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Pistonhead Full Amber

Rating: 3.65

Only my second ever Spendrups Bryggeri beer now, this is one that found its way into my fridge after a having visitors round but it is one that I’ve been meaning to pick up for some time now, basically since I noticed that most Morrison’s and Tesco supermarkets started selling it in the last year or so. The beer is a Vienna style lager from the Swedish brewery and follows on from their flagship Kustom Lager that I tried while in London back in September 2013; a beer that I found fairly enjoyable at the time. This one will be my fifth Swedish beer in total, the other three all being offerings from The Nils Oscar Company that coincidentally were all reviewed back in 2013; amazingly this is my first new beer from the country in three years so hopefully it’s one to remember.


Appearance (4/5): Pouring a lot darker than expected and settling as quite a deep, caramel amber that definitely lived up to the name. The beer was topped with a nice, finger-sized head that was a foamy white colour and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. After about a minute or so it had lost about half its initial height but still looking quite good before eventually turning slightly patch in the centre.
Aroma (6/10): This one opens with quite a sweet nose in the early going, there was plenty of caramel to begin with and a few toffee notes too. I got a sticky sweet aroma initially before some toasted malts and earth smells started to come through alongside some sugars and bread malts. The nose was quite a standard one for the style with some faint hops and grassy notes towards the end but none of the citra or cascade hops mentioned on the can made themselves known at this point sadly.
Taste (7/10): As previously mentioned, the beer is a sweet one with a combination of caramel and toffee malts kicking things off alongside the promised citra hops that added a nice tang to proceedings. There was some bread malts and a touch of rye in there too with an earthy bitterness and some sugars not far behind. Again it was quite a standard beer with some lager type hops coming through and bit of sweetness appearing to go along with the caramel at the end; it’s pretty good I guess.
Palate (4/5): Quite a sharp beer on the palate, this one was slightly dry and came through with a medium body that featured a slight tang from the citrus in the hops. There was a decent kick towards the end of the beer thanks to the alcohol and carbonation wise the beer felt about average for a Vienna lager. It was definitely a sweet offering with the caramel seeming strongest throughout but a few sugars also featured and the hop bitterness done its best to level things out.

Overall (15/20): Not a bad beer at all this one, it’s certainly a lot nice than I’d expected given that it falls somewhere in between a craft and a macro beer in my opinion and it is available in most supermarkets now but it was still an enjoyable offering. It opened up quite sweet with a lot of caramel and the citra hops promised in the can really only appeared come the taste but it still came through as a decent beer thanks to the toasted malts and earthy bitterness alongside some of the more basic Vienna lager type flavours. Nice stuff and well worth picking up if you stumble across it but it isn’t one to go searching for really; I still liked it but there Kustom Lager still came out very slightly better.

Brewed In: Grängesberg, Sweden
Brewery: Spendrups Bryggeri
Type: Vienna Lager
ABV: 6.0%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Tesco (Glasgow)
Price: Gift

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  1. April 5, 2017 at 22:21

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