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Ochakovskiy Kvass - Ochakovo

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BA SCORE
68
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 26.86%
Wants: 29
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ochakovo visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Kvass |  2.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 06-07-2008)
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Reviews by UTCengOwl:
Photo of UTCengOwl
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't reviewed for a while, but I'm not sure when I'll next get some Kvass in my apartment. A gift from a Russian coworker after he tasted my last sour homebrew and it reminded him of Kvass.

This stuff is dark, with not much of a head. Looks thick... like molasses. Actually decently interesting.

The nose is... offputting. Stale rye? Something left out for too long? Hrm... hopefully this tastes better.

The taste is like liquid bread, mixed with molasses and slightly soured. Very interesting, but not distinctly good.

I'm glad I've tried this, but I'm not sure what to do with it. Maybe I'd like a strong Kvass that's more sour. Maybe I just need to find a better Kvass.

UTCengOwl, Sep 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of jisom123
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

jisom123, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
2.6/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sending me this style tick FosterJM!

22oz can poured into a straight sided pint. There are two dates on the bottom (9/26/11 and 6/26/12) but not sure what they mean.

A: Tan half-finger head with little retention. Looks pretty slick and syrupy. Body is brown like a cola.

S: Very sweet smelling. Heavy raisin, light molasses, honey and brown sugar.

T: Sweet, but not nearly as thick and cloying as the nose led me to believe. Reminds me of a watered down cola. I suspect that I’m primarily tasting birch syrup but I’m not very familiar with it so I can’t say for sure.

M: Surprisingly thin and watery. Only slightly fizzy like a soda that's been sitting out for several hours. A bit dry on the finish.

O: Not anything traditionally beer like but I’m glad I got to try it. I’ll pick up a birch beer sometime to see how it compares.

mjtiernan, May 18, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.5/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours out a ruddy, cloudy brown, almost like Supplication in a way. Smell was all kind of fruit berry like concoction and seemingly was teeming with alcohol.

Taste, oh god, I couldn't take this. I wanted to expand my horizons, was drinking it with the Russian girlfriend, wanted to make a decent effort to like/try it, but could not finish it, couldn't even come close. Nearly gag inducing, cloying and sweet, like pureed berries, molasses and castor oil.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This brew pours a warm dense brown body that is crystal clear with a thin tan foam on top that last for the first two sips. There is a some big bubbles of carbonation that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a dark rye bread crust smell with a faint black pepper note and a licorice quality to the finish.

T- The smooth slightly cherry note of sweet vinegar is soft with an oak sherry hint (without the alcohol heat) and a rye bread soaked in water flavor. The finish has a dry barley and malted grain flavor that is more dry than sweet.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture to it.

D- I like this beer with some qualities that make it almost like a cross between a wild ale and a dry cola. Interesting flavor and not sugary sweet like pop.

rhoadsrage, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of mdaschaf
1.78/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Finally got around to cracking this..beer

A: Pours brown, looks like cola with bubbles up the entire side of the glass. No head or lacing whatsoever.

S: Really hard to place the aroma, somewhat sweet. Some caramel, nuts, and molasses maybe. It is quite strong though.

T: Kind of like tea, a little bit of honey and some darker fruit. It almost reminds me of what beer tastes like before you add the yeast.

M: Very thin with no carbonation, despite the bubbles. Drinks very much like a soda.

O: Very different, but not something I ever want to drink again.

mdaschaf, May 04, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ochakovo Kvass pours a very dark mahogany brown with clear russet highlights beneath a creamy head of fairly dark tan. The head dwindles rather quickly, as is usual; but it leaves some nice sheets and splashes of lace behind, and even the occasional ring.

In the nose it expresses molasses, maple, sweet caramel and a buttery nuttiness. Some dark fruitiness is present as well, but it's not really distinct (mainly soft raisin).

The flavor is more fruity than the nose suggests, and it's quite prune-like up front, and very fig-like in the end. Of course the maltiness is always there with its caramel,molasses, and nutty maltiness. It's smooth compared with many examples, and it doesn't have an abrupt switch into sticky sweetness, or any harsh astringency in the finish. Nor is it overtly sticky with lingering malt sugars.

Overall, Ochakovskiy is well-made, well-balanced, and fairly complex. It's Russia's market leader, and rightfully so.

NeroFiddled, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Photekut
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
Photo of prototypic
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Kvass is a style I wasn't sure I'd ever encounter. I'm apprehensive about it, but here goes. The look of it can summarily be described as crimson cola. A forceful pour revealed very little carbonation and yielded absolutely no head. There's nothing to discuss concerning retention and lacing.

A strong mix of rye, barley, and grain scents greets the nose first. They're followed by a sweet caramel and molasses scent. Dark fruit is prominent. More accurately, prune is prominent. It has some herbal and spicy qualities. None stand out individually. But, they are collectively noted. There's nothing about it that smells overtly good. Frankly, it's not reminiscent of any beer I've encountered. Not very impressive.

The flavor is better than the smell, but it's very average. Sweet berries and sugar are prominent initially and are followed by a spicy rye flavor. Barley and grain flavors are strong. At this point, Ochakovskiy Kvass strikes me as a rye/berry infused cola beverage. Perhaps that's the intent. A semi-tart dark fruit/prune flavor emerges. It doesn't gel with the other elements. It's more of a weird flavor than anything else. A distinct yeastiness is pervasive. It has a sweet and yeasty finish. It grew me on a bit as it went down, but I can't say that I like it.

It's very thin and has a watered down feel. Carbonation is very light and provides no crisp bite at all. It's not good, but it's not a total disaster in terms of feel. It really doesn't have any positives for drinkability. The flavor is unique, if not exotic, and is altogether not very good. I'll finish the can, but it's work.

Kvass is nothing short of a very interesting beverage. I'm not sure I'd characterize it as beer. But, perhaps it's very much considered beer in Eastern Europe. For me, the spicy rye and dark fruit flavors produce a very unappealing flavor. I don't care for it at all, but would be interested to try others for comparative purposes. This one has a very average flavor and is an overall below average experience.

As far as comparing extremely difficult styles to obtain that happen to be nothing alike, it is much more unique and exotic than Happoshu. I can't even remotely compare Kvass to any "beer" I've tried before. Happoshu was a different story. Despite its underwhelmingness, it is recommended simply for the experience.

prototypic, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of nickd717
2.13/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml can thanks to woodychandler, a guy who really likes it in the can (in a good way)! Woody, the generous guy he is, just sent this to me for no reason with no prior trades before this, so cheers to him as I tick this style of beer for the first time. This is also my first Russia tick I believe, so I'm happy to be drinking this.

Pours a clear medium reddish-brown color with an off-white head that fades to a ring.

Smells like malt extract more than anything else. Maybe some syrup too.

The flavor is like a blend of southern sweet tea and Aunt Jemima syrup. Weird to say the least. Very sweet and somewhat bready.

Medium-light bodied and a little syrupy.

I can't say much about how this is for the kvass style, but it's not very good overall. Tastes like (kv)ass.

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to woodychandler for introducing me to the world of Kvass. Poured from a 17.6? oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of molassesand herbs, some malts. Taste is the same, some molassess, herbs and spices, not nearly as sweet as the Kvass I reviewed the other night. Feels syrupy in the mouth and overall while this was not bad, it is not something I would enjoy on a regular basis.

tone77, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug from a tallboy can. BBD: 21/12/08

Very dark tawny brown. Initial fizz and plop bubbles that rapidly fade down into a ring, then nothing a couple minutes later. It looks alot like cola. Trace carbonation can be seen around the edges of the glass. Not much aroma at all, faintly sweet like an herbal Ricola candy as it warms.

Tart and sweet flavor, a unique mix, but fairly simple. Faint earthy malt flavor towards the end into the aftertaste. The mild tartness lends itself to an indistinct berry flavor, that fades away fast. Some molasses/carob and raisin sweetness also. Toward the end it reminds me of a spiced tea soda. Lightly carbonated and thin bodied. The glass was gone fairly quickly, and I enjoyed it's mildly tart, bready flavors.

This was definitely a departure from the craft beer norm, but I found it pretty interesting, and worth seeking out.

Located at Three Sisters Delicatessen in Chicago.
"Hello, do you sell Kvass?"
"What?"
"Kh-wahs...in bottles?"
"No, this is a Russian store."
Whadda ya know...they did have some ;)

emerge077, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint. 24/04/10 printed on the bottom. No info.

Thanks to emerge077 for getting me this strange can of brew for our in-person trade!

A - Kvass pours much darker than I expected, looking like a Munich dunkel with it's totally clear dark ruby brown color. Tan head foams up but lowers right after, settling to a thin ring. The can has a cool design and save for the sticker with Russian-translated Nutrition Facts (30 KKal Calories -Sounds low!) "True kvass made of true ingredients" is the only English on it.

S - Hmm, I can easily say that I've never smelled beer like this before. Molasses is nice but followed by a helping of soy sauce and a dash of Worcestershire sauce as well. A pinch of brown sugar sweetens it up but it remains completely unique. No hop presence, maybe some rye, and the malt is pretty absent here too. Completely unappealing, but I'm trying to stay objective.

T - Holy shit...what IS this? Toasted amber malts are near indistinct behind strong cooking spice flavor. The soy is back almost with Worcestershire which disappears for a second to allow for a totally odd molasses and brown sugar sweetness to creep up. That's then washed away by a lingering Worcestershire-flavored finish. Ugh.

M - Initially crisp and clean with a dry kick that last throughout, sweetness overthrows momentarily changing it up. Light-medium-bodied and fairly crisp, Kvass finishes with a little carbonation spritz.

D - While I love trying new beer, this is one style I don't think I'll ever be revisiting. I've been taking small sip to experience it but now that my review is done, so is my experience with the beer. It's not something I ever want to have again, or finish for that matter, but I can't just bashing a beer I don't like personally based on inexperience with the style. Odd certainly, but it doesn't seem off in any way.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
1.83/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

HUGE thanks to woodychandler for the surprise CANned Kvass box!

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a light brown head. Looks very bubbly.

S - Aroma is smoky and meaty, with notes of soy sauce and worcestershire sauce. Some caramel and maltiness is faint.

T - Hints of smoke and soy sauce, huge fruitiness...it's...yea, it's cloying. Wow. What bazaar flavors that don't mesh well. Aftertaste is not too appealing.

M - It's slick, and so much lighter than it looks...though, with the low alcohol, maybe not too surprising. Also, looks bubbly, but carbonation is low.

D/O It'd take many of these to catch a buzz, but I could not do it. Drinkability suffers, and overall, not very appealing.

I'm really glad I got to try this... but bot is it a daunting beer style to drink...

EgadBananas, May 24, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Much thanks to Woodychandler.

A simple dark brown walnut body, lots of microscopic pin head sized cola bubbles EVERYWHERE on the glass. A very uniform looking head off the pour, tan light honey color much like other Kvass.

Nose is very small and muted. Typical raisin, simple hiding grain, not as sweet smelling, hard to pick out senses.

Taste is kind of odd but with sweet finish, sugars, a little bit of molasses and bread action on this, but real tiny. Mouthfeel is somewhere between light flattened cola but no syrupy qualities. It's also kind of buttery tasting as well.

Overall not bad, but not really interesting or exciting, but it is drinkable.

smakawhat, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
1.38/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Well i finally get to cross another style off the list, but this was a painful one to do. This may have been the owrst tasting beer i have ever run across. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/09/2009.

Decent enough pour, with a rich brown color and a nice tan color layer of foam on top that hung around for several minutes. As it settled some light lacing and reddish tones around the sides became visible.

The aroma was bad. Like the hay from a horse stall. Small hint of rye, but this deep, nasty farm crap smell coming off of it. Te flavor though really made me gag. I have never had anything actually taste this badly before. Like some kind of demented soda. You know that smell when you visit a petting zoo, I swear that was the taste here. Everything was off, and just an absolute drain pour after the second sip.

Not a redeeming quality here except for the first pour. I am not sure if this is the beer, or the style or what, but this was totally undrinkable and I would not ever want to come across this again.

mikesgroove, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of largadeer
2.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nickd717 shared this one. My first kvass...yay?

It pours clear dark brown with an off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Doesn't look entirely unappealing.

Sweet malty aroma...almost exactly like amber malt extract, actually. A bit of toasted grain, molasses, kind of smells like rootbeer.

It's incredibly sweet, like unfermented wort. Toasted grain, a sour twang, molasses, malt extract. Really sweet yet thin, cola-like. Kind of fruity too, it pretty much tastes like malt soda. What the hell is this? Do people actually drink this stuff?

largadeer, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A + S + T: Cola-like is a descriptive word that can be used across the field of appearance, smell, and taste. The appearance has a ruby red highlight in it that gives it a little bit of a different look. There's a watery cola taste to it, with the added bit of breadiness. Aroma is where the most rye stands out... it gives some hope of what may come, but it never happens, unfortunately.

M + D: A good carbonation, but a weaker body... a little watery, even. Drinkability is fine in the sense of how easy it is to drink, due to lack of alcohol content. It's not a very pleasant representation of the style, though.

Proteus93, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan head that never completely faded away.
S: There are very sweet aromas of malt extract in the nose with notes of caramel, prunes and rye bread.
T: The overall taste is very sweet and tastes more like a mixture of beer, bread and soda with some notes of molasses. The sweetness is rather cloying.
M: It feels light bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With all of the sweetness, drinking this beer definitely takes some getting used to, although it does taste a little better as the beer warms up.

metter98, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An extra from a trade with Damian.

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a very small tan head.

Smell is tartness and Russian brown bread. That is about all I can say about it there is a faint sweet scent and a faint aroma of "Roman Meal Bread."

The taste starts out sweet and sour and very bread like. Sweet and sour notes are both mild, butter is in here too. Tastes something like sweet buttered bread soda really.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Well it doesn't taste bad but it isn't something I would order instead of beer or a soda.

Zorro, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
2.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From a 2-liter plastic bottle into an Ommegang chalice...

Pours the color of root beer - a few heady bubbles up top but that's it. There's a bit of carbonation in there - it moves slowly through the syrupy, viscous mass.

I forget what that Goya Malta stuff smells like, but this is at least a distant cousin. I get prunes, molasses and some steamy, proofing or just-in-the-oven bread dough...provides a little warmth. Even a little raisin in there.

Well, that isn't quite what I expected. It's clammy and watery but the taste has the molasses, the sarsparilla...but there are roasted peanuts in there, too? And it all tastes like a washing machine smells in a middle of a load of whites - warm and stewy with a little fabric softener and bleach.

This washing machine/fabric softener deal is pretty pervasive on the palate. The taste and its characteristics take a back seat to this laundromat deal. Faint syrupy boiled dark fruits and heavy molasses. Still, the Maytag thing persists.

I'm glad I spent the 3 bucks at the Russian grocery store to try what's regarded as a true example of this style. Maybe it's flatter than it should be. Maybe I could use it as a reduction in some weird sauce. Maybe it could go with vanilla ice cream as a float? Naaahhh...maybe I'll just pour the whole deal down the drain and chalk it up to experience.

IBUnit63, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
1.4/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes

Pours a light brown with no head. The aroma is very sweet and wood-like. Quite odd and off-putting. The flavor is almost worse....damn near made me gag. Just a weird fake cherry sweetness that is so cloying it is disgusting. Honestly, I can't give any more detail because I couldn't stomach another sip or smell.

alcstradamus, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from woodychandler so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 500ml can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains raisins, honey, spices, wheat and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of dark fruit and honey. Then breadiness comes in from a hearty but not too heavy malt character, wheat, grain and rye. The after-taste is likewise quite sweet.

M: Smooth but syrupy, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, although the sweetness is a bit much this beer is decent low ABV alternative.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2011
Photo of jwc215
2.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

Pours very dark brown with a thin head that fizzes away to barely anything.

The smell is of a hint of chocolate with something akin to teriyaki sauce.

The taste is very, very sweet with a character like teriyaki sauce. The malt is dark but so sugary sweet that there's no roasted character. Flavor does linger for quite some time.

It has a watery body,like "flat" cola syrup with sweetness lingering.

It reminds me of a malta drink from the Caribbean. Is it really beer? I suppose in a broad sense, as it is made of fermented malts, but more of a dark malt beverage. Very sweet.

jwc215, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think a lot of people give Kvass lower ratings because they don't understand what it's supposed to be like. It's a very traditional Russian drink, made from old rye bread, raisins, and yeast. It's not going to be everyone's favorite, but it deserves to be tried.
Ochakovo isn't one of the better kvass's available. It's mass produced, and doesn't taste like it is made in the traditional way.
If you want to try Kvass the way it was meant to taste, make it yourself! It's cheap and easy, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

A-Dark brown with very little carbonation, like flat soda.

S-Molasses,rye,honey,spices.

T-A bit sour, with waves of cloying sweetness. Flavors of raisin and yeast dominate.

M-Like flat soda.

D-I used to drink this a lot when I shopped at Russian grocery stores in Philadelphia. I don't have as much of a taste for it anymore, but it's nice every once in awhile.

DaveHS, Aug 18, 2010
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Ochakovskiy Kvass from Ochakovo
68 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.