Nils Oscar Kalasöl | Nils Oscar

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Nils Oscar KalasölNils Oscar Kalasöl

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Nils Oscar

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Introduced in 1997 as "Kungsholmens Kalasöl". The name changed to "Nils Oscar N:o 8 Kalasöl" in 1999 and to the present in 2001.

Kalasöl - Feast beer in Swedish.

Malt: münchenermalt, dark caramelmalt, chocolatmalt and some roasted barley.

Hops: Brittish Fuggles, American Cascade, Czech Saaz and one more.

12.9° Plato.

Added by rastaman on 10-22-2002

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Photo of elinash
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first Swedish beer I've tried; I picked it up at Spuyten Duyvil grocery in Williamsburg Brooklyn because I'm taking a trip to Stockholm later in April and wanted to know if I can find any good beers there.

Pours dark amber, fairly full for an oktoberfest. Lacing and minimal head retains throughout. I'm glad it's slightly darker than some traditional marzen beers.

The aroma might be the best part of this beer. It's bready and full of rich malt scents. There may be a touch of orange and spice in there too.

Taste is malty turning bitter toward the finish. There is a slight bit of chocolate in the middle- rounding out in the finish with some mildly bitter hops.

My girlfriend described this as a malt bomb- just to add her opinion here.

Overall this is an impressive beer that has exceeded my expectations for a Swedish beer because as I understand it there is little craft beer in Sweden.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of magictrokini
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So Kalasol means either Vienna or Marzen. Yay. I've had such good luck with Marzens. Wait a minute, this is a good beer. Pours clear copper with a firm white head. Crisp aroma of honey, oranges, corn, herbs, and rye bread. Light caramel malt with tart peppery Saaz hops and a mild cirtus taste blended together. Nothing overpowers, leaving a clean taste and finish.

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Photo of rastaman
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice, a bit sticky though, and a touch sweet. Some burnt malts in their, kind of spicy hoppy finish, but remains a bit sticky, due to the Vienna malts? Pretty nice, lots of flavour, with a medium body. Another solid brew from Nils Oscar.

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Photo of Ecliptica
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had never seen this brew before, so I decided to pick it up despite the $8.00 price tag it was carrying at a local bar. I had never had any beer from Sweden (I'm Finnish, so maybe it's a nationalistic grudge?) and decided to give this a shot.

Poured via the 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass and was immediately met with the smell of caramel and malt. Very nice!
The brew poured an amber/orange hue with a quarter inch cream head with very minimal lacing.

The overwhelming smell was that of hops and caramel. Toasted grain and a small bit of citrus make an appearance as the beer sits and loses its head.

The taste was spectacular; the initial caramel smell gives way to a caramel and even somewhat chocolately taste. For a märzen or Oktoberfestbier, I was surprised as how much it tasted like some sort of chocolate stout - much more than the aroma would lead one to believe. The hops give it a delicious aftertaste and the gentle citrus leaves it feeling excellent on the palate.

The beer is of average body and carbonation for one of this style. The mouthfeel was nothing exceptional, nor was it anything terrible.

I'll admit, I'm finding it hard to find the words to describe this beer. It's quite a drinkable beer and well above average tasting (I absolutely love the caramel flavor; one of the best I've tasted) but everything else about the beer - the smell and mouthfeel, notably - are so average that I'm not quite sure how to rate it. This beer is certainly worth trying if it's available, though despite the price tag (and this being the only place in the area that has it) I doubt I'll be drinking this more than once a session. I'm not too keen on Oktoberfestbier's, but this is more malty than I expected, which I loved about it. I'm giving this beer an excellent rating despite it's difficult-to-describe characteristics.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lager, a little smoke and edge from (toasted) rye, nice smooth drinking, even creamish. Good white head on a shade of yellow. Neutral aroma. Satisfying though drying aftertaste.Good drinkability.Good balance as sweetness in there and moderate hops.
Just as good at Mondial 2009, with a bit of smoke in fragarance. Lots of lace.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nils Oscar Kalasol is bottle conditioned and pours a hazy deep-copper body with orange highlights beneath a creamy head of yellowed off-white. Good head retention, although it should probably be a little bit better given the amount of malt present, and it leaves behind some pretty decent lacing as well.

The aroma is distinctly malty with a caramel edge and a hint of spiciness, backed by some leafy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous side that leaves it creamy and smooth.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, distinctly malty and caramelish with a little bit of spiciness, followed by some floral character, and then a smear of grassiness in the finish. A firm bitterness and the spiciness of the rye balance it and help to dry it in the end.

Overall it's a pretty solid fest beer. A little heavy perhaps, but only slightly. There are many more than are much bigger, and even more than that which are too thin. Nicely done.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dgallina
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce heavy brown glass bottle without obvious dating.

Pours clear copper and gold with very spare carbonation and 1/3 inch of thin off-white head. The foam recedes quickly, leaving medium-sticky lacing. Doesn't smell especially strong. Mostly a spicy blend of orange, pine, and grapefruit hop varieties with sweet malt backing. Up-front flavor is a bit lacking. Toasted biscuit malts and hard water initially, with a rather strong bitter hop finish. The beer feels medium-heavy in the mouth; clean, but limp and lifeless. I finished the glass without much enthusiasm.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On a recent euro trip I managed to take a quick opportunity in Malmo, Sweden to do a couple quick reviews early in the evening. This is my first Swedish beer.
A - clear deep amber, one finger tan head, decent retention and lacing
S - sweet molasses, nutty and roasty, light fruity syrup
T - nice sweet and nuttiness along with dark roasty malt, light syrupy fruit flavour with light woody accents
M - low carbonation, maybe even a little flat, smooth and slightly chewy
D - rich aroma and flavours, smooth but a little too flat for my taste

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 33 cL bottle from State Line.

A: The lagerbier is a deep orange color, a few hues brighter than the brown amber of a bottle. A sizeable head emerged on pour and left patches of lace to dry on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is quite grainy, full of biscuity malt. A subtle sweetness from the malts points towards the oktoberfest style.

T: Grains abound in the taste, adding a biscuity vegetal taste, at times somewhat tart. The beer's bitterness is strong, much hoppier than any oktoberfest that I can think of. The hops define that last half of a sip, sending one away with a bitter taste that has grainy elements within it.

M: The mouthfeel is average to above-average, with the grainy front of the sip needing some assistance. I like the increased hop body though; it adds a burst of flavor.

D: The lager is a decent drink, well-balanced in the taste department (overall). The hoppiness is much stronger than one would expect.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium copper color with average foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with a dry hoppy finish. Taste is not the most complex but caramel malt are well done and the hops are clearly noticeable in the aftertaste. Full boy for the style with good carbonation. Well done and no distinguishable flaws but maybe lacking some character.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a rich amber, and forms considerable head that leaves decent lacing.

S-Lightly toasted malt and rye, very faint hops, nuts.

T-Closely matches up w/aroma. Taste is a smooth blend of toasted bread and malt. I'm picking up hints of rye again, although this could be something else. The hops come out on the finish, and a pleasant nuttiness is present throughout most of the drink.

M-This Oktoberfest is smooth, and the body is medium, pretty close to what I'd expect for the flavors.

D-Not a favorite of mine, but I still liked the rye hints and nuttiness. The hops were interesting as well. A decent brew.

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Photo of Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber copper in color and has lots of visible particular matter floating in suspension. It poured with a very thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of fruits, caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty; the yeast particles are also evident in the flavors. A bit of bitterness and spiciness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful, easy to drink, and an interesting twist on the style.

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Photo of Blissmo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Xul
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent amber with some golden highlights, capped by a thin off-white head with poor retention.

S: Smells of sweet, dark bread up front, backed by brown sugar, dark fruits - cherries and figs preominantly - along with a nutty characteristic.

T: Sweet up front with bready malts, brown sugar and caramel, and more of the dark fruits from the nose. A somewhat smoky note comes in mid-palate and sticks around through the finish, being balanced on the aftertaste by some returning sweet, dark fruits.

M: Medium to full bodied with less carbonation than it should have, feels too heavy for the style.

D: Goes down fairly easy and is overall a solid beer. Interesting, but not one of the best marzens available.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of donactive
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of Rocko
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer yesterday, with it being a local brewery I just had to try it out. The color is dark amber/copper because of the münchenermalt and the dark caramelmalt. There is not much of a head at all, it lasts for maybe 10 seconds. ;)

It smells roasted and a little almond. The taste was quite disappointing, it has sort of a metallic taste I don't like, that goes together with a burnt taste. It's quite bitter and the bitterness lasts on the palate for a while after a sip.

This beer is brewed out of the british fuggleshops, the american cascadehops and the czech saaz.

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Photo of rarbring
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is clear medium brown with ahint of red, an off-white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is sweet, dried fruits, grains and some sour, also fruity, notes.

The taste has a brown sugar with dried dates and apples sweetness. Not much sourness, but some bitterness, like banana peel.

Medium carbonation, a medium body with a dry finish.

A good solid beer that is a little meal in it self (or maybe more a snack).

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of niklas0770
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brown, almost amber looking beer doesn't leave much head. Looks very inviting though.

Smells of wet grass, sweet malts, yeast and a hint of milk chocolate.

The grass is still there in the taste, along with some lemon peel. Sweet caramel malts and syrup comes next. Unfortunatly I get a hint of alcohol aswell...

The mouthfeeling is dry and refreshing. Quite low carbonation in this smooth beer.

It's nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing special either. Either way, I could drink this all day. A well balanced beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is mostly hoppy with malt and occasional sweetness, smooth. Slight lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brown hue with a thin white lace that quickly dissipates into a small lace. Speckled yeast on the bottom of the glass.

S: Caramel and toasted malt aromas with bread notes.

T: Similar to the smell caramel and toasted malts cross the palate. Slightly sweet from Munich malts and finishes on the dry side.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent brew – nothing extremely special but worth a try.

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