Nils Oscar Kalasöl - the Nils Oscar Company
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4.28/5 rDev +17.3%
I had never seen this brew before, so I decided to pick it up despite the $8.00 price tag it was carrying at a local bar. I had never had any beer from Sweden (I'm Finnish, so maybe it's a nationalistic grudge?) and decided to give this a shot.
Poured via the 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass and was immediately met with the smell of caramel and malt. Very nice!
The brew poured an amber/orange hue with a quarter inch cream head with very minimal lacing.
The overwhelming smell was that of hops and caramel. Toasted grain and a small bit of citrus make an appearance as the beer sits and loses its head.
The taste was spectacular; the initial caramel smell gives way to a caramel and even somewhat chocolately taste. For a märzen or Oktoberfestbier, I was surprised as how much it tasted like some sort of chocolate stout - much more than the aroma would lead one to believe. The hops give it a delicious aftertaste and the gentle citrus leaves it feeling excellent on the palate.
The beer is of average body and carbonation for one of this style. The mouthfeel was nothing exceptional, nor was it anything terrible.
I'll admit, I'm finding it hard to find the words to describe this beer. It's quite a drinkable beer and well above average tasting (I absolutely love the caramel flavor; one of the best I've tasted) but everything else about the beer - the smell and mouthfeel, notably - are so average that I'm not quite sure how to rate it. This beer is certainly worth trying if it's available, though despite the price tag (and this being the only place in the area that has it) I doubt I'll be drinking this more than once a session. I'm not too keen on Oktoberfestbier's, but this is more malty than I expected, which I loved about it. I'm giving this beer an excellent rating despite it's difficult-to-describe characteristics.
04-11-2008 18:59:36 | More by Ecliptica
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
A vigorous pour yields a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is an amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply reddish hued, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of dry & sweet malt notes and a touch of spicy hop character. Ample toasty malt, biscuit notes and bread crust aromatics mix in with notes of caramelized malt sugars, and a soft, berry like fruitiness. The hops seem to accent the berry notes as well as provide a touch of herbal character. This is most definitely a malt dominated beer, but I like the mix of malt notes here and the hops add just a little something to the aroma.
Quite spicy tasting, much more so than the aroma would have suggested; the beer has notes of grassy herbs, woody black pepper and an underlying spicy herbal note that is quite noticeable throughout each sip but most noticed up front.. This is still a substantially malt driven brew though as flavors of toasted biscuits, toasted whole grain bread, browned soda crackers and lots of spicy rye notes. This has a light grain / malt sweetness to it that is a touch caramelized in character. That berry note is here in the flavor too and still seems to be derived from a mix of malt and hop notes. This has a light-medium heft to it that keeps this from being a beer you could pound. It is a touch viscous and this really adds a nice texture, which in combination with the grain makes this a chewy brew.
This beer is quite spicy, I think this is driven by both the hops and the rye, either way it makes this beer quite interesting. One of the tastier O-fest beers I have had in a while and even though the rye is non-traditional, I really like its addition to this brew.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
03-11-2008 02:33:32 | More by Gueuzedude
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
Nils Oscar Kalasöl, ABV: 5.2%.
330 ml bottle, 19.30 SEK at Systembolaget.
A: A clear copper-coloured liquid, and a small, off-white head that leaves a little ring of lacing.
S: The aroma is rather sturdy, with roasted malt, fruity hops and notes of citrus (oranges), tropical fruits, chocolate, toffee and nuts.
T: Bitter, earthy, nutty, burnt, malty and hoppy flavours, with notes of fresh lemons, oranges, hay and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Tasteful, with a large bitterness.
M: Rich in taste, with a medium to large body. It's filling, yet surprisingly drinkable.
O: A nice and heavy "feast beer" for tasty and sturdy meals. This is something I could enjoy when the world goes darker - while days get shorter, and nights get longer. I am usually not a fan of darker lagers (or ales) - for me it's either Pilseners and Pale Ales, or Porters and Stouts - but this one I like.
09-07-2011 19:14:08 | More by stjaernstoft
4.18/5 rDev +14.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a foamy, bubbly white head.
Smell: Aromatic toasted grain nose with notes of caramelized sugar, flowers, and citrus.
Taste: Sweet, sugar-encrusted grain flavor with a bit of toasted nuts. Hint of flowers. Candied citrus rind with a gentle bitterness. Dry finish with a mild, lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A fine beer that's very drinkable, though, sadly, at $5.10 for a single 11.2oz bottle, it's a beer experience I don't see myself often repeating.
12-09-2007 00:56:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
Bottle from Beertopia.
Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced excellent to good lacing. Moderate roasted bread aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
The beer goes well with spicy food.
02-21-2009 23:02:00 | More by tmoneyba
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
Medium burnt orangey copper color with a small dashing ivory foam capping that slides off quickly to leave some sporatic stringy lacing.
Solid aroma of nutty sweet and lightly toasty Munich malt with a gleamer of dry leafy hops.
Taste is pretty solid and boldly forward of tender chewy malt residing in a bit of caramel mixing with an undercurrent of nuttyness and toasty bread. Nice fullness and lengthy tone as it glides down softly and slick with just a light pulling dryness of leafy hops late in the finish.
Solid medium body with a slight crispness while maintaining a mostly large and in charge malt girth and chewy slickness.
One solid brew to drink more then a few of. Goes down with amazing ease and at a measely 5.2% this makes for decent sessionable material!
03-04-2010 02:46:47 | More by tavernjef
4.05/5 rDev +11%
Draught at The Rover in Gothenburg.
Even better taste than the bottle.
Dark amber to brown color, beige-brown lasting creamy head. Fruity scent and taste. Quite big bitterness, but it fits and is balanced well.
Once more though, I like the draught one well better than the bottles Ive had.
05-05-2006 19:57:29 | More by gnoff
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
A dark amber, honey beer, hazy with a ½" rocky head that sets dense rings of lace on the walls of this pint glass with each sip.
Reminiscent of wheat bread, with caramel and molasses and a clean crisp pop from the hops.
The flavor follows the nose, adding spice, coriander and oak, with a light lingering malt finish.
This is a light bodied beer with similarly light carbonation and no trace of alcohol.
Even at 5.2% ABV, this is easily a social beer to fit any occasion where one wants an easy afternoon.
11-05-2009 21:32:50 | More by SLeffler27
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Nils Oscar Kalasol is bottle conditioned and pours a hazy deep-copper body with orange highlights beneath a creamy head of yellowed off-white. Good head retention, although it should probably be a little bit better given the amount of malt present, and it leaves behind some pretty decent lacing as well.
The aroma is distinctly malty with a caramel edge and a hint of spiciness, backed by some leafy hops.
In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous side that leaves it creamy and smooth.
The flavor is as the aroma suggests, distinctly malty and caramelish with a little bit of spiciness, followed by some floral character, and then a smear of grassiness in the finish. A firm bitterness and the spiciness of the rye balance it and help to dry it in the end.
Overall it's a pretty solid fest beer. A little heavy perhaps, but only slightly. There are many more than are much bigger, and even more than that which are too thin. Nicely done.
05-16-2009 18:57:50 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Redbrown with a large white thick head that stays for some time before it dissipates leaving some lace.
S: Sweet roasted malt (some caramell), faint citric notes and some spices. A hint of floral hops.
T: Heavy roasted malt. The sweetness from the malt is well balanced by the bitterhops (american?). There is also a fruityness and some chocolate.
M: The aftertaste is rather long, with bitterness but also some sweetness. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.
D: This is a nice Märzen with american influences (hops). This one I'll buy again.
09-18-2009 21:56:20 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Bright burnt orange with brighter butter rum edges. The cap is orange-tinted eggshell in color and has a rumpled creaminess that looks good after the first pour and at all points thereafter. A wide swath of bubbly lace is a positive as well.
The nose is classic for the style. It's well-toasted malty (Munich, no doubt), toasted nutty and not hoppy in the least. I only mention hops because the label says to expect more hoppiness than is usual for the style and the website lists Fuggles, Cascade and Saaz. That's an odd lineup for a marzen and is one that I would think would be able to be appreciated.
There they are, the little buggers! Even though Kalasol is much more malty than hoppy, it's more hoppy than most beer of this style. As a hophead, I'm onboard with that aspect of its personality. Purists (and most Germans) probably won't be as accepting. The little green cones add a citrusy zing and a finely honed bitter edge to the finish.
The label also lists rye malt among the ingredients. While I can definitely pick out its spicy contribution to the flavor profile, I wouldn't have been able to identify it on my own. The flavor focal point is still heavily toasted malt, brown bread and oven-roasted peanuts.
I'm on the fence about the mouthfeel. In the end, there's much more right with it (smooth and creamy) than wrong with it (slightly too light). It's certainly no barrier to drinking this stuff by the extra-large steinful. Given the 'per bottle' price ($5.30), that could get expensive in a big hurry.
Nils Oscar Kalasol (which is Swedish for 'Fest') is a unique Oktoberfest that still maintains close contact with the style guidelines. It probably won't appeal to everyone under the sun, but it appeals to me because of the hops and the rye. I'm looking forward to the several other Nils Oscar brews that are awaiting their turns in my cellar.
02-12-2008 14:21:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
A-Pours a rich amber, and forms considerable head that leaves decent lacing.
S-Lightly toasted malt and rye, very faint hops, nuts.
T-Closely matches up w/aroma. Taste is a smooth blend of toasted bread and malt. I'm picking up hints of rye again, although this could be something else. The hops come out on the finish, and a pleasant nuttiness is present throughout most of the drink.
M-This Oktoberfest is smooth, and the body is medium, pretty close to what I'd expect for the flavors.
D-Not a favorite of mine, but I still liked the rye hints and nuttiness. The hops were interesting as well. A decent brew.
02-13-2008 20:39:55 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Dark copper color, nearly clear (mild chill haze); Good head that recedes rockily. The lace slides down the glass leaving none.
More chocolatey than I would expect from a Marzen. Light aromas beyond that. No notable hop.
The hop does appear in the swallow and has great lasting power throughout the aftertaste. More chocolate from the initial sips. Appropriate body for the style; above average carbonation.
This is an easy beer to have but is rather nondescript. It has a darker flavor than most marzens.
03-01-2008 23:29:49 | More by smcolw
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a nice thick, slightly hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice oil slicks/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight cherry note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight smoke note, and caramel. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, recommended.
01-10-2010 19:18:16 | More by Wasatch
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
This one poured a very clear amber with a slight reddish hue, perhaps a bit of dark orange. It was topped by a fine cap of cream coloured foam that settled to a solid ring and skim of bubbles on the beer. Some lacing clung to the glass. The aroma was quite floral, reminiscent of hand soap, with a little hop spice and citrus balancing the biscuity, lightly roasted malt. Moderate bitterness, again with the floral hops. It was quite malty though, with notes of roasted grain, spicy rye, biscuits and cookie dough. Just a hint of citrus peeked through and a delicate bitterness lingered. Medium to light bodied and a little slick with gentle, creamy carbonation. Very interesting. The hop profile reminds me a lot of other Scandinavian beers I've had lately. Plus there was more roast than I expected judging by the style and colour. Certainly worth trying.
12-31-2007 20:54:50 | More by DrJay
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
So Kalasol means either Vienna or Marzen. Yay. I've had such good luck with Marzens. Wait a minute, this is a good beer. Pours clear copper with a firm white head. Crisp aroma of honey, oranges, corn, herbs, and rye bread. Light caramel malt with tart peppery Saaz hops and a mild cirtus taste blended together. Nothing overpowers, leaving a clean taste and finish.
12-10-2008 22:25:47 | More by magictrokini
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
On a recent euro trip I managed to take a quick opportunity in Malmo, Sweden to do a couple quick reviews early in the evening. This is my first Swedish beer.
A - clear deep amber, one finger tan head, decent retention and lacing
S - sweet molasses, nutty and roasty, light fruity syrup
T - nice sweet and nuttiness along with dark roasty malt, light syrupy fruit flavour with light woody accents
M - low carbonation, maybe even a little flat, smooth and slightly chewy
D - rich aroma and flavours, smooth but a little too flat for my taste
10-21-2010 04:38:34 | More by joemcgrath27
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
This beer is clear medium brown with ahint of red, an off-white head that leaves good lacing.
The smell is sweet, dried fruits, grains and some sour, also fruity, notes.
The taste has a brown sugar with dried dates and apples sweetness. Not much sourness, but some bitterness, like banana peel.
Medium carbonation, a medium body with a dry finish.
A good solid beer that is a little meal in it self (or maybe more a snack).
07-08-2010 11:15:08 | More by rarbring
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
This brown, almost amber looking beer doesn't leave much head. Looks very inviting though.
Smells of wet grass, sweet malts, yeast and a hint of milk chocolate.
The grass is still there in the taste, along with some lemon peel. Sweet caramel malts and syrup comes next. Unfortunatly I get a hint of alcohol aswell...
The mouthfeeling is dry and refreshing. Quite low carbonation in this smooth beer.
It's nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing special either. Either way, I could drink this all day. A well balanced beer.
06-30-2010 18:58:45 | More by niklas0770
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
A 33 cL bottle from State Line.
A: The lagerbier is a deep orange color, a few hues brighter than the brown amber of a bottle. A sizeable head emerged on pour and left patches of lace to dry on the sides of the glass.
S: The nose is quite grainy, full of biscuity malt. A subtle sweetness from the malts points towards the oktoberfest style.
T: Grains abound in the taste, adding a biscuity vegetal taste, at times somewhat tart. The beer's bitterness is strong, much hoppier than any oktoberfest that I can think of. The hops define that last half of a sip, sending one away with a bitter taste that has grainy elements within it.
M: The mouthfeel is average to above-average, with the grainy front of the sip needing some assistance. I like the increased hop body though; it adds a burst of flavor.
D: The lager is a decent drink, well-balanced in the taste department (overall). The hoppiness is much stronger than one would expect.
01-27-2008 19:42:20 | More by akorsak
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
A solid beer from the Swedes. This marzen is a bit darker in color, most rustic, than most Oktoberfest beers, a wee bit murky
From the aroma, I knew this was going to be a sweeter version as well. Most of N.O.'s beers I've had contained that extra bit of sweetness. Aromas of caramel and sweet malt dominate. Some overripe apple and bruised pear
Flavor dips away a bit from the sweetness, which is nice, in order for the hops to get zippy all up in it. Apple, caramel, earthy honey give way to grassy hops toward the end and finish. The beginning and middle are malt forward, though. Kind of reminds me of Samiclaus for a quick bit.
Good beer, more malty that most O-fests and marzens.
10-18-2013 04:34:03 | More by Mebuzzard
Nils Oscar Kalasöl from the Nils Oscar Company
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.