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Obolon Premium - Obolon Brewery

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BA SCORE
68
poor

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Obolon Brewery visit their website
Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 02-27-2002)
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Photo of evlu1441
2.42/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

evlu1441, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Sorcerer
2.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Sorcerer, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a hazy yellow straw color retaining a thin but fair head. Smell and taste coincide with the grainy malt a light floral bitterness that finishes fairly clean. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. A classic taste for the style having a little bitter in the end.

Bookseeb, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

DrJay, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of MTNboy
2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The body is pale and transparent with a lot of little bubbles filling the glass. The head is white and soapy. It will fade away quickly to very thin line of lace. The aroma is very grassy with some grain tones. The flavor is grass like but sort of corny and adjunct. The body is very watery.

MTNboy, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
1.93/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

buschbeer, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.88/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Obolon Premium is a strange lager that I didn't particularly like.

A: Pale straw colour and a decent 4 mm head that fades to some lacing. 4.

S: Smells like a musty, abandoned building. 2.5

T: The taste is quite malty with a hint of maple syrup. There is a sourness and some saltiness in the aftertaste. 3.

M: Quite foamy. 4

O: Not that enjoyable. 3

vandemonian, May 12, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +44.9%
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.

woodychandler, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of philphilphil
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

most average beer ever.
Appearence was average with a ittle head.
Smell waa okay and pretty average
Taste, average or what? Kinda malty
Mouthfeel, could be thicker.
Drinkability is okay, but at its price its suitable, not that tther arent better beers for the same price.

philphilphil, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Brenden
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Brenden, May 28, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0.5 L green bottle.

This beer poured a clear, golden color with tall, white foam that slowly settled and left some foam clinging to the glass. There was a good, fine carbonation. The smell had a hint of DMS with some malt and a slightly sweet, grain aroma (corn?). The taste was lightly sweet grain and malt followed by light, aromatic hops. Overall thin. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-light body and fine carbonation. Relatively clean finish. This is a not bad pale Euro lager.

UncleJimbo, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of MAB
3.88/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avoid the green bottles-- mine was in a yellow can-- and you can avoid the off-flavors associated with this normally sub-par beer.

Poured from the can, it was light yellow colored and had a nice white head; no surprises.
But the taste was actually decent, with some light hop flavors and a nice maltiness.

I wouldn't cross a busy street of traffic to get to one, but I'd enjoy another can if you gave it me.

MAB, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent beer, lighter than I had imagined it would be, a barrage of malty sweetness, a caramel or maybe molasses sugar essence lingers on the palate after the sip has been consumed. Tastey if paired with spicy food, or fish. Not the best beer though, I would say mediocre.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
2.23/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

morebeergood, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear yellow with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was just a little skunky to start, but it warmed to a sweet corn smell. The taste was sweet, malty grain with no noticeable hop presence. The feel was light bodied with fair carbonation. Drinkability was very good. Solid lager, a winner as far as style goes, but not an all-star.

kegger22, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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

wordemupg, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden yellow, full fluffy white head, good retention

S - Light malts, skunky twang

T - More malty then the scent dictates. Thats about all i can say. A little stale bitter taste at the end.

M - thin, light, over carbonated, dry finnish

D - Slightly better than BMC.

rfgetz, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of CHickman
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear yellow with a 1 inch white head and smelled of malt, barley and maybe corn. Very crisp with a light malt taste mixed with a grassy/earthy hint. There is a very minor tingle of hops. A little on the watery side, with medium carbonation, yet smooth drinking. It's just very basic and average in flavor that's almost boring in taste. It's very inexpensive and a great bargain, but nothing exciting and a typical lager.

CHickman, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

tone77, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of FleeVT
2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml green bottle with no dates.

A: Pours a clear brew with nice carbonation; I would call the color strewn hay. Nice big head from the pour, recedes a little.

S: Mostly grain with some sparingly sweet malts. A mild skunkiness hangs over the nose that could indicate some sourness, or it may just be skunk.

T/M: Light body with moderate carbonation. Bitterness comes in the form of grassy hops. There is that light metallic taste that comes from a lot of Euro lagers, like it was canned. Sourness comes through in the back, a bit of a turnoff.

D: If it was cheep, go for it. Just make sure it's fresh.

FleeVT, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of burnstar
2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear pale yellow with a substantial and somewhat persistent head. First wiff is a little skunky but for the most part its the typical grassy marco aroma. Taste has little sweetness. Mostly grassy and very herbal hops. Moderate bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Fairly drinkable. Overall a pretty typical euro macro lager.

burnstar, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 23, 2009
Obolon Premium from Obolon Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.