I intended to order the Nils Oscar Julöl at the Bull & Bear Inn in Stockholm, but I was served this instead. I was not impressed.
This beer turned out to be nearly absent in terms of what one desires in the palate of a beer. There wasn't much head to speak of, the nose was unenjoyable if present at all, and the mouthfeel was similar to what I would expect of rancid water. I can't say whether this is typical of Julöl, but it is not typical of what I enjoy in beer.
The colour is clear red-brown; the big compact foam dissolves into a very thin white lid.
The rather weak smell is malty with a slight touch of chemicals (Chloride?); there is also a thin yet fresh flavour of some hops.
The carbonation is proper and fresh for a lager beer.
The taste is mild with some weak, metallic, simple bitter notes. There are some touches of burned malt and a gentle sweetness (surprising, since Åbro Bryggeri is notorious for very sweet, almost sickly lager beers). The aftertaste is somewhat dry and short lasting with dry notes of mild hops and a small burned taste.
This beer is very drinkable and it will probably work fine with the traditional Swedish Christmas food. Better than expected.