Saturday, March 12, 2011

Viking Pilsner Bjor - Iceland 12-3-11

The Low Down:
Made with the crushed souls of the eternal warriors of Valhalla, this beer is wonderful to imbibe. From the sleek Odin and Fenrir motif, to the delicious mild pilsner inside, this beer is excellent on every level.

More refreshing than an ice bath after a sauna, and just the right amount of hoppy flavour.

Considering the sun comes out for half a year at a time, the brown bottle is an obvious choice. The low-ish alcohol means you can drink it like an actual Viking; Fast, gleefully, and to excess.

This beer is actually made from melted glacier, and some of the water is over 200 years old. That's quite interesting (Thank you Stephen Fry).

Packaging: 9/10
Solar Protection, Odin motif, nothing it doesn't need. All the style it deserves.
Refreshment: 9/10
This is no mead. It goes down a treat. Glacial water is outrageously fresh.
Flavour 8/10:
Light hops, and that delicious "oh Gods I'm drinking a glacier" finish.
Alcohol Content: 6/10
4.4%. Matching the content of its Pilsner brethren, but with a little more style.
Price: 9/10
$4.50. Iceland is as far as you can go without coming back again. It is quite literally the other side of the world. This makes the price phenomenal.
Total: 41/50

This beer is something you have to try, and since it is gaining popularity abroad, you should be able to. Drink it while pillaging the villages of Europe, or with a BBQ, or with some left over soup, or Pringles. It  probably also goes well with smoked herring.