Obolon Premium - Obolon Brewery

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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
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Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 02-27-2002)
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Photo of metter98
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear lemony golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of apple in the nose along with some hints of spices (possibly cinnamon) and some hints of malty sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of apple cider and malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink, but the apple cider aromas and flavors make it seem a little strange.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.15/5  rDev -23.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
1.88/5  rDev -33.3%
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 biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can. Walking into the liquor store, there was a huge poster advertising this beer on the door. I only stopped to scrutinize it when I couldn't easily determine the origin of the script for the name. It looked middle eastern, but upon finding it on the shelves inside the store, it became obvious that it was another Eastern European lager, Ukrainian at that. Yet I still bought one, the inexplicably low price winning me over.

This beer pours a very clear medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which gives up a few instances of northern Russian island lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells lightly of bready, doughy, and somewhat grainy pale malt, with a touch of corny mushiness, stale applesauce, a weird, indistinct pie spiciness, and mildly skunky leafy hops. The taste is overly sweet bready malt, cloying corn syrup, soaked rice cakes, and only a mere iota of skunky floral hops showing up in offset.

The carbonation is quite sedate, but still supportive enough without lifting a finger, the body a so-so medium weight, with a less than solid smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the generically sweet malt leaving a sticky aftertaste, amongst a musty, dead leafy hop echo.

Actually works ok with spicy pizza, when all you need is something wet and a bit sweet to placate your overwrought tastebuds. Otherwise, I don't think I'll be returning to this offering - and what the hell is with the 'maltose syrup' referenced way down the multilingual ingredients list. Yuck.

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Far from actual "american macro lager" in my eyes, this was a somewhat refreshing example of a euro lager, leaning in the direction of a Czech pilsner. A fizzy pour yields a small foamy head. Who wants to wait around for 10 minutes to get rid of excess foam? This one is ready to go...

Smells ok, nothing of note except mild funky hops, and sweet corn. Taste is clean, somewhat sweet and malty, light dry grassiness, also reminiscent of manila envelopes. Dry with a kiss of hops. Maybe two would make a nice session, but that's my limit personally.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, and the pint disappeared in record time...

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a watery clear pale straw with a steadfastly strong white frothy head that lingers for a good amount of time and leaves a surprisingly small amount of lacing behind. The smell is an unattractive blend of cornmeal (freshly rent from around the innards of a tamale) and burnt rice, some grain husks thrown in for good measure...I guess... The taste thankfully deviates from the nose, though certain holdovers (namely the grain husks and vaguely singed cornmeal) persist; the rice is now stickier, rather than toastier, and there is pretty much no hop profile whatsoever. Much grainy ado about not too much at all. What saves this brew from abject mediocrity is a light and flowing mouthfeel and a somewhat understated carbonation. Though this does boost the drinkability, this guy's highly questionable aroma and uninspired taste keeps him stalled on the tarmac, stuck in a perpetual delay.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Ukranian beer from Kiev. The appearance offers a surprisingly hazy body that's golden with with a brass cast. The head is bright white and falls quickly to a big-bubbled lace and thin, partial surface coating. Bold aroma that is unfortunaletly a bit "off". There's some grainy maltiness, some sulfur, some higher alcohols, a very light touch of a "vegetal" note - mainly peppery (which may actually be a combination of malt & spicy hop with the alcohol), and a minimal background hoppiness. (This probably sounds far worse than it actually is). The body is medium with a fine carbonation that gives a tickle on the tongue. The mouthfeel is lightly crisp, but also somewhat oily. The flavor is better than the aroma threatens with a full maltiness and well integrated spicy hop flavor and bitterness. The higher alcohols are noticeable; and my guess is that this beer utilizes a good amount of adjunct rather than a very high fermentation temperature, because there's no fruitiness present. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering malt & hops that's actually fairly nice. Despite it's flaws, this is a beer with character that I would possibly chose over an American macro-brew.

Photo of Jason
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml green slender Euro style bottle, no freshness date. Sediment on the bottom of the bottle was not compact and some of the beer was left behind so the dregs would not spoil the beer.

Appearance: Good heady foam that sticks in broken rings of lace, faint chill haze with a deep golden colour.

Smell: Light sulfur, fusel alcohol and an odd peppery aroma that could be phenolic. Other than that just down right grainy.

Taste: Medium body with a slightly creamy mouth feel and a moderate carbonation. Hop bitterness is straight, strong and prominent with a lingering mildly astringent leafy flavour. Some malt sweetness that resembles raw honey, graininess is near metallic and the malt character lacks in any kind of complexity. Bit of earth and fusel alcohol to make thing interesting in an odd way. Grain, leafy hops and remnants of the fusel alcohol make up the end.

Notes: A not so clean beer from the Ukraine, but interesting to say the least. Interesting is good to a point a bottle or even a sip is enough for this one.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold straw. Nose is like dusty hops. Flavor is like a metallic dirty water. If this is "premium", to hell with the lower grade stuff. What little positive aspects there are to this beer so mildly influence the whole experience that it is not worth mentioning. Feel is standard, but who cares. This is not very good at all and should be passed over and not considered. Obolon has much better things to try out than this.

Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a gold color with a frothy white head. The aroma was good. There was a bit of sweet malty aroma here. The taste was a bit unusual, but too bad. It was malty to the palate and finishes dry. The mouthfeel was fine; good carbonation. This is a low/med bodied beer. A good drinker.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear bright lemon to golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer had a fairly strong aroma of apple cider with some lighter notes of a spice that I cannot quite put my finger on (maybe it could be cinnamon). Then there are some light notes of grassy hops as well as a small amount of corn adjunct malts as well.

T: Based on the smell, I was expecting the flavor of this beer to be sweeter but was pleasantly surprised that it was not too sweet. Flavors of apple cider (though not overly sweet), some cereal graininess, and some lightly metallic notes. The beer also has some light grassy hop bitterness that lingers.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but a little dry in the finish.

O: Wasn't really sure what to expect when this one was found at a convenient store out in Brooklyn - the entire label on the can was in Russian with a single small nutritional information sticker on it in English. This beer was very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, it's me taking it in the CAN as part of the ongoing madness known as The CANQuest (TM). M'man, crossovert, put me onto a EuroMarket that CAN sell beer and they have a buncha CANs available, plus Kvass, so I quickly put in an order.

Jesus H. Christ, I have run through the Russians in a way that the Nazis could have only dreamed about! I took delivery on Thursday and I am almost out of the CANs and even the Kvass is dwindling. I am now exploring the idea of one of the artistes formerly known as a Mail-Order Bride, now an Internet Bride, from Russia or Eastern Europe. If she CAN cook (although I know how), plus bring some beer with her (especially in a CAN), I may have a place in my life for such a person. Zadrovia, kamarades!

Whoops! The Feebs just started banging on my door, again. Why izzit that every time I mention Russians, Communism, armed revolution or anything tangentially on those subjects, that I get a visit? I had better get my review in as they have begun to draw both weapons and cuffs. Don't taze me, bro! How about a review? Nice of you to Cask.

According to an importer's label, this was a "Famous Ukrainian beer, brewed with Old World recipes, using the finest ingredients." Beyond that, I need the translator mentioned in the first paragraph. Remember how turned on Gomez Addams was by Morticia "Tish"'s speaking of French? I would be the equivalent in Russian. No BS, if you were not a linguist or dealing in espionage, you had NO business trucking with the Russkies in Ronnie Reagan's Navy and even dreaming about them was cause for investigation.

I fell in love in Haifa, Israel with a Kiev, Ukraine expat. She had the longest legs of any woman that I have ever been with. I met her while on liberty on our first night inport and other than my duty day, we were inseparable. Talk about a Mutt 'n' Jeff pair, she towered over me! Actually, we were more Muff 'n' Jeff, since that was where my head was in relation to her. She was an Amazon! I still think of her, occasionally. Like now.

This was their "Export Beer" and the finger of bone-white head exported itself pretty quickly. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow. Nose had a pleasant maltiness, lager as lager should be. What?!? Real, unadulterated lager? In a CAN?!? On the same night as thinking of my Ukrainian honey honey? No! My birthday was LAST Friday. Pinch me, I'm dreaming. Export this more often, along with some UralGurls. Mouthfeel was medium with hints of honey and malted barley. Dang, but this was goood! Finish was super smoooth and threatened to disappear in a heartbeat.

Cooler? Heck, yes, Daddy-O! I'm headed to the beaches of the Black Sea to see what inhabits the bikinis of that neck of the woods and I should bring a cooler since it may be an all-day project.

Photo of jdhilt
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
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 Latarnik
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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 DrJay
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear and straw yellow with a white, soapy cap of bubbles. Decent head retention, though it didn't start with much, and a little spotty lacing. Floral aroma, a bit sulfury, malty and a bit grainy, slightly crackery. Low bitterness with lemony hops up front and a hint of spicy and metallic notes in the finish. More grainy, crackery malt sweetness. Light bodied, leaning towards the thin side, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringent dryness. Overall, not bad, but I preferred the regular Obolon lager.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of wordemupg
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can poured into pint glass sept16 2009

A slightly hazy golden yellow with a very fast falling one finger head that leaves a single ring of lace.

S molasses and burnt sugar

T as it smell with some mild hops and honey

M thin and flat

D not so much, too sweet and not worth trying

avoid this one it's not so great

Photo of Gusler
3.43/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The after its disinterment from the 500ml green bottle it sets in the glass a clear light gold or straw color if your so inclined, the head monolithic in size, a bright white in color and the texture frothy, as it erodes rather quickly, the residual lace forms a thin but encircling curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean to the senses; start is lightly sweet with a light to moderate grain presence and the top light to middling in feel to the palate. Finish is worthwhile in its acidity; the hops are orthodox in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, refreshing in its own right.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with small head. The beer had a skunky and somewhat unpleasant smell. This beer was not very flavorful and had a bitter aftertaste. I would not be able to drink to many of these. Obolon brews some fine beers but this is not one of them.

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 Cyberkedi
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is clear golden-yellow, typical for this kind of brew. Aroma is strong and malty, with a yeasty overtone. Flavor is a bit on the thin side, malty and a little bitter, with little aftertaste. Not a memorable beer, but worth trying. The Ukranians know how to brew beer - now all they need to do is improve the flavor.

Photo of puboflyons
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml. bottle with no date or lot code to be found. Sampled on March 23, 2009.

A - This pours yellow to gold with a long lasting white head that looks kind of creamy and patchy. Good clarity

S - Green bottle equals skunky and that's what I noticed more than anything else although when I could ignore the skunk, I got a hint of malts.

T & M - The mouthfeel is of average quality and it lasts a bit longer than I expected when swirling in my mouth. Despite the skunkier sensation of the aroma the taste is thankfully more malty with a little bit of a bitter to dry finish.

It was not much different than other run of the mill adjunct lagers I've tasted.

Photo of Brenden
2.58/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Notes are from last night, 5/26.

The color is a bright, vibrant gold with the slightest haze to it. The head appears creamy at first but dissipates quickly to a thin foam that leaves little lacing behind.
The nose isn't bad, with an evident dry malt backed by sweetness, a light corn presence, and perhaps a light spicy hops presence. A light sulfuric note is also detectable.
The taste, unfortunately, is a bit marred by a sourness that isn't in the nose as well as a metallic tinge. The spicy hops are still in here and the bitterness is a bit on the edge.
This one's thin and light in body with heavy carbonation.
There's really not much to say about this one. It seems some of the American craft breweries are brewing better EPLs these days.

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Obolon Premium from Obolon Brewery
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