Estonian beers

Most of these beer origins from a trip to Helsinki and Tallinn your struly made along with friend and beer collector Donald Bible. The beers we tried were bought at Alko, Helsinki, (who helped get some sahti!), at Stockmanns in Helsinki and Tallinn, and at the pub Õlletorn in Tallinn.

Of the beers rated this night one of the classic English barley wines, the complex fruity Fuller's Golden Pride stole the prize. Another superb beer was Sillamäe München Hele Õlu from the small microbrewery Sillamäe Õlletehas. This beer comes in beautiful 3l bottles with metal handles, is unfiltered and unpasteurized. When tasted fresh it is one of the best lager I personally have tried, sadly the when the OMH bunch got around to taste it, it was a bit too old and not made justice here.

The Sillamäe was bought at Õlletorn, which is probably the pub with the best assortment of beers in Tallinn, as it keeps almost all Estonian beers, as well as quite a few foreign ones. The service is excellent and the staff very friendly, and we owe them a great "thanks" for letting us try the outstanding dark Sillamäe for free. I would like to thanks Tiit & Toomas at Estonian Beer Guide for recommendations and help.

We ate at Olde Hansa, a medieval restaurant in Tallin's old town, which brews theri own beer, a sweetish rounded honey beer, and a bittersweet herb spiced beer. In Helsinki we went to Suomenlinnan Panimo a brewpub on a small beautiful park island a short boat trip from central Helsinki. They served a stout, a nice smooth Irish style ale, and a blond ale.

Beers rated August 2000
238Fuller's Golden PrideEngland3,823+55- 2 8,5%Ale, British style
758Sillamäe München Hele ÕluEstonia3,2724+4-3-255,2%Lager, Light
856K8 BeerBelgium3,183-44- 2+ 8,0%Special
866Bulldog Strong AleEngland3,183+33+   6,3%Ale, British style
1014TiigerEstonia3,044-4-3 23-6,8%Lager, Bock
1192Stary Melnik SvetloeRussia2,932+4-3+ 32+4,6%Lager, Light
1198Magus Mary ÕluEstonia2,922+4-3+ 1+44,0%Special
1246Karksi OrdumeisterEstonia2,874-3-3+ 2+2+6,0%Lager, Bock
1321TulipühvelEstonia2,813+3+2+ 3-2+8,5%Lager, Bock
1332Einbecker Brauherren Premium PilsGermany2,8024-3- 3 4,9%Lager, Light
1470Draymans Dark MildEngland2,663+32 2+ 3,0%Ale, British style
1500Quilmes CervezaArgentina2,65332+ 23 Lager, Light
1589Karksi PremiumEstonia2,582+4-33-22-4,7%Lager, Light
1626Toolse Export PremiumEstonia2,543+2+322+2+5,9%Lager, Light
1646A.Le Coq PremiumEstonia2,512+32+2+3-3-4,7%Lager, Light
1658Wesenberh PilsnerEstonia2,503+223-2+34,5%Lager, Light
1671Saaremaa XEstonia2,493+2-3 32-10,0%Lager, Bock
1688Rock ÕluEstonia2,473-2-2+33+2+5,3%Lager, Light
1701A.Le Coq PilsnerEstonia2,4623+22+3+24,2%Lager, Light
1741Karhu IV AFinland2,4132+232-3-5,3%Lager, Light
1757Wisby Öl 3.5Sweden2,40 2+2+ 3- 3,5%Lager, Light
1810Amstel BockHungary2,342+3-3+ 1 7,0%Lager, Bock
1825Saku RevalEstonia2,332-3-32+23-5,4%Lager, Light
1837Schutzenberger JubilatorFrance2,323+2-31-3-36,8%Lager, Bock
1859Tartu Double BockEstonia2,302+22 3+2+8,0%Lager, Bock
1889Haista VängeEstonia2,28322+22-34,5%Lager, Light
1915Wesenbergh PremiumEstonia2,262+123334,9%Lager, Light
1924Baltika 5 ParnasRussia2,253+1+222+35,6%Lager, Light
1937Cerveza ImperialCosta Rica2,243+22 2-2+ Lager, Light
1987Õlu 2000Estonia2,173-2-3+ 2-2-10,0%Lager, Bock
1992Økologisk Thy PilsnerDenmark2,16 22 3- 4,6%Lager, Light
2019Toolse Original PilsnerEstonia2,132+222-2+34,5%Lager, Light
2037Olvi DoppelbockFinland2,113+1-2+ 32-8,5%Lager, Bock
2049Cerveza VictoriaMexico2,082+1+2 2+3 Lager, Dark
2050Mariestads Midsommar 3.5Sweden2,08 2+2- 2+ 3,5%Lager, Light
2075Saaremaa TuulikEstonia2,052+2+22-22+5,2%Lager, Light
2123EurolagerGermany1,97 22 2 5,2%Lager, Light
2152SarvikEstonia1,9531+2- 2 7,8%Lager, Bock
2182San Miguel NostrumSpain1,91 1+2 3- 6,2%Lager, Bock
2205Lammin SahtiaFinland1,871-3-3 21+7,5%Special
2216Olvi CXXFinland1,863-1+2- 2 4,5%Lager, Light
2274Wesenbergh SwingEstonia1,7232-2-121+6,5%Lager, Bock
2284Hole In One Golf BeerSweden1,70 1+2- 2+ 5,0%Lager, Light
2548Rigas KvassLatvia0,321-10+1-000,0%Special
Rated by: Johan Zetterlund, Per Samuelsson, Lars Samuelsson, Cecilia Gårdebäck, Anna Hultén and Fredrik Huldt

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Updated 2000-08-31 Per Samuelsson