Ever since the Viking era, the Christmas beer tradition has been strong in Norway. As stated in the 'Gulatingsloven' (a regional law text valid until 1274), every farmer was bound by the law to brew beer for Christmas and christen it according to the new faith, otherwise running the risk of losing his assets to the king and bishop. The Christmas beer was normally brewed from the best grain of the season and would be strong with a rich malt flavour. Ringnes Juleøl (Christmas Beer) is a modern version of the traditional Norwegian Christmas beer of average alcohol content.
Ringnes Christmas Beer has a golden red colour with a malty aroma marked by caramel, freshly baked bread and raisins. The beer has a light, smooth malty sweetness and a low, yet noticeable bitterness.
Ringnes Christmas Beer is a good companion to classical Norwegian Christmas dishes, such as pork and lamb ribs (Pinnekjøtt).