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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Historical Beer Sahti


BJCP 2015 27A Sahti example
27A - Sahti


Overall Impression

A sweet, heavy, strong traditional Finnish beer with a rye, juniper, and juniper berry flavor and a strong banana-clove yeast character.


The use of rye doesn't mean that it should taste like caraway (a dominant flavor in rye bread). The use of juniper berries will give a flavor like gin (similarly flavored with juniper berries). The juniper acts a bit like hops in the balance and flavor, providing some counterpoint to the sweet malt.

Commercial Examples

Now made year-round by several breweries in Finland.

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  • OG:  1076 - 1120
  • FG:  1016 - 1020
  • ABV: 7 - 11
  • IBU: 7 - 15
  • SRM: 4 - 22
BJCP 2015 27A - Sahti Commercial Example