Finally after a long wait and a very early morning I have made it back to Sweden for my annual holiday (hopefully it’ll be a bit more permanent soon).
As I arrived in Gothenburg the temperature is up to 22 degrees Celsius. As it’s a Sunday unfortunately the government owned alcoholic drinks monopoly the Systembolaget which leaves me with one option, the local supermarket which is only allowed to sell beer of 3.5% and under by law. This means my first holiday beer blog will be about Lättöl which is the common name for this type of beer.
The beers I’ll be reviewing, 3 in total are: Södra Pale Ale, Gotlands Bryggeri Sleepy Bulldog Best Bitter and Jämtlands Bryggeri Steamer.
I Started with Gotlands Bryggeri Sleepy Bulldog Best Bitter, which is a modern take on the traditional bitter by adding Australian hops (Their words not mine).
The colour is a clear dark orange / amber colour in the glass with a thin cream coloured head which dissipates quickly.
The aroma is better than expected with notes of tropical and stone fruit coming from the glass. There are also notes of herb and the slight musty aroma which is to be expected with Australian hops. Soft notes of caramel and toffee follow with a faint almost pine note at the end.
The flavour isn’t quite a exciting I’m afraid, there are soft notes of stone fruit, soft caramel and light citrus but this is completely overpowered by notes of herb and fruit stem which I find a little off putting.
The mouth feel is dry and bitter with a herbal flavour lingering.
Next I tried Jämtlands Bryggeri Steamer, a steam beer which is apparently aromatic and fruit but otherwise gives little away.
The beer pours an almost a dark orange almost red colour, with a thick which head which dissolves to a film on top of the beer.
The nose is rich with caramel, red and dark fruits almost giving an aroma of dates. In the background notes of orange and lemon peel try to come forward with a herbal presence at the end.
The flavour is refreshing with notes of her lemon and ginger to start, this is balanced by notes of caramel, red and dark fruit and a soft spice. This is very complex and fantastically drinkable at the same time!
The finish is rich and slightly dry.
Finally I will look at Södra pale ale. This beer in unfiltered and dry hopped which is all the information they give.
The colour is a cloudy light orange with a thin white head.
The aroma comes bursting from this beer! Hits of lime, mango, pineapple and soft sweet malt stream forward. This is followed by hints of pine and sugar syrup.
The flavour is resinous but follows with hits of tropical fruit and grapefruit. The sweet malt and slightly herbal kick follow this is the ulimate low ABV American pale ale!
The finish is drying with a tingle of hops down the center of the tongue.
As things would go this is probably not the most exciting trio of beers I could’ve reviewed but on the other hand I feel it’s great to have a range of go to (this review is by no means exhaustive), of beers at a lower percentage which are easier to have with a meal or in the evening when working the next day.