Kalasöl
Nils Oscar

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From:
Nils Oscar
 
Sweden
Style:
Märzen
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 11.6%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
16
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 12, 2019
Added:
Oct 22, 2002
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  0
SCORE
83
Good
KalasölKalasöl
Notes: 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.
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

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).
Jul 08, 2010
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear amber with thick heavy foam. Beatiful in the glass.

Smell is bready and a bit floral with notes of caramel and some citrus.

Taste is bredy and rich with notes of caramel, citrus and a soft but steady bitterness that plays very well wth the sweeter malt notes. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific lager, balanced and flavorful.
Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A pleasant beer to have with Swedish flatbreads (don't forget the butter.)
Kalasol looks like a genuine marzen in color and clarity (but my pour produced a small head.)
It tastes like most marzens (but the malts are not blended as richly as my favorites do.)
The mouthfeel is balanced... with the malts winning in the end (which is the way I like it.)
Reviewed on the list of "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", I suggest you do that (taste Kalasol is what I meant !)
Jul 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Jul 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.72 by Andy_Luft from England

Aug 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by afsdan from Colorado

May 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Latarnik from New Jersey

May 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Schmoog from Scotland

Jan 20, 2014
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Reviewed by Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A solid beer from the Swedes. This marzen is a bit darker in color, most rustic, than most Oktoberfest beers, a wee bit murky

From the aroma, I knew this was going to be a sweeter version as well. Most of N.O.'s beers I've had contained that extra bit of sweetness. Aromas of caramel and sweet malt dominate. Some overripe apple and bruised pear

Flavor dips away a bit from the sweetness, which is nice, in order for the hops to get zippy all up in it. Apple, caramel, earthy honey give way to grassy hops toward the end and finish. The beginning and middle are malt forward, though. Kind of reminds me of Samiclaus for a quick bit.

Good beer, more malty that most O-fests and marzens.
Oct 18, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Jun 25, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by cfalovo97 from Canada (ON)

Nov 15, 2012
 
Rated: 2.75 by donactive from Sweden

Nov 06, 2012
 
Rated: 3.25 by irishevans from California

Oct 16, 2012
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I hope that one day my mustache looks that mighty... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear amber-russet topped by some minor bits of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises dusty biscuit, light cardboard, and a bit of mild grass. Come on, is everything from Sweden friggin' old? Impossible to tell, really, as there's no information to be gleaned from the package itself. Awesome. We'll let the tongue decide. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some earthy, tobacco-y greens and some stronger grass. See, now I'm not entirely sure that it's an old bottle, as the hops are definitely brighter here (for what they are), and things do resemble an O-Fest kind o' character...just a crappy one... The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, I just plain did not enjoy this beer, for whatever reason (age, sad taste, insert-your-own-reason-here).
Oct 11, 2012
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Reviewed by ckollias from Maryland

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.
Sep 18, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by Blissmo from Sweden

Aug 12, 2012
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

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.
May 11, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by aztraz from Sweden

Apr 05, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by Harkrank from Sweden

Dec 23, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by GoSabres87 from New York

Dec 17, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2011
 
Rated: 3.5 by barnzy78 from Illinois

Nov 28, 2011
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Reviewed by stjaernstoft from Sweden

4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nils Oscar Kalasöl, ABV: 5.2%.
330 ml bottle, 19.30 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: A clear copper-coloured liquid, and a small, off-white head that leaves a little ring of lacing.

S: The aroma is rather sturdy, with roasted malt, fruity hops and notes of citrus (oranges), tropical fruits, chocolate, toffee and nuts.

T: Bitter, earthy, nutty, burnt, malty and hoppy flavours, with notes of fresh lemons, oranges, hay and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Tasteful, with a large bitterness.

M: Rich in taste, with a medium to large body. It's filling, yet surprisingly drinkable.

O: A nice and heavy "feast beer" for tasty and sturdy meals. This is something I could enjoy when the world goes darker - while days get shorter, and nights get longer. I am usually not a fan of darker lagers (or ales) - for me it's either Pilseners and Pale Ales, or Porters and Stouts - but this one I like.
Sep 07, 2011
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Reviewed by BeerLover99 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: cloudy/unfiltered, amber brown, 1 finger head

S: big malt, mild fruit, and chocolate aroma

T: malt, slight grain, figs/dates, mild bitter finish.

M: medium body, smooth, little chewy, low carbonation

D: Just doesn't thrill me, it's marzenESQUE, but something different about it. No need to seek it out, but not bad either. I could have a few with the 5.2% ABV, but the taste is not making me thirst for more.
Feb 05, 2011
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Reviewed by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

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
Oct 21, 2010
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Reviewed by Xul from California

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.
Jul 27, 2010
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Reviewed by niklas0770 from Sweden

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.
Jun 30, 2010
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Reviewed by tavernjef from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Medium burnt orangey copper color with a small dashing ivory foam capping that slides off quickly to leave some sporatic stringy lacing.

Solid aroma of nutty sweet and lightly toasty Munich malt with a gleamer of dry leafy hops.

Taste is pretty solid and boldly forward of tender chewy malt residing in a bit of caramel mixing with an undercurrent of nuttyness and toasty bread. Nice fullness and lengthy tone as it glides down softly and slick with just a light pulling dryness of leafy hops late in the finish.

Solid medium body with a slight crispness while maintaining a mostly large and in charge malt girth and chewy slickness.

One solid brew to drink more then a few of. Goes down with amazing ease and at a measely 5.2% this makes for decent sessionable material!
Mar 04, 2010
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
11.2oz Bottle

Pours a nice thick, slightly hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice oil slicks/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight cherry note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight smoke note, and caramel. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, recommended.
Jan 10, 2010
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Reviewed by corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear dark golden orange color with golden amber edges when held to a light source and a thin .5 finger off white head that immediately settles into a lasting ring. Not much lacing.

Very hoppy aroma for the style with hints of earthy dry pine as well as some toasted caramel malt.

Very hop forward with plenty of dry piny bitterness that lingers throughout. Caramel malt backbone provides a nice balance rather than being the prominent flavor which is very odd for the style. Spicy notes of cinnamon, pepper and brown sugar. Light bodied, clean and crisp with a dry bitter finish.
Dec 06, 2009
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A dark amber, honey beer, hazy with a ½" rocky head that sets dense rings of lace on the walls of this pint glass with each sip.

Reminiscent of wheat bread, with caramel and molasses and a clean crisp pop from the hops.

The flavor follows the nose, adding spice, coriander and oak, with a light lingering malt finish.

This is a light bodied beer with similarly light carbonation and no trace of alcohol.

Even at 5.2% ABV, this is easily a social beer to fit any occasion where one wants an easy afternoon.
Nov 05, 2009
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a cloudy, copper color with suspended yeast. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel, hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, hops, spice, grass, and hint of citrus.
Oct 20, 2009
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Reviewed by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Redbrown with a large white thick head that stays for some time before it dissipates leaving some lace.

S: Sweet roasted malt (some caramell), faint citric notes and some spices. A hint of floral hops.

T: Heavy roasted malt. The sweetness from the malt is well balanced by the bitterhops (american?). There is also a fruityness and some chocolate.

M: The aftertaste is rather long, with bitterness but also some sweetness. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: This is a nice Märzen with american influences (hops). This one I'll buy again.
Sep 18, 2009
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

2.04/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
Got this bottle a few months ago at Sam's in Chicago; hasn't been kept chilled. And perhaps it should have been. Think it's gone bad as it has some definite sourness. Poured with a tan head that quickly subsided and no lace. Aroma is just plain malty beer. Color isn't that great - hazy medium to dark amber. Flavor is like aroma but yeasty bitter plus the sour. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Can't finish it tho.
Sep 13, 2009
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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.
May 16, 2009
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Reviewed by tmoneyba from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle from Beertopia.

Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced excellent to good lacing. Moderate roasted bread aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

The beer goes well with spicy food.
Feb 21, 2009
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.
Jan 30, 2009
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Reviewed by scruffwhor from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Not much of a head or foam, but a nice coppery amber hue. Barely any bubbling either. Fresh Wonderbread right out of the packaging. Plus some earthy hops make up this interesting aroma. Dry, yet pretty malty taste and texture. Very toasted, I get a hint of fresh cut lumber in the taste. Plus the faintly citrusy hops. Earthy and somewhat dry palate make this an ok interpretation of the Octoberfest style.
Dec 29, 2008
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Reviewed by magictrokini from California

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.
Dec 10, 2008
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