God Lager
Nils Oscar

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Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #70
Ranked #45,660
3.49 | pDev: 13.47%
Nils Oscar
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Notes: God Lager - Good Lager in Swedish.

Brewed using the company's own Vienna Malt and four German hop varieties, to of them being Hersbrucker and Tettnanger.

12.9° Plato.
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L- Quite dark amber, clear, 3mm fone white head. (later clears).
S- Quite bready.
T- It's subtle, perhaps in a Swedish way :)
F- It's a pretty meaty brew for 5.3%, it comes over as richer and a bit stronger than that. (The lable describes it as malty).
O- Very interesting to try, absolutely zero to object to here, but also little to differentiate it to travel to W1 and pay a premium to buy again.
Bought from Amathus, Wardour Street, London W1 £2.60/330ml. BB: 31/7/19

Mar 09, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I did not enjoy this beer much as it came across as having a metallic taste to me
This was somewhat disappointing to me because I’ve had several beers from this brewery that I thought were all well done. Putting the metallic flavor aside, I found it to be a relatively mild lager. No bitterness, and more along the traditional hop profile found in an old school German or Czech lager, with some sweeter grainy notes.

Aug 25, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In my travels through Scandinavia, I can get tired of drinking lagers... and tend to drink them as a last resort if others beers cannot be found. This God Lager better than the standard Euro lager fare. ("God" in Swedish is good.)

It has a nice gold hue. The aroma was marginal, with more malt. The taste brought in hops, but they stuck around too long in the aftertaste. Fortunately, God Lager was clean and crisp and went well with the fries; cutting the grease.

This beer is listed on the "1001" and, arguably, is not god enough to be there. That review said this is Nils Oscar's take on a Viennese style lager.

Jul 07, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle from rlgk, thanks Ronnie!

Pale yellow color with a decent white head.

Aromas of copper, bready malts, grassy hops and wood.

Malt goes along with leather and tobacco, becomes a little sweeter as taste lingers on the palate, toffeish, then gets rolled over by a very livley metallic carbonation. A soft touch of yeast adds smoothness to the mouthfeel, while barley and hops carry a zingy freshness.

Dec 16, 2014
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SirBob from England

4.56/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely malty taste. Smooth finish. Lovely bouquet. At 5.3% it is a perfect accompaniment to many dishes. This is a beer to enjoy rather than quaff. I enjoyed one, i found the second a little bitter to the taste. I have only limited experience of Swedish beers but this tempts me to experiment further, as the intensity of the flavours is very much to my palate.

Feb 12, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In every aspect this presents itself as a good standard traditional European lager
with its golden body white head that doesn't stay long
biscuity aroma and malty taste
there is a little hop profile but not much
worth a try certainly though

Nov 01, 2013
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wl0307 from England

3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle; BB 06/2014, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a light golden colour with a surprisingly low level of carbonation and a thin white head.
S: sweet-sour preserved white prunes, lightly acidic nectar-ish, syrupy malts, faintly grassy&herbal hops… Pretty intense on the malt side overall, while an yeasty acidity constantly stays in the background as well.
T: a bit flat on the entry, not particularly sweet, the pale malts have some toasty elements to it, slowly turning slightly dry with a decent layer of bitterness from lightly spicy hops, rendering a lightly chewy finishing touch at the end of each sip.
M&O: to be honest it is less carbonated than desirable, but fortunately the body is not heavy at all and the flavour profile is generally moderate and quite simplistic. All in all, an easy drinking Dortmunder lager but I would personally expect a bit bolder hop and richer malt presence.

Oct 26, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle from The Cave, Glasgow:
Light amber with a thin, foamy white head on top. The beer is clear and has a few bubbles.

Light with some lager malts and sweeter notes that includes touches of honey and faint fruit. There is some citrus and grain with some basic hops although these are quite light too.

A nice lager taste throughout with some sweet flavours and some nice malts . There was a little grain that mirrored the nose and some hops too with a light, bitter finish.

Smooth with a medium body and a slightly sweet feel along with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Not a great one really, surprisingly considering the name but still ok. Basic dortmunder style but a step up from a cheap pale lager anyway so that's something.

Jun 11, 2013
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stjaernstoft from Sweden

3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nils Oscar God Lager, ABV: 5.3%.
330 ml bottle, 18.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: Nice and clear yellow to golden liquid, and a short-lived, white little head.

S: Lightly hoppy aroma of honey, bread, and some hay. Already on the nose I know this isn't an average lager.

T: I get hops, grains, and a distinctive taste of honey (which makes it a bit sweet), as well as some nice, grassy tones. A tasty lager, with a pleasant feeling of bread to taste.

M: Medium body and bitterness, but yet I get a sturdy feeling from all the taste. It's crisp in the beginning, but soft (and somewhat bitter) at the finish line.

O: A better lager - it should be at 18.90 SEK à 330 ml. It's not for binge drinking, but it's a great match with most classic Swedish foods. A good alternative to both ales and lagers.

Jul 28, 2011
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sfprint from Germany

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: light to medium gold, with a very short, quickly dissipating head. Average slow rising carbonation.
S: Slightly doggy malt, though generally a weak smell.
T: Different than any other lager I've had. The most leathery beer I've had. Distinctly high quality, new leather. Very clean. Nice, veiled apple and metal aftertaste. It somehow reminds me of the past, a time from before I was born.
M: Crisp stinging, however underneath it's very soft and smooth.
O: One of the best and most original lagers I've had. Very different take on a German style, and I would dare say outdoes the German varieties.

Mar 21, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

Pours a pretty clear light gold, decent white head and lacing...The aroma starts this off bad with a lot of skunk on the front, really that's all that's there...The taste thankfully isn't that bad, its really light, a little bitter hops, but not much going on here...The feel is ok, easy to drink but boring so no point.

Skip and move on in Sweden, nothing worth trying here.

Jul 07, 2010
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rarbring from Sweden

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear straw colored lager with a white head that settles rather quickly leaving god lacing.

Smelling of sweet bread and grains, some sour notes.

The taste is rather modest, bread notes, some faint honey sweetness. A whiff of orange. A timid bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, vivid bubbles but an overall smooth feeling.

A nice well balanced lager.

Jul 06, 2010
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber gold colored. Flavor is kind of thickly sweet and malty. Borders on sickly sweet, but doesn't quite get there. (seems like it's a "just barely" thing) the thick sweetness is probably masking any other potential characteristics from showing well. It's okay, but too fuzzy and lacking sharp definition.

Jun 20, 2010
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BlackHaddock from England

4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl Brown bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Golden straw coloured body, clear and well carbonated by the look of the bubbles rising up to the white head. The head soon turned to just a collar and wispy covering.

The smell was fairly malty, with a citrus undertone.

The taste was also malty with citrus notes helping to make the beer dry in the aftertaste, not overly hoppy, but it does have a bitterness from the 4 hop blend.

This has a good feel to it, plenty of body for a lager, be it a Dort or an Export, and enough flavours to make it stand out from the crowd.

May 19, 2010
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OskarL from Sweden

3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale golden, carbonation with a head that disappears and leaves no lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts and some hops.

Taste - Malt, bread, sweet, a bit fruity and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation, a bit dry with a light/medium body.

A very good lager!

Dec 30, 2009
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden to pale orange with a white thick head that doesn't stay very long.

S: This beer smells of sweet light roasted malt, with both bitter and floral hops. A "bready" beer.

T: Again: sweet light roasted malt, but with more bitter than floral hops. A bit fruity and bready at the same time.

M: The aftertaste is long and bitter but holds some sweetness as well. The body is medium and the carbonation is well balanced.

D: This isn't my favourite beer style, nice but nothing special.

Sep 18, 2009
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AlexLMS from Portugal

3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale very light orange-bronze colour. Very clear. The head is slightly off-white, moderately low and foamy. Impaired retention and very little lacing.
Aroma: grains, light sweet malts and aromatic spiced hops.
Taste: grains, low degree of sweetness, bitter hops and a medicinal flavour.
Mouthfeel: slightly dry, medium to low carbonation, average alcoholic strength and medium body.
Finish: lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: this Swedish lager was a nice surprise. Well-balanced, it results in a crisp and refreshing lager with a marked personality and a nice malt character without forgetting its hoppy strengths.

Dec 01, 2008
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JustinBathurst from Canada (ON)

3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw gold with a 1 cm white head.

Smells very grainy, like horsefeed mixed with honey. This is pretty well a farm field.

The mouthfeel is slick with medium carbonation.

The taste is very malty, with some unbuttered popcorn and sour citrus.

Great, simple stuff.

Jul 19, 2008
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willjschmidt from California

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle (marked best by April, 2008) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a nice sized white head.

S: Some herbal aromas with a hop presence as well.

T: A very good lager. Lots of straw, grass, herbs, light spices, and it all finishes off with a hop bite. Lots of complex flavors.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation.

D: A good lager, way better than the standard euro lagers usually found in Sweden.

Feb 10, 2008
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3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, brought back from Sweden.

Clear, light gold color. Modest white head which faded fast. Very still, not "alive" in glass. Name of beer sets a pretty high bar....

Aroma is bready, think salty dough. Some citrus - lemon & orange. A bit of pepper/spice at finish.

Malt/bread is first impression. Hops follow closely with a nice little bite. Not much else, pretty straightforward. Just a bit of sweet/fruit flavor in there as it warmed up some. Pepper at finish.

Light bodied, with medium carbonation. Seems acidic, more bite than you would expect from carbonation. Dry finish.

Not bad at all, very sessionable. Spice/pepper/acidity could get old after a few, though. Pretty sure it doesn't live up to the name, but I would drink it again, especially on a hot day.

Jan 17, 2007
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bark from Sweden

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid is clear; the colour is pale gold. The foam is white and unexpectedly thin, it sinks down to a ring immediately. A rather dull looking lager.

The smell is bittersweet with a distinct note of toffee and spruce fir. There are notes of banana candy, pine and some Saaz hops. It is medium strong, but not 100% inviting.

The taste is better than the looks and the smell: It starts off with a salty, mild and growing semi-sweet malty taste with a creamy touch. There are lots of aroma hops giving it a touch of dry wood (cedar?) and diacetyl. The finishing notes are a little salt with a slowly growing long mild bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong with small bubbles, giving room for all the flavours.

A nice and well done Dortmund lager with a fine palette.

Aug 27, 2005
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Rocko from Sweden

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'God Lager' means 'tasty lager' and has nothing to do with gods. ;)

Very light yellow clear color with a bubbly head that settles after a minute. Highly carbonated and quite bubbly. The nose is big and fresh of bread. I also sence a bit of spicyness and touches of honey.

Very tasty indeed, much more complex than most other swedish crap lagers. Hoppy and with the bitterness that comes together with it. This is one of the better swedish lager I've drunk I'd recommend everyone to try this if they have the chance.

Apr 03, 2003
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rastaman from England

3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good lager, malty and hoppy, slightly spicy, lightish, slightly resiny, at times it came across as a bit soggy or sticky or something, still, very nice bittersweet flavour, i kind of liked it.

Oct 19, 2002
God Lager from Nils Oscar
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