Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson

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German Helles
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2.79 | pDev: 20.79%
Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson
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Photo of KMillard
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

As far as "inexpensive" layers in Iceland, I had this and Boli. I much preferred Boki, which was maltier than this, had more body and feel while still being refreshing. Gull is lighter, Miller Light married with Stella with a distinct copper cereal taste in the end. I'd probably have a better opinion of it if it was not so expensive. I bought a 6 of this for $12 at the duty free. I cannot imagine paying $12 for one at the bar. Overall not bad.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft

Clear dark golden in color, white head. Mild grainy aroma. Taste is mildly sweet, mild flavor but not that good. Easy drinking lager but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of cbutova
2.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had at several places around Iceland; seems to be the king of beers up there.

A- Pale and crystal clear straw golden body pour into a pint glass. A foamy white head rises up to several fingers high with decent retention. Lacing is thick and forms in many webs and sheets.

S- Sweet pale grains and plenty of the lager yeast with some funky skunk and all.

T- Really not much to say about this brew in general. Faint pale grains are joined by a hint of pale fruits, not-so-clean with warming lager yeast and slight grassy hops.

MF- Light bodied but has a decent bit of frothy and foamy texture to it; comes off as thin but not as watery as many of its competitors. High end carbonation and that lagery finish.

Light bodied with a touch of crackery grains and somewhere down the middle when it comes to the cheap widespread lager ferment; not overly funky but also not as clean as great lagers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

This pours a copper color, clear, with a big foamy head and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet lager yeast, a bit of grassy hops, and some nice bittersweet caramel.

This is a super serviceable Euro lager. It's thirst quenching and super drinkable, with a good malt backbone and a just a kiss of hops. It's not super complex, really at all, but it's still tasty.

This is lighter bodied, with a surprisingly creamy feel to it.

I liked this one for sure. Not the greatest, and a hard style to be blown away by, but still surprising.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.22/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold colour. Light malt aromas and a whiff of earthy hops. Crisp and clean, a bit odd malt at the end. Refreshing and light. Not much to it but a decent hot weather beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Let's face facts: the Euro Pale Lager, as a style, is basically defined by mediocrity. And yet Gull is actually, to my tastes, a competent little beer: light, sharp, slightly herbal and peppery, faint apple skins, cracker and biscuit.

I have nostalgic associations, which may make me biased, but I genuinely enjoy this brew. It's not special, it's just . . . right?

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass from a can.

Appearance: Clear gold with heavy bubbles on the body creating a white head which rises to about one finger's length or so. Stays pretty thick even after first sip.

Smell: Hop scent, super light and doesn't smell much like anything different.

Taste: Light malts and lightly spur hops. Has a yeast undertone but with all this the flavor just seems average at best.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, not really sticky but the bubbles still crackle after placing the glass down.

Overall: I believe this is my first beer ever from Iceland...still haven't landed but worth having if it is ever offered to you. Salud

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Photo of mynie
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is starting to grow on me. But that just means it's gone from repulsive to tolerable. Maybe a few more in I'll begin to kinda enjoy it. But, alas, I won't be in Iceland long enough to develop a genuine taste for it, which the locals certainly seem to have.

Pours dark for an adjunct lager. Smells of deep, sweet barley. Not *bad*, at least not in any traditional sense, but a little off. Everything about Iceland is weird. And pretty. But mostly weird, like a volcanic dystopian hellscape that through the miracle of the radical science of socialism somehow morphed into an anti-dystopia... a "utopia," if you will.

Erm... anyhow, all my senses are fucked up here. All the people smell like licorice and--I swear to god I am not speaking at all hyperbolic here--downtown Reykjavik smells like flowers and candy. Not, like, near a candy florist, either. The air smells different, and wonderful, but also simultaneously a little offputting, because it's so entirely foreign.

Which is a roundabout description of this beer. It's densely sweet and a little medicinal, but there's nothing about it to suggest that either of those flavors were anything but intentional. It's very grainy, and the grainbill is the obvious star of the show since it's so lightly hopped, but it goes so far against what most American beer people would consider typical that the best I can say for it is that it's an acquired taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml can. I'm guessing 'Gull' means something different in Icelandic than it does in English.

This beer pours clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and faintly bubbly white head, which leaves a random array of foreboding storm cloud lace around the glass as things slip away.

It smells of grainy, cereal-heavy malt - barley and corn in equal measure - some overripe lemon juice, a touch of stewed veggies, wet cardboard, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more raw cereal - corn, barley, and wheat grains - a slight soapy minerality, and subdued weedy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is airy and rather frothy, but hardly assertive, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit clammy in its workaday smoothness. It finishes off-dry, that blanched cereal and wet cardboard combo starting to grow new legs.

A so-so pale Euro lager - enough edgy (good and bad) hop characteristics to keep it dead center in the range. The prominent cereal malt does a good job in elevating this above the dreck, but tends to get a bit old by way of the one-trick pony bit. Anyways, worthy of a try, but sort of middling if you're looking for a world beater for the style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.19/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can courtesy of fthomasl pours a clear gold color with a small, fizzy white head. Not much retention or lace. Looks like best by July 1, 2013.

Nose is mostly grainy with a light grassy hop. Falls into the Euro Lager category well.

Taste is refreshing enough and there is a grassy hop presence, but it tastes more like sparkling mineral water than beer. My can I think is saying it is 2.25% ABV, but my Icelandic is a little rusty. Probably the lightest beer I've ever had...I could drink it by the gallon, unfortunately that might not even give a buzz.

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Photo of DIM
2.31/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There really isn't much to say about this beer. Its bright golden with a fizzy head. All I tasted was a slightly "off" corn flavor and maybe a hint of something grassy. Its a step above American macro lagers at least. Wet and thirst quenching enough I guess.

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Photo of Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gull is the working man's beer in Iceland. It's simple and fairly clean. Sort of think of an Icelandic Busch beer. Not too much going on with it, but it's thirst quenching and does the trick! Hey, when you're sitting in a hot tub looking at the gorgeous Icelandic scenery you don't need too much out of you beer to have a good time!

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Photo of marty21
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Settles to a ring around the glass with a little island of foam in the center. Left a decent amount of lacing, more then most beers in this style.

S: Very sweet grains with maybe a little vegetables.

T: Sweet grains are the main taste. There isn’t much else. The taste isn’t very strong but for what taste it does have I find it to be right amount.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: I thought I’d try this beer since I’m half Icelandic even though it didn’t exactly have favorable reviews. It’s a really simple beer. But in this case I would say less is more. I enjoyed drinking it. It was very easy to drink. I don’t think I’d buy this on a regular basis but I can definitely see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of BasementBer
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gotta say I really dig this can with its gold and white look. Makes me think of a Schlitz or Lowenbrow but from the '50s!

A: Nothing to write home about. Decent straw yellow like any lite beer. Mild lacing.

S: Has a soapy characteristic with a bit of grain smell. The rear is more boozy/astringent.

T: Ive had worse. It has nice aftertaste as compared to many euro pale's. Not hoppy, but smooth.

M: Not overly carbonated like most lite's and for that it gets more credit where its due. However its a flat short experience.

D: Drinkable in that its lite and almost mowing season.

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Photo of kjyost
2.39/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased at the MLCC and poured into a beer mug. Pours exactly what you would expect. Clear & pale yellow with a fizzy white head of ~1 cm that receded very quickly and leaves little to no lacing. Aromas are corn and vegetal. Initially I was going to score the taste higher as it is unobtrusive, but it has little distinguishing character. There is a bit of corn perhaps with a residual sweetness. Carbonation could be a touch higher, although is fine where it is. A light bitterness sticks in the back of the mouth making this a tougher beer to drink. Decent for a macro-style lager, but reminds me why I don't spend my hard earned money on beer like this regularly.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a golden color lager with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light adjunct notes with minimal hops presence. Taste is also heavy on adjunct with probably some rice to smooth things out with a light dry finish. Body is average as well as carbonation. Boring and bland as so many other pale lager.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.28/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow, bubbly. Small head which quickly dissipates.

S: Little to none. Mild sweetness which might be malt?

T: Ugh. Um...Sort of sour/bitter/watery all at once. Not good. Middle taste is sort of sweet -- in a bad way -- and aftertaste is poor.

M: Not much to note. Carbonation and sweetness.

D: It's palatable, but not enjoyable. Not recommended.

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Photo of Kooz
2.55/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer from my wife's trip to Iceland.

This is like Iceland's answer to Budweiser. Not bad though really. Poured into a pilsner glass (all I had) from a can. Half inch head hung around for 5 minutes.

Looks like an American lager--pale yellow, and thin. Almost no smell, but what there was wasn't unpleasant, it was just eh.

Tasted pretty good. No harshness, but no real flavor. It had a bit of a soapy quality, but not taste--more of a mouthfeel thing.

Because the flavor is so mild and easy, I could see drinking this a lot. It's not a good beer, but it seems like an ideal beer to drink for a night of inebriation.

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Photo of jbro434
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice gold color with a decent creamy head that looked very inviting. Mild hop and malt taste upfront thhat was slightly overpowered by the carbonation from the can. Mouthfeel was dominated by a nice grainy malt that was not offensive but lacked any real distinct character. Finished with a grainy, slightly sweet taste that was not too overpowering, much like a typical macro. I chose this as my first Icelandic beer because it was available at the airport duty free shop for much less than in the state liquor stores. Also, the lack of additives such as sugars like some of the other Icelandic brands made it more attractive. Icelandic barley was used in the process for added appeal.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to take the unusual approach of giving this beer all 3's because it had absolutely no character to it whatsoever. Not even the awful college beers in the US can match the lack of anything in this beer. But at at the same time it wasn't by any means bad, because there was simply nothing to offer. I figured I'd give it a shot when flying with Icelandair. It's quite carbonated, but not as much as Viking. The head quickly fades, but there is a decent golden color about it. The can claims that it is made from Icelandic barley, which is what might give it a little sweetness, but this beer is about as bland as bland can get. Strange, but I guess also unique?

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Photo of aibkstaff
2.3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice sunset yellow. Smells like a lager, kinda skunky. Tastes like a lager, kinda sweet'n skunky. Mouthfeel is fine, though pretty carbonated. I found it really hard to drink, just cause it bubbley and didnt taste good. Bleh. Sorry iceland, but your beer sucks monkey balls.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.72/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light=medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Skunky nose. Flavor is thin and hoppy typical euro pilsner. Green 330ml bottle 700 ISK ~ $8.40 at Grand Hotel Reykjavík. From my notes - 7/20/2008.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never tried an Icelandic beer before. thanks to bruskiator for letting me try this one out (got it from his daughter on a trip). Very clean and crsip. Little carbonation and almost no hop aroma or flavoring. Easy to consume and have as a session beer. Interesting pairing with some hopped English cheese.

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Photo of stulowitz
2.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

March 1st marks a special day in Iceland. That day in 1989 beer was sold to the public after a 70 year beer prohibition. The Egils brewery was one of the first two Icelandic breweries that offered beer that great day. The first beer that they produced was Egils Gull. According to the breweries homepage (product descriptions only in icelandic, sorry) this beer is brewed in the Bavarian helles style. As a sales trick they say that Icelandic barley is used in the beer. Most people don't relize that the icelandic barley is unmalted and thus gives little to no taste or colour, it is only a cheap adjunct ingredient.

Appearance - clear golden with fluffy white head that dissipates fast.

Smell - fresh acidic sweet aroma.

Taste - sweet, malty, but not biscuty.

Mouthfeel - medium body, slightly rubbery mouthfeel.

Drinkability - this is an easy beer to drink, couldn't drink too much of it though because of too much sweetness.

Overall this is an ok beer. It is a step above american macro lager BMC stuff, but doesn't have the grace and beauty of a real Bavarian helles.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
2.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green bottle, this beer had no head after about a minute and not much carbonation throughout. The color was a bright light gold. An initial sweetness, with a bit of straw flavor that passed quickly , leaving behind a bit of a bite and some mild hoppy length. A decent lawnmower beer, easy to drink, but cheap for sure and already deteriorating in the green bottle.

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Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 88 ratings