Juminda Näkk - Veldi ja Tütred in a bottle

Estonia is on the move - Juminda Näkk

Juminda Näkk

In January we got on a short vacation in Tallin, Estonia. We took the ferry from Helsinki and within no time we were in Tallin. Tallin is a lovely city with a central old town as the city center. Everything is within walking distance and there are plenty of restaurants and bars. On the second day I found myself in a super market, especially in their beer section. They have as many beers on the shelf as a Finnish supermarket, so I ended up buying all available beers from microbreweries. 

The Foam

Since that I haven't had a chance to taste them. When we had friends visiting us it was a good opportunity to open one or two of them, and two reviewers are better than one. We started with the Juminda Näkk. I poured it from the bottle into two glasses and we only got foam, and nothing else. I really was carefully pouring it, like I would with every wheat beer, but it was ridiculously producing foam. So we waited, and waited, and waited, and invented a time machine, and waited, and eventually got beer and foam. 

It smells pretty sheer, there is yeast, a little banana, but nothing out of the ordinary. First nip goes down very well. The yeast is pretty dominant and while there is yeast there is texture, which is pretty smooth. The flavor matrix is on the lower end, there is nothing special about it. It is over-carbonated and I was missing the mouthfullness I would have expected. And, I somehow missed the wheat.

Is it really a wheat beer?

I looked at the bottle label and then it was perfectly clear. There is rye and sugar, but no wheat. Categorizing it as a wheat beer is therefore wrong. My friend Pekka  mentioned that it tastes like a Belgian style beer. The question to the Brew Master is now: was it designed as a wheat beer without wheat in order to create a new category or was it falsely put into the wheat beer category and was actually brewed as something else. From my point of view I second Pekkas statement. It is more a Belgian Pale Ale than a German Wheat Beer. Let's wait for the Brew Masters comment.

Update 17.04.2017

I got the following Feedback from the Brewery: "We hereby confirm that Juminda Näkk most certainly consists wheat and the word NISUÕLU on the label means Wheat Beer in Estonian. We are sorry if you saw somehow a label that doesn't mention wheat. I just googled the Juminda Näkk images and the readable labels I saw, state it consists wheat. So - wheat beer it is! Thanks for enjoying our beers and for your feedback! Cheers!"


The beer was poured from a keg
Purity of Taste:
/ 10 | 1 = many off flavours ; 10 = sheer
Purity of Smell:
/ 10 | 1 = many off-flavours ; 10 = sheer
Intensity of Bitterness:
/ 5 | 1 = no bitterness ; 5 = bitter
Quality of Bitterness:
/ 10 | 1 = no quality ; 10 = high quality
/ 10 | 1 = no quality ; 10 = high quality
/ 5 | 1 = water ; 5 = masty
/ 5 | 1 = flat ; 5 = too tangy

Lautered: 6.00 out of 10
About the reviewer:
Dominik Jais's picture Dipl.-Braumeister (VLB Berlin) Dominik Jais is beer enthusiast writing beer reviews since 2001.
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Tasted beer:

Alc: 5.40% Vol.
Type: Hefeweizen
Brewed by: Veldi ja Tütred
Brewed in: Estonia