Skjálfti | Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ölvisholt Brugghús
Iceland
brugghus.is

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jdhilt on 07-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
3
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1
For Trade:
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Photo of Danielr26
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Drknight
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of R_Kole
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of OscarMaad
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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

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Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of EliotTruelove
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Long813
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hotsudge
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Niklas
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Skjálfti from Ölvisholt Brugghús
3.7 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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