Karhu III | Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Karhu IIIKarhu III

Brewed by:
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Andreji on 07-22-2004

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2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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)

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