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This article is about Karjala (beer). For the geographic region, see Karelia.
Karjala III bottles
Manufacturer Hartwall
Introduced 1932
Alcohol by volume 8.0% IVB
5.2% IVA
4.6% III
Style Lager
IBU scale 28 (IVB)
21.5 (IVA)
18.5 (III)

Karjala is a Finnish lager type beer manufactured by the Hartwall brewery. Karjala beer was manufactured by the cooperative shop Osuusliike Itä-Karjala owned Sortavalan panimo Oy brewery from 1932 until 1944. Production was resumed in 1948.

During the 1960s, Karjala beer was already a fading brand until the Soviet Union's ambassador to Finland, Andrei E. Kovalev, stated in 1968 publicly that the label of Karjala beer evoked wrong perceptions from the war times. Karjala beer's label has the coat of arms of Karelia which features an arm wielding straight western (Swedish) sword thrusting a Russian sabre wielded by another arm. The press noted the event with an article spanning 14 broadsheet pages and Karjala-beer gained new steam as a brand. Later on, a proverb stating "Karelia back, even bottle by bottle" (Karjala takaisin, vaikka pullo kerrallaan.) was formed. As excise tax class III beer gained popularity, Karjala beer got a nickname of "evacuee beer" evakkokalja, especially in eastern Finland, as it will "always return", tulloo aina takasi.


  • Karjala III (4.6%)
  • Karjala IVA (5.2%)
  • Karjala IVB (8.0%)
  • Karjala Terva (4.6%)

Discontinued beers

  • Karjala I

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