Lapin Kulta Arctic Malt Pils
Hartwall Helsinki Panimo

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below from a 50cl aluminum can purchased at a K-Market. Best before: 18/12/15.

4.60% ABV.

A: ~2.5 inch wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Fair foaminess and froth. Retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Body is a clear yellow of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Not cloudy or hazy.

Looks well-carbonated. Pretty typical of the style. Not unique or special.

AROMA: Faint buttery notes. Cream, clean barley, pilsner malts. Not getting much in terms of Saaz or Noble hops; there's no grassy character. But it does suggest a balanced beer with a clean crisp pleasant taste.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a pleasant light taste of pilsner malts, cream, and clean barley. I find no hop profile, not even grassy notes of Saaz or Noble hops. Yeast profile is clean, with apt attenuation and no esters.

Shockingly well balanced, avoiding the usual cloying sweetness observed in cheap supermarket pilsners.

Texture is predictably light, smooth, wet, and refreshing, with an approachable easy presence on the palate that complements the simple taste well. Sure, it's shallow and lacks intricacy & nuance, but it's an enjoyable refreshing beer to drink - and that's the point of a pilsner.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Overcarbonated. There's a decent harmony of texture and taste, but no specific notes are accentuated by the mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Some of Hartwall's best work, Arctic Malt Pils is a highly drinkable pilsner available widely at a cheap price. It won't impress discerning style purists, but by Finnish standards it's a great bang for the buck, and it far exceeds comparable pale lagers. Surprisingly good, this avoids the usual pitfalls of the style; it's not overly sweet, it's not watery, it's not insipid. As simple and shallow as it is, it's a guilty pleasure, and I'd buy it again. Probably the best macrobrew pilsner in all of Finland.

That said, it's not world-class, and can't hold a candle to the best traditional examples of the style.

High C+ (3.25)

Impressions from a bottle tried in Tallinn in Summer 2014:

4.60% ABV.

HEAD: Half a finger in width and white in colour. Decent thickness and creaminess to the consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is below average - ~1 minute.

BODY: Clear translucent transparent pale copper of average vibrance. Clean, lacking any visible yeast or sediment.

AROMA: Helles malt, pils malt, mild floral hop character, and some malty sweetness. An inoffensive aroma of average intensity.

TASTE: Helles malts, pilsner malts, generic floral hop character, and way too much sweetness. Painfully simple in build, with only average depth and duration of flavour. Not real well balanced or built. Lacks cohesion. There's no intricacy or subtlety to its execution.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, a bit too thick. Too full-bodied for a pilsner. Lightly syrupy. Slightly overcarbonated.

This texture suits the taste okay. At least it's not oily or boozy.

OVERALL: Drinkable, and I'll easily finish the glass, but it's okay at best (and below average given the style).


Jun 04, 2015
Lapin Kulta Arctic Malt Pils from Hartwall Helsinki Panimo
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 1 ratings