Sweden vs South Korea

The games are flowing thick and fast now – that means I need to try and keep up with the beers! Two different continents feature in this battle. Let’s see who wins…

Mandatory “Staring Out Windows” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.67 (at time of writing)
  • Country of Origin: Sweden
  • Brewery: Beerbliotek
  • ABV: 6.3%%
  • Style: IPA
  • Serving: Can, 330ml

I have been spoilt for choice over the last 18 months when it has come to UK craft beer. As such, beers from other countries can be disappointing. Fortunately, Beerbliotek (what an epic name, translating as ‘beer library’!) from Sweden, are a craft brewery at the forefront of Swedish brewing. I managed to get this beer from Grunting Growler, rather than online websites that import brews. The can is bright, with pastel designs and a large “B” at the forefront of the can.

It poured a light honey colour, with a slim white frothy head that settled quickly. The tropical notes really came through on the nose, which made me salivate. I’m delighted to say that this beer gave a beautiful, smooth (from the oats in the base), fruity (from Sauvin hops), tropical (from Citra hops) boom – a trio ultimately creating a very enjoyable beer! A bitter edge rounded it off, showcasing exactly why an IPA is often my beer of choice.


Rating: 3.5/5. ‘Staring Out Windows’ proves to be one of the best beers that I’ve sampled during the first week of the World Cup, though I feel it could do with a touch more intensity to lift the rating to 4 or greater. I think that this could be really good with my Fizzics system, which promises to accentuate the natural flavours and aromas.


Mandatory “Hite” Facts

  • Untappd Rating:73 (at time of writing)
  • Country of Origin: South Korea
  • Brewery: HiteJinro
  • ABV:3%
  • Style: Lager
  • Serving: Bottle, 330ml

I’ve had many different lagers from across the Asian continent. I’ve had a mix of experiences: some were really impressive, whilst others fell flat at the tasting hurdle. I poured this, feeling uncertain about it given that it was my first ever beer from South Korea. It poured a super-transparent amber colour, slightly darker than I would have expected for a typical lager. There was a foam head that lasted for approximately 30 seconds, but then disappeared. There was little scent to comment on, and disappointingly this translated into taste also. The beer didn’t give much and can barely even be described as “one-dimensional”… I can’t describe the beer as tasting offensive, but I felt that I may as well have been drinking water!


Rating: 1.5/5. ‘HiteJinro’ is a beer that I am glad to have ticked off, but that’s about it. It doesn’t even match my home country’s lager, which isn’t an accolade to be proud about.


Football: Sweden 1 – South Korea 0. As Sweden is home to one of my football club’s greatest ever players (Henrik Larsson), I am quite happy that the country has won both this game and this beer round! Also, it is reassuring that this craft beer brewery has wiped the floor with a national lager – I would be a bit disappointed with any other result!


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