Khamovniki Venskoe - Moskovskaya Pivovarennaya Kompaniya
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2.55/5 rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
500ml uniquely (and dareisay charmingly) shaped brown glass bottle with an ornate pull-tab pressure cap acquired at a beer store in Warsaw and served into an Utenos glass in me friend's gaff in Vilnius, Lithuania. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I believe this is my first Russian beer and I'm in the mood for a Vienna lager.
Served at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
4.50% alcohol. 11.0% Ekstrakt. Imported by De Gusta Beer, Warsaw. Best before: 23.01.15. Brewed: 23.04.14.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: Four fingers wide. White colour. It's not real frothy, creamy, or thick, but it has a decent overall consistency. It could be softer and more inviting, but it does boast a nice retention (~5 minutes). Leaves no lacing as it recedes.
BODY: Colour is a clear deep copper of super vibrance. Great clarity. Rising carbonation bubbles look great in the golden-copper body and suggest perfection carbonation. It's clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.
Overall, it looks fantastic given the style, even if the head could be more appealing. Easily the best Vienna lager appearance in recent memory. I can't wait to try it.
AROMA: Surprisingly, it's quite buttery, though I don't know that it's necessarily from diacetyl; that's beyond my capability to detect. I do get some sweet helles malts, mild floral hop notes, caramalt, sweetbread, and hint of toffee, but I really have to search for them beneath the dominant buttery character.
There's no alcohol presence, yeast character, or off-notes.
Overall, it's a fairly pleasant aroma of average strength. I can't say it's really spot-on for a Vienna lager.
TASTE/TEXTURE: Buttery as all hell, in taste and in texture. There's a dab of bready sweetness, some Munich & helles malts, and some faint caramel, but that's it, really. Painfully simple all around.
Shockingly, there's no Vienna malt presence. The buttery character dominates the flavour profile to its detriment.
I don't mind this, but it's closer to buttery English styles than to the Vienna lager.
Smooth, wet, slick, buttery, slightly overcarbonated, medium-bodied, and a bit too thick for the style. This texture doesn't work all that well with the taste. Overall presence on the palate is decent.
OVERALL: Even a run-of-the-mill Vienna lager would have been more satisfying. Outside of style conventions, it's not a bad brew, but I don't think the discerning drinker could ever consider this any better than average. I'll have no trouble finishing the entire 500ml; it's drinkable enough. But I wouldn't buy it again. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the beer is its unique bottle design.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 11:21:42 | More by kojevergas
3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
New beer from the company in an elegant bottle. Pours copper-amber beer with pretty good golden head, not very dense, but lingering for a long time. Crisp malty aroma with hop notes. Taste is rather sweet and mild with specific bitter finish. Soft carbonation and medium body. Very good vienna lager.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2012 13:41:17 | More by Dentist666
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Light copper pour, one finger white head, good retention, sticky.
Smells nice, a bit of grainy biscuit, touch of sweet citrus, caramel and faint aromatic hops.
Taste follows the nose, biscuits and caramel that produce a bit a maltiness that's a bit too sweet (hints of honey too, faint nuts) and covers up some sweet oranges and red apple. Nice mild bitter finish, with a decent enough hop presence.
Medium body, lower (not too low) carbonation, a very tiny bit buttery.
Nice Vienna lager, if this beer got out in the world more it would be easily comparable to the classics.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2014 15:32:46 | More by dcmchew
Khamovniki Venskoe from Moskovskaya Pivovarennaya Kompaniya
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