Soproni - Brau Union Hungária Sörgyárak / Soprony Brewery

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Brau Union Hungária Sörgyárak / Soprony Brewery visit their website
Hungary

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 06-24-2006)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a totally forgettable hungarian brew, akin to some of the lesser american mass market stuff. it pours clear and thin, yellow to gold, but pretty flat looking. light white head gone in minutes. nose is spent grain and corn syrup, flavor to match. must be made with some very mineral rich water because it has a sort of irony taste, not metallic and cheap, but definitely minerally. feel is bizarre, its got some bready body which can be filling after a few, and it doesnt have enough carbonation, but its also quite light. confusing really. also never had one that was quite cold enough, draft or bottle, so that may have been weighing it down a little bit. overall this is one to skip, some much better beers made in hungary.

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of biegaman
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Mass-produced lagers are notorious for being lean and under-malted but Soproni has enough grain to generate - and fully sustain - a considerably large head. It also has a fairly resplendent golden complexion, another positive indication. It's also obviously been filtered; the only thing disrupting clarity is the frost on my pint glass. All in all, looks good.

The aroma isn't anything to write home about. Heck, it's not even worth finding a piece of paper or taking the cap off the pen. It's pedestrian at best, borderline unappetizing at worse. It smells far more like corn (or an industrially produced corn-derived product) than it does fresh-baked bread or cereal grain (malt's natural scents).

The taste, fortunately, if properly chilled, passes my 'face test': I can swallow it without making an off-put face. It avoids this, by and large, because it has very little flavour at all; as with the aroma, there's very little maltiness on the palate. No bread. No grain. Little else except a subtly golden corn kernel-like note and a slight sweetness.

This neutrality, combined with an energetic team of bubbles, does make for a relatively refreshing beverage. I generally prefer a little more character but, credit where credit is due, this has no problems quenching my thirst on this especially hot summer afternoon. If that's your only concern then this makes an acceptable means to that end.

I think the statement above is about all you need to know about Soproni. It's all I really have to say, anyhow. Like so many other national-brand, industrially-brewed lagers this has just the bare minimum amount of personality and makes sure to exclude no one (the most casual, occasional beer drinkers included). And it's those people that are likely to enjoy it most.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.21/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Hungarian Soproni is a decent euro pale lager. The beer pours a clear golden yellow with foamy white head (that dissipates over time) and is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has grass like hops with slight bready hints. The taste is smooth balance between biscuit like malt and grass like hops. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a very sessionable beer and was my fav whilst in Budapest!

Photo of bark
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is bright yellow; the finger thick head is white and airy. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet with some notes of wet paper, hop-extract and a hint of black pepper. Quite anonymous.

The taste is watery and neutral. Some notes of white loaf, some light sweetness. The bitterness is almost invisible. The aftertaste got some chemical flavours including alcohol.

The carbonation is relatively strong, a bit too strong for me actually. Small bubbles.

Yet another boring Hungarian standard lager. OK on a hot summer day, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Brenden
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kevin for indulging my bizarre desire for any beers I can get from pretty much everywhere.

Despite the strange can art with the weird-looking dude wailing away on his guitar in front of, like, a minaret (?) or something, this is actually a pretty good-looking beer. It's bright and clear, a golden yellow color. The purely white head is actually decently sized and well managed, holding up pretty nicely and dropping a good amount of lace to the glass.
There's a little biscuit malt and a little grass, enough to push this over average is the taste of corn wasn't so strong. It's not too sweet but it heads that direction.
The taste isn't as good because there's simply not enough to this beer to offset any odd flavors, even if they're not strong either. There is a hint of grass, a mineral quality that builds up as it goes, and an interesting note to the malts that isn't richly bready, just kind of...bready. Wonder?
The body is light but actually has a little something to it, crispness is sharp but easy enough, certainly consistent, and it's reasonably smooth.

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of crossovert
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my friend Leah. 500ml can with some kind of advertising on it. Bottom says 07.11.2011.

It pours a pale gold, nothing to write home about, but nothing horrible. The head is bright and white and lasts for a while before receding to some industrial-looking lacing.

The smell is unique. It smells like medicine with some tropical fruit and somehow some "skunk" even though it is from the can. Very much like a better version of Heineken, but that isn’t saying much.

The flavor is light and rather unoffensive. It has a lot of simple bready malts, some noticeable just bland/plain sugar, herbal hops, and a subtle fruitiness. It doesn’t have enough flavor for it to be really good and too much sweetness to call it subtly complex.

It is just an EPL really, nothing more.

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle in Budapest over this past weekend.

Poured from half liter bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color with a small, thin white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a good amount of lace, which I did not expect given that the head was thin.

Smell: Very faint, but somewhat grassy and floral with hints of citrus. I had to really try to get a smell out of this one.

Taste: Not very strong tasting and actually a bit watery. Almost no taste up front (but the little that is there is sweet), with some hop spice at the end

Mouthfeel: Thin and pretty sharply carbonated. Redeeming only in that it's refreshing.

Drinkability: Not terrible, but below average overall and this is a beer that I do not think I would go for again.

Photo of atis
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with large head which dissipates within a few minutes and good lacing. Quite low amount of carbonation is visible.

The aroma is very strong grassy hops with hints of lemon. Taste is similar - lemony and mildly bitter grassy hops, maybe a bit skunky. The beer feels fizzy.

Dry and crisp beer, quite refreshing.

Photo of hunteraw
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very golden in color, quite clear. One-finger white head, with decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: Flinty mineral character and adjuncty corn. Little in the way of hops in the nose.

Taste: On the whole, fairly light. Balanced bitterness, but slightly astringent aftertaste. Slightly spicy, continental hops. Mild bread note.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy mouthfeel for the style, surprisingly so. Makes me wonder whether they might be using beer gas for this lager, instead of CO2, or if it's just a characteristic of the beer.

Drinkability: Decent for the style, but not very distinctive.

Photo of BucBasil
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on my trip to Budapest recently and reviewing from notes. Had on tap at a restaurant and poured into a pilsner style glass.

The beer is very typical of a Euro Pale, but that was expected. What wasn't expected was that it was pretty good - above average for its style. Light citric hop bite at the end. Hint of lemon. Some bread in there. Nothing special, just a nice solid beer.

Photo of cvfish
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Aranyhomok in Keskemet, Hungary

A - This beer poured a straw yellow with a thin white head that surprisinngly left some lacing around the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some citrus hints, but mostly was stale smells

T - The taste of this beer was a lot along the lines of Heinekin and other Euro Pales, so you really get what you expect here

M - Light to medium bodied, with lots of carbonation

D - Moderate beer, its appeal comes from the way you want to drink the country's beer your in

Photo of ronin926
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djura
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It looks typically for pilsner,and this is not bad pilsner at all.
Smell is medium,nothing special.
Taste-Grain aromas,with some citrus,but not much.
M- is good,medium bitter with some more carbonation.
Very nice beer,drinkable,but nothing more then that.

Photo of Liquoric3
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.16/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden color which is topped with quite decent white head, settling down relatively quick.
There's not much to the nose, only a weak hoppy aroma.
The taste is light, slightly sweet at the beginning, follwoed by a mild bitterness all the way to the finish.
Not much to the taste here, but you get the desired refreshment out of it. Nothing complex about Soproni.

Photo of Blumstein
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MikeThumel
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JohnW
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold in the glass, reasonable head, not overly carbonated. Light aroma, slightly sweet and grassy rather then dry and acid. Taste is fairly smooth, hint of bitterness from the hops but also a hint of sweetness from the malts in the finish. Better than I expected, and whilst I would not buy this in preference to anything better, it was enjoyed on tap several times in bars and cafes while in Budapest.

JohnW
B'ham UK July 2011

Photo of HookerBrews
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Guinness4me
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After a couple years, beer reviews lost their luster for me. However, I owe this beer a review and it feels rather good to be back. A dear, dear friend of mine hand carried this from Budapest to my clammy hands, and I thank her dearly. (That's you, Ginger.) She has told me for years it was her favorite Hungarian beer, but we could never find it in Florida. Ginger has good taste.

She brought me both the bottle and can variety, but it's the bottle I'll review now:

It was a bright gold color which kind of surprised me; I think I was expecting something lighter. It had a disappearing head, which might not be indicative of the beer, but could be very indicative of this little guy's journey over the past week. It left a nice lacing which flowed slowly down the inside of the glass.

The smell was neither offensive nor exceptional, but did have a slight hint of skunk followed by a moment of sweet corn. Those genres were carried on to the taste which was quite crisp. It reminds me of that one great Heinekin you get after a few too-skunky ones. A slightly metallic finish paired with a wisp of tea at the end.

The mouthfeel was pleasant with tiny, tiny bubbles. It was easily drinkable and would be even better if it had a higher alcohol content.

Thanks, again, Ginger.

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Soproni from Brau Union Hungária Sörgyárak / Soprony Brewery
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