Viking - BOTTLEViking
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Company info:
Vifilfell
Akureyri, ICELAND

[No website listed]

Alcohol: 4.4%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-Twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99AU

Label info: ‘Pilsner Bjor from the pure waters of Iceland‘.

What the label really means: Hopefully a clean, crisp beer that truly showcases the pure Icelandic waters.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: This is one very cool label. Depicted is Odin, a Norse god, and father of Thor. He is flanked by two dragons, while a faithful dog sits at his side. Odin sits with his head held high, his helmet wings pointing to the heavens, while a heavy robe is draped on his noble shoulders. It’s all in monochrome and this is the absolute key to the success of the label – it could easily have gone down a gaudy or comical route and instantly made the beer a joke. Instead it hints that the beer inside is traditional, strong, full of character and depth, and one to be held above all others. It’s strong and bold and I love it.

I give it a label rating of 8.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  There’s a very typical lager aroma arising from this brew…citrus and hoppy fresh. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, as it’s definitely a pleasant aroma. I’m just saying that it’s not boding well for originality. 

Taste: GLASS – Not bad…this pilsner style beer is typically citrus-infused with a tinge of bitterness, nut it’s also a tad bland. It’s very easy to drink by being overly watery, and under-carbonated. Sadly, this is a very middle-of-the-road brew that I suggest you do not go out of your way for. Viking - GLASS

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Unfortunately for Viking, drinking it from the bottle ensures the brew becomes even more bland and dull. It becomes a little more watery and even the citrus flavours are dulled. I am disappointed. 

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 5.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: A spicy Asian pork dish would suit this brew.

Best season to appreciate: A Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? I really could drink this brew all night but I’d feel a little empty and unsatisfied by the end.

Over-all impression: This beer has been imported into Australia and I’m not too sure why they’ve even bothered. A cool label, and exotic country of origin can only carry a beer so far. There are a tonne of great pilsners out there that are comparable if not better than this. Sadly, flavour is really lacking in this brew – perhaps it didn’t survive the journey from Iceland.

NEXT WEEK: TBC

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Comments
  1. Viking is low taste, mid-strength, and high-price. It’s practically a fable.

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