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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Bulgaria

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Gusler on 01-18-2003

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by stoutman:
Photo of stoutman
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and light gold in color, white head that dissipates quickly. A faint hoppy nose reminiscent of rye bread. First sip is a little malty, but overall it's not much more substantial in aroma or flavor than a light beer. Somewhat light, but worthy to try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnW
2.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap and in bottle form while touring Bulgaria in July 2011. Pours very pale gold, lively head, well carbonated. Aroma initially hint of sweetness, but grassy and dry. Taste is very thin, hint of sweetness but remains dry and acid from the high carbonation. Just about acceptable if well chilled on a hot summers day, but would not have it again.

JohnW
B'ham UK July 2011

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)
The label says "Lager beer” under the Kamenitza.
A- This beer has a pale straw crystal clear body with a thin white film of head and a very strong carbonation.

S- This beer has a very clean smell with a pale dry malt nose and a finish of faint green hops.

T- This beer has a dry pale malt hint that fades out as it warms. There is a bitter hop finish that is dry with a carbonic acid bite that gives the hops a faint bit of depth. As this beer warms notes of dry corn and raw grain start to come through over the malt but the hops are still stronger that any malt/grain flavor.

M- This beer has a very light crisp mouthfeel with a fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer is light thin and note very interesting.

Photo of jackndan
3.85/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kamenitza: From Bulgaria, in a big half liter brown bottle. A fairly nice beer, very easy to drink, relatively low in alcohol, and a fine taste. It reminds me of a Stella Artois rather than a Czech style pilsner. It has a very nice golden color and a rocky pure white head. The aroma was a mix of malts and not a hint of skunk. The taste was excellent for the price, lightly malted and hopped, very well balanced. This is not a bad beer at all, particularly for $1.29 a bottle. Buy it if you find it.

Photo of tone77
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is mild, some grains, minimal hops, a bit on the bland side. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre euro lager, nothing offensive but unspectacular.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a translucent gold color with a smallish bright white head, frothy in texture, the lace thin. Nose is malt sweet, fresh and crisp, start overly sweet, fair to middling malt, top is thin. Finish is moderate in carbonation, the hops pleasant and mild, aftertaste dry and lingering, all that one would expect from a lager.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't realise I'd had a bottle of this back in 2008: never mind!

International Green Week, Berlin 2012: our second day and we find ourselves in hall 17 where food and drink from Italy, Switzerland and The Czech Republic were on offer (as well as a few other countries) I notice a spare table and a couple of barstools, so plop the wife down and peruse the taps around me: I get the wife a Budweiser Budvar and myself a lovely looking ‘Schwarz aus Bohmen’ beer. While I’m enjoying my beer I notice a guy over the way in Bulgarian national dress (or something like that) who was cooking some stew type stuff: next to him were cans of beer, so after my Czech beer I wander over and return to our table with a 500ml can of this Pilsner.

Poured it into my vase shaped glass and the review started: Yellow body, bright, clean and clear, could have been any one of 1,000 Pilsners/Lagers/Helle, thin white head on top (of course).

Gets my regular score of 3 for a non-smelling Pilsner, couldn’t pick up anything worthy of note in the nose.

Generic Pilsner feel to this: grains, mild citrus hop content and enough malts to prevent too much bitterness from the hops, refreshing and thirst quenching. Not the best, but I’ve had a lot worse in my travels. One of the better offering I’ve had from Bulgaria.

Photo of ChiSox05
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shades from pale yellow to yellow /w hints of orange, good head retention, some lacing, sparse carbonation.

Some hay and grassy scents, some metallic smells. Subtle hops under the light malt, malt more noticeable after it warmed up some.

More citrus in the taste than noticed from the smell, lemony, not sour though. Grassy and metallic smells translate to the taste but the malt shows up too late and in the back of the palate.
Revision: After a couple more Kamenitzas over several days, I think I flat out missed its malt profile. What I found there was a minimally sweet lightly roasted maltiness that improved taste overall, moving from 2.5 to 3.0.

Plentiful, smooth carbonation. Medium greenish wetness weighs medium early on followed by a lingering light malt at the finish.

Overall, I'd like the malt to come through earlier and give some balance to the taste, but with the ABV and its other qualities, its easy to have a few at a time. Taste not outstanding, still quite drinkable.

Photo of crossovert
3.43/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml brown returnable bottle.

It pours alight, clear gold with a bright white head that leaves some decent lacing.

There isn't much to the smell besides a loaf of bread.

The taste isn't anything to behold, it ahs a ncie taste of bread, with a little crust, and some hops that are herbal with a bit of tangy citrus character. There isn't much bitterness.

It is light and drinkable, worth a session.

Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer comes in the nice 16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

Beer pours a light yellow with a large head. Some lacing as you drink the beer. The head settles down to islands of foam.

Beer smells nicely of hops & dough. A definite quality Euro type smell here! No skunk smell at all.

Beer has a nice flavor. It won’t overwhelm you, but it won’t disappoint either. Some hops push through, and a little malt sweetness. Not overly complex, but again, no skunk taste like so many of its European brethren. Seems to have quality ingredients.

The moughtfeel is slightly thin. Drinkability is high due to a relatively low (4.4) ABV and the decent taste. Would be a nice session type beer. I wouldn’t pair this beer with spicy food, but I think it would go great with things like fried fish, mac & cheese, pork chops, etc. Good refreshing beer here!

Photo of MarkoNm
2.26/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean golden color and a medium white head, which dissipates rather quickly.
The basic malty aroma is complemented by some minimal grains.
The taste, which is sweet at first, continues with a nice and balanced body, and finishes with a decent bitterness.
Drinkable and pleasanty non-offensive.

Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Truncated live review on tap at the Gio Cafe in Sofia. Cost was 2.4 lev per 5dl.

A: Typical white head of two fingers width. Head retains for two minutes. Some spotty lacing.

Body is a typical clear bright yellow. No yeast is visible.

Sm: Helles malts, pils malts, and clean barley. Basic, but not too sweet.

T: Balanced taste of helles malts, barley, brief floral hop character, and pils malts. Not too sweet, but definitely simple. I do like it in a general sense. But it's boring and unremarkable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp, overcarbonated, and medium-bodied. Texture suits the taste decently.

O: Meh. It's a likable but boring popular brew in Bulgaria. I've definitely had worse in terms of big brands. No complaints about the price.

C-

Photo of seanyfo
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml serving on tap into tankard, while on holiday in Bulgaria.

A- Straw pale gold, 2 finger rocky head that dissapates to a thin crown very quickly. No lacing. Very lively carbonation.

S- Very faint hop bitterness

T- Lots of dry hoppiness in the beginning, but very quickly turns into a soda water blandness. Any hop content noted was gone too quickly to really take notice.

M- Highly carbonated and unpleasant on the tongue and in stomach.

D- Little drinkability here, no flavours make me feel like im drinking a mildly hopped carbonated water and the high carbonation makes it thoroughly unpleasant. PASS!

Photo of surcorx
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle states it is a lager produced in Bulgaria under supervision of Belgian brewmasters. It is a euro pale ale for sure, but I am not so certain about the influence of the Belgian masters.

This was an unsatisfying beer.

Looks great. Bright golden yellow. Has a creamy huge white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind however heavy lacing. Little carbonation in fact, almost flat.

Smell is unspectacular. Light hops and malt. Mild grassy notes.

Its taste is where it fails most. Sweet and almost no bitterness. Little hop to speak of. Slight malt. Pronounced sour tanginess.

I am a belgian fan and had high hopes for this one, but in the end it was disappointing. Nothing very interesting. Tastes a lot like American macro brews with a sour note.

Photo of BucBasil
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 500mL can into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color topped with a 2 finger thick pure white head with low retention, settling to about a a centimeter of foam atop the beer. Some carbonation visible within.

S: Aroma is faintly malty with a musty sort of smell up front. A touch of honey is also in there somewhere. Some white grapes maybe.

T: Average, finishing with a touch of bitterness in the back and a bit of white bread. Pretty nondescript.

F: Light carbonation on the tongue with a touch of dryness at the end. Pretty nice.

D: This is one of the "big beers" of bulgaria... one that many people drink and can be found pretty much anywhere. It's an ok option, but I think I'd rather have a Shumensko. The taste isn't all that special, but on a hot day it does the trick.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A fading golden hue is dominated by a pale yellow with green tint. Rather frothy head, but didn't hold much strength or longevity. Filmy lacing.

A slight corn aroma in this, musky. Sweet malt is faint. Some plastic, Band-Aid smell.

A rather quaint flavor. A musky malt is dominant, but not powerful. There is a slight spiciness in the front, but settles down quickly.

An average beer, to be sure. But can see myself drinking this in E. European cafe.

Photo of JBogan
3.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with a small white head which leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of grains and honey along with what seemed to be a bit of frutiness.

Tasted rather simple. Some sweet malt and grains with no sign of alcohol. Nothing offensive at all, however nothing to get excited about either.

Mouthfeel was good. Medium bodied with a good carbonation tingle and crispness. Smooth and refreshing.

Overall this is a fairly good euro lager. It's quite a bit more enjoyable and flavorful than and American macro lager. I'd have it again.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.24/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in hotel room on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria

A: strong head, light blond color, no carbonation (like many Bulgarian beers, it all washes into the head)
S: a bit stale, macrolagery
T: not offensive, but very little taste; hints of honey lining an acrid light macro lager
M: despite the head, a bit dead

Avoid.

Photo of meeekyh
3.57/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased in attempt to find a new session beer for me. Let's see how it goes.

The beer came in a 500ml bottle, labeled as 1pt 0.9oz. I poured it into a pilsner glass.

There i slittle whitehead atop a pale yellow , clear beer. Nothing really exciting and no lacing to mention.

Nose is slightly floral hops with notes of sweet grain. Not bad really.

Tastes are light and the carbonation creates nice tartness. A bit of the hops come through as does the grain but there is not much to say.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is medium. Aftertaste is minimal and finish is slightly dry.

Drinkability is good but a bit more flavor would improve it.

I don't think this warrants a change from my current session choices but it is a decent diversion.

Slainte.

Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden-straw in color with a tight uniform head. This is the freshest bottle of this I’ve had and it really shines as such: clear but
coarsely-filtered, and with fine carbonation. Nose is very mild, with a toasted-malt accent and a barely discernable hop profile. Smooth mouthfeel and seemingly more full-bodied than it is, the palate is
dominated by pale malts but has a slightly tangy bittersweet quality, although it is not truly bitter in the manner of the classic continental Pils style. Very drinkable when fresh, loses its finer points as it ages (it used to be a cheap staple for Eastern European beers in these here parts, and also frequently a drain-pour for lack of attention to codes.). Malt qualities are on-par with the better Czech and Polish pale lagers which leads me to believe that there’s a common point of origin to the grains used. . . . definitely worth trying a fresh bottle (the 330 single I bought at Discount in Milwaukee only set me back $.99!) Best Before date is clearly marked as March 05, ‘06, I drank it over a month later and it held up just fine. Now bring on the Astika Lux!!!

Photo of yesyouam
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kamenitza is a clear, sparkling, pale golden lager with a thin, soft, white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a sweet, malty aroma with notes of black pepper and DMS. It's medium light bodied; very soft and smooth with a dry, papery finish. There's not too much flavor. It's not sweet like the aroma, but it's a little fruity with notes of lemon and corn. It's a tolerable beer-- only slightly offensive, but smooth with not much of an aftertaste.

Kamenitza from Kamenitza AD
70 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.