Nils Oscar Kalasöl | the Nils Oscar Company

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Nils Oscar KalasölNils Oscar Kalasöl

Brewed by:
the Nils Oscar Company

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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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 58
Photo of elinash
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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 ybnorml
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark amber/copper colored beer. Has a bubbly off white head. There is a light biscuit malt character with hints of a sweet caramel malt and a pine hop note in the background. The taste is lightly caramel with a pine hop character nipping at the sides of your tongue. A dry hop note brushes the top of your throat before siding down for the finish.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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 smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 dgallina
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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 BoitSansSoif
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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 akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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 RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, brought back from Sweden

Clear, dark golden color. Large, creamy, light tan head.

Grassy & pepper. Malt as secondary aroma. Celery smell seems quite strong.

Biscuity in taste. Bittering pretty good - herbal/floral in character. Nice balance, one of the more bitter European beers I've had (my experience is not vast, though). Very tasty!

Light body, with medium carbonation. Drying.

Nice, a great session beer. Balanced & easy to drink. I would like more of it, but probably won't be going back to Sweden for it. Not terribly true to style, IMO, too light, too hoppy, and malt character too subdued.

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Photo of gnoff
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught at The Rover in Gothenburg.
Even better taste than the bottle.
Dark amber to brown color, beige-brown lasting creamy head. Fruity scent and taste. Quite big bitterness, but it fits and is balanced well.
Once more though, I like the draught one well better than the bottles I’ve had.

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Photo of bark
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Rocko
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 rastaman
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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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