Juleøl | Valkyrie Brewing

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Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out pale straw and sits a light, hazy, honey color in the glass with a pathetic white head which recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

Smells of cinnamon, all-spice and nutmeg in a sweet, malty core. Crust-like doughiness thickens the feel and is topped with a sweet, creamy aroma. Attractive nose, a desert in itself.

Tastes malty up front and gains a mild run of spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon run down the middle and some fruity esters of canned pears sweeten up the mix. Finish is lightly bitter, litte hop interferece. Spices linger as sweetness trails off.

Thin in the mouth with faint carbonation. Quite a watered down feel to this beer. Drinkable. Not one of Viking's best; sits in the middle of the crowd.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.51/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cloudy ginger in color. Thin white head disappears in 1 seconds flat. The nose is loaded with nutmeg, orange, ginger, and cinnamon. It tastes a lot like hot apple cider or vin chaud or grog only much, much lighter. I would like a little more body here. This seems almost like a Christmas beer for summer. Still, it does a good enough job of warming and has a decent amount of alcohol to it. The finish is interesting. It’s slightly wheaty or lemony. This beer is quite unique amongst Christmas beers that I have had this season. To its credit, it offers more natural spiced and fruit flavors than most of the others. On the negative side it’s too light.

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Photo of ADR
2.38/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy less-than-gold color, extremely white head has no staying power and turns to a skim in 40 seconds. In contrast, crowns of nice lace. Musty smell, orange peel, bit of flat leaf parsley. Mouthfeel is pasty and relatively uncarbonated. Starts out completely odd, a strange taste of sugary fruitiness and cardboard esters and a mixture of soy bean and Listerine. Passes into an orange Kool Aid phase before finishing with a touch of hot cinnamon. I don't know, this "malt beverage" is pale, weird, and not up my alley at all, though I can't say that I've had anything remotely similar to it.

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Photo of cokes
3.87/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a limp, blurry straw with little head to speak of, except for an initial fizzy surge. Anyone that was speaking should be silenced by the lack of retention. Goes bald after about 15 seconds.
Nose features nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Along with the archetypic Viking mud-cake yeast and substancial white bread. Overall, the aroma is broad but shallow.
This begins like a spiced Helles lager, but develops into something much larger (spiced pale bock? spiced malt liquor?), but it is difficult to tell, and that it a credit. It it warming,and thus fairly potent.
Malts are hardly featured, but lay a sound, bready foundation. Yeast adds moss and typical, dirty Viking hues. Very rarely does their yeast provide harmony in paler brews, and this is one of those exceptions. Honey is evident, but does not lean this over-sweet. Spicing is the major player here, but it remains corraled to a certain extent. Nutmeg and ginger and cinnamon, just as promised by the nose. Tart, cider-like underbelly. Probably an off-flavor, though it seems to work here. Hops enter with lemon rind, furthering the drying tartness.
A whole lotta competing forces here. Part witbier, part german lager, part spiced beer, part pale ale. Totally style defiant.

A certain lightness belies the relative heft of this brew. Quite drinkable. Interesting too. One bomber was enough, but I enjoyed every ounce. This is a toughie to rate.

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Photo of brewbucker
1.89/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light slightly hazy golden with a small quickly fading head. Aroma is light fruit, spices and a weird plastic type smell. Flavor is citrus, burnt cinnamon, nutmeg. As with most Viking offerings it is better to stay with their bigger style brews and keep your distance from the lighter ones.

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Photo of jebert
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A bottle at colder than normal temps ensured a less than admirable pour. Yet, it turned out nearly clear with a non-existent head, more golden in colour.

Digression: My fear with any Viking beer is the possibility of a limp from the bottle pour. Confirmed. Time for a 1/6 bbl, please.

The nose on the Juleol is fantastic. Pure nutmeg, a hint of orange and clear cinnamon poked at me. Great way to start the evening, or finish it. The beer is definately a lighter form of something more Christmas than fall.

The malt is pretty weak, not that I expected much. I've developeed a weakness for all or Mr. Randy Lee's beer. Truthfully, this is one I wait for every year, but seem to be less than wanted. Nevertheless, it's sure to warn the bones on a cold winter night.

I feel no presence of honey, but something a little towards cinnaman sugar. I wonder what type of yeast was introduced here. Something a bit biscuit like withouth being stern. This is not a sweet beer, making it higher on the drinkability ranking.

My most disappointing aspect of this brew is the feel it has over the palate and around the tongue. Regrettably, there's nothing left at the end except for the obvious nutmeg and ginger, evidenced at the very begining. Afterwards, a bit of bitterness tends to cleanse the palate. A little firmness, soething more robust would make this a knockout.

The wheat, no, Wit bier with a sense of overt hops alters the consciousness to the point of wanting another.

Definately a light enough drink to quaff all evening, with no overbearing tendencies, no heaviness after taste, no weariness enroute. If the mouthfeel were a bit stronger, this mark would be much higher because, life is only so long. I think I'll have another tomorrow, if not sooner.

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Photo of happygnome
3.82/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a hazy orange color with about an eigth inch of head tat dissapears fast leaving no lacing to spek of
s: lemon, orange, ginger, hints of grassy aroma,
many natural aromas
t: lemon and orange are the twom most prominent flavors hints of ginger and other spoces as well
m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this is a unique beer, i enjoyed it but i dont know that ill get it again

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears lightly hazy, with almost no head, just a faint wisp or two. Smell is spiced, with cinnamon and ginger, and that's about all i can smell. Taste is also spiced and very sweet, with some pumpkin pie flavors as well. Like alsomt all viking beers, this is undercarbonated, and is not the greatest, but you can't blame them for trying sometihng different.

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Photo of Greggy
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a massive billowy white head with nice lacing above a hazy yeasty body.

S- Definitely can smell the cinnamon, orange rind, and nutmeg that spices this beer. There also is a varnish component (wood stain). Smells kind of like entering a nursing home, too. It's just a little to much going on.

T- Starts off with a very odd orangy nutmeg flavor, then transitions into soapy mandarin covered in varnish. Every time I go in for a sip I feel like i just stuck my nose into a can of wood stain. Very odd..

M- A bit thin with to much carbonation.

D- Another drain pour which is sad, from this brewery. Not drinkable.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky orange-brown color with just a ring for head. The aroma is spicy, with ginger and orange, a kinda molassas and pumpkin pie spice. A sweet malty aroma is present as well. The flavor is of ginger and pumpkin pie spice and a bit of orange. It has a flat, warm macro lager taste in the back. An unusual beer.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque light lemon colour with a vibrant 2" dirty-snow coloured head with quite a bit of retaining power.

S: Banana and clove are most evident, backed by what I would imagine is the nutmeg and cinnamon. Very interesting, smells festive.

T: Light lemon up front, a little sweet malt and then engulfed in spice flavour. The nutmeg shows here, as does the clove. Banana is there most of the way through, and the cinnamon is in the background. As it opens up a little, a pepper note starts to dominate.

M:Light-to-medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Without the carbonation I think the spices would get way too huge.

D: Lots going on--not quite enough malt flavour to balance the onslaught of spice. Dial up the malt a little, and this would be a nice seasonal treat.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bronzey yellow color, a bit stained or muted body, light bubbly frothed white top, good carbonation bubbles zip along. Minimal lacing in spots.

Aroma is a nice little spicy display of nutmeg, orange zest, yellow raisins, and cinnamon. Zippy, fresh, clean, borderline fruity soda-like but keeps a light lager edge of malts and hops.

Flavors are nice, orangy-lemon-like candy with a soothing layer underneath of spices bringing warm cookie coverings like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It starts out likeable, but gets tiresome after about half a glass, a whole bomber takes awhile. Its a sipper for sure, once the taste has been acquired it soon becomes boring. One to share for an after dinner drink or something. The feel is light and somewhat zippy, clean and darty, smooth and refreshing, spiced just right with a light essence. An OK treat by Viking, delightfully boring and pleasing. Almost a keeper here. Will have again but not a fav.

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Photo of ZAP
2.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I rated this over Christmas and really liked it but lost my notes. I rerated it while at my brothers this past weekend and came away much less impressed.

Hazy and cloudy for a lager...strong pumpkin pie aroma on the nose. thinnish with some tart/sourness on the finish. You can not taste the pumpkin at all..sour with not a lot of distinguishing characteristics..maybe a bad battle as I liked it better a few months ago, but this one was tough to finish and the one I am rating it on.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Viking's winter seasonal. It is a spiced light lager. It is delicious. I get some pumpkin pie spice on the aroma. The beer is a bit hazy, but the aroma and taste are wonderful.

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Photo of alexgash
2.33/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I’m never sure what to expect when I open up a bomber of Viking. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some, insulted by others, and confused by many.
This one pours a ghostly orange, with a slight haze, and a large, pillowy, off-white head.
Smells of oranges, cinnamon, spruce needles, nutmeg(?), and Viking yeast.
Taste starts with a tangy, wheat-like malt, with a touch of nestled sweetness. Crisp, sour notes ring through. Traces of orange, cinnamon, et al. are detectable. I’m also picking up an overpowering, weird mint taste as it goes down. Finish is bitter, tangy, with lingering spices, and that mint shit. Ech, the mint is gross; not my cup of tea…err…beer. Mouthfeel is a little thin and too carbonated as well.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another roll of the craps with a Viking bomber...
Pours a pale, muddy yellow, with a slight wisp of a head.
Aroma: huh? ugh! wha? part honey, part lemon, a good chunk wet paper and Johnson Brothers cough drops...mighty peculiar. I catch a whiff of pumpkin-type spices late into the sniff, cinnamon, paprika, clove...
Taste: very little...flatness, emptiness, a void, where taste has gone to die...oh, but am I being fair? Maybe not...I'll wait a while, and see if it improves...so far, still, this brew is laying dead without a proper burial.I'm wondering whether it's a lager or an ale, for it's giving no clear signs of either, until I see that the label calls it "malt beverage brewed with spices."
Well, that may be so. the spices are there, but so meek as to be neglible, and the body of the brew possesses so little character, that I can't see the reason for it's existence.
Truth be told, it's not horrible, but that's no excuse, now, is it?
They should be able to do better, to create a fuller-flavored, rich and tasty spiced brew, and I wish they would.

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Juleøl from Valkyrie Brewing
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 17 ratings