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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Photo of rocketcat
2.32/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of vtblackdog
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BayerischBier
3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Andreji
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the broad spectrum of middle-of-the-pile sort of macro lagers, Karhu III would in fact be the middle-most.

The beer, well, it's a macro. It hasn't got much to say about it. well, pour is- guess...pale straw, translucid and considerably carbonated with a small white head that has a rather poor retention.

Smell is hoppy at best, a slight grainy hint comes accross but isn't all that perceivable or important here.

The taste isn't all too bad, it's not hoppy but rather focuses on a wheaty/grainy flavour which dominates, and is rather pleasant to a certain extent.

It's overall not too bad. it's neutral- much like the rest of scandinavia.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on back label.
It pours a shiny gold color with a substantial foamy head and some sticky and patchy lacing.
A smell of cut lawn and dry malt dominate. A light smell of citrusy hops adds a little perfume to the air.
The light-medium malt body has a crisp, dry and raw kind of edginess to it, creating a raspy, back of the throat feel. A mild grainy taste is noticed.
The hops have, in equal parts, a citrusy lemon tartness and a metallic bite.
A light sweetness emerges as it warms. The fine little bubble remains active for a long time.

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Karhu III from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
2.84 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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