Skjálfti
Ölvisholt Brugghús

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From:
Ölvisholt Brugghús
 
Iceland
Style:
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #12
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,296
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.62%
Ratings:
74
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 26, 2021
Added:
Jul 27, 2008
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  3
SCORE
83
Good
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Photo of Sigmund
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Bottle, under Danish name "Skælv", at RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg, ABV 5%. Deep golden colour, low head. Pleasant aroma of grapefruity American(?) hops and caramel. Fairly rich mouthfeel for a golden lager. The flavour has crystal malts and some caramel, noticeable American hops, but is not very bitter.

Mar 26, 2021
 
3.6 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Nov 29, 2020
 
3.69 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Dec 02, 2018
 
1.23 by Helgi from Iceland on Nov 11, 2018
 
3.75 by zotzot from Vermont on Jul 28, 2018
 
4 by Marvicsin from California on Jun 20, 2018
 
4 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Apr 28, 2018
 
3.88 by Danielr26 from Michigan on Aug 28, 2016
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Bottle purchased at Scandinavia in Reykjavik, Iceland.

This pours a pretty light amber, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like caramel and bready malt, some piney and grassy hops, and grapefruit.

I'm not entirely sure what the style is here. There's definitely some malt sweetness, with a firm hop bitterness, and some fruity hoppiness. A little bit less caramel sweetness would make this great.

This is lighter bodied, crisp but a little slick, with a normal level of carbonation.

Not too bad, but a little confusing at times.

Aug 01, 2016
Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Stevedore from Oregon

12oz bottle, served at Rauda Husio in Eyrarbakki, Iceland. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a darker caramel body, orange hue, clear with a one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of light caramel sweetness, grassy and earthy hop aromas, mild cereal grain, a bit of citrus as well. Flavour is caramel, touch of citrus, grassiness, a bit of earth. Cereal grain. I thought it tastes a bit like Anchor, and I did not know this was a California Common. It is a bit sweeter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation, and accompanied the lobster bisque entree quite well. Not a bad beer overall.

May 23, 2016
 
3.73 by Drknight from Virginia on Apr 09, 2015
 
4 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire on Mar 15, 2015
 
3.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 24, 2014
 
3 by R_Kole from Canada (AB) on Nov 01, 2014
Photo of OscarMaad
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
by OscarMaad from Sweden

Perfect in most ways. A complex yet easy to drink.
Can't wait to try it again. and again.

Aug 24, 2014
 
3.75 by BuddhaBrowett from Sweden on Nov 12, 2013
 
4 by EliotTruelove from Pennsylvania on Sep 19, 2013
 
3.25 by TheBeeraholic from Canada (ON) on Jun 16, 2013
 
3 by cfalovo97 from Canada (ON) on Nov 15, 2012
 
3.75 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON) on Sep 20, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; no date given. This is the first time I've ever had a steam beer - and while I'm glad to tick off another style, it also means that anyone who bothers to read this review should probably take it with a larger grain of salt than usual.

Pours a lovely golden-amber colour, completely translucent and highly effervescent. Topped with slightly more than one finger of puffy, white head that lasts a few minutes before dissipating into a thin, creamy cap. Enjoyable aroma of biscuity malts, caramel and some floral citrus notes - good, but kind of weak in intensity.

The flavour is pleasant, and well-balanced. The bready, biscuity malt and slight honey sweetness work well together with the floral, vaguely herbal elements of the hops. There are also hints of orangepeel and appleskin, so the overall profile has a nice fruity character to it. Dry, citrusy finish with lingering bitterness. Light-bodied, with good, crisp carbonation that is neither too powerful nor too weak. Easy to drink like your typical lager/pale ale, and the balanced flavours would make this a pretty good session option.

Final Grade: 4.00, an A-. This is the second Icelandic beer I've had - both from this brewery - and I've been quite impressed with each of them. I've been meaning to try a steam beer for a while now, and although Skjalfti doesn't exactly have the brand recognition of Anchor Steam, I still think this made an excellent introduction to the style. It's a little pricy to be a realistic session option in these parts, but easily worth a try, and I will probably pick it up again some time.

Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Rijtjeshuis from Canada (ON)

Look (3.5/5) ~ Pours a deep gold, which is a bit light for the style. Clarity is fairly good, but not ‘brilliant.’ Head is good: cream coloured; raises well of an average pour; falls at a normal pace with no real lacing; and comes to a cap that lasts quite a while.

Smell (3.5/5) ~ A decent malt-hop balance. Hops have a good helping of pine and a bit of floral to them. The malt is caramel-like and nutty. Fairly crisp finish. I think that the aroma hops are not present enough for the style, although the smell is nice and balanced.

Taste (4.5/5) ~ A great balance of malt and hop bitterness. The malt is bread-crust and caramel, with a hint of melanoidin fruitiness (almost grape-like). The hops are of the same character on the palate as on the nose with a bit more of an herbal note, though I would characterize the hop flavor as medium-low. Hop bitterness is assertive and sets of the malt extremely well: the finish fades into a nice mix of lighter malt notes and hop bitterness. Finish is average-dry.

Feel (3.5/5) ~ Medium body and medium-low carbonation. There is a bit of an oily, mouth-coating feel from the hop oils, which compliments the long finish nicely by giving you something to chew on.

Generally, I’m not that big of a fan of brews where the hop bitterness outweighs the hop flavour (but that’s a personal preference and I’ll have to dial it in with a few more steam beers to see what’s good for the style) Anyway, I found that the style was really well balanced and delicious. A good one!

Jul 18, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

A-medium amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-malt, citrus, some grassy notes

T-malt, light citrus, mild bitter grassy hop flavor and slight sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight crispness

O-a decent beer in this style, reasonable session beer

Jul 15, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mintjellie from Canada (ON)

Clear copper body and a pile of off-white head. Decent retention and patch lace. Bready and floral aromas predominate, with lesser notes of citrus and sulfur. Toasted malt and tangerine hop flavour, with balancing bitterness in the finish. Not big and bold by any means, just a good balanced profile. Light-bodied but not thin, low carbonation, smooth. Nice session lager.

May 30, 2012
 
3.75 by WeissBoy from Canada (ON) on May 15, 2012
Photo of Long813
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Long813 from Canada (ON)

A: Pours a hazy gold body with two fingers of white bubbly head. Retention is decent with little lacing.

S: Mild aroma's of hops, biscuits and malt.

T: Very hoppy, dry hops. Not so much malt or other flavours to it.

M: Medium bodied, water like textue, leaves a sticky bitter hop finish.

O: Decent IPA, it was good to try, but I found it way to one dimensional.

May 14, 2012
 
2.5 by hotsudge from Canada (ON) on Apr 22, 2012
 
4 by Niklas from Sweden on Apr 22, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

From notes... Another random I picked up at my local LCBO. I quite enjoyed their last offering, so curious to see what this one brings to the table.

A - Pours a light golden colour, finger of head with some retention, and no real lacing.

S - Light on the nose, biscuit and grainy malt, touch of sweet corn and metallic notes.

T - Toasted bread, butter notes, grainy and leafy hops, hints of honey and wheat.

M - Medium, though a tad prickly, and finishes wet.

O - Given the style, the flavour profile was quite loaded. Worth a try, but nothing mind blowing.

Apr 21, 2012
 
3.5 by ThinkAgain from Canada (ON) on Apr 12, 2012
 
3.75 by RedAleMan from Canada (ON) on Apr 01, 2012
 
3.5 by jsnoek from Canada (ON) on Jan 11, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by crossovert from Illinois

500ml bottle.

It pours a deep gold with a fizzy white head.

The smell is malty. There is a hint of citrus and pine.

The flavor is nice and malty, a tiny bit of hops on the back end. It really reminds me of a good helles lager mixed with a steam beer and an icelandic touch.

Pretty decent stuff.

Dec 20, 2011
 
3.5 by kelvarnsen from Canada (ON) on Nov 30, 2011
Photo of marty21
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by marty21 from Canada (MB)

A: Pours a nice clear copper colour with 1 finger worth of off white fluffy head. Eventually goes down to nothing and didn’t leave much for lacing. The colour of this beer is what was responsible for most of the points for appearance.

S: Bready malt, caramel, some grassy hops and a bit of sweet citrus on the finish.

T: Grassy hops and sweet citrus but is then taken over by a malty grainy taste.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

O: Nothing crazy about this beer. I could easily turn this into a session beer but might get a little bored after awhile.

Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Roke87
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Roke87 from Canada (ON)

500 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.
Best before: 04.01.2012

Appearance- Pours a dark copper colour with three fingers of billowing fluffy off white almost tan head that takes a while to dwindle down to a nice thick bubbly top that never really leaves, leaving tonnes of lacing throughout the glass right till the finish.

Smell- The nose on this one is very sweet, right off the bat I am hit with an intense aroma of caramel/toffee malts, some mild grassy hops in there as well but not overpowering in anyway, the aromas actually really remind me of a doppelbock.

Taste- Is much the same as the smells, the taste comes through with a dominant sweet caramel/toffee malt flavour mixed with a nice grassy hop flavour, I detect a very mild touch of citrusy fruits in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with very good carbonation, this is a very smooth and easy drinking beer, it does finish a little on the dry side though.

Overall- This is a very interesting beer, right away this kind of reminded me of a doppelbock from the smells and even initially on the tastes as well. I did really enjoy this one although I kind of had low expectations, which I am quickly finding out that these Scandinavian offerings are a little more above average than I initially thought. Great balance although there is not a whole lot going on in this beer, but I do like the ice sweet caramel bread malts mixed with the mild hop presence and an even more mild citrusy fruit presence in there as well. All in all I wish I would have picked up a few more of this one because I actually liked it!

Jun 18, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Kartoffeln from Canada (ON)

A: Pours a hazy, coppery orange with a large, foamy, cream-coloured head. Diminishes to a foamy cap.

S: Sweet bready and toffee malts with floral, slightly spicy hops. Just a hint of citrus.

T: Toffee malts up front with roasted notes and smooth, understated wheat malts. A fruity character comes out in the hops, a bit of orange zest, along with an enduring earthy, floral finish.

M: Very smooth and medium-bodied, nearly no bite from the carbonation. It drinks a bit heavy as a result, but the lasting citric and earthy bitterness in the finish keeps it refreshing.

D: This is actually the first steam beer I've had, so I've little to compare it to. That said, it's a refreshing and pleasant middle-ground between ale and lager well worth trying.

May 21, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

A: Rich copper with a nice two-finger thick head with white bubbles. Dissipates to a foamy blanket. Very nice.

S: Funky grassy and earthy hops, faint malts, and a bit of citrus.

T: Light tasting, but nicely balanced between grassy hops and sweet malts. Picking up some pronounced grapefruit and orange tastes.

M: Rather nice and oily mouthfeel.

D: Pretty easy to drink and refreshing brew, but I wouldn't likely seek this one out again.

May 20, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stocean1 from Canada (ON)

A - poured from a bottle into a tall wine glass -nice pillowy two finger head - good retention eventually settling to a thin foamy layer of tiny bubbles - neat lacing - very thin film that slowly slides down the side of the glass like cream - colour - amber/copper like an IPA

S - grassy hops and orange peel and a little earthy

T - grass and a hint of citrus up front with a pleasant bitter after taste

M - medium body and carbonation - pleasant tingling on the tongue from the well balanced hops

O - refreshing lager picked up from the LCBO - somehow tastes very similar to Grand River Curmudgeon IPA - I will definitely pick this up again - easy to drink and sessionable - my go to iceland beer!

May 06, 2011
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