Jämtlands Bryggeri AB

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European Dark Lager
Ranked #45
Ranked #31,731
3.69 | pDev: 18.7%
Jämtlands Bryggeri AB
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 16
Photo of Wer34truh
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Subtle smell and taste. The hops are definitely noticeable for what otherwise is a light lager.

My big problem with Barnsten (and with beers from Jamtland in general) is what I perceive to be an overemphasis on the carbonation. I would definitely prefer lesser carbonation.

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Photo of alex667gbg
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This great looking lager has its name from the Swedish word for amber, true and fair.

S: Some hops with a malty, semi-sweet undertone.

T: Malty lager with caramel. Fruity hops and a well balanced. Just a great beer and it is understandable that this beer have won several gold medals in various categories. This is how a potent lager should taste like.

Medium carbonation.

This Jämtlands beer is the first beer I usually recommend friends who are unaware of good beer. This beer is the true cure for the crap-big-beer-drinkers. Most often, it takes only one bottle, and even the most hardcore unbeliever will be cured.

A must try!

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Photo of rarbring
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber beer - as it should ("bärnsten" is the Swedish word for amber). An off-white head leaving some lacing.

The smell is deep malty, honey, nuts and grains.

The taste is also dominated by the malt but well balanced with the hoppy bitterness. The beer takes us thru a journey starting with brown sugar, going to brown bread with nuts, some bitter orange marmalade notes and bitter lasting tastes.

Medium carbonation, medium body, a good dry finish.

A very pleasant surprise, crisper, bitterer and less sweet than the average Euro Dark Lager. More like a good bitter. Funnily I felt very little of the wheat that is supposed to be in the malt.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 50 cl short-necked brown bottle with a label in yellow and green and writing in black. There is a picture of amber (bärnsten in swedish).

A: The color is "Bärnsten" (amber in swedish) and the large head is white. The dissipation takes it's time, leaving really nice lacings.

S: Lots of butter, floral hops and caramell malt. Smells very english (in the best of ways).

T: Lots of dry caramell malt. Butter and balanced floral as well as bitter hops. Fruity.

M: Aftertaste lingers for some time and holds weak sweetness but rich bitterness. Body is creamy mediumfull and carbonation is moderate.

D: If you want to drink a great Lager; you should buy one from Jämtland. lf you want to drink one of the best in the world; you should probably drink this one.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, one of the best lagers I've ever had.

The colour is light amber, or "Bärnsten" as we say in Sweden. With a nice white-off head.

The smell is pretty anonymous, but still nice with some clean hoppy tones.

Tastes nicely of grapefruit, butterscotch and a light maltiness. The blend of hops/malts in this one is second to none. Jämtlands Bryggeri have a special tone in most of their beers, and it's quite distinguished. Finishes in a dry, satisfying way. I'd have this one anyday.

Gotta' love the Jämtland brewers. Quality straight trough.

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Photo of JanM
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a darkish, golden color. The smell was of flowery hops, citrus and other fruits. The taste has a pronounced honey note (which I'm not particularily fond of). There was also notes of syrup, some bread and bitterness. The body had a toffee taste. I'm not sure where to draw the taste line between a dark lager and an ale, but this beer tastes a lot like an ale to me. Having said that it's a competent brew, especially for a Swedish brewer.

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Photo of bark
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The foam is thin and white. The colour is clear amber (“bärnsten” is amber in Swedish).

The smell is full of malt, Challenger hops and a bit sourish.

The carbonation is balanced, long lasting and just right for this kind of beer.

The taste includes the characteristic Jämtlands Bryggeri-elements: A fine dry bitterness, lots of balanced malts and lots of Challenger and maybe some Bramling hops. The aftertaste is bitter and well bodied.

Solid, as expected from these fine brewers!

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Photo of rastaman
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Besides the slightly burnt malt character, all you can taste is the hops. Citrusy piney hops. Very hoppy. Bittersweet. Doesn't really taste like a Pilsener, more like an IPA or bitter or something. Very tasty anyway, bitter hoppy finish, enjoyable, but perhaps a bit over the top with hops, still a good little number from a good brewer. Well hopped.

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Bärnsten from Jämtlands Bryggeri AB
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 16 ratings