Karhu III
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
Lager - European Pale
2.84 | pDev: 17.25%
Jan 26, 2020
Jul 22, 2004
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3.32/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by KooVee from Finland

500ml on tap.

Very clear golden colour. Thin fizzy head that recedes fast and leaves a film.

A shy nose of slightly sweet bread, no hop aroma to speak of.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium- for body. The process of diluting strong original by water to obtain a strength approved by Finnish legacy jurisdiction shows. The ghost of hop-derived bitterness and flavour enters and exits switfly. A hint of proper malt but the aftertaste is limp.

There is a good pils hidden underneath all that water, making this drinkable as an alternative to water. The brewer is not to blame, technically speaking. The consumers still like this.

Jan 26, 2020
3.1 by bmaggot from Lithuania on Oct 25, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by damndirtyape from Ohio

On tap, served in a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Clear gold, a bit on the dark side. Good thick head, with some sheets of lacing.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma - some malt and just a tiny bit of hops.

Taste: Clean malt and some noble hop bitterness. Probably the closest to a simple lager I've had so far.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation. Thin and a bit sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a lager, and very much within the style of local lagers I've had since being in Turku for the past several days. Nothing amazing, but easily drinkable.

Jun 26, 2019
3 by aztraz from Sweden on Feb 08, 2019
3.16 by monkist from Hungary on Dec 20, 2018
1.25 by sqpat from Washington on Oct 16, 2017
2.87 by SuomenAmerikkalainen from Minnesota on Feb 11, 2017
2 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Aug 04, 2016
2.11 by JamFuel from Sweden on May 01, 2016
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2.32/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by rocketcat from Finland

Karhu beer is pretty good sausage beer. It's abit sweet taste makes it very fit for that, also its tendency to sparkle and be generally easily drinkable helps on that. Karhu is "basic beers", so it does not deliver a great tasting experience, even thought its abit flavourous but still short tasting.
Karhu olut on hyvä esimerkiksi makkaran kanssa. Tämä hieman makeahko olut on siihen sopiva, sen pieni poreilu ja helppo juotavuus myös tukevat tätä. Karhu on "perusolut", joten se ei kuitenkaan tuota suuria makunautintoja, vaikka onkin lievästi aromikas, mutta silti hyvin lyhyt makuinen.

Apr 27, 2016
3.25 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts on Feb 21, 2015
3 by jmw4437 from Ohio on Feb 14, 2015
2.96 by Jarkkokosunen from Finland on Nov 28, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Initial thoughts: Low C (2.82.)

05.22.15 notes:

33cl can served cold into a kitchen glass at low altitude in Kuopio, Finland. Expectations are below average given the brewery behind it. Purchased at a Prisma supermarket in Kuopio, Finland. Reviewed live as a European pale lager.

4.60% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Fair creaminess and frothiness. Retention is above average - ~3 minutes. Some lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear honey colour/pale copper of average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yest particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks like most pale lagers. Well-carbonated, with a clean crisp appearance.

AROMA: Faint buttery/diacetyl notes. Copper malts. Pale malts. Barley. No real grains. Honey malt.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. Sweetness seems a touch high, but overall it's a pretty run-of-the-mill Euro lager aroma profile.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a smooth wet and fairly soft mouthfeel, which is definitely preferable to the frequently sharp and metallic textures of most beers in this style. A bit overcarbonated, but still refreshing, with a pleasant albeit neutral Munich malt emphasis. Some supplementary honey malt and pale malt is present, but the hop profile is minimal - some generic grassiness at most.

Crisp and clean, but problematically buttery. My biggest criticism is its plainness - neutral to the point that it's almost insipid. It's also quite shallow. Flavour duration and intensity are average.

Not a gestalt beer, nor an impeccably balanced one. But it's built more or less to style, and is what you'd expect at this price range - a forgettable but drinkable beer intended for students and casual drinkers alike.

OVERALL: Known to many Finns as a redneck beer, Karhu III is just another take on the Carlsberg/Heineken model of neutral easy-drinking approachable Euro lagers, and is largely indistinguishable from any other European country's cheap offerings in the style. Still, it hides its modest alcohol well and will get you drunk. You could do worse than an 8 pack of this if you're looking for a good buzz on the cheap, but the discerning drinker (or craft beer enthusiast) will find this mediocre. I wouldn't bother with it again, but it's better than many beers out there in this price range (relative to purchasing power).

Low C (2.8)

Sep 20, 2014
3.5 by Saksis from Norway on Sep 14, 2014
2.5 by Lockk from Finland on Aug 18, 2014
3.75 by Hopmeplease from Ohio on Jul 27, 2014
2.48 by DanielCole from Finland on Jul 14, 2014
3.5 by yarnanimal from California on Jul 08, 2014
3 by ThomasKoren from Finland on Jun 24, 2014
3.25 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on Apr 28, 2014
2.86 by JTuomi from Finland on Dec 26, 2013
2.5 by mikehillman from Pennsylvania on Oct 15, 2013
2 by TheBrk from Sweden on Sep 17, 2013
3 by Satyr179 from Sweden on Feb 03, 2013
3 by nquigley16 from Massachusetts on Dec 17, 2012
3 by coreHc from Finland on Oct 20, 2012
3 by abrasivefinn from Finland on Oct 16, 2012
3.25 by WeissBoy from Canada (ON) on Jun 27, 2012
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2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

A: Pours rather dark golden with a large off-white head. Dissipation leaves some lacings.

S: A bit soapy smell. Some bitter hops lingers in the back. Bready malt, sweet.

T: Rich bready malt, semi-sweet, combined with nice bitter hops.

M: Bready and bitter aftertaste. Body as well as carbonation is medium.

O: A very average Euro Pale Lager.

Jun 09, 2012
2 by petluo from Finland on Apr 27, 2012
2.5 by Arborescence from Finland on Feb 19, 2012
3 by Rlombardi75 from Canada (ON) on Jan 27, 2012
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2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by drpimento from Wisconsin

Best thing about this beer is its aroma. Poured with a fizzy white head that settled out right away and no lace. Color is a deep amber with lots of large bubble trails. Aroma is beery, malt, and a little hop. Flavor is sharp with the carbonic tang and sweet, but not all malt sweet. Also a little wet cardboard. Body's on the thin side and carbonation is overdone. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Don't want any more.

Sep 18, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by vtblackdog from Vermont

I spent a week in Finland and this was the prefered beer of the selection available. I would compare this selectio to be the Budweiser of Finland.

Appearance was a dark straw color with a minimal head.

Smell was weak with very slight hoppiness.

Taste was an average beer taste. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel was again just average. A bit of carbonation keeps the liquid moving in the mouth.

Overall an average drink.

I was able to bring a couple can of Karhu back with me if anyone wants to trade and try the brew for themselves.

Apr 24, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BayerischBier from Ohio

Tested: Can and bottle

A - golden/amber color with little head (almost nothing)

S - almost nothing, atleast nothing special; some hop flavor in the smell.

T - thin body; not too bad. It is one of the student beers in Finland. Lapin Kulta if you're poor; Karhu III for an upgrade. Has to be really cold to have a real finish beer experience

M - almost no carbonation but good feel.

D - very good. Has to be icecold though! Good beer to hang with friends in a pub in Finland.

To be honest, I have seen Finland's beers reviewed here. You should judge them only after sitting in sauna for hours and rolling in the snow => you did life in Finland.

Apr 17, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by jdhilt from New Hampshire

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly, leaving a trace of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is one-dimensional remarkably similar to American macros. 330ml bottle €3.50 at a restaurant in Rovaniemen, Finland. From my notes - 7/11/2008.

Jul 26, 2008
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3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
by MMAJYK from Georgia

I actually had this one on-tap and in the bottle, thanks to the mini-bar in my tiny hotel room! First of all, you can get this beer at any bar, it is kinda like the miller or bud lite in Finland.

A- Nothing special. Little head and decent golden color.

S- Again, nothing special about it. Smell was bland and meek, but with a touch of hops.

T- Not too bad as far as taste goes. Average, average, average...

M- Little bit of carbonation, but mild bubbles that dissapate quickly.

D- Since it is one of the most prominant beers I tried in Lahti and Helsinki, you have not much choice but to drink it. It is very average (again) and nothing to write home about. I cannot speak Finnish, but everyone understood "one beer" in english, and this is what I got. No worries, just not anything stand-outish.

Oct 10, 2007
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