Beer Review: Krönleins Bryggeri - IKEA Öl Ljus / Öl Mörk Lager

IKEA Öl Ljus / Öl Mörk Lager

On my last trip to IKEA, I was glad to see what my friend had told me was true. There is now IKEA branded beer! Reports online suggest that it is brewed by Krönleins Bryggeri, a brewery who also produce a beer for the band KISS, a Stockholm lager and some strong lagers under the brand Three Hearted. Sadly, none of their offerings are favourably rated on the major beer review sites.

I opened both these beers with low expectations, being briefly amused that the bottle caps had graphics that resembled IKEA assembly instructions.

IKEA Öl Ljus / Öl Mörk Lager

IKEA Öl Mörk Lager (Dark)

  • ABV: 4.7%, Style: Euro Dark Lager
  • Best Before 28 August 2013
  • Served: 330ml bottle poured into a BrewDog stemmed tulip

Look: Dark amber coloured beer with a small off-white head.

Aroma: Damp straw. Very grassy, with so much grain and hay aroma that it smelt a bit like silage. Bit of wet dog in there too.

Taste: Lots of caramel roastiness. With a sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite fizzy, but the caramel thickness of this beer coats the mouth in an unpleasant way.

IKEA Öl Ljus / Öl Mörk Lager

IKEA Öl Ljus Lager (Light)

  • ABV: 4.7%, Style: Euro Pale Lager
  • Best Before: 20 April 2013
  • Served: 330ml bottle poured into a BrewDog tulip

Look: Straw coloured lager with a reasonable fluffy, white head.

Aroma: Low aroma profile generally compared to the dark, a little yeasty with hints of green apple.

Taste: Lager. There’s not much to say about it other than it tastes exactly as you’d expect. Crisp and unrefined with a slight bitter, fruit twang at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but slick and a bit gaggy.

Overall: I don’t think I would recommend either beer beyond the novelty of the label. Hardly a glowing recommendation I know. I don’t plan to buy these beers again. 2/5

- 6th March 2013, Sustainable Alcoholic

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