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Obolon Premium - Obolon Brewery

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68
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 18.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canadianbarman on 02-27-2002

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Photo of kevintaraross
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of arguemaniac
1.85/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a thin yellow color. A nearly non-existent head that leaves virtually no lace.

Aroma: Just a touch of skunkiness, but mostly sugary sweet malt.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Mostly a sweet malty flavor, a corn malt taste, really. Also, heavy grain notes. There is also a piney hop flavor, with a sulfur taste too. And, for some strange reason, the alcohol comes through very noticeable. A very thin mouthfeel, with subtle carbonation.

Not too impressed with this one, but at a $1.50, I have no regrets. Not recommended though.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.92/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, cheery-looking yellow body with a fluffy layering of white suds.

Smell: Sweet, cereal-scented with a hint of Fritos and some background skunk and swept-up metal shavings. Dare we go further??

Taste: Sweetish taste of finely-ground corn sugar with some very displeasant hints of sulphur, metal, skunkiness, chlorine... plus a little bitterness, yes, let's not forget that. Just an ugly maltiness remaining on the drying, everso slightly husky astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: An unclean almost awe-inspiringly disastrous product from the Ukraine. My friend from the aforementioned country gave only a "lol" via text message when I mentioned I'd acquired a bottle.

Photo of buschbeer
1.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - Straw yellow with about four inches of fluffy, white head. Lots of bubbles continue to feed the head.

S - It comes in a green bottle so of course its smells skunked.

T - It has a metallic taste and slightly bitter.

M - Thin and watery

O - I'm not impressed with this one.

Photo of AlexAfonin
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of rdunigan
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Dimi
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of stcules
2.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden color, thin bubbles. The foam is a bit soapy, but after all decent.
At the smell some stale hop, and a metallic taste.
It is a classic macro lager.
Well, drinkable, but no more.
Anonimous, but still decent.
Made with rice, according the label, but it is not really perceptible.

Photo of jdhilt
2.09/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades slowly and leaves good lace. A golden color. Nose has a hint of skunkiness maybe it is because of the green bottle. Starts hoppy/bitter, finishes even hoppier and bitter. Very good carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Remarkably similar to the lager. $1.90 for 500ml.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.18/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bright marigold beneath a head the color and texture of dirty whipped cream that falls more quickly than it should and leaves nothing more than a few tenuously clinging scraps of lace. The nose is sweet, corny and lightly spicy. It's no great shakes, but isn't horrible either. At least it has some character, which is more than I can say for the majority of macro lagers.

It looks like I've found the chink in the armor. Obolon Premium is both sweet and bitter at once. Remarkably so. There's the same underlying sweetness that I appreciated in the nose, but the elephant in the room, the thing that just cannot be ignored, is a pervasive, sharp-edged, quinine-like bitterness that threatens to bring the entire flavor profile, such as it is, crashing down on itself.

I love hop bitterness, but this bitterness doesn't seem to be hop-derived (at least it doesn't taste like hops). The bitterness seems like an intruder rather than an end product of brewing, as if crushed aspirin was added prior to bottling. There's very little else of note here other than an unpleasant grain alcohol bite.

The thin body/mouthfeel seems even more thin and more harsh because of the bitterness. That may a record for using the word bitter/bitterness in one review (no? bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter).

Obolon Premium is not good beer, not even close. If I could have limited myself to looking and smelling, all would have been well. I'm a big fan of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, but if this beer is representative of that country's brewing talents (and I'm prepared to believe that it isn't), then a Beer Revolution is sorely needed, and soon.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.19/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first tried this when a Ukrainian friend brought one for me from his homeland. Cool-looking bottle, and a quaffable lager, from memory.

Appearance: Gold-labelled green half-litre bottle, stamped 'Obolonye' in Cyrillic. Pours nicely, with moderate head retention, initially very vigorous carbonation, with coarse bubbles that subside and calm down by the time I'm ready to take my first sip. Dark yellow-gold lager colour.

Smell: Whoa... wasn't anticipating that. Kind of smells like old paint. I guess the hops have gone skunky. Weird plasticky smell... a faint hint of something organic... I don't think this beer survived the trip to Australia very well. It tasted heaps better when it was a fresh one, bought only a few days prior and flown directly into my pilsener glass. This time... well, I wish I could give it a good rating for the smell, but I can't. But I know it's a decent-enough beer!

Taste: Time to make up for the skunky hops: Nup. It doesn't. Tastes like a sample of Average Joe® Lager contaminated with dichloromethane. I think tonight's laksa is trying to come back up. But damn it, I'm going to get through this beer. Ukraine's national anthem isn't "Ukraine's Glory Has Not Yet Perished" for nothing! Ah who am I kidding this is crap. As a fresh beer, it's OK. But this one totally sucks!

Mouthfeel: Doesn't have the slightly-polar organic solvent feel I am expecting from the flavour. Not too bad, goes down OK.

Drinkability: Give this to someone who spends their days drinking VB (or Miller or Budweiser or whatever) and they'd happily throw it back. It doesn't taste like sulfates or other crook preservatives that many mainstream macro lagers incorporate.

Overall, I think this beer is OK. This individual one is terrible, but it's cold and wet and that's better than nothing. But it's nothing special. Even as a normal beer, it's only very slightly above average (i.e. the average of all beers made, not of beers I'd choose to drink). Take it or leave it.

Photo of morebeergood
2.19/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Second different bottle of the night that I picked up for two bucks for the heck of it. Poured into a pint glass. Clear orange body, fizzy head that faded fast. Wow, a really bad green bottle skunky smell. Not good. Smell and taste was like all other Euro macro lagers on the market. Just bland and full of adjuncts. Would be almost passable if not for the foul odor. They need to use brown bottles. Would not purchase again, even if visiting the Ukraine.

Photo of jarmby1711
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was crystal clear had a pure white head and virtually no bead.
It had no smell other than that what you get when you walk into apub.
Taste went with the smell A bland beery like taste.
It was pleasnt in the mouth
It could be drunk but I hope you would have a few more choices if you were in the Ukraine

Photo of rorjets
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Sinfull
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Sorcerer
2.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Adjunct beer in a green bottle carefully poured into an imperial pint glass developed almost no head, which vaporized immediately.

Best thing about the beer is a nice lingering bitterness on the tongue. There's hops here.

Otherwise the sweetness is overpowering while drinking.

However, lagers are not my thing right now.

The bottle says "Ale Obolong Premium". It is not an ale.

Skunky.

Slight hint of industrial machining lubricants.

Beer went flat in the glass before I could finish it.

Pouring out the last 3 ounces now. Will rinse mouth with water.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear golden-orange with a macro-bubbly sudsy white head. The head quickly dissipated while leaving a light broken rim lacing. Visible carbonation was light.

S: There was a dominant skunkiness upon first opening of the bottle and the pour which was discouraging. The nose was sour musky grains with a bit of grassy hopping.

T: stale, wet grains, stale bread and light herbal hopping. There was some hay and dry citrus as well detected deeper into the drink. A sour citrus and flowery fade is found in the finish.

M: light, watery, and pretty much non-eventful.

D: Not impressed drinkability wise, while not bad it certainly didn't help or persuade me to take the next sip. Below average overall and was cheap enough not to feel guilty about pouring the remainder down the drain.

Photo of jackndan
2.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Obolon Premium, from the Ukraine: big half liter green bottle, which causes one a little bit of worry. Surprisingly cloudy for a Pilsner beer, actually very surprising, yet I shall push on! Big white squirrel head, with more than a little bit of cribbage in the aroma. Problems arise when I find out that Pepe has made it into the taste. Little bit of cornerback in the aftertaste as well. Cool whippish mouthfeel does not make up for an other wise uninspiring beer.

Photo of evlu1441
2.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Ukrainian beer. It's a shame I haven't gotten around to one of these sooner, considering my grandparents are Ukrainian.

It pours a standard medium straw colour. The head is quite nice though. It's about a finger thick and very foamy.

The smell is mostly that typical "wet grain" lager smell. There are some nice hops in the background, but they are very faint.

I'm kind of let down by the taste. It had a lot of potential judging by the aroma. Instead it is thin and wattery. There is only a faint grain taste. The hops are rather pronounced though, and it has quite a bitter finish. That doesn't make it good though.

Overall, I'm not going to be getting this again. Its a good thing my grandparents left Ukraine.

Photo of JohnK17
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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Obolon Premium from Obolon Brewery
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