Huvila E.S.B. | Malmgårdin Panimo

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Brewed by:
Malmgårdin Panimo

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Huvila John Golding E.S.B.

Added by bark on 04-12-2006

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good ESB, gotten at Angotti Beverages. Pours grapefuit colour with attractive yeasty crowning head.Good and strong bitterness, very very drinkable. Seems stronger than the reported 48 bitterness units, maybe its metric. Carbonation right there.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head solely consisting of large bubbles that died down a bit leaving some lacing in the center and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of toffee and grassy malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast-apples seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the hops slightly overshadow the malts and contribute a light amount of bitterness. The toffee flavors then become stronger as the beer warms up, but then some citrusy hops also become detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice balance that sways back and forth between the malts and the hops and is also quite drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brief impressions:

BOTTLE: 50cl. Brown glass. Screen-print red & black label.

Served cold into a mason jar in Kuopio, Finland. Reviewed live as an ESB per the label (and, well, the name).

5.20% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Fills ~90% of the glass. Pale khaki. Fizzy and thin. Retention is nice - ~7 minutes.

BODY: Dark amber with copper hues. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment can be seen within.

Looks decent for an ESB, but it's not eyegrabbing.

AROMA: English pale malts. Faint diacetyl.

That's it...

A muted, light aroma.

TASTE: Ugh. Buttery diacetyl plagues the beer, and the English malt core is underwhelming. No toasty notes here. Maybe some vague fruit. Middling balance. Has an obnoxious bitterness on the back end.

TEXTURE: Tingly, somewhat coarse, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied.

There's no harmony of texture and taste.

OVERALL: Not a good brew by any means, and probably Malmgardin's worst work. Not a beer I'd revisit or recommend to friends, but I'll finish the bottle with some effort.

D+ (2.36)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt breadiness that is followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence. There is an overall mild caramel and citrus sweetness which is a little stronger than most beers in the style, but provides a good balance. Yet there is also a little more bitterness than you typically see in an ESB despite the name of the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer with flavor and substance that make it worth session with for a long time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange with absolute crystal clarity and very few rising bubbles. That didn't stop the creation of a three finger crown of sandstone colored foam that looks both firm and sticky. As the head slowly shrinks, a lovely array of lace graces the glass. Subsequent pours add a yeasty haziness that adds additional character.

The nose is beautifully balanced between malt and hops. It's slightly darker, more musky and more earthy than most ESBs, but it works well. The grain bill is interesting because it includes chocolate malt in addition to pale and crystal. Hops (East Kent Goldings, Styrian Goldings) and yeast (British ale yeast) give the beer the English vibe the brewers were shooting for.

E.S.B. tastes exactly like the ingredients list says it will. That's a good thing. This is a rock solid version because the brewers were generous with both malt and hops. An ES*B* has to be bitter or I won't bother to drink it a second time. In this case, 48 IBUs gets the job done with ease.

Flavors include toasted sourdough croutons, steely caramel, a woodsy herbalness, English Breakfast tea leaves and a generous amount of white grapefruit peel. That last one is due to Styrian Goldings, which might be my favorite British hop. Continued palate poking and prodding reveal no weaknesses whatsoever.

The all-important mouthfeel category is passed with flying colors. Even though the beer can be consumed quickly if you're thirsty and need a quick hop fix, it's more full and more creamy than the style average. Who the hell are these guys?

Huvila E.S.B. is delicious, drinkable beer that impresses me more and more with each and every mouthful. In fact, there aren't too many (bottled) English ESBs that are this good. Highly recommended for... just about everyone.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice hazy amber hue with a thin white head that faded to leave some like lacing and thin blanket.

S - Aromas of subtle toffee, light grassy hops, and light sweetness. Quite british smelling honestly.

T - Taste isnt half bad with some nice grassy hops, sweet caramel/toffee malts, and a gentle bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style, nice carbonation, though I found it fell smooth a bit too quickly.

O - Overall, not a bad ESB. Have yet to be blown away by this style of beer though.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rich amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Had a subtle smell of malt, some hops and a sugary quality.

T: Tasted of malt, mild, grassy hops, and a little caramel. A generally well rounded flavor. ESBs are usually mild in the flavor department, but this one had a good balance to it. Actually gets better as it goes along.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of the better non-English ESBs. Drinkable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured the color of caramel. Clarity was a bit hazy. Virtually no head on this one, just a thick band of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Nose was somewhat spicy, but also smelled like wet cardboard. Taste follows nose - wet cardboard, spice, peppery and sawdust. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied with an even amount of carbonation from start to finish; had a residual cottonmouth sensation at the finish. Not really into this brew. Was actually kind of tough to drink.

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Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good brew! Served with a fine, cream colored that lasts a long while and some lace. Color was a clear medium amber. Aroma was hoppy, malt, grain. Flavor is similar to nose, but much more rich with caramel, toffee, & rye. Great forward bittersweetness balance with just a touch of carbonic tang. Body is also great especially for style; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and very long. Session beer for sure.

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Photo of morimech
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a small head, not really a head but a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Has a grassy and floral hop aroma. I do not get much malt aroma. Definately a different flavor going on for an ESB. Lemon grass and pepper. More pepper than anything. Bitterness is moderate. Not really grooving with the flavor on this one. Dry finish. A nice body for a low ABV ale and low carbonation. The flavor is not my thing but has some good qualities.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a nice clear copper orange colour. Creamy and light orange head poured very thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to wispy covering with thick edges... barely any carbonation... some good sticky lacing...

Aroma - Very strong floral and tart fruit notes - lilies, grapefruits, apples and pear drops... some cloves also, lots of citrus and peppery hops, faint biscuit malts, very perfumed - reminded me a lot of Poperings Hommel Bier, cherry lip and floral gum sweets.. some saltiness...

Taste - Sweeter than the aromas would indicate... nice lightly toasted caramel malts mixed with grapefruit, bitter orange and pears.. lots of floral honey sweetness, grassy, nice peppery and herbal hop bitterness, again some clove notes, faint metallic notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness underneath... light / medium bodied... very very quaffable and refreshing - i could happily drink this all evening...

Overall - An excellent and slightly unusual take on an ESB... well worth seeking out....

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Photo of Celtics76
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz dark brown bottle. Served in a SA Perfect Pint.
Pours a rich coppery tan color with a solid 2 finger beige head and loads of sticky, trailing lacing.
Smells very much like a British ESB except there's a dry earth and hard rye cracker smell that lasts throughout.
The British hops mingle well with the hardy, edgy biscuity malt flavors. A taste of fruit (pears mostly) inches forward as it warms. Tea anyone? A slight metallic tang is noticed in the background, as is tinge of lemon zest.
What starts as a dry and spritzy mouthfeel, soon melds into a well-rounded and nearly buttery slickness.
I like this beer...a lot, although it is a bit pricey for my budget at this time.

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Photo of AmitC
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Naerhu
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this all the way to Japan.

A - Amber opague body.
S - Aroma is predominantly hops, yeast and honey.
T - Honey, zippy rich yeastyness and luscious caramel malt. A variety of citrus and lemongrass hops.
M - SMOOTH medium bodided ale with fine carbonation,
D - Gotta agree with mdagnew, unusual for style, but also gotta say, most excellent!

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Photo of JTuomi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tazzman
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of philipquarles
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Pours cloudy dark copper with a fluffy eggshell head that lasts well enough and leaves nice lacing. Smells of roasted caramel malt and floral aromatic hops. Light chocolaty notes. There's a distinctive citric/fruity character from the yeast that's almost reminiscent of bubblegum. Tastes of the same rich caramel malts, giving it a full, roasty flavor. The hop presence is strong enough that the bitterness balances it perfectly, while at the same time lending some piney hop character. Nice earthiness. Full bodied. Easily the best bottled ESB I've had.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Perfect Pour. Nice dark amber/brown in the cup with a bit of foamy head at the edges. Malt in the nose, but an apparent hops flavor (slightly bitter, in a pleasant way) in the initial taste. First sip was extremely flavorful and I was hoping I had more than a sample. Great taste, with perfectly balanced rich/tart flavor. I immediately turned to the shelf to check out the bottle. They had one left (500 ml size). The price was a bit of let-down, however. $14. I passed. Nice, but not quite that nice. I'd love a bottle, however.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light amber, with a quarter-inch, white head that fades gradually. Fairly thick lacing.
Smell is bready malts with some subtle, grassy hops. Light notes of caramel and toffee.
Taste is bready malts with a touch of roasted caramel. Some bitter, grassy hops come in after. Subtle notes of toffee and butter come in halfway through. Good malt backbone, as the finish is malty with a little bit of spice.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a clean finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is good. Well-rounded beer.

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