mild with malts and hints of floral tones. Taste is overly chalky with unique wheat tastes. Drinks rather smooth and has an overall sweet taste. Hard to compare it to anything but if I was, I’d say it a thicker, better tasting Miller Lite. Pretty good for an imported lager from a small country. An interesting find for the mid-west never-the-less.

Photo of flagmantho
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and two fingers of frothy white foam. Haze is a bit out-of-style, but I like the lacing on the glass.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a touch of earthy hops. A bit plain, but I like it.

Taste: sweet malt aroma with a light bitterness. There's a hint of spiciness here which I rather like. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but fizzy in a refreshing way.

Overall: a totally acceptable adjunct lager. In fact, I would have a hard time placing this as an adjunct lager; it tastes pretty much like barley to me.

Photo of bark
1.43/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The colour is light golden yellow. Big bubbles build the low, white foam. The foam disappears completely quite fast.

The smell is somewhat chemical with hints of diacetyl, but there is also a touch of sweet malt. The smell is almost unpleasant.

The carbonation is potent with small bubbles; the mouthfeel is more like a soda water than a beer.

The taste is dominated by an almost sticky sweetness, but there is also a bitter touch of some unspecified hops. The aftertaste is sweet and rather artificial.

I think this beer was quite terrible, and my advice must be “Avoid!”

Photo of tgbljb
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with minute white head. No retention, no lacing.
Smell is lightly fruity
Taste shows a moderate malt aspect, with some nice balancing hops.
Finishes with a nice dryness, that does much to save this beer.
Surprisingly good, nicely refreshing.

Photo of John
3.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw color, fluffy white head. Mild biscuity aroma. Light grains and mildly spicey hop flavors. Light bodied. This beer's essentially on target for the style. Would pair well with spicey meals or seafood. Smooth and clean finish. I would buy this again.

Photo of hungryghost
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light yellow in color, quick rising head. The foam does not last as long as the large bubbles rising in the glass.
Smells of yeast/grain and a tiny breath of hops.
Tastes like a good pilsner, crisp and refreshing. I get a bit of hops and a hint of sweetness as it heads on down.
Mouthfeel is smooth and clean.
Saku is very drinkable, I will get it again.

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Saku Originaal from Saku Brewery LTD
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