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Saku Originaal - Saku Brewery LTD

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BA SCORE
70
okay

61 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 18.77%


Brewed by:
Saku Brewery LTD visit their website
Estonia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2002)
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dansmcd

Australia

2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

08-24-2013 14:23:32 | More by dansmcd
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JTuomi

Finland

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

12-28-2013 14:42:43 | More by JTuomi
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Weli

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +2.4%

10-25-2013 10:36:19 | More by Weli
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hayesjw

California

3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

07-03-2013 03:32:04 | More by hayesjw
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +2.4%

06-16-2013 10:57:34 | More by TheBeeraholic
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pkenkman

Estonia

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

04-29-2013 14:14:26 | More by pkenkman
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Olavi

Estonia

3/5  rDev +2.4%

03-01-2013 13:55:09 | More by Olavi
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matjack85

Illinois

3/5  rDev +2.4%

01-28-2013 09:34:37 | More by matjack85
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +2.4%

11-22-2012 01:32:30 | More by cfalovo97
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Redrover

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
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). .

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:35:44 | More by Redrover
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fionn13

Ireland

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

10-01-2012 03:44:46 | More by fionn13
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Heminoolo

Estonia

2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

09-23-2012 12:14:03 | More by Heminoolo
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Chris047

Estonia

3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

09-22-2012 15:54:56 | More by Chris047
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cortez

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +2.4%

09-12-2012 05:04:14 | More by cortez
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 03:44:16 | More by Lemke10
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ekke

Estonia

3.75/5  rDev +28%

08-27-2012 19:44:59 | More by ekke
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petluo

Finland

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

04-25-2012 13:03:41 | More by petluo
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It’s extra original because of the extra ‘A.’ Sooo…. Anyway. Out of a bottle this beer was a clear golden color with lots of rising carbonation and a cap of white head. The foam was short-lived however and it left minimal lacing. The aroma was of dry grains, a bit of corn, some hints of citrus hops and bready malt. The flavors were generic, but not unpleasant to my palate. I tasted notes of pale malt, sweet malt, corn, dough and saltine crackers with a clean, lightly hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation a touch high. Easy to drink but nothing I’d seek out again; the Saku Porter is much more interesting, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:35:25 | More by thekevlarkid
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +2.4%

02-27-2012 08:01:29 | More by RoryOMoore
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flagmantho

Washington

3.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 18:13:36 | More by flagmantho
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

01-03-2012 05:49:59 | More by Gregwa
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 16:24:09 | More by BEERchitect
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright honey gold with corn silk highlights and a faintly crackly cap of eggshell colored foam. The head looks pretty good right after the pour and doesn't disappoint as it descends. Too bad very little lace sticks.

The nose is shockingly underpowered. What is appreciated is no great surprise: a faint pale graininess and a whiff of Euro hops. At least the beer doesn't smell past its prime... if it ever had a prime.

Saku Originaal doesn't make much of an impact on the taste buds either. I've had light lagers with more flavor. Given what *is* appreciated, this Estonian adjunct lager's relative subtlety is unquestionably a good thing.

It's amazing that as wimpy as this stuff is, it's still better than the best-selling lagers in this country. Largely because there's almost no nastiness, not even as it warms. Very little malt (probably nothing but pale and/or pils) and very few hops (almost certainly Saaz) will do that.

The mouthfeel is light to start, fades to watery before the finish, and is lacklusterly bubbled. The only reason the score isn't lower is that the mouthfeel matches the extremely light flavor profile acceptably well.

Saku Originaal isn't quite as good as Viru (good being a relative term), which is the only other Estonian brew that I've had/reviewed. Both make me feel sad for the people of Estonia if this is best beer that's available to them.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 13:14:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-07-2011 22:26:35 | More by JohnnyBarman
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metter98

New York

3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 05:38:02 | More by metter98
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Saku Originaal from Saku Brewery LTD
70 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.