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Nils Oscar Kalasöl - the Nils Oscar Company

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 56
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 10-22-2002

Introduced in 1997 as "Kungsholmens Kalasöl". The name changed to "Nils Oscar N:o 8 Kalasöl" in 1999 and to the present in 2001.

Kalasöl - Feast beer in Swedish.

Malt: münchenermalt, dark caramelmalt, chocolatmalt and some roasted barley.

Hops: Brittish Fuggles, American Cascade, Czech Saaz and one more.

12.9° Plato.
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Photo of drpimento
2.04/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Got this bottle a few months ago at Sam's in Chicago; hasn't been kept chilled. And perhaps it should have been. Think it's gone bad as it has some definite sourness. Poured with a tan head that quickly subsided and no lace. Aroma is just plain malty beer. Color isn't that great - hazy medium to dark amber. Flavor is like aroma but yeasty bitter plus the sour. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Can't finish it tho.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I hope that one day my mustache looks that mighty... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear amber-russet topped by some minor bits of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises dusty biscuit, light cardboard, and a bit of mild grass. Come on, is everything from Sweden friggin' old? Impossible to tell, really, as there's no information to be gleaned from the package itself. Awesome. We'll let the tongue decide. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some earthy, tobacco-y greens and some stronger grass. See, now I'm not entirely sure that it's an old bottle, as the hops are definitely brighter here (for what they are), and things do resemble an O-Fest kind o' character...just a crappy one... The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, I just plain did not enjoy this beer, for whatever reason (age, sad taste, insert-your-own-reason-here).

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Photo of Rocko
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer yesterday, with it being a local brewery I just had to try it out. The color is dark amber/copper because of the münchenermalt and the dark caramelmalt. There is not much of a head at all, it lasts for maybe 10 seconds. ;)

It smells roasted and a little almond. The taste was quite disappointing, it has sort of a metallic taste I don't like, that goes together with a burnt taste. It's quite bitter and the bitterness lasts on the palate for a while after a sip.

This beer is brewed out of the british fuggleshops, the american cascadehops and the czech saaz.

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Photo of dgallina
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce heavy brown glass bottle without obvious dating.

Pours clear copper and gold with very spare carbonation and 1/3 inch of thin off-white head. The foam recedes quickly, leaving medium-sticky lacing. Doesn't smell especially strong. Mostly a spicy blend of orange, pine, and grapefruit hop varieties with sweet malt backing. Up-front flavor is a bit lacking. Toasted biscuit malts and hard water initially, with a rather strong bitter hop finish. The beer feels medium-heavy in the mouth; clean, but limp and lifeless. I finished the glass without much enthusiasm.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is mostly hoppy with malt and occasional sweetness, smooth. Slight lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color with average foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with a dry hoppy finish. Taste is not the most complex but caramel malt are well done and the hops are clearly noticeable in the aftertaste. Full boy for the style with good carbonation. Well done and no distinguishable flaws but maybe lacking some character.

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Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with golden amber edges when held to a light source and a thin .5 finger off white head that immediately settles into a lasting ring. Not much lacing.

Very hoppy aroma for the style with hints of earthy dry pine as well as some toasted caramel malt.

Very hop forward with plenty of dry piny bitterness that lingers throughout. Caramel malt backbone provides a nice balance rather than being the prominent flavor which is very odd for the style. Spicy notes of cinnamon, pepper and brown sugar. Light bodied, clean and crisp with a dry bitter finish.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark amber/copper colored beer. Has a bubbly off white head. There is a light biscuit malt character with hints of a sweet caramel malt and a pine hop note in the background. The taste is lightly caramel with a pine hop character nipping at the sides of your tongue. A dry hop note brushes the top of your throat before siding down for the finish.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brown hue with a thin white lace that quickly dissipates into a small lace. Speckled yeast on the bottom of the glass.

S: Caramel and toasted malt aromas with bread notes.

T: Similar to the smell caramel and toasted malts cross the palate. Slightly sweet from Munich malts and finishes on the dry side.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent brew – nothing extremely special but worth a try.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy/unfiltered, amber brown, 1 finger head

S: big malt, mild fruit, and chocolate aroma

T: malt, slight grain, figs/dates, mild bitter finish.

M: medium body, smooth, little chewy, low carbonation

D: Just doesn't thrill me, it's marzenESQUE, but something different about it. No need to seek it out, but not bad either. I could have a few with the 5.2% ABV, but the taste is not making me thirst for more.

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Photo of rastaman
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice, a bit sticky though, and a touch sweet. Some burnt malts in their, kind of spicy hoppy finish, but remains a bit sticky, due to the Vienna malts? Pretty nice, lots of flavour, with a medium body. Another solid brew from Nils Oscar.

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Photo of
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, brought back from Sweden

Clear, dark golden color. Large, creamy, light tan head.

Grassy & pepper. Malt as secondary aroma. Celery smell seems quite strong.

Biscuity in taste. Bittering pretty good - herbal/floral in character. Nice balance, one of the more bitter European beers I've had (my experience is not vast, though). Very tasty!

Light body, with medium carbonation. Drying.

Nice, a great session beer. Balanced & easy to drink. I would like more of it, but probably won't be going back to Sweden for it. Not terribly true to style, IMO, too light, too hoppy, and malt character too subdued.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and good looking amber with a thin line of crème head. Nose is almost like a syrup. Flavor is robust with a leafy start, but it seems to get over-taken by a tone that is just too sweet and tangy to appreciate. Unbalanced. Feel is decent on the liquid and the carbonation is nice too. Decent. Seems a bit unbalanced though and that detracts.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color with suspended yeast. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel, hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, hops, spice, grass, and hint of citrus.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lager, a little smoke and edge from (toasted) rye, nice smooth drinking, even creamish. Good white head on a shade of yellow. Neutral aroma. Satisfying though drying aftertaste.Good drinkability.Good balance as sweetness in there and moderate hops.
Just as good at Mondial 2009, with a bit of smoke in fragarance. Lots of lace.

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Photo of bark
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is clear, deep copper red with brown tones. The medium-sized beige foam disappears into a very thin layer.

The smell is somewhat sour with lots of malt. There are some notes of brown sugar and dough.

The carbon dioxide is mild with small bubbles.

The burned, generous is taste is bitter with a little touch of metal. There are notes of almonds, and caramel malt. The aftertaste is dry, bitter and finishes with a slowly descending taste of dark bread.

This is a nice interpretation of the Märtzen concept. As usual, it is a really good beer from the small Nils Oscar's brewery.

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Photo of elinash
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first Swedish beer I've tried; I picked it up at Spuyten Duyvil grocery in Williamsburg Brooklyn because I'm taking a trip to Stockholm later in April and wanted to know if I can find any good beers there.

Pours dark amber, fairly full for an oktoberfest. Lacing and minimal head retains throughout. I'm glad it's slightly darker than some traditional marzen beers.

The aroma might be the best part of this beer. It's bready and full of rich malt scents. There may be a touch of orange and spice in there too.

Taste is malty turning bitter toward the finish. There is a slight bit of chocolate in the middle- rounding out in the finish with some mildly bitter hops.

My girlfriend described this as a malt bomb- just to add her opinion here.

Overall this is an impressive beer that has exceeded my expectations for a Swedish beer because as I understand it there is little craft beer in Sweden.

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Photo of Xul
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent amber with some golden highlights, capped by a thin off-white head with poor retention.

S: Smells of sweet, dark bread up front, backed by brown sugar, dark fruits - cherries and figs preominantly - along with a nutty characteristic.

T: Sweet up front with bready malts, brown sugar and caramel, and more of the dark fruits from the nose. A somewhat smoky note comes in mid-palate and sticks around through the finish, being balanced on the aftertaste by some returning sweet, dark fruits.

M: Medium to full bodied with less carbonation than it should have, feels too heavy for the style.

D: Goes down fairly easy and is overall a solid beer. Interesting, but not one of the best marzens available.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much of a head or foam, but a nice coppery amber hue. Barely any bubbling either. Fresh Wonderbread right out of the packaging. Plus some earthy hops make up this interesting aroma. Dry, yet pretty malty taste and texture. Very toasted, I get a hint of fresh cut lumber in the taste. Plus the faintly citrusy hops. Earthy and somewhat dry palate make this an ok interpretation of the Octoberfest style.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber copper in color and has lots of visible particular matter floating in suspension. It poured with a very thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of fruits, caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty; the yeast particles are also evident in the flavors. A bit of bitterness and spiciness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful, easy to drink, and an interesting twist on the style.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of niklas0770
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Nils Oscar Kalasöl from the Nils Oscar Company
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.