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With the dregs - Onnepekka from Teerenpeli


Once or twice a year I'm going to stay a day in Tampere, Finland. I'm mostly there for watching a movie, having a nice time with my wife, enjoying ourself and of course one to three beers. In Tampere you could find the Teerenpelli bar, the outlet of the Teerenpelli beers. The have all there permanent beers they brew on the tap and if you are lucky they have some seasonal as well. The weather wasn't that good therefore we went inside the bar.

I had the Onnepekka, which I had a year a go, and so it's now time to have it reviewed again. It came right from the tap into the glass, giving a very stable white crown on top of the gold body. Taking a first breath brings up the malty character as well as a little diacetyl.

When it comes to the first nip the weather changed within seconds. Big black clouds came up and thunder rolled through the bar. With it came the strongest and strangest bitterness ever tasted since long. It was mouth coating, astringent and I consider it to come from the dregs. On top of that the Onnepekka was watery.

I remembered my first review of the Onnepekka. Two days later I got a bottle of Onnepekka and this was one was different from the one I got at the bar. As it is the second time that the beer was that annoying I will check the bottled one later on.

If you got a beer from a bad badge you might want to give it back right on the tap and ask for another one. I suggest to not get into an argument with the bar stuff as they are mostly not trained to smell or taste off flavours.

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: 4.00 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: 5.00% Vol.
Type: Lager
Brewed by: Teerenpeli
Brewed in: Finland