Sofiero Original
Kopparbergs Bryggeri AB (Sofiero - Banco - Zeunerts)

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Kopparbergs Bryggeri AB (Sofiero - Banco - Zeunerts)
European Pale Lager
Ranked #374
Ranked #29,985
2.31 | pDev: 22.51%
Aug 21, 2022
Jul 15, 2005
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Notes: Sweden's most sold >3.5% beer since 2002.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Oct. 2005: 500 ml can, ABV 4.6%, bought in Norway. The Swedish 5.2% version is too strong for us! Very pale golden colour, large fluffy head. Sweetish aroma, notes of apples, sidenotes of soap. Bland and uninteresting pale lager flavour, but not quite as offensive as I feared. Some metallic bitterness in the finish. God knows why they have introduced this beer on the Norwegian market. Maybe some Swedish expats feeling homesick?
Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 3.1 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 1.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden

Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 1.82 by Benzebub from Sweden

Apr 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.63/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
[Review forced in a non-ideal environment due to an outlier rating]

This is a pretty typical budget pale lager. While simple and shallow, it lacks any offensive off-notes (including the metallic character so often problematic in beers of this style). Certainly below average, but drinkable and by no means bad for what it is.

Reviewed from a blue can purchased at a Prisma hypermarket in Kuopio, Finland.

C- (2.63) / Below Average
Jul 13, 2015
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Reviewed by staless from Norway

2.59/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
A: Clear golden, with white foamy head
S: Sweet malts and corn
T: Sweet malt with little aroma. Almost no bitterness.
M: Light and watery feeling, with medium carbonation
O: An average lager, that's easy to drink, but hard to enjoy.
Dec 27, 2014
Rated: 2.24 by Florya from Norway

Dec 04, 2014
Rated: 2 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 18, 2014
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Rated by Alex-Alkis from Sweden

1.4/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Bottle. It's a mystery how this beer can be the by far the most sold in Sweden. Filthy taste.
Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by Limanuljaska from Finland

Jul 16, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by TheBrk from Sweden

Sep 22, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by Mattias from Sweden

Jan 30, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by madzanta

Jan 11, 2013
Rated: 2.25 by aztraz from Sweden

May 31, 2012
Rated: 1.5 by jhf2012

Apr 27, 2012
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

2.23/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
The beer is clear pale straw colored, small bubbles, a white rather quickly settling head that leaves some lacing. No curtains.

The smell is sweet corn flakes, a slight canned pear aroma, some metallic sourness.

Starts sweet, white bread, then some lemon jam, and a short alkaloid bitterness.

Medium to low carbonation, a thin body and a watery feeling, a coarse dry finish.

Well this is by far the most sold beer in Sweden, year after year, it must be so that I lack something vital in my senses as it to me is very dull, not even "lagom" good. It's claimed to have won a silver medal in "World Beer Cup" in San Diego 2004 - must have been a competition with two contenders!
Jul 19, 2011
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Reviewed by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

2.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
A: Pours pale yellow with an enormous white fluffy head that instantly dissipates into almost no lace.

S: White bread and lots of corn. Sweet malt. Faint hops.

T: Sweet malt, but loaded with corn. White bread. An unbalanced bitterness. Some honey. Some boiled vegetables. An artificial off-taste, almost detergent-like.

M: Body is thin and carbonation is medium and smooth. Aftertaste is short.

D: This procuct is boring and kind of flat. I would not recomend it.
Feb 18, 2011
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Reviewed by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
A - Yellow/gold pour with a small white head and medium carbonation. Bright. Typical lager appearance.

S - Noble hop, some honey, and floral notes.

T - More noble hop, grans, honey, and those flowery notes.

M - Good carbonation, crisp finish.

D - I could drink a few of these no problem. Nothing too crazy here just an unoffensive pale lager. Often lagers can be too sweet but this is nicely balanced.
Dec 13, 2010
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Reviewed by willjschmidt from California

2.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Poured from a 500 ml can into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow color with a thin and quickly receding head. Not a lot of aroma. The taste is of standard macro lager, light malts very little hops. It's thin and watery although it is easy to drink. I guess you could do worse if you're looking for an easy drinking pale lager. If you're actually looking for a beer than I would skip this one.
Feb 10, 2008
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

2.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
This is, by far, the most sold beer in Sweden during the last three years It has won the “World Beer Cup” in San Diego in 2004.

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold. The airy white head disappears quickly into a thin lid.

The smell is malty and sweet with some notes of honey, wet paper and butyric acid (ugh!).

The taste is first a bit bitter with some notes of wet wood (!) and a touch of some aroma hops. The aftertaste is weak with some dry malt and a hoppy hint of lemon.

Carbonation is... Average.

Why are people buying this? Who gave it this prize? Well: At least it is more of a “boring” pale lager than a “disgusting” one.
Jul 15, 2005
Sofiero Original from Kopparbergs Bryggeri AB (Sofiero - Banco - Zeunerts)
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 21 ratings