CXXXV | Olvi Oyj

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Olvi Oyj

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kojevergas on 05-31-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This is Olvi's 135th anniversary beer. Because apparently 135th anniversaries are a thing...

Nutritional information 100ml
Energy content (kcal/kJ) 40/168
Fat g 0
carbohydrates g 3,1
of which sugar g 0,1
protein g 0,3

Original wort strength (%) 10,6
Alcohol content (vol. %) 4,5
Gentian (EBU units) 14
Colour (EBC units) 8
Container size: 0,568

CAN: Aluminum. Gold-colour. Standard pull-tab. Best before: 29/10/15.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Kuopio, Finland. Expectations are low given the brewery. Purchased at a Sale market.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 inches wide. White colour. Fairly foamy. Could be thicker and fuller. Not as creamy as would be ideal. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention: average (~2 minutes).

BODY: Clear yellow of average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment. Obviously filtered.

Cheap-looking, with a syrupy sheen to the body. Appears overcarbonated. I'm not excited to try this.

AROMA: Shallow lowest common denominator pilsner or Munich malts, insipid barley, sweet corn-like adjunct, and malt syrup/extract. Smells cheap and artificial, with no fresh grains or malts at all. There is some fairly pleasant honey character, I guess.

No hop character. No yeast character. No overt alcohol.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Suggests a cheap-tasting cloying shallow brew with no redeeming characteristics whatsoever.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Yup - this is the fizzy yellow adjuncty overly sweet malt extract swill of legend. What most people think of when they think of beer. Syrupy and sticky. Smooth and wet yet unrefreshing, with poor overall presence on the palate. Nothing about the mouthfeel helps it accentuate any specific notes from the taste - not that there's anything subtle or nuanced enough to accentuate. The build is simple and shallow as can be, bringing only cheap barley, insipid malt extract, corn-like sweet adjunct, and purely preservative hops to the table. There's no intricacy here at all, and it's rather imbalanced - leaning heavily towards the sweet side.

Average flavour duration. Light flavour intensity.

There're off-notes sure - some diacetyl mainly. But to its credit, it's not metallic or watery. I have had worse, and while I don't care for this I think it's notable that it at least has a barley grain (i.e. "beery") taste. There're worse beers out there.

Not gestalt, but it does have cohesion. The sticky malt extract notes glue themselves to the bland barley backbone. Nothing juts out as particularly unfitting, and everything in the build fits into the artificial cheap motif of the brew.

What's surprising about it is its lack of refreshment; say what you will about macrobrewed light and pale lagers, but most of them are at least refreshing. This is too sticky and malty to even do that. Bring this along on your fishing trip and you're more likely to vomit and suffer from heatstroke than to enjoy a fizzy brew with the sun on your back. That oddly buttery mouthfeel is really bothersome...

OVERALL: Hat tip to Olvi's marketing department for finding a way to turn an arbitrary date into above average sales volume for the year without requiring any recipe innovation on the part of the brewers. That noted, this is an unremarkable brew with an off-putting taste, and I wouldn't . Will annoy the discerning drinker. Olvi has more palatable brews, but in a way I suppose this is an apt way to celebrate what Olvi's long been about - cheap shitty lagers.

Low D- (1.81)

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CXXXV from Olvi Oyj
Beer rating: 1.81 out of 5 with 1 ratings