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 tone77
3.52/5  rDev +27.1%
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 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 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 billybob
3.92/5  rDev +41.5%
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. (457 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 Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev +20.9%
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 ommegoose
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,477 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev +13%
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 tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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