What to say?
I typically keep to the facts, color flavor notes, a pretty dull review.
I'm Finnish, I'm a home brewer, I've never had a Sahti, but I've made several by recipe. And I've never had a commercial version and I was looking forward to this because I wanted to compare my Sahti's to a commercial version. Specifically whatever issues the snob/craft beer fan might have with Sam Adams, Sam Adams consistently produces a "to style" beer. With that in mind, I was even more excited to try this beer because it would be "to style".
So I think Sam Adams produced a beer that's 'to style'. What I've noticed with my own versions is, most people don't like it. What you've got is a cave man beer. Sahti is one of the oldest styles and what is it? It's a bunch of cold lonely Finnish farmers looking around their yard and wondering, "How can I get drunk?"
So they grab some juniper branches, they grab some rye (both can grow in the tundra), they grab some cheap grain and some baker's yeast. They make alcohol with what they have and they get drunk to forget that they are in Finland. So why is this style not known throughout the world? Because it's not a great style. It's what else am I going to do in Finland. I love my people, and if I was stuck there I'd drink this to, but I don't live there so I don't drink this often. Just at Finn parties, or camping.
Reviewed: Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 21:25:39
Tasted: Thursday, August 16, 2012
$7.99 for 12 oz. bottle
368 beers rated with a
A: 7.0 |
T: 7.0 |
L: 8.0 |
M: 7.0 |
Color: Deep Amber
A: Clear deep amber with tint of red. Soft off-white foam that quickly dissipates.
S: Berries and malt, then very slight medicinal(herbal) notes.
T: Sweet bready malt with bitter juniper on top. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation levels.
O: Not a horrible beer. But malt profile that leans to the sweet side and then mixes with the herbal flavors, and seems out of balance. And, there's a slightly elevated bitter level that adds another distraction. I agree with Chuck that the fact this style is seldom brewed, points out that it might be a product of local ingrediants in Finland, rather than a great style.