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Obolon Lager - Obolon Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

87 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 1
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: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2002)
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Reviews by hudsonvalleyslim:
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hudsonvalleyslim

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To start a belated celebration of the Celtic #17, I thought something traditional might be in order. Naturally Obolon Lager would be the appropriate beer. And pleasantly surprised I was. The macro brewery success story from the Ukraine really hit the hoop. (Cool story, google it!)

500ml (about a pint) green bottle, $2.15 at Baza in Newton, no freshness date. Poured a nice golden-yellow, with no real head retention to speak of.

This is really a nice lager - fresh apple fruitiness, some real flavor and a great lingering aftertaste (which I love.) Some sublimnable ("Is our children learning?") skunkiness - not intrusive, perhaps by design but probably green-bottle syndrome. Heineken could learn a lot from Obolon.

(July 8, 2008) OK, my second try of this one. I've downgraded a few of the columns. More on the principle that this ain't a grade A beer. But it is very good and consistent with my previous comments. Lacing gleefully adorns my Liberal Cup pintglass this time, and no real skunk, so probably fresher. Checkin' some different lagers this summer, and Obolon is very drinkable. Gonna bring some to the next Group 5 jam - those dudes may appreciate it!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 23:26:35 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
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KAF

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-09-2014 03:34:31 | More by KAF
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.59/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Straw color with faint haziness. The head collected decently, but deflation is inevitably swift.

Strong Euro malt nose with hay and grassy must, sweet grain, faint herbal notes, and a kiss of skunkiness.

A tad drier than the nose set me up for. Pilsner malt base with some yeasty flavors. Missing crispness. Pale steeped grain, herbal flavors in the outreaches of hop notes, and tentative bitterness. A little off-balanced.

Somewhat difficulty flat. The body is just there. Not enough bubbles to elevate the beer's potential.

Not great. A passable Euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 22:35:51 | More by thecheapies
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Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

01-22-2014 00:14:40 | More by Aewachiw
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Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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apasternak

District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -29%

10-19-2013 02:53:44 | More by apasternak
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mdfb79

New York

2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

From 10/01/13 notes. Had this on tap at Krystalbellini in NYC, a Korean BBQ joint. 16 oz. draft poured into a stange.

a - Pours a murky bright yellow color with one finger of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of corn, wheat, grains, bready malts, and light fruit. Nose is ok, though the sweet corn taste is a bit offputting.

t - Tastes of sweet corn, lightly skunked, wheat, grains, dough, and biscuit malts. No fruit here. Big step down from the nose, more sweet corn.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall a subpar beer. Some sweet corn throughout; was tough to get through a pull pint of it. Wouldn't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 21:20:59 | More by mdfb79
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sansho

California

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

09-07-2013 07:35:29 | More by sansho
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CDubbs75

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

09-07-2013 01:13:26 | More by CDubbs75
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint sized bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden color with a bubbly head. Smells of skunky euro hops, cereal grain and kilned malts. In the taste, light pale euro malts and good spicy hop. Well integrated bitterness and sweet grains. Has just a bit of toast and nuttiness. Cracker like yeast profile, everything in the flavor is nice and clean. I'd look for this again if I was in the mood for a decent euro pilsner. This would be a fine compliment to a Reuben sandwich and fries.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 20:53:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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Sinfull

Ukraine

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

07-28-2013 10:48:26 | More by Sinfull
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My homeland's flagship beer which I've had a hundred times back home. I'm drinking a bottle I bought here in Edmonton, but surprisingly the label is in Russian, suggesting the beer was brewed for domestic consumption? I'm not sure...

Well it pours a copper colour almost, maybe just slightly lighter. It pours with one finger of head that certainly smells like a bit of skunk, but it also has a cold and grainy scent, it's refreshing but also warming simultaneously. The taste is a wee bit too bitter for my taste and there is a shit ton of carbonation. Again, way too much. The sweetness provides a nice balance while not being entirely dominant when I have a sip. The aftertaste is not bad, but I have a strange sort of taste on my tongue - I can't really explain it.

Overall it's your typical Euro Lager. As for Obolon, give me Obolon Svitle ten times out of ten, which I just love. This one ranks a lot lower.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 07:42:58 | More by Olek4374
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Ohio

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +57.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +26.2%

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Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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Obolon Lager from Obolon Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.