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Premium Lager - Lvivska Pivovarnya (BBH)

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 16.89%
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Lvivska Pivovarnya (BBH)
Ukraine

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 02-24-2005)
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow with great clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts, typically lager yeast Euro skunk, and some grassy and spicy hops. Everything is overshadowed by the yeast aroma.

Taste: This beer has the traditional European bite.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, crisp, refreshing, a little dry, high carbonation, and light bodied.

Overall: More pilsner than lager. Very traditional and similar to most European pale lager. With low expectations, this beer was alright. It's not that common that you see a beer from the Ukraine too.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:40:40 | More by Flounder57
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +1.4%

05-27-2014 13:46:15 | More by Latarnik
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow with light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head with pretty good retention - there is a layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer throughout. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of grains and corn with some bready malts.

T: Slightly sweet with lots of bready malts, hints of corn and grain.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Not a great beer and not a horrible beer, this one is pretty average. Easy to drink and could be a good session beer if this is one of the flavor profiles you enjoy. I think that I'm happy to have sampled it but I don't want to drink multiple in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 14:32:09 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose along with notes of corn and grainy malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of sweetness. No hop bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has relatively good drinkability and tastes like a hybrid between a American Adjunct Lager and a German Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 23:31:17 | More by metter98
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second foray into Ukrainian beers. My grandparents hail from Lviv, so this is of (some) personal interest.

It has a nice medium golden lager colour with a good foamy head and some nice lacing.

There is hardly any aroma to speak of. Perhaps some faint grain or hops? Nothing offensive though.

The flavour is light sweet grains and faint hops in the end. Carbonation is low, making this a smooth and easy drink.

Overall, this is a very "meh" beer. Nothing interesting enough to return to, but I'm not really let down.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 16:20:29 | More by evlu1441
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emerge077

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazed straw gold, slow trails of ascending carbonation. Some feeble lacing on one side that cascades down. Broken veil of skim across the surface.

Vinous white grape aroma, slightly floral, with some light minerality.

Lemony, white grapes, slightly vinous with a hint of pilsner malt graininess in the mellow but tacky aftertaste. Dry and slightly astringent, but only for a second at first, and it soon mellows. Just tastes too much like white wine and malt liquor, though not as rough. Not a repeat buy...

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 00:23:04 | More by emerge077
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

beer from the ukraine. yipee.

pours out a very straw yellow. clear with one finger foamy white head.

i can smell the skunk right away. p.u.
not the worst smelling skunk but its there. a bit of biscuit malt, a little citrus hops aroma but mostly skunk.

sharp carbonation right away with a chalky aftertaste. this tastes like a macro lager that is overcarbonated. not very good.

not the worst but passing this up would be the right decision.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 23:24:21 | More by paxkey
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samie85

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick, pillowy two finger head.

S-That characteristic German Pilsener grainy malt note and herbal hop nose are very present here with a bit of diacetyl.

T-Sweet and grainy malt with just the slightest hint of crisp, herbal hops and some green apple.

M-Really slick and slightly carbonated with a medium body.

D-Easy drinking for what it is, but the slickness in the mouthfeel and the lack of more of hop presence makes this one I won't revisit anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:56:06 | More by samie85
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a big 2 finger creamy white head. It lasts a few minutes but settles to a ring around the glass. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S: It has a grainy and floral hops aroma.

T: It has a grainy taste maybe a bit metallic but not much.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a light body. Finishes dry.

D: Not a whole lot to say about this one. I didn't have trouble drinking it but I'm happy I got this one as a gift and I probably won't be buying it anytime soon since there are a lot better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 05:46:14 | More by marty21
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy pale yellow colour, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a decent band of loose-knit lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bready, straw-like malt, and floral, herbal hops. The taste is grainy, edgy malt - the haystack analogy really applies here. There is also some perceptible hoppiness, of the earthy, weedy variety. Constantly rising bubbles belie a fairly soft carbonation, and smooth, somewhat creamy body. It finishes off-dry, the malt well countered by the residual earthy hops.

An adequate German-style pilsener, with a hefty weight and solid flavour - the only drawbacks are the kind of weird herbal undertone, and lack of even a small crisp edge.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 21:02:31 | More by biboergosum
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a Ukranian version of a biergarden in the middle of one of the squares in Lviv during a trip there (going through some old tasting notes). What else can I say but it's a pretty typical East European Lager? I started in Germany and made my way east, and it's safe to say that the further east you go, the worse the beers get. This wasn't terrible by any means, and I actually have a gorgeous Lvivska mug that somehow made it back with me. I don't speak Russian, Ukranian, and my German is EXTREMELY limited, so this was all about getting as far out of my comfort zone as I could possible get (not many people there spoke English either). Really wasn't a bad beer on tap, but I can imagine it wouldn't be great in a bottle. And god only knows how long it would take to get here from the Ukraine! You complainers about it being a bad beer really need to have it on tap before you completely blast it. It stands up against any East European lager. My favorite is the guy in CHICAGO complaining about an East European lager. Really dude? You're in the middle of the frigging United States. Get over it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 08:23:19 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a nice finger and a half of head that did not lace nor stick exceptionally well. The body is a clear straw yellow with notes of orange and green with adequate carbonation.

Smell: Traces of earthy hops hold the most sway in this category, but I wouldn't call them dominant. Traces of hay like malt can also be detected paired with a light herbal scent.

Taste: For the most part, it's nothing but another decent easy drinking Lager and the smell in no way throws you off on this one. It starts with a hay like malt taste with herbal undertones and shifts to a dusting of well reigned in earthy hops. Nothing special, but I would say above average.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation seems a bit lacking on this one, as it falls flat and doesn't really help the beer out. Decent transitioning and a hop aftertaste that knows when the leave however lets it gain some ground.

Drinkability: Strangely the hop aftertaste seems to become more intense the more you drink, even after the initial lingering aftertaste has left. It's refreshing an all, but this odd trait seems to prevent it from going past one or two.

Final Thoughts: I think this beer meets somewhere between a more traditional lager and a pilsner. It doesn't have the hop character for a pilsner, nor the malt presence of a tamer european lager. It's good, but I wouldn't say it's anything special and not worth the import cost.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 05:14:54 | More by TheHammer
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brewery insist this is a pilsner and, you know something, by the smell and look of it I believe them. Rather than being a lustrous, antiseptically clear golden beer it is actually rather hazy with a pale, whitish yellow complexion. Its head isn't stout but it is both present and ever persistent. It takes confidence to release a "premium" lager that looks like this.

The aroma definitely isn't hoppy, but it does have traces of hops and every little bit is welcome, especially for a mass produced lager. There is a good whiff of something redolent of musty grass and, just perhaps, a drop of lemon to compliment the notes of fresh-cut hay and grains. It's one of the more 'natural' smelling macro lagers I've smelt.

Lvivske is said to be the Ukraine's oldest running brewery and, indeed, their flagship beer doesn't taste like the newer kinds of beer that are brewed to emasculating recipes, diluted with adjuncts and not allowed to mature long enough. This is certainly one of the cleanest and most flavourful lagers I believe I've had from that part of the world.

From what I can tell, the brewery did not filter, did not use adjuncts, did use hops and did let the beer mature for the proper period. I base these assumptions on the fact that this beer has a respectable amount of maltiness, no perceived corn or chemical taste, a good degree of earthy hop bite and a clean, palatable finish that is considerably quenching.

According to its producers, Lvivske had the reputation of being the best beer in the former USSR. People would travel to Lviv from all across the Soviet Union, or so they say. For a populous so poor they lacked bread on their grocery shelves I find that hard to believe. I will concede, however, that it is probably the best former Soviet-bloc lager I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 21:06:20 | More by biegaman
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large bubbled head that dies to a single layer. Very mild haze to an otherwise clear beer (I can read fine print through the glass). The color is straw. Very light spotty lace.

Similar to macro's--lots of corn and raw grain aroma. Very light hop. Not skunky, which isn't easy given the lightness of the beer.

Actually starts out well. Creamy flavor (but light bodied) on the tongue. The swallow shows a low level of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is grainy and has an astringent harshness--the largest detriment. High carbonation, but the mouthfeel is much expected--it could be far more thin.

Overall, I'd categorize this as a good macro or a weak micro. It's made well, but without interesting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 17:55:49 | More by smcolw
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

1.85/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle
5.1% ABV
I tried this beer on May 20, 2009 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a clear gold colour with a thin white head. The aroma was grainy malt with a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was quite weak, almost watery with mild carbonation. The flavour was grainy malt with tons of metal.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:44:20 | More by cyrenaica
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a beer tasting I hosted - one of our "difficult to say or pronounce" series of brews.

Pours a light golden, leaving a thin layer of white head in the glass. Decent retention for the style.

Strong smell of corn, hops and bread. Nothing off-putting.

Taste is fine, actually. Slightly sweet, with the corn dominating the palate over the hops. Again, nothing offensive.

Hard to guage the mouthfeel (we split a bottle as per the tasting), but it seems okay. Average carbonation.

Not one I'll pick up again too regularly, but an above-average Eastern European lager. Goes down pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 04:20:15 | More by JohnnyBarman
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a extremely clear golden-brass with a frothy dull white head that was initially 1 finger plus in height before slowly retreating leaving a sticky, splotchy lacing. Visible carbonation was extremely light with but a few bubbles randomly rising to the surface at any given time.

S: fresh corn stalks with a fresh herbal hopping Similar in nature to their premium but a little more subdued.

T: The flavor was dry grains with a just a touch of metallic nature. Dried corn with some fresh green stalks offer a fairly safe entry and moderatly average flavor.

M: smooth, softly carbonated with some fresh green stalk on the fade. Not particularly as crisp as I hoped or like per style.

D: Decent drinkability, it wont offend, though wont impress as well. A mindless lager that lacks a crispness per style and good bite. Average by American standard, but probably fairs pretty well in its homeland of Ukraine.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 11:55:17 | More by beerthulhu
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This pours a somewhat foggy gold color with an impressive head that dissapeared almost instantly and with a loud fizzy sound, just like a can of pop...and really no lacing to speak of.

S- There isn't much of an aroma, but what I can pick up is clean, malty aromas and a little bit of grain, but nothing much else. Rather unanounced I'd say!

T- I was actually quite impressed in this category! Lots of flavor that included sweet malts, wheaty notes, and a bit of citrus and moderate hops in the finish. Much more rounded than I was anticipating!

M- Richer than a lot of other lagers and a great smoothness best describe this one. Low carbonation make this more enjoyable as well.

D- While this is very flavorful and tastes much better than it smells, I couldn't drink probably more than 2 bottles before moving onto something else, but definately this is a beer that I would recommend for somebody to try out if they want something a little different!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 04:09:09 | More by ChrisCage
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw gold with almost no head. Nose is grainy. Flavor is pretty full with character for the style as it has a good bit of grain influence and a slight cereal presence as well. Overall it has a fuller body than the norm. Feel is standard. Low carbonation. Definitely drinkable. Nothing to write home about, but not complete garbage I say.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 22:18:07 | More by RblWthACoz
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a grocery in NYC's East Village near a Ukrainian restaurant.

Pours a light gold color with a white head that quickly fades. The aroma is a dim malt sweetness but he flavor expands to a smooth light caramel and grain taste that ends with a touch of hops. It's a pretty decent Euro lager that might even be able to pass for the typically tastier export lager. I can honestly say it's the best Ukrainian beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 03:38:20 | More by tempest
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent yellow gold with an impressive three fingers of foamy white head. Aroma... PHEW! Make that smell. Strong sulphur, dust, dead grass, this might be skunked, but it's hard to tell. Taste was cheesy hops, skunk, sulphur. Mouthfeel was fizzy, and at least the alcohol was well hidden. Drinkability? Perhaps on a hot windy day...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 02:29:05 | More by tatterdash
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle imported by Doyna Michigan Co, Farmington Hills, MI, 48331. No freshness date; but an attractive green, white, and gold label nonetheless. the back label reads "Lvivske Premium" "Alc. 5.2% by Vol."

This basic Ukranian lager pours a clear golden body beneath a creamy head of bright-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar, and leaves some nice splashes of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is clean but very generic; and it mainly offers a sweetish, cereal-like adjunct laden maltiness. There's a bit of alcohol to it as well, but it's minor (very typical eastern European!). In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and crisp. The flavor is very basic, but well-balanced, with a clean, straightforward maltiness interwoven with notes of grassy and citrusy hops. A solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry with some lingering grassy and lemony hop notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 01:26:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow. Good sized head, but a little watery.

S - Floral and a touch of skunk.

T - Slight apple-y-ness, and some mild hoppiness. Nothing off - a typical pale euro lager.

M - Less carbonated than some other pale euros, which is a good thing.

D - Not bad. Not great. Sounds familiar...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 00:01:29 | More by allergictomacros
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cabsandking

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a big white rocky head diminishing quickly to a thin white cap. Hoppy floral notes in the nose. Bitter dry crisp hop characters. Yeasty cracker finish. Light, watery body with mild carbonation. Mild hop strength with just enough to read a slight sweetness. Nothing particularly wrong with this beer, just lacking in any kind memorable qualities.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 05:13:39 | More by cabsandking
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ernie

Russian Federation

3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color, medium carbonation, medium snow-white head, nice lace.

Aroma herbal and hoppy, with a hint of spices.

Start fresh, malty, with spicy tones. Body light but not thin, mouthfeel crisp, finish hoppy, aftertaste malty, bitterish.

Very drinkable beer. Good summer brew and a worthy companion to grilled chicken & salad.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 17:05:33 | More by ernie
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