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Lammin Sahtia - Lammin Sahti Oy

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79
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34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 22.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Finland

Style | ABV
Sahti |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-10-2004)
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JTuomi

Finland

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

06-29-2014 15:11:31 | More by JTuomi
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a flat looking amber color with no head on top at all. The smell of the beer was herbal with some other odd aromas coming off of it. The taste is interesting, lots of herbal juniper flavors and other things that I can't honestly say I've tasted before. I can't really describe it. The mouthfeel was flat and rather bland. Overall I think if the carbonation wasn't so low on this one it'd be easier to drink and more enjoyable all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:51:45 | More by Knapp85
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-24-2011 08:41:15 | More by jophish17
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-15-2011 02:20:33 | More by oline73
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18%

11-14-2011 22:12:53 | More by UncleJimbo
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stcules

Italy

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a plastic jug in the back of the bar.
Dark bronze color, veiled. No foam.
Cereal smell, yeast, juniper. Pleasant and intense.
Very peculiar. Bread, fruitiness, banana, apple.
The alcohol is very well hidden.
Peculiar taste, too. Banana. Malty, sweetness, then juniper and spices.
Anyway, good and interesting.

Serving type: cask

10-01-2011 09:22:28 | More by stcules
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served with a large bubble, sudsy head the color of the brew which was a hazy dark amber. Aroma was spice, licorice, malt. Flavor is similar but butterscotch is present also. Plus a bit of tang. Body and carbonation are true to style. Finish is like flavor and quite long. Seems to be what a sahti is all about except for the butterscotch which I’m not a huge fan of.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 08:45:35 | More by drpimento
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at the One Pint Pub. This is a 2 day old cask straight from the Lammin brewery. This beer pours a murky brown with almost no carbonation whatsoever. The owner of the bar (and one of the brewers of the beer) explained that traditional Sahti should have almost no carbonation. The aroma contains quite a bit of banana, caramel and just a slight bit of juniper berries. Also just a tiny tartness is starting to come through on the backside of the aroma. The flavor is a banana bomb. Wow, I always thought that juniper should take the first seat but in this, it’s definitely banana. Juniper comes through with a bit of caramel. The tartness is a bit more pronounced then in the aroma. For as much emphasis as the brewer put in telling me that it is fermented with bakers yeast and not brewers yeast, I really don’t taste that much of a difference. Overall it’s a bit to much banana for me. I wish the juniper was a bit more pronounced but it really is a experience to drink 2 day old cask Sahti

Serving type: cask

06-27-2011 13:01:39 | More by hwwty4
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another Sahti in Helsinki poured from a jug in the back of the bar. Entered as a cask serving unless this can be verified. Had this one at Villi Waino in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Hazy dark brown pour. No visible carbonation and a ring of bubbles on the top. No retention obviously since there was no head.

S - Woody with berries and forest aromas. Medicinal and earthy. I also get a sort of hospital sanitation aroma. I always think Sahti smells very interesting and inviting as well as completely authentic.

T - Quite mild. All the same elements as the aroma with berries, woods, medicinal notes, and earthiness. A bit of a sour finish and more berries. All those elements were present, but in a tame form.

M - Light to medium body leaning towards lighter end. Feels a little light, almost watery. Painful lingering medicinal sweetness in the finish.

O/D - Not a great one by any means. Mouthfeel is weird and too light. Seems like it should be a little syrupy but it comes as watery. Taste is too mild IMO. Wouldn't seek it out at all and probably not a good example of the style.

Serving type: cask

05-05-2011 17:49:09 | More by tbeckett
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. Bottle from Ginger Man. Pours a brown/amber with no head. Aroma is stewy with chestnut, pepper spices, and sweet apple. Flavor of lots of spices and some light fruits in the background. Rather quaffable. I rather enjoyed my first authentic sahti.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 16:50:28 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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HeyItsChili

China

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up as a curiosity purchase from the CBX.

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with some floaters bobbing about. Very still. No bubbles, no head.

S - Cider vinegar, herbs - menthol and wintergreen, juniper.

T - Herbal, faintly medicinal, mildly sour berry finish, ends with a fairly pleasant aftertaste.

M - Flat, uninteresting, a little oily.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 23:53:11 | More by HeyItsChili
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. No head or lacing at all.

S: Aroma of malt, berries and a slightly acidic quality. An oddly sweet smell.

T: Had a very pronounced acidic character, along with yeast, berries, grassiness, and malt in the finish. Taste was very thin and lacking. Could have better.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation (this is evident the second you open the bottle), with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied, with a grainy finish.

D: Not the most drinkable Sahti ever. Lacking in most departments.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 13:17:26 | More by avalon07
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jgasparine

Maryland

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Poured from the bottle as an uncarbonated cloudy medium-amber color. No head. No lacing. A flat cloudy mess.

S- Smells of cooked vegetables and earth. Pungent, with none of the anticipated juniper, rye or straw aromas.

T- Tastes like cooked lentils, rotten vegetables along with some lactic sourness. The sourness is sustained in the finish.

M- A big thick body... and at first glance this could be a good thing... but this had the consistency of mucous.

D- All-around undrinkable. I consumed just enough to conduct this review. The rest was a drain-pour.

NOTE: Someone mentioned a freshness date in their recent review... I was not aware of such a thing, and unfortunately, my bottle was promptly disposed of at the bar where it was served... but I must assume that the beer I sampled was far-beyond the recommended freshness date.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 03:07:11 | More by jgasparine
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glid02

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jophish17 - thanks! He noted this was purchased from CBX in Charleston and was under the two week freshness period.

Pours a nice and dark orange-copper color with a wispy layer of bubbles that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smells of deep malts with light caramel undertones. Also present are loads of earthy aromas - some twanginess from juniper along with other aromas best described as "woodsy".

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted malt flavors are joined quickly by "woodsy" flavors. Juniper and light spices all bound together with earthy undertones. The ending is mildly bitter and leaves juniper flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with soft yet ample carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is probably the most authentic sahti I've had (the other being Nogne O's interpretation). It's certainly not a bad beer but it's an obscure style for a reason. Worth a shot for the curious.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 20:51:13 | More by glid02
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Keene

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sahtia pours a hazy brown or rust color without any head. Its pungent herbal aroma of pine resin and smoke tickles the nostrils immediately. The taste has a funkiness to it, and to some this drink may seem flat as it lacks carbonation.

Pepper, juniper, and what I can only describe as pitch dance across your taste buds in the finish, while a pleasant tartness clings to the roof of your mouth long after you've drained your last swig of this rustic brew. A good example of a unique style.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 17:42:30 | More by Keene
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given as a gift (thanks Matt) poured into a tulip glass.

A- Cloudy amber. Flat with no head.

S-Gingerbread and rye. No hop aroma. Some bubblegum. Nice

T-Really interesting. Rye, Maybe a bit appley. No bitterness. Maybe a bit sweet.

M- Medium bodied. No carbonation. Can't find the 7.5%alcohol. Carbonation would help this beer a bit.

D-The lack of carbonation takes away from what is a really interesting beer. fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:27:26 | More by organicbrewer
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Billolick

New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle, $4.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley NY, they said this only has a shelf life of about 2 weeks and they had received it just a few days ago. Pours murky, darker brown, next to no head, no lace. No carbonation, no bubbles, no nothing. Interesting nose with notes of spruce, mint, bubble gum and white wine. In the mouth the lack of carbonation is quite evident, notes of jam, more spruce, mint, white wine and bubblegum. A distinct sour notes come through loud and clear as it warms up a bit in the glass. Quite dry in the long finish. Interesting to try but I highly doubt I would reach for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 00:50:55 | More by Billolick
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scootny

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first of the style. I was told great lengths were engaged to keep this cold in transit as it goes bad quickly. Guess i have to drink it right away. An interesting look. Like an orangish ice tea. Some bubbles on the top. Quite cloudy. Smell is sweet and bubble gum like with a hefe like wheatiness. Taste is much like a flat hefe with a thicker feel. Banana and clove with a wheaty twang and more bubble gum. Some alcohol as well. There is a light tingly carbonation as it sits on your tongue. Still this has a somewhat syrupy feel to it. Goes down pretty nicely on a cold winter night. Not bad. Not what you think when you hear beer but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 02:19:40 | More by scootny
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emerge077

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh as an import can be, a case just arrived and it was chilled. I was looking forward to a fresh example of this ancient ale style, as the Kataja Olut i've had was pretty terrible.

It poured a tawny, murky orange tea-like color, with a string of pearls along the edge, resembling "juice bubbles" and not actual carbonation from below. Almost looked like a flat Hefeweizen. Aroma of bubblegum, candy, mildly herbal or medicinal.

Artificial pink bubblegum, Bazooka Joe (thx Joe), saccharine sweetness, dry and wheaty. Not getting any Juniper really, which was disappointing. Fairly full bodied despite the lack of carbonation. This bottle was shared, and even then no one wanted to finish off the bottle.

For $6 it was a bit of a novelty and a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 17:27:07 | More by emerge077
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruddy, muddy, orange brown. No head to speak of. Looks like darty swamp water in the glass. big ginberry junipero in the aroma. Juniper and spiciness, berries, and almost a suica like alcohol presence. Tasteis similar a bit hot, refreshing, cool, and unique. Twigs, berries, and other interesting flavor hints are there. Mouthfeel is a bit muddled and drinkabilityis decent, but I would not have this style consistently.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 21:44:46 | More by francisweizen
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Midfielder

Finland

4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finnish lesson: Lammin Sahti means Sahti of Lammi.

Lammi is a small village more than 100 kilometers north from Helsinki. The producer of one the most recognized sahtis in Finland is the Kääriäinen family. They produce beer and cider too.

Lammin Sahti is not the darkest nor the strongest. It is orangy/yellow and hazy. When fresh it is well balanced. Aroma is a beautiful combination of rye, juniper and bananas. I really hope you guys in the U.S. could sample a fresh bottle. (It can be tart but there shouldn't be any tones of vinegar).

Mouthfeel is quite syrupy. It is very fruity sahti with some traces of bakers yeast. Finish is bit cloying. Still it makes you want to have another sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 14:31:48 | More by Midfielder
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer opened with a wisp of carbonation and then poured with carbonation, a welcomed surprize. The beer was cloudy and chunky with an amber golden color. The head was white while it lasted but dissappeared before I could start taking noted on the color.

The aroma was fruity and salty, yep, salty. The aroma reminded me of horseradish like is found in cocktail sauce. The horseradish aromatic was both interesting and strangely enticing.

The flavor was sour, but not overly so. The sourness was like the lactic acid and acetic acid you would find in homemade pickles. The flavor was also salty. Very interesting and a bit odd, but with the horseradish aromatic and a slight sourness and also a light peppery spice it was very similar to eating off a buffett, a myriad of aromas and flavors.

The finish was dry with a very slight and pleasant sour pickle into the finish. The body was medium or just below. A very, very interesting beer...err...Sahti. I'd have this one again!

11.2 ounce bottle. Thanks MABZ!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 22:57:19 | More by GCBrewingCo
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What a very compelling beer this is. Ever since I heard of it in a past BA article as well as hearing that it was available in my area, I've almost been scared to try it. Not only because of the expected funkiness of the brew, but because of the delicate nature of the beer, which evidently must be kept cold at all times. It seems to have withstood the voyage from Finland to Iowa quite well, as well as an undetermined amount of time on the shelf in the deepest and darkest corner of the beer room of John's Grocery.

The appearance is quite different from any beer I've ever seen. It looks like fresh squeezed apple cider, just like Grandma used to make. Even the head has the same consistency as cider.

The smell is barnyard funky like a belgian saison. Saison Dupont, in particular, smells almost exactly like this, though this beer has a definite fruity edge over the Dupont.

The taste... after burying my nose in the beer for quite a while enjoying the finnish barnyard funk, I was expecting something quite similar to a saison with a light blend of a lambic; but holy shit! Instant pucker from the sour lambic berry taste. Tastes like a REAL funky lambic, as opposed to something such as Lindeman's Framboise. I haven't quite pinned down the exact fruitiness of the flavor, but it taste like possibly juniper and apricot. As it starts to warm up a bit, an acidic lemony zest seizes you tastebuds. It's quite a good taste, but the sourness and moldy funkiness is a bit off-putting at the same time. It is tough to say one way or the other whether I like it or not. I have drawn a complete blank as to how to score the taste of this beer number-wise. It is definitely not "average," it is "excellent," but at the same time, the funkiness is quite distracting me from enjoyment of the excellency.

...and as such, I rated the mouthfeel and drinkability quite low. The mouthfeel is, as I mentioned earlier, puckery sour. It finishes mildly dry, but the alcohol is not detected, nor is a noticable hop bite (I don't know if this style of beer even uses hops, as a matter of fact). I will probably try to seek this stuff out fresh if I'm ever in Finland, but if not I'll probably have to pass. I am very glad that I was able to endure this fearsome beer, however. It definitely worthy of seeking out for you lambic heads and otherwise exotic beer connoisseurs.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 06:23:30 | More by neonbrown82
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Higravity

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have to be honest, I would love to get my hands on this beer fresh as hell. As it was I recieved this from Mentor who tried it in Feb so who knows how old this really is now. That being said underneath all of the funk is a beer that had fresh I am sure it a thing to behold. The color on it is like store bought Ice Tea mixed with a little OJ, no head or lacing and hazy as hell with lots of yeast sediment. It smelled of citrus funk. My first taste was like biting into a fresh pinnaple, it hurt and then smoothed out. I drank this beer slowly and as it got warmer more flavors evolved. I could taste the pineyness mixed with some spice that I have gotten to know as rye, the citrus flavor is like lime and pinnapple and a little tangerine, the funk is all over this beer. It has a solid body despite all the funk and is not overly carbonated. Cold and fresh is probably the way to drink this beer. If I had this not knowing what I was drinking I could be in a world of taste bud hurt.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 13:09:38 | More by Higravity
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, coppery tawny-gold in hue, the liquid has a lovely tint to it. The head was white and active; at the apex the foam reached a short-lived half finger in height. In a loud moment the head faded to a fairly thick, bubbly collar. Animation was passing which might help explain the head development or lack thereof. The subsequent lacing was very spotty; I can count the residue clumps on one hand. Overall the appearance is admirable. The nose is amazingly rustic. Lammin Kataja Olut smelled nothing like this, I liked the ale yeast better than the baker’s yeast, at least in the nose. It starts off raw and pungent with minty with methanol qualities that are very loud. Decayed leaves. Barnyard funk. Grass. Hay. Pine needles. Melon. Juniper. Apple vinegar. There is so much going on here, it is very complex and, frankly, overwhelming. The potency is high. The combination of smells is scary. This beer is some hardcore shit. I can’t call the nose inviting. I fear this beer and I’m not ashamed to say that. The aromas are so far advanced over anything that ever came out of Belgium. Think of the funkiest, tartest Lambic you’ve ever smelled, Lammin Sahtia outshines it, hands down. However the bouquet, in the whole, is not put together all that well. The palate is an odd mix of flavors, just like the nose. The acidity is massive and it reaches the belly and starts churning away. Upfront is plenty of sweetness but the puckering tartness, raw juniper twigs, and leaves, decaying fruit/grass/hay, overwhelm this by the middle. Overripe melons. Mint at the finish, methanol and sour cherry candy. And then comes some red apples and cider vinegar with a kiss of citrus at the very end of the sip. The aftertaste is tart and warm with hints of orange peel and horse blanket. If you have grown tired of Lambic and you find even the most adventurous Belgian creates tame now, you must drink this beer. It will blow your mind. I can’t solve this beer; it is like staring at a MC Escher drawing. I take a sip and think about it. I detect more feelings that flavors, maybe I can recognize the feelings easier. After I swallow my throat becomes raw and I feel like I have the onset of heartburn. My mouth feels sweet like I was sucking on cheap fruit candy but sour like I had a Sweet Tart. There is acidy like really raw lemonade. And then there are all the organic flavors that baffle my brain because they don’t belong, in anyway, to the previously mentioned categories. I’m worn out. Medium in body, moderate carbonation, but at no point does that negate any aspect of the mouthfeel (or help either), if fact the mouthfeel seems very sturdy. At this point of my review I like to add a food pairing… not for this review. I can’t think of anything that could hang with this beer. Funky cheese? Maybe. I didn’t find this beer to be drinkable. I respect it thoroughly. I loved Lammin Kataja Olut and I would drink that again in a heartbeat. I can’t say the same for this Sahti. Maybe I’m not worthy. Maybe I need to try this beer again. I don’t know if I’m that brave. I purchased this bottle (from a cooler) in Iowa City, IA. It is worth a try, for the novelty of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 15:05:26 | More by bditty187
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