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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #186
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
67
Ranked #46,063
Avg:
2.7 | pDev: 31.11%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
16
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Viking Brewery - Vifilfell Ltd.
 
Iceland
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  1
SCORE
67
Poor
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
1.68/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

L- Ultra pale yellow, clear, 5mm white head.
S- So mild, I just get some mild grains.
T- Very poor, it tastes adjunct/'fake'.
M- Completely adjunct/blah.
O- Underwhelming, adjunct style, a let-down.
Prod 16/08/19 BB: 11/06/20
Bought in a variety pack of 5*500ml cans of Viking beer at Duty Free on arrival at Reykjavik airport. That seemed a wise purchase to try a few local beers excl the horrendous local taxes, but be aware that I sadly found all of them really lacking.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.53/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pores a golden colour with a soapy white head.

The beer has a sweet malty aroma. The taste is malt forward with a hop bitterness undertone that balances everything out.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick and the beer itself is medium bodied. Finish is kind of wet and fluffy.

I give it a B+.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very generic light lager - pretty much exactly what you’d expect, just an Icelandic version of a Coors or Miller light, just a light adjunct flavor, etc

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Photo of rudzud
3.34/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this can.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of big sweet malts, cereal grains, little corn.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with extremely sweet malts, strong corn, light grass note.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is a bit thin but it's rather crisp.

O - Overall this was a rather solid adjunct lager.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
3.32/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK, grabbed this on my way through duty free in Iceland while I was late for my plane, so didn't get to look it up ahead of time. SHared with rudzud

Pours a giant pillowy head that fades at a med pace, lots of sticky lacing and crystal clear almost watery colored light pilsner

Nose is basically a macro lager, a bit of a sweet lager and toasted pilsner grain, but lots of skunky unhappy lager thing, a bit of bitter nasty hop

Taste sweet toasted pilsner grain, more sweet lager flavors, big bitter herbal grassy hop, but also a mild bitter icky flavor, more macro unhappy lager notes and corn like adjunct unfermentables, bitter herbal hop finish, a bit of malt mash

Mouth is light bod, not too bad, decent carb, a bit of crisp lager notes

Overall not too bad for a macro like adjunct lager

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Photo of spinrsx
2.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, corn, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with malts and a bit of a pear/apple sweetness. There is also quite a bit of a cooked corn and there is a fairly bitter flavour during the aftertaste.

Overall – Special thanks to my buddy for bringing this back from Iceland for me. The taste on this beer was a little unbalanced but at least it was a little more interesting than the countless other euro-lagers on the market. If not for the slightly harsh aftertaste this beer could be a real winner.

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Photo of claytong
1.98/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

thought the icelandic people would be more impressive than this. i mean this was just awful. like american mass produced shit. i understand they drink heavy and lots and so i guess ya care less of what youre having then.
anyways, bitter watery taste, not sure where the bitter was coming from, tasted like they used really horrible grains. it was a typical piss water taste that i know from drinking as a teen.

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Photo of Kooz
1.11/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Stuck in an airport in Iceland, this was new and different so I figured, what the hell. Oops.

The green bottle kept me from fairly seeing the beer, but a few quick tests showed it to be a generic, faint yellow color. Taste? Skunky and bitter. Smell? Same. Mouthfeel was a little better, rising to sudsy water, but still gross. I would not drink this again. Made an awful airport experience that much worse.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bad boy at a huge beer bar in DC. Can't remember the name of the beer bar, but they had lots of different beers from all around the world, as well as served the beers in the proper glassware and temperature. Anyways, this beer wasn't too bad itself. It actually started off pretty bad, but once it warmed up, it got waaaay better. It started off with a foul skunk smell and taste, but when it got to room temp, it really brought out the flavors. Flavors of sweet malts, some caramel, and a little hop bite. I enjoyed this one, but it took a little time for it to get better.

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Photo of SCW
3.78/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sometimes you give a positive review for a beer even though it might not even be that good.

On a recent trip to Iceland, I was definitely impressed by this beer. Perhaps it was because I was have an awesome time in Iceland and this was the only beer on tap, but let me just say this beer hit the spot. I usually go for dark beers these days but this beer was refreshing, crisp, and clean.

Definitely give it a shot if you find yourself in Iceland.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500 ml can, with gold coloring and a symbol of a Viking ship. English print on the front, Icelandic on the back.

I was naturally excited when my brother smuggled a can of Viking home from a recent family trip to Iceland. While it is reportedly one of the major brews in Iceland, I found it to be fairly mediocre. From the can, it poured a clear, straw color with very active carbonation. It had a pretty small head that held only for a very short period of time. The smell was of the faint-hop, faint-malt variety, maybe even a bit skunky. The taste was pretty refreshing, but nothing spectacular. The hops assert themselves a bit more towards the middle, but a weak maltiness and noticeable corn taste are present from beginning to end. A slight metallic taste also tainted my impression. The feel was rather watered-down and thin, a bit American-macro-like. A fairly decent brew, I won't pass up this Icelandic offering when I visit. But I probably won't go out of my way to find it, either.

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