Aass Juleøl
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Aass Brewery
Vienna Lager
Ranked #83
Ranked #26,247
3.59 | pDev: 13.93%
Nov 03, 2021
Aug 18, 2001
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Rated: 3.84 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 03, 2021
Rated: 3.62 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

May 18, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by DarrellK from Florida

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by jebrew from Maine

Apr 27, 2017
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours clear, chestnut in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is caramel, deep toasted malt, dark cherry, and sweet chocolate. Sweet, light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Nice and light malty sipper. Could have several. Very tasty.
Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: gives a mahogny dark color, a small top of head that disolves very quickly. No much of lacings.

S: roasted malts,caramel,toast,coffee.dark matured fruits, spices.

T&F: fruity and sweet at the start with malts in the background the entire time,dark fruits like plums,figues and dates . Especially the malts the have crafted very good. Sense both caramel, coffee and toast in the flavour. Finish off sightly bitter but still malt dominate the aftertaste.long aftertaste

O: a very good beer. Liked the malty profile. A good sipper.
Jan 12, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Chronark from Norway

Jun 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by DaveMiller from Minnesota

Apr 06, 2014
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Reviewed by RusImpStoLuv from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Thick and malty with a smooth, rich flavor. A friend in Norway was very kind with his share of this with me. This is a very sought after Scandinavian beer, especially around the winter holidays. Very similar to Aass Bock, with the obvious holiday reminder in the scent. Try it if you come by it!
Feb 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by BillRoth from Maryland

Nov 29, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by 2bet from Norway

May 18, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by Thunder from Georgia

Feb 08, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Florya from Norway

Nov 09, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by t0rin0 from California

Aug 11, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by harpus from Alabama

Aug 04, 2012
Rated: 3 by macrosmatic from Florida

Apr 10, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by MoFro from Norway

Apr 03, 2012
Rated: 4 by Fenrisulven from Norway

Dec 22, 2011
Rated: 4 by Beertracker from Oklahoma

Dec 01, 2011
Rated: 3 by THECPJ from Delaware

Nov 17, 2011
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Reviewed by JohnnyP3 from Alaska

3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
.33cl bottle with what looks like a freshness date of May 2011. The pour into the pint glass produces a dark ruby/brown beer with about 2 fingers of slightly tan head that reduces to a thin foam covering of the beer. Pours clear with what appears to be moderate to low carbonation.

Smells like a spiced Christmas beer with some sweetness, caramel malt aromas, and perhaps some vanilla/nutmeg lingering in the background.

Very sweet tasting and very malty. Not too much in the way of hops in the flavor, but that is consistent with this style of Norwegian Christmas beer. Starts quite sweet with brown sugar/molasses flavors and finishes with an oh so slight hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with low carbonation. Slightly like syrup. Drinkability...nice sweet Christmas brew that would probably be a good match with Christmas cookies. A solid product in this style category.
Dec 18, 2010
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Reviewed by WorldWideStout from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: Dark cola-brown body with giant, rocky off-white head and plenty of carbonation.

S: Smells like a pilsner - crisp and clean. I get a bit of sweet malt in the background.

T: Taste is like a pilsner in the front of the mouth, while towards the back and roof of the mouth there is a malty sweetness which is more prevalent than in the smell.

M: Medium, with a little too much carbonation.

D: This isn't too heavy or complex, a session beer for sure. I wouldn't have more than two in an evening though, unless there was nothing else to drink.

A pedestrian beer. Doesn't give me too much hope for their bock, which I will be trying next.
Jun 02, 2010
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Mahogany/amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts sweet molasses flavor, finish is malty with hints of bitterness in aftertaste. $1.79 for a 330ml bottle from Lina's Beverages Painesville, OH.
Jan 08, 2007
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Reviewed by xymyl from Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Color: Copper

Nose: Chocolate, Caramel, etc -- Basic dark lager malty notes.

Taste: Blanket of caramel, light smoke, hazelnut and orange -- opening up to cinnamon, nutmeg and peppermint flavors. Quite unexpected.

Body: Medium, soft and silky.

Note: Subtle and thirst quenching. Very nice indeed.
Jun 03, 2006
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Reviewed by TongoRad from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A dark sorta murky brown beer with a one finger dense, tan, long lasting head. Held up to the light this baby reveals some ruby-like highlights. Evocative and interesting in an 'olden-times' kind of way.

Aroma is malty and spicy with nice fruity elements- sour cherries, chocolate, figs, nutmeg. Underneath it all is what I can only describe as "that funky-Aass house character." It definitely gives the beer a unique personality. There is also a creamy caramel quality that builds as the beer warms.

It falters a bit on the palate, which is not as full as the nose promises. The finish is long and lingers on the roasty/chocolate qualities, and some sour cherries come out at the very end.

It is more a quaffer than a sipper, but it has its merits and is a nice beer overall.
Feb 01, 2006
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Reviewed by ALESwhatCURESya from Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Intersting little number from Aass. I bought it because it appeared to be one of those beers that you may never find again. Well, the appearance is pretty murky. The muddy brown body appears to be somewhat thick, like a dark belgian. The aroma is filled with a molassases and malt. This is supposed to be a Christmas Ale, but there is not much spice going on. A musky, bark hint makes an odd presence. The taste is actually a little surprising. A nice raisin and dark fruit backbone makes the malty sweetness seem nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is average, but on the verge of being worse. The thin, inconsistent body leaves a film over your entire mouth. This kind of a strange beer. It has a big-bodied winter brew mentality, with a thinned out, weak feel.
Sep 01, 2005
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Reviewed by Zorro from California

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear red brown beer.

Smell is lots of big grain smell and grain husk. Fairly strong dark malt smell and mildly perfume in scent.

Taste is mildly sweet with a mild chocolate malt flavor. Mild bitter aftertaste complements the main flavor of grain.

Mouthfeel is just average.

A drinkable brew just not spectacular, better than a Heineken.
Dec 30, 2004
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A dark crimson color, and a tiny, swiftly gone head are the visual hallmarks of this Norwegian holiday lager. Aroma is dark and hearty, but gives off no particular associations. I'll stretch out my nostrils and give it a try...toasty, nutty, dark fruits, maybe, and a subtle whiff of chocolate?
Good flavor, great palate, medium body, and long finish. Clean, smooth, and a little caramely toward the end. I'm never very moved by this style, and this version didn't make a convert out of me. Nice try, though.
Feb 09, 2003
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Reviewed by Jarod from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This beer poured into the glass a caramel color. The head was beige in color some lasting but small in size. There was no lace present. Some carbonation was present but not overly present. The aroma was of fruit, hops and some malt, not very complex. The taste was also not overly complex. It was of malt, fruit, and hops. The hops were not overbaring but were present. Some what dry at the end as the malt took the last flavor.
Jan 13, 2003
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Reviewed by MJR from Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear garnet color with a healthy-sized, tan head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted malt, a touch of sweet fruit, a bit of skunkiness (green bottles suck!), and a faint hop aroma.

Taste: Combines a sweet fruit flavor with strong toasted malt. There's a bit of skunkiness in this bottle, but not enough to throw off the flavor beyond recognition. Ends with a slight bitter hop note, as well as a burnt sensation. Not very complex or warming for a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: Too thin for the style. Pretty thin mouthfeel along with a crisp dryness. This beer needs more 'ass!'

Drinkability: Pretty limp... This brew's complexity of flavor and mouthfeel are nothing compared to the many others out there. Average...
Jan 08, 2003
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Reviewed by Gusler from Arizona

3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head permissive and the left over lace a nice covering sheet. Light toasted grain aroma, sweet and caramel like, pleasant. Sweet at the start with lots of malt, the top a bit on the skinny side and the finish sparsely acidic, the hops scarce and mores the pity, the aftertaste dry and a drinkable beer, but nothing that excites me.
Dec 28, 2002
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Reviewed by beerguy101 from California

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I am assuming this is Juleøl (klasse D). Dark brown color, large head. Dark malts. Light tasting, light bodied. Light malt and hops. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter.
Dec 27, 2002
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Reviewed by DarthMalt from Virginia

2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Green bottles suck!

I think this may have been a good beer once, but, alas, the green kills all over time. Speaking of good beers in bad bottles, this guy is a dead ringer for Dinkel Acker Dark--same water twang, same color, same tastes-like-it-was-the-second-runnings-off-a-double-bock-sparge.

Perhaps, one day, it will come in a brown bottle.

One day.
Dec 20, 2002
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Reviewed by inebrius from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Wonderful nose of chocolate ice cream smothered with dark cherries in syrup. Caramel and roasted nuts form a smooth malt body on the verge of being too sweet to stomach, but quelled in the nick of time by a dose of bittering hops. I could drink a few of these with the holiday goose, no doubt. Its mahogany hue would look mighty attractive next to the fresh cranberry sauce and maple carrots. Tasty.
Nov 14, 2002
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Reviewed by ADR from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Dark nutmeg brown, clear...1/4 inch head that calms to "clouds" in 40 seconds. Caramely aroma, some sense of allspice. Light and spicy sense, some tea-like flavors, a little orange, and a musty impression of nutmeg. Hops balance with an organic quality. Suggestions that this beer is a little "off" in the flavors. Aroma works well with the impression though. A "session" holiday brew. I'm not sure this brew is a Strong Ale at all, it is much more reminiscent of, maybe a Dark Lager?
Oct 24, 2002
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Aass' Juleøl, like all Norwegian Yule/Christmas beers, is NOT an ale - it's a Vienna style lager. These beers are brewed in the original strong (appr. 6,2% ABV) and a watered down (appr. 4,5%) version. Make sure you get the strong versions (applies to all breweries) - they are just so much better! Aass is the best of them all. Spicy, caramelly, rich and rounded flavour that goes well with traditional Scandinavian Christmas fare.
May 29, 2002
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Rated by Bighuge from Minnesota

2.16/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
(Another review from months ago lacking depth.)

There is skunk on the nose and palate. This is a sub par offering in my opinion.
Mar 28, 2002
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Reviewed by garymuchow from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Malt aroma with some fruity undertones. Deep red to brownish color with good clarity. Full and firm head, that leaves a telltale ring after each drink. Malt qualities in taste that is similar to aroma noted with some nuttiness, and more of the sweetness. Also a metalic quality, that could be from hard water. Finish is sweet with very little dryness. Medium mouthfeel with proper carbonation. This bottle wasn't as good as ones I have had previously.
Jan 22, 2002
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Reviewed by Brent from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Even though this is a Christmas seasonal, it is strong enough to sit on a shelf pretty much the year. Pretty boisterous character with plenty of alcohol punch, similar to a Scotch ale. Still, not too bitter or strong. An 11.5 oz bottle was plenty to warm me up.
Aug 18, 2001
Aass Juleøl from Aass Brewery
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