Saku Originaal
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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #166
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
67
Ranked #49,987
Avg:
2.87 | pDev: 17.07%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
88
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Estonia
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  11
SCORE
67
Poor
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Reviews by metter98:
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metter98 from New York

3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops. Fruity flavors of apples also become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, flavors of grainy malts stand out in the overall taste, which also has some malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness from the hops. There are some notes of apple juice.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink, but there's nothing that really stands out in it that would want to make me try it again.

Jan 08, 2011
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Saku original

500 ml bottle of saku original aboard the cruise ship. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale golden color, small white head of about a half finger which dissipates pretty quickly into wisps of head. Plenty of bubbles. Somewhat clear as well.

Smell - faint grainy and grassy aroma not a lot else. Typical average lager fare.

Taste - fairly bland euro pale lager, but withstood clean and crisp grassy and grain flavor. Starts bland then flavor picks up a bit then finishes with almost. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated with a. Slightly dry finish. Lively in the mouth. Pretty good

Overall - pretty basic and not exciting, but as far as European American style adjunct lagers go, this is pretty decent. Worth a try, especially if in Estonia.

Jul 20, 2014
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JTuomi from Finland

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Dec 28, 2013
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TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

3/5  rDev +4.5%

Apr 28, 2014
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mta11c from Florida

2.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 26, 2014
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sephyrott from Spain

3/5  rDev +4.5%

Jun 10, 2014
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Limanuljaska from Finland

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Jul 16, 2014
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DanielCole from Finland

2.2/5  rDev -23.3%

Aug 15, 2014
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Jarkkokosunen from Finland

2.56/5  rDev -10.8%

Nov 28, 2014
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Harrastelija666

2.4/5  rDev -16.4%

Dec 05, 2014
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rex_4539 from Greece

2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Apr 11, 2016
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nigeldazooman from Virginia

2.74/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Feb 04, 2015
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Est_Beer from Estonia

2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

popular mainstream beer , but .... taste likes cheap German supermarket OEM beer

Mar 01, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Corte Ingles El Duque. In Bavaria glass. Playing Darksiders 2. Clean, watery with some sweetnees and grassy bitterness. Not unpleasant but boring

Mar 27, 2017
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SassaDog from Iceland

2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oct 25, 2015
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Robertas from Lithuania

2.89/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

May 22, 2018
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Rustli from Finland

2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 02, 2018
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: .5 L brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Big bubbled white foam, frothy and cake like head that lasts a while. Good clarity with a bright tarnished golden hue.

Smell: Aroma of grain with an odd twang to it, not horrible just odd.

Taste: Crisp and smooth like a pilsner is supposed to be, moderate body. Big grainy flavour with slight metallic and husk flavours all over. Hops ride with that borderline astringency with a bitterness that holds into the finish. Sweetness actually grows from middle to end with some residuals after they hurdle the astringent flavours.

Notes: Something bothers me about this brew, the astringent flavours must be putting me off. An ok brew but a little banged up with off flavours and aromas.

Jul 23, 2002
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John from New York

3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw color, fluffy white head. Mild biscuity aroma. Light grains and mildly spicey hop flavors. Light bodied. This beer's essentially on target for the style. Would pair well with spicey meals or seafood. Smooth and clean finish. I would buy this again.

Jul 29, 2002
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer is getting a rough ride. I have to admit I was a tad biased myself after being burned out by the flood of east block welfair pilsners on the shelves...most of them either bland or with whacky off tastes that defy description...so, I thought, another slovack veggie pilsner here...well I have to say I was prejudiced and almost missed a decent beer.

I’m a Pilsner/lager fancier and this beer is certainly a Bohemian styled lager...just has the saaz hopping toned back... this exposes the sweet grainy malts . The body is substantial for a pils and there is ample malt as the gold color and great lacing attest to...for those wanting the dry bitter "bite" of Urquell...you won’t find it here...this beer is sweet, grainy and cidery with a sourish bready finish...almost like a Salzburg lager. At any rate I liked it..it was all malt ( as opposed to the peas carrots beats and other sugars easb block brewers will use to get the ABV up) and had a nice mellow decernment with just a tickle of hops that leave a cider impression....I think it has quality and is in the same class as Budvar and certainly Staropramen.

Dec 02, 2005
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz heavy brown bottle with no freshness ating but a informative label that tells me the beer is crystal filtered to give it a crisper taste, crystal clear clarity and freshness of draught.

Poured into my SA perfect pint glass, the beer is a light yellow with the promised clarity. There is a white head that collapses yet stays around in top.

The beer has a light grainy aroma. Not much there but no off or odd smells either.
The taste is slightly sweet, a bit grainy and the finish is slightly bitter (almost astringent). There is a hint of floral hops and touch of spice from the hops at mid glass. Not bad, but pretty average.

The mouth is medium with mid to levels of carbonation.

Not a bad beer, not that interesting, would like to try fresh in Estonia (Which has been on my to visit list for a while now). .

Oct 31, 2012
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

2.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 500 ml blue can, can't figure out the freshness date stamped on the bottom though. Pours out a dull golden light amber, a bit of white head that settles quickly.

Bready malt in the nose, yet also accompanied by a slight sour funk from what I'm assuming are adjuncts.

Fortunately the flavour contains that rich biscuity malt but for now passes on any off flavours hinted at in the aroma. Crisp, drying sensation on the finish, aftertaste is mostly a thin bubbly carbonation more than any one flavour. Pretty straight forward and one-dimensional, however more malt flavour to it than any national domestic micro lager. A little bit of funk does come out of the woodwork in the aftertaste once it warms. Okay, I had to bump it down a full point on that factor, I can't shake that husky sour cooked veg aftertaste that continues to linger on and on, much to my dismay. Sadly that's my final memory and impression of the stuff, and not the okay malt.

Mouthfeel is thin with small pockets of carbonation here and there.

Starts out okay, but the true colours come out eventually and I can't be friends with this Estonian lager any more.

Apr 26, 2009
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ark57 from Pennsylvania

2.18/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It is a pale straw in color with a thin head that dissipates fast. It is crystal clear, but looks like any average fizzy beer. The aroma has some grainy maltiness and I am left wondering where the hops are. It is malty sweet with little bitterness in the finish. There is nothing special about this beer it is almost tasteless with a lingering sweetness.

Mar 17, 2004
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a bid bubbly white head with OK retention. Aroma of sweet malt with no discernable hops. Taste is refreshing but quite bland with some sweetness and subtle floral malt. By no mean it this a great beer but at least it is not full of brewing mistakes.

Oct 12, 2006
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light yellow and clear in color with some good carbonation and a decent white head. In other words, just like the other 10 zillion Pale Lagers that I’ve had.

Smell – This one has a nice, light grainy nose with a hint of floral hopping. I can also safely say that there is no skunk or other gagging aroma, which is a big plus for this style of beer.

Taste – This isn’t bad. There is definitely some nice floral hopping to this one along with a touch of sweetness which manages to stay out of the “nasty” category.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied with a bit of carbonation and a nice, clean finish.

Drinkability – One of the more drinkable Pale Lagers that I’ve had. Nice job!

Feb 17, 2004
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Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 88 ratings