Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Obolon Magnat - Obolon Brewery

Not Rated.
Obolon MagnatObolon Magnat

Educational use only; do not reuse.

43 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 43
Hads: 65
Avg: 2.81
pDev: 21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Obolon Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Globetrotter on 12-07-2003

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (32) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 43 | Hads: 65
Photo of metter98
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
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 biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

 1,311 characters

Photo of emerge077
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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 wethorseblanket
2.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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".

 420 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
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 mactrail
3.29/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

 517 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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

 802 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

 421 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
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 woodychandler
1.95/5  rDev -30.6%
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 dcmchew
2.67/5  rDev -5%
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 Zorro
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

 554 characters

Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

 429 characters

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

 261 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

 449 characters

Photo of popery
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

 642 characters

Photo of RoyalT
2.24/5  rDev -20.3%
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 Fatehunter
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

 467 characters

Photo of tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

 314 characters

Photo of Offa
2.52/5  rDev -10.3%
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 thekevlarkid
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
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 dertyd
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Rayek
2.67/5  rDev -5%
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 HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

 558 characters

Photo of Globetrotter
2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Obolon Magnat from Obolon Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.