Obolon Magnat - Obolon Brewery

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 63
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 14.44%
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 Jredner
1.86/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1 pint .9 oz bottle. Aroma is skunky and metallic at first pour. That subsides and a light sweet malt accented aroma emerges though it isn’t a great improvement. Body is a murky yellow/gold and holds a diminishing, foamy white head. Fore is light on flavor, watery mostly and crisp with carbonation then sweet steeped grain flavors come in and carry on to the finish. Has the flavor of sweetned breakfast cereal, low hop levels and a weak palate. (447 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
1.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I got about a finger-and-a-half's worth of soapy, agitated bone-white head off of this beer. The color was a pretty, deep-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a pleasant Saaz hops bite to it. The mouthfeel was light with a bunch of unpleasant flavors on the tongue. I got lager sweetness, silage, and a faint fishy flavor. Oof! That's twice today that a cheap Russian import has failed to satisfy. I'm canceling the mail-order bride even as I type this. The finish was metallic, fishy, and otherwise drain-pour inducing. Ugh. (533 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
2.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ugly, shamefully ugly. Creating any semblance of a head is a desperate struggle; this pours like soda pop. It looks like a sort of carbonated apple juice. But never mind all that, what about its inner beauty? It's personality? If the aroma is any indication, well there ain't much there. Caramel corn, sorta pretzel-y malts, cornbread. Hops are not on the menu. Not off-putting, but hardly enticing. On the palate... typical for a Soviet lager, heavy handed on the sweetness with a hop profile just as bold and beautiful as a tangle of fishing line. There are flavors, but they are hardly worth describing. Oh, very well: caramel, parsley, stale bread. The one thing this beer has going for it is a near dearth of off-flavors - that and a surprisingly brisk, dry finish. Not a beer I will buy again, but not a beer I won't finish. (830 characters)

Photo of froghop
2.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours slightly cloudy golden yellow with thin white head.

smell is pear, malt, yeast, grain, and citrus.

taste is crisp, malts, corn, grain, lemon, somewhat sweet, and a bit metallic, ends a little bitter and slightly dry.

overall i am not too impressed, yet this is a stile that im never really impressed with. (314 characters)

Photo of stoutman
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy golden-straw colour. Aroma of hay, alcohol, faint crabapple, random yeast notes. Watery, grassy, lightly grainy taste. Clean but bland, especially in the finish. A brief wheaty yeasty appearance of flavor, but generally a tonic and flavorless. (257 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.24/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This came out a nice orangish-yellow with a beautiful, full white head.

Smell - The grain here is very stale and overly sugared.

Taste - This tastes worse than it smells. The grain takes on a putrid character with some moldy orange notes.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad bigger than light-bodied with dull carbonation.

Sinkability - It certainly looked the part but failed to deliver. (395 characters)

Photo of atis
2.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow with thin white head. Aroma is corn and full of metal, sweet metal to be more precise.

Taste is slightly malty, bread, bits of herbal hops and metallic bitterness is the drying finish. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation.

Industrial lager in a bad way, certainly not worth trying. (303 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy straw with a long lasting white head. Aroma is of hay and some grassy hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of bready malt, some grassy hops, citrus and apple. Finish is short and slightly sweet. I would not buy a second bottle of this. (266 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"High Quality Ukrainian Beer" is the proud claim on the label, and below the logo, "Exclusive"...huh? Okay, so only Obolon makes a Magnat? that's if we ignore Poland's Dojidy Magnat, but why would we ever do that? Let's drink the thing and see how quality and exclusive it is...
Bright golden color, small, thin, quickly diminished head....
Aroma: blase'. comprised of the flavors of cooked corn and nothing more. Blandness, meets awfulness...boring, and not exactly bad, but achingly icky.
Taste: ih...uh...huh...heh...a big bunch of nothing. grainy, and empty. You can drink this, sure, but if you have taste, you'd be easily bored, if not immensely offended. Very light body, little finish, not anything you want sticking on your palate, that's for sure. Not a substantial beer, and not really a pleasurable beverage at all. The Ukrainian Miller High Life. There you go. (878 characters)

Photo of Jemonster
2.37/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a thin and clear pale gold with a thin white head and medium sized carbonation bubbles.

S: Kind of skunky, then herbal and spicy. Musky and a little sweaty.

T: Malt and slight hops, grain and then skunk. Flavor is up front with no aftertaste. Drying finish. It is still somehow crisp and clean. Tastes like a pilsner, actually.

M: Thin, dry, and watery. Standard lager style mouthfeel and texture.

O: Whatever. It's a beer that people probably won't largely object to, but it's nothing special. (507 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
2.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a tall green half-liter bottle with a plain label of nothing but lettering. The main name is in Russian, while the rest of the info is in English. "High quality Ukrainian beer." and "Exclusive." Not clear to me what makes this beer either. The name translates as "Magnate," but there's no explanation for the reference. Rice and ascorbic acid are ingredients. Best before 5/9/04, I opened it on 12/7/03.

Pours a clear bubbly pale gold under a bubbly white one finger head that settles quickly to film. The nose is - ew! - fishy. Yup, fishy. Kind of like smoked fish. Wow! the mouth is light and prickly. The taste is a bit harsh, without much malt balance. It's all metallic bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Despite the nose, I actually managed to finish this one (more than you can say for my first two samplings tonight!). (838 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
2.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Someone stuck a premium label on my trashy Euro lager!!

Macro lager appearance of golden amber with a white foamy head. Acidic adjunct smell with weak malts and sad hops. Smells like iron. Pretty harsh and industrial.

Mild improvement in the flavour. Sweet adjunct and malt. Metallic finish. Where did those hops go? Oh, there they are, not doing much to help matters. Again, acidic and industrial.

Fizzy, leaving a wierd feeling the mouth. Hardly drinkable.

Exclusive to what? There's also a white rectangle on the back label with a faint "Magnat" on it. Didn't bother to notice if it changed colour when the beer was cold enough. That probably would have been the best feature. (691 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.45/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a pale golden color with one finger of off-white head. The retention was poor and there was no lacing to speak of. The aroma was of adjunct grains, booze, pale malt and lager yeast. The flavors were boozy and reminded me of a Euro Strong Lager; more like a punchy malt liquor without the finesse the style can show. Grainy, dry and rather ‘coarse’ like that jerk who invited himself to the party and just won’t leave. A slighter bitter hoppy finish added something to it, but not much. The body was light/medium, the carbonation low and the mouthfeel a little watery. Boo. (608 characters)

Photo of livingregret
2.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 Pint Bottle

Appearance: Pours out a straw gold w/ a slight white head the quickly dissipates(a little to quickly)

Smell: As soon as I opened the bottle I was hit w/ a strong malty smell and the usual hop smell associated w/ beers. Smells a bit stronger than what the alcohol lvl actually is

Taste: Watery w/ a touch of sweetness at the VERY beginning followed by a metallic finish. Has more kick to it than the usual lager/beer in not necessarily a good way. Feels like it's missing something

Mouthfeel: Very crisp but fizzy after you drink it

Drinkability: Hmmm....not a particularly bad drink but not my first choice. It is somewhat bland...lacking in some of the more complex flavours that some of the other drinks out there that are offered. Can I down a pint? Sure....I paid for it, I can drink it. Would I seek this drink out again? Most likely not (871 characters)

Photo of dertyd
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:poured a light yellow almoast looked like a blond ale with a decent fog almoast no head or laceing tho

S:baked bread,biscut malts,and a lil skunky smell

T:verry smooth beer almoast to smooth kinda boring taste of grain and a lil skunkiness

M:crisp and refreshing

O:this is an ok beer nothing fancy verry simple I guess its better than the adjuncs around here

Live life drink beer!!!:-) (393 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"High Quality Ukranian Magnat Ale" O rly?

Skunky grassy overtones, sticky white foam caked on a bright gold body. Immediately starts sticking to the glass, creating a flecked pattern of Jackson Pollock lacing, concentric rings of foam. Super pale, slightly anemic pastel gold.

Dry and grassy aroma, plenty of noble hops present. Smells like a Czech Pils or equivalent.

Tastes like cardboard soaked in euro lager, bleh. Flaccid and grainy, wet grain husks. A little bit of cardboard and tacky glue. Dry aftertaste. Oxidized pilsner malt and wet paper. Green bottles aren't doing any favors here, and it sure as hell ain't classy... even with the gold foil. Industrial lager gone wrong. Avoid at all costs... (710 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a fairly standard, typical, basic, bland Euro pale lager, very similar in particular to many other Eastern European pale lagers that I've had. It's clean, has some body, but ultimately it is very bland with little character.

Bright gold, it has a big white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and bubbly wisps with a hint of lace.

The aroma is bread, grain, herbal hops, hints of grass, a bit thin and minerally but otherwise a very good Euro pale lager in aroma.

The taste is from the start a bit thin and light. It at first is very clear, clean light grain dminated by grassy and faintly herbal hops, with light clear bitterness. It has a lightly minerally finish with a hoppy hint and a light grain/grass aftertaste. However, this character quickly bcomes more subdued and ultaimtely it becomes very, very bland, with only faint taste beyond a clean, watery-minerally quality. The feel is a bit thin but not quite watery. The boring blandness actually becomes tiresome and brings down drinkability in a style of beer that I normally find highly drinkable if decent. (1,083 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
2.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold in color with a white head that quickly disappears to a small ring.

Smell is simple but pleasant. Grainy malt with a hop aroma.

Taste is sweet, corn with a touch of bitterness on the back end. Not a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is light - a bit watery, the carbonation is Active and course in nature.

I won't go after another one of there. It's drinkable but not particularly enjoyable. (397 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.66/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts and skunk are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of adjunct and grainy malts along with notes of grassy hops, green apples and skunk plus a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink, but the green bottle and trip across the pond might contribute to the light amount of skunkiness in the aroma and taste. (699 characters)

Photo of Rayek
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,467 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.81/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (220 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (284 characters)

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Obolon Magnat from Obolon Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.