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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 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 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 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 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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Dark copper color, nearly clear (mild chill haze); Good head that recedes rockily. The lace slides down the glass leaving none.

More chocolatey than I would expect from a Marzen. Light aromas beyond that. No notable hop.

The hop does appear in the swallow and has great lasting power throughout the aftertaste. More chocolate from the initial sips. Appropriate body for the style; above average carbonation.

This is an easy beer to have but is rather nondescript. It has a darker flavor than most marzens.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a foamy, bubbly white head.

Smell: Aromatic toasted grain nose with notes of caramelized sugar, flowers, and citrus.

Taste: Sweet, sugar-encrusted grain flavor with a bit of toasted nuts. Hint of flowers. Candied citrus rind with a gentle bitterness. Dry finish with a mild, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine beer that's very drinkable, though, sadly, at $5.10 for a single 11.2oz bottle, it's a beer experience I don't see myself often repeating.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright burnt orange with brighter butter rum edges. The cap is orange-tinted eggshell in color and has a rumpled creaminess that looks good after the first pour and at all points thereafter. A wide swath of bubbly lace is a positive as well.

The nose is classic for the style. It's well-toasted malty (Munich, no doubt), toasted nutty and not hoppy in the least. I only mention hops because the label says to expect more hoppiness than is usual for the style and the website lists Fuggles, Cascade and Saaz. That's an odd lineup for a marzen and is one that I would think would be able to be appreciated.

There they are, the little buggers! Even though Kalasol is much more malty than hoppy, it's more hoppy than most beer of this style. As a hophead, I'm onboard with that aspect of its personality. Purists (and most Germans) probably won't be as accepting. The little green cones add a citrusy zing and a finely honed bitter edge to the finish.

The label also lists rye malt among the ingredients. While I can definitely pick out its spicy contribution to the flavor profile, I wouldn't have been able to identify it on my own. The flavor focal point is still heavily toasted malt, brown bread and oven-roasted peanuts.

I'm on the fence about the mouthfeel. In the end, there's much more right with it (smooth and creamy) than wrong with it (slightly too light). It's certainly no barrier to drinking this stuff by the extra-large steinful. Given the 'per bottle' price ($5.30), that could get expensive in a big hurry.

Nils Oscar Kalasol (which is Swedish for 'Fest') is a unique Oktoberfest that still maintains close contact with the style guidelines. It probably won't appeal to everyone under the sun, but it appeals to me because of the hops and the rye. I'm looking forward to the several other Nils Oscar brews that are awaiting their turns in my cellar.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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).

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and good looking amber with a thin line of crème head. Nose is almost like a syrup. Flavor is robust with a leafy start, but it seems to get over-taken by a tone that is just too sweet and tangy to appreciate. Unbalanced. Feel is decent on the liquid and the carbonation is nice too. Decent. Seems a bit unbalanced though and that detracts.

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour yields a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is an amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply reddish hued, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of dry & sweet malt notes and a touch of spicy hop character. Ample toasty malt, biscuit notes and bread crust aromatics mix in with notes of caramelized malt sugars, and a soft, berry like fruitiness. The hops seem to accent the berry notes as well as provide a touch of herbal character. This is most definitely a malt dominated beer, but I like the mix of malt notes here and the hops add just a little something to the aroma.

Quite spicy tasting, much more so than the aroma would have suggested; the beer has notes of grassy herbs, woody black pepper and an underlying spicy herbal note that is quite noticeable throughout each sip but most noticed up front.. This is still a substantially malt driven brew though as flavors of toasted biscuits, toasted whole grain bread, browned soda crackers and lots of spicy rye notes. This has a light grain / malt sweetness to it that is a touch caramelized in character. That berry note is here in the flavor too and still seems to be derived from a mix of malt and hop notes. This has a light-medium heft to it that keeps this from being a beer you could pound. It is a touch viscous and this really adds a nice texture, which in combination with the grain makes this a chewy brew.

This beer is quite spicy, I think this is driven by both the hops and the rye, either way it makes this beer quite interesting. One of the tastier O-fest beers I have had in a while and even though the rye is non-traditional, I really like its addition to this brew.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
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.

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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 corby112
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.

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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 bark
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is clear, deep copper red with brown tones. The medium-sized beige foam disappears into a very thin layer.

The smell is somewhat sour with lots of malt. There are some notes of brown sugar and dough.

The carbon dioxide is mild with small bubbles.

The burned, generous is taste is bitter with a little touch of metal. There are notes of almonds, and caramel malt. The aftertaste is dry, bitter and finishes with a slowly descending taste of dark bread.

This is a nice interpretation of the Märtzen concept. As usual, it is a really good beer from the small Nils Oscar's brewery.

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Photo of scruffwhor
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

This one poured a very clear amber with a slight reddish hue, perhaps a bit of dark orange. It was topped by a fine cap of cream coloured foam that settled to a solid ring and skim of bubbles on the beer. Some lacing clung to the glass. The aroma was quite floral, reminiscent of hand soap, with a little hop spice and citrus balancing the biscuity, lightly roasted malt. Moderate bitterness, again with the floral hops. It was quite malty though, with notes of roasted grain, spicy rye, biscuits and cookie dough. Just a hint of citrus peeked through and a delicate bitterness lingered. Medium to light bodied and a little slick with gentle, creamy carbonation. Very interesting. The hop profile reminds me a lot of other Scandinavian beers I've had lately. Plus there was more roast than I expected judging by the style and colour. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of drpimento
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.

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