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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
Ranking:
#28,395
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
67
pDev:
11.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of mfkr
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden orange liquid, with a small white head that leaves some lacing.

S - Lots of sweet malt and some hops.

T - Lots of malt, butter, hops, the taste felt a bit artificial.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

To sweet and buttery in my opinion.

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Photo of hotsudge
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.54/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of clean cereal with light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by floral cereal with a clean dry finish with some subtle residual sugar notes. There is also some light cooked vegetables which I could have done without. Body is quite full with slight oily texture with good carbonation. Not bad thought it doesn't really stand out and the light DMS touch is not that pleasant.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger white head that lasts leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Flavor is almost balanced leaning to hoppy, slight bitter finish. 330ml bottle 249 ISK ~ $2.99 Vínbúõin Hvolsvelli, Iceland. The name means earthquake - very appropriate for the country. From my notes - 7/22/2008.

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Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow body with initially a foamy head. Wafts initially a cheesy aroma, then reverts to a neutral one. A little lagerish taste, a tad beow average mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not too drinkable, and 500 ml. is too much for me. Rather uninteresting overall.

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Photo of R_Kole
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ecoastman
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't expect to find this one under a California Common / Steam Beer lager category but then again why not? The brewers tell you more about Icelandic earthquakes than the beer and the intended style on the label.

Overall, a decent beer that has much more flavour than a typical Euro Lager - not even compareable really. But I'll probably only buy it again the next time I'm in Iceland.

The appearance is a hazy straw colour with a head that recedes leaving no lacing. Sweet malt and earthy-pine hops are balanced in the light aroma. But there's a medium-high level of bitterness that stands out which lingers too long in the aftertaste for my palate.

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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 jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold and decent head. Nose has an odd fruitiness to it, lychees and tropical fruit. Fairly bitter and sharply carbonated, again with a lychee flavour. Quite dry and a bit astringent with a herbal hop. Light toasted grain and caramel round out the flavours. A little bit on the acidic side as well. This one could use a bit more sweetness to balance the hops, but overall drinkability isn't bad.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange colour with an average size fizzy and frothy off white colour head. I can't see much carbonation due to the haziness of the beer.. The head last for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, honey, malts, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - a very nice mouth feel; perfect combination of carbonation and smoothness. The beer has a very nice mild hop flavour, similar to that found in say a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but much more toned down. There is also a honey sweetness and notes of toffee and lemon juice. The beer finishes with a malty slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - A pretty decent brew that is definitely worth a try if you happen to see it on the shelves. Sure hit the spot while watching nfl football today.

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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 marty21
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper colour with a nice white head. Smells sweet like fruit candy almost. Taste has some hops with a strong malt backbone. Very bready type taste that has some type of fruit in there. Very smooth and a great drinker. Probably not going to buy a lot at the price in Ontario, but a very nice beer.

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Photo of eat
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber body with a good cover of off-white head, fading to a ring around the glass. Very nice colour.

Smells of lots of yeast and sweet malt, salted caramel, a bit of citrusy hops. Quite sweet.

The flavour is on the light side and mostly of basic grain and hops. The wheat does show through and adds a nice character. Hops are more earthy here and linger for quite a while on the finish, along with the wheat, leaving a fairly strong drying feeling in the mouth. There is some sweet malt but it's out-balanced by the hop bitterness.

Nice full body with pretty mild carbonation. I like it this feel.

A basic and mostly unmemorable beer, though it's well-made enough and pretty drinkable. I'd probably drink this sometimes as a sessionable beer if I lived in Iceland to try keeping things local. Here in Canada, there are too many other good beers similar to this one.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just saw this today at the LCBO, how nice to be the first reviewer from Toronto for a change. Big foamy off-white head, three fingers, low moderate carbonation, lots of sticky sheet lace. In due course, the head settled into a few large beige blotches floating atop a clear copper brew. There was a citrus fruit hoppy aroma on the pour and more sweet apricot and bready malt nose after it breathed; quite a pleasant smelling beer. The taste was more malty than hoppy with pine flavour and a resiny mouthfeel, earthy swallow, more pine and bitterness in the long lingering finish. Mouth is pine resiny, medium body, buttery texture. No hint of volcanic ash whatsoever. Overall, not bad at all and I'd gladly have another.

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Photo of crossovert
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mit
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-Pours an amber clear colour with minimal head.

s-hoppy flavours come through in the smell. Some malt odours.

t-hoppy flavours right at the beginning with the finish being fairly typical of a wheat.

m-good for the abv.

o-I would buy this again in a heart beat. Really interesting find for the LCBO.

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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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Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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