Obolon Magnat - Obolon Brewery

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 17.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Globetrotter on 12-07-2003

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Photo of billybob
3.92/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a green 16.9 oz bottle with a gold label and gold foil around the neck looks fancy. slightly hazy golden color with a one finger white head and some patchy lace. smells of fresh malt grains with a peppery herbal note to it. i think it taste pretty good, slightly sweet up front then you get that peppery middle that finishes slightly bitter and on the dry side. carbonation seems to go a little flat but otherwise would make a good session beer.

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle returned by a friend from the Czech Republic and poured into a pils glass. Pours a clear straw in color with a half inch of almost white head. Shows some decent retention and lacing, supported by a steady bottom carbonation.

Decent nose of light noble hops and some damp husky grains. Rather grainy and balanced.

Taste is smooth and lightly syrupy of neutral malts. Offers a full body without being too sweet, reminding me of Steinlager in a sense. Touch of spice on the close, nice carbonation, not bad, pleasant and smooth and opens up well.

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Mild, slightly grainy aroma. Taste is crisp and a bit malty with mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is fairly drinkable. Overall a decent selection.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Bright pale gold in color & crystal clear appearance. White, close froth. Fairly well retention crown. Herbal & citric aromas with a subtle yeasty touch, corn grain hues. Clean bitterness & citric wedge flavor. Crispy, slightly sparkling in the middle. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth & malty palate. Long bitter finish. Above the medium average of the Style. Nice drinkability. Good Pale Lager session beer.

Photo of jooler
3.49/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells good and tastes good for the style. Main issue is that it is pretty flat for the style

Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, pale malt, yeast, sulfur, and very slight citrus. Fits the style of a Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight metallic, hint of hops, and slight citrus. Overall, a rather average Euro Pale Lager, except for the sulfur aroma and taste.

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, 5.2% ABV. The word 'Ale' is prominent in its presence on the label, and interesting, depending on how one might approach the offerings of this brewery.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale straw colour, with two fingers of flatly foamy, dirty white head, which leaves some blotchy seaside cave lace around the glass as it efficiently abates.

It smells of bready cereal grain, cut dead grass and overripe hay, with a mild musty funkiness. The taste is more cereal-oriented bready pale malt, a softly innocuous generic fruitiness, and decently forward wild grass and hayseed graininess, with only the meekest of green-bottle skank essence bleeding through.

The carbonation is average in its supportive duties, the body medium-light in weight, but only just so, and the smoothness agreeable enough in its inoffensiveness. It all finishes sweetly grainy, of the aforementioned sort, and farmer's field hoppy, but in more of a bland, muddled manner.

Well, not the mess I was anticipating, given the general classification and label confusion (what is with the Ale proclamation, anyway?), but rather a so-so attempt at a middle European pilsner archetype. They mostly succeed, as the unfortunately expected industrial runoff essences are kept to a minimum here. I'd have another of these, actually.

Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Queen six pack in Lancaster. Poured chilled into a Unibroue tulip.

A - Slightly hazy tarnished gold dust w/ a 1/4 inch white head w/ a tight bead. the head is of pure white and falls fast

S - A slightly grain w/ subtle sweet honey like odor w/ a hint of alcohol in the nose

M - A pleasant mellow malt w/ moderate carbonation in the feel. A nice spiced hop note adds to the toasted malt, however the body is less than vibrant and has a slightly watery finish

T - A tasty malt flavor w/ honey-like grain tastea and a nice noble hop spiciness. There is earthy yeast tinges and slight taste of light lage w/ a pleasantly malt influenced yet somewhat flat finish

D - A nice lager w/ a sweetness in touches and this is a fine beer for warm summer evenings. A very good Ukraine lager

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance has to be described as hazy blonde. Not very bitter but hops are aromatic. Fair amount of malt and a bit thick in the mouth, pleasantly so. Reminds me of the old Chesterfield Ale from Yeunglings with the sweetish, flowery flavors and a nice bite of hops. This beer is kind of flat on the palate while the bitterness remains. Seems maltier as you sip.

Not bad, especially with a plate of sausage and cabbage. Tasted at Petrushka, a San Diego restaurant that has quite a variety of eastern Europe beers.

Photo of tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is slightly fruity with a touch of hops present.
Taste also shows a strong fruity sweetness with a some, but niot enough, hops in the background.
Finishes very average , with a mild sweetness.
Drinkable, but not overly. Not something I would revisit.

Photo of Olek4374
3.16/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The bottle proclaims that this is an ale, although it tastes like any other Euro lager out there... odd.

It pours a golden yellow that is just slightly cloudy with one finger or so of head that dissipated very quickly. It is difficult to make out anything in terms of the aroma of the beer. When I first cracked the cap open it was super skunked, but after the skunkiness settled down, it just gives off a slight bready smell with a faint malt. I really cannot make out anything else.

The taste was good - I initially tasted just sweetness from the malt, although I later had a blast of bitterness when it went down my throat - it was somewhat unexpected, but pleasant at the same time. There is a lot of carbonation, which, being a Ukrainian, I can say is very typical of Ukrainian beer. The aftertaste is a wee bit bitter, but this only lingers for like 5 seconds or so - it isn't a persistent problem when drinking this beer.

I recently reviewed the Obolon Lager, which got a pretty low score from me. This beer from Obolon is a serious improvement over it, but I still rank it below Obolon Svitle, which is just a damn good drinking beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body. It looks better than most.
The aroma is a dirty barnyard, a little musty grain. Not offensive but not good either.
The taste has a medium bitterness throughout and finishes on a sweet note. A nice and simple profile.
The texture is crisp with a bit too much carbonation.
I still put this above average. I could see myself throwing these down in some small, southern Ukrainian town... come to think of it, I have.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold with a fast falling white head. Nose is typical. Slight malty character and just a basic grain like fragrance. Flavor is a little bit heartier than I had expected, which knocks it up a little bit, but still a fairly average profile. Feel is the usual routine. Slight bubble on the tongue and a pretty thin liquid experience. Drinkable I guess. Just a typical brew. Nothing really outstanding at all here.

Photo of sommersb
3.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 05-26-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml green bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Aleksey's Market, Nashville

Appearance is a clear, bright straw color. Head is white and creamy and stands 4 fingers high, with good lacing and very good retention.

Aromas are typical for the style, of cut grass and hay, plus a bit of spiciness and funk.

Taste is crisp, showing low hop bitterness balanced against a light pale malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is clean and highly carbonated. The body is in the thin to medium range. The beer finishes slightly dry and spicy, with a slight bitter aspect.

Overall this is a decent example in the pale lager category - not a flashy beer, but I enjoyed it for what it is. A good cold beer to reach for on a hot day.

Photo of popery
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Magnat is profoundly bland. It's a bit like drinking slightly hoppy tonic water. There are no bad off notes, besides a musty hop aroma. It's pale yellow in color with a dissipating but not terrible head. The beer has little detectable aroma. I can barely even smell it while I'm drinking. The flavor is light malt sweetness with a nice, refreshing hop bite in the finish. It's not really bad in any particular way, but it's very light even for 5.3% abv. This beer could be .53% abv and I wouldn't be surprised. The lightness and mild hop bite make this a very easy beer to drink. A cold glass of Magnat would be quite refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found at the Freemont Bevmo so I picked it up because I had never seen or heard of it before.

Clear gold colored beer with a small white head. Decent looks.

Smell malty with quite a bit of grain scent. Fairly big soda cracker malt scent here. Hops are present as a lemony aroma that reminds me a bit of Coors.

Starts out a little sweet with a big grain flavor. Little bit of lemon hop flavor but besides that this isn't notable for Hops. Pretty much a middle of the road Euro Lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable enough but boring, similar to Heineken.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden straw yellow color with thin but steady head and scattered lace. Smell of slight skunk when first cracked then the sweet malts combined with the hops arose. Taste of the sweet malt balances with the hops leaving a yeasty slight bitter dry in the end. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not bad for the style.

Photo of ommegoose
2.92/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased for $1.39. The bottle actually says Magnat Ale, but there are no aspects of this beer that suggest ale. It could pass for a below average Czech pilsner though.

Pours out a very clear, light gold. This color does not usually hint at good things to come. Fizzy head recedes quickly and leaves some soapy looking bubbles. Active carbonation streams rise up.

Smells lightstruck. Not a huge surprise coming from a green bottle that's been on a long trip. The initial waft of skunkiness clears quickly. The aroma is otherwise very faint, but features some hops and some corn. Not really promising.

Well, I guess this is more than I expected. This tastes much more like a Czech pilsner than a Euro lager to me. The flavor is mostly a crisp bitterness. Grassy. More hops than malt though, which is good, since the malt is marked by adjuncts. Finishes pretty clean, but with enough dry bitterness to go back for another sip. Better enjoyed cold to hide the adjuncts.

Mouthfeel is rather watery and carbonation is high. It doesn't bother me. Goes down very easy. Acceptable for this type of beer.

This is not that bad. Not hard to finish, and I could session these. If I was in Ukraine, I could live with this. Probably won't revisit soon, as there are dozens of EPLs I'd want to review first.

Normally reviews of lightstruck beer are discouraged, but I doubt you can find a bottle of this that is not in that condition. Even then, this is a passable case.

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.86/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a 500 ml green bottle a clear yellow with 1" thick white head which lingers leaving clumpy and sheet lace.

N: Yeasty and crusty bready malts, grainy, corny, faint lemon/citrus, grassy/hay field in autumm.

T: Yeasty, clean, some sweetness, grainy corn chips, and faintly stale fruits.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Slight metallic aftertaste.

O: Simple and basic lager, though label says "ale".

Photo of rwrk42
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Typical lager look. Yellow and no head at all
Smell: Bit of a skunk smell similar to Heineken or Becks
Taste: A litter bitterness, no real malt or hops taste. Very similar to Heineken or Becks. A typical euro lager.
An okay beer but a bit disappointed. Was hoping for a bit more

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.81/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden color with a fizzy head. Initial nose was somewhat off (reminded me of the cheaper beer I drank in my youth), but fortunately the beer was acceptable. Overall a little thin, but still somewhat drinkable.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly deep yelloowish amber hue with a one finger head right after the pour. This quickly disperses after the first sip. Random bubblespoppingup every second or so. The aroma is very lightly citrusy with a dry pilsner malt whiff mixed in. Pretty balnd taste. Slightly metallic middle with a bitter adjuncty finish. But it doesn't last long. The palate is very wet, not very refreshing. Doesn't lure you into having another beer very well.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold that looks lightly hazy unless backlit. Slow, superfine bubbles find their way up to a bone white head that has a nice, textured look. The cap is respectably persistent and is beginning to leave an attractive array of lace. Why can't Obolon beer taste as good as it looks?

The nose is decent. Although there's nothing about it that impresses, I can appreciate a whiff of pale maltiness and the usual musky hoppiness that doesn't seem as stale or as musty as is typical. By the way, this is a Euro pale lager, not an American macro lager.

I knew it was too good to last. Still though, the descent bottoms out at below average and doesn't plummet all the way to gag-inducing. The reason, I believe, is that there's more hop flavor and hop bitterness than one usually experiences in a beer of this style. It isn't enough to make me love it, but it's enough to keep me from hating it. I might even be inclined to call Magnat a Ukranian pilsener.

The mouthfeel is acceptable. Tongue tickling hop resins give it an interesting character that EPLs often lack. It's a shade closer to light than to medium and could use more energetic bubbles.

I don't like Obolon Magnat quite as much as I liked Obolon Pshenichnoye (a hefe weizen), but it's still decent beer... that is only decent because it contains a surprising amount of hops. If you aren't a hophead, give this one a pass. Even if you are, I can't recommend it as anything other than a curiosity.

Photo of Rayek
2.67/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: If I could score a beer on look alone, Magnat would be a winner. The brilliant gold color has nice clarity, and very active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Those bubbles hold up a firm pillow-like white cap that stays with the beer all the way down the glass. A very heavy lace is deposited in the beer's wake.

S: And then things start going down hill. There isn't all that much to smell here. Straw, plus cereal grains and that's about it. Maybe a hint of lemon.

T: The taste has more going on than the aroma. Things start out fine, with some husky dry malt that's even a touch sweet. Bitterness comes on to provide balance, but no flavor outside of a sprinkle of lemon. It's in the finish where things start going bad. When the beer is cold, it finishes with a slight metallic bite that's none too pleasant. As it warms, the metal is joined by what can best be described as the taste of well cooked Bear Mush.

M: Medium light body has the right amount of carbonation and is a touch grainy.

D: So this is what Ukrainian beer tastes like, eh? Pretty much a straight up EPL. If all I had to do was look at this beer, I'd be good, but the taste leaves much to be desired. All in all, a very mediocre brew.

Photo of dcmchew
2.67/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden pour, small white head that pops away fast, leaving just a thin lace.
Smell of sweet malts, some blond fruit, some faint honey, corn puffs. So it's probably gonna be sweet.
Yep. Big sweet malty taste, corn syrup, hints of honey. Fruity with some berries, apricots, hidden way underneath tho. Light spices, mild bitter finish with a metallic note that doesn't clean up the sweet start.
Very light for its syrupy taste, rather fizzy. Cloying aftertaste.
Drinkable, but just too sweet.

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Obolon Magnat from Obolon Brewery
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