Saku Kuld | Saku Brewery LTD

Saku KuldSaku Kuld
BA SCORE
3/5
20 Ratings
Saku KuldSaku Kuld
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saku Brewery LTD
Estonia
saku.ee

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,049
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
20
pDev:
18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of metter98
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving only a narrow collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready malts and sweet adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of bready and adjunct malts with hints of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing really interesting about the taste of this beer but it seems to be a basic lager that doesn't have that much in the way of adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of rex_4539
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Gold foil-ed over pry-off crown cap. Gold and black label.

5.2% ABV.

Served cold into a pilsner glass in Finland. Expectations are above average on account of the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 finger wide. White colour. Somewhat thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Weak. Retention is merely 1 minute - below average.

BODY: Clear yellow. Clean, without visible yeast particles. Average vibrance.

It's an okay appearance. Not alive or inviting.

AROMA: Honey malt, pilsner malt. That's it. Seems too sweet.

Simple and shallow, with no subtlety or nuance to speak of.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Pilsner malt. Honey. Floral hop character is minimally present. Balanced albeit simple. Pretty shallow. There's no real subtlety or nuance here, nor is there any intricacy, but it's pleasant and cohesive. Not a gestalt build, but an enjoyable beer overall.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, fairly refreshing, medium-bodied (when it should be light), slightly overcarbonated, and of above average thickness (to its detriment). This should ideally be crisp, light, and extremely refreshing, but it isn't. Lacks the soft delicate feel of superior beers.

There's no harmony of texture and taste. This mouthfeel fails to accentuate specific notes or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A pretty humdrum Estonian beer with average characteristics. Drinkable, forgettable, and unremarkable. This will satisfy the casual drinker, and that's fine. But it isn't close to a world-class offering by any stretch.

C

***
Review from Summer 2014. Can served into a Saku glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers worth of white-grey foam. Poor complexion. Thin consistency. No creaminess or frothiness. Average (~2 minute) retention.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Helles malts, barley, grassy hops. Maybe some adjunct. A pleasant aroma of mild intensity.

TASTE: Helles malts, generic barley, off-putting sweetness, and some adjunct. Simple and far from enjoyable.

Average depth of flavour. I guess it's cohesive enough in build. Tastes cheap and slightly metallic.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, light-bodied, and artificial. Not too thick or hefty.

OVERALL: Downable but pedestrian. I wouldn't get it frequently, and it's pretty poor Estonian fare. Not for the discerning drinker. I definitely preferred this from the bottle; it wasn't noticeably metallic.

High D+ / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of Jarkkokosunen
2.64/5  rDev -12%

Photo of DanielCole
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of WillCarrera
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of gwiedman1
4.25/5  rDev +41.7%

Photo of pkenkman
2.25/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Olavi
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Heminoolo
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ekke
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of petluo
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB date of Oct 2010 - so it's a couple of months out of date. Picked this up at my local off-licence for a song. It comes in an unusual brown bottle with the brewery's emblem embossed onto the glass and a foil neck label.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A faintly hazy pale golden colour with fine carbonation. A small white head that subsides after a few minutes. Looks pretty good for a lager. Aroma of light malt with slight sweetness. A distinct bready note, and hints of candied fruit or essential fruit oils (?).

Tastes light and clean. Pale malt with a gentle bitterness to give balance, and a dry finish. Notes of bread. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel - especially as it warms. Feels more substantial than a typical lager. Faint malty aftertaste.

A good lager - goes down rather nicely. The creaminess is unusual but pleasing. I imagine it would be refreshing in warmer weather - worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.62/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer is light-coloured (the same colour as straw), with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S: There is definitely bitter hops, but also some citrus. Some malt is also noticable.

T: This tastes like bread, the malt is very prominent. Some hops and banana can also be traced.
The aftertaste is sadly very short.

M: Thin, but als a little bit creamy.

D: This is a plain beer. If you're into adjunct lagers I think this may be right up your alley. This goes down smoothly on a warm summer day, but otherwise this isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of Asgeirr
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Saku Kuld pours a darker shade of golden yellow along with a massive, frothy white crown which remains for quite some time. Small amount of bubbles visible.

Smell: Perhaps a light touch of yeast, a pretty mild character some malt may be traced in the background. As stated below this is a pretty anonymous smell, indeed.

Taste: A sweet and rice-like notes along with a fruitier side but as with all the other sensory categories, it's nothing of noteworthy attention.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is mild, the consistency is rather sweet and round, but all too watery...

Drinkability: It's not bad, but man oh man is it ever so bland. It wont disappoint if anonymity is what your after. In short: more of EVERYTHING!

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Photo of TheRogue
3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The color is a darker yellow ... not pale, but maybe the smallest hint of red depending on the lighting.

S - No real discernible smell. I think I might have caught hints of rice or barley, but nothing was really there

T - Nothing to write home about. Tastes very similar to a bud, but more smooth. Hints of honey, but its very passing.

M - Very smooth texture has fairly high carbonation.

D - Not an amazing beer. I'd rather drink this than most basic lagers, but then again I'd rather not drink basic lagers.

It's hard to really give this a fair review because I'm just not a pale lager fan. It's not bad for what it is, and if I wanted a lager I would prefer Kuld over most other choices.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.27/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown, interesting bottle, holding 50cl of beer. This was one of a host of lagers I had during a blind tasting evening.

Pale yellow, golden colour, bright and clean looking, the pure white head fell away to leave just a wisp very quickly.

Very little aroma, gets my standard 3 score for a non smelling lager/pilsner.

Tasteless and bland, not impressed at all.

Watery and boring, metalic and nasty feel to it.

Not a beer I'll be braking my neck to find again.

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Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer is brewed with Hallertau hops.

The colour is straw yellow; the large yellowish head is compact with a fine crater.

The smell is mild. Some sweet notes, flowery hints. Clean.

The taste is mild and smooth, in fact pleasant. Mild notes of flowers, some sweet malt, hints of bread rolls. There is a very gentle bitterness with hints of matured apples, pineapples and lettuce. The aftertaste is mild and balanced with a clean sweetness, almost no bitterness and a hint of minerals.

The carbonation is mild to medium; small fresh bubbles. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A very drinkable and clean euro lager, perfect for those warm summer evenings at the balcony. I cen see that many people dismisses this lager as "tastless" or "as weak as American adjunct crap". But I have tasted so many beers in the same style that are undrinkable, and this one is really that much better.

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Saku Kuld from Saku Brewery LTD
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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