Obolon Lager - Obolon Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
okay

65 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 99
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2002

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 99
Photo of Solo007
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 500ml (1.09 pint fl oz) bottle into a tulip glass.

Nice-looking bottle - Has a nose of a Heineken (only with more herbal, like freshly-cut grass); A taste like a Grolsch (but hoppier). Colour is a slightly dark golden and cloudy. Head is decent: small-medium size bubbles that don't stick around very long in the glass (unfortunately). A tad bitter on the finish, could be crispier, but I wouldn't call it flat either; And I could do without the off-putting bathwater aftertaste. Overall, it's not that bad a brew: As long as it's served cold, it's a doable lager from the Ukraine. (597 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The head is a half finger tall and white which reduces to a very thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Bready and adjunct malts with some hints of corn and grain. Very little hops and a pretty sweet smelling beer.

T: Lots of sweetness from the adjunct malts with a strong corn (almost corn syrup) flavor and very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, definitely sessionable. Do I really want to have another of these? I'm honestly not sure... (718 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a large patch of bubbles around the center of the glass and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of adjunct and bready malts along with notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and isn’t that bad compared to other beers in the style. (615 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.Dimpled mug.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale golden in color.Cristal clear.White foam,brief head.Floral hop aromas.Slightly sulphury & yeasty hints.Gentle bitterness & maltiness upfront.Smooth adjunct palate.Light body,medium carbonation.Rough bitter finish.Just another boring Macro Pale Lager (298 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bomber this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of white hea. The retention was so-so and it left a scant band of lacing towards the beginning but little after that. The aroma was mostly of dry malt, light yeast and a little biscuit and bread. The flavors were dominated by the dry, biscuity malt (I’m guessing pale 2 row) but it also had some hints of apple and some slightly spicy hops towards the finish. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation appropriate. Better than the other beers they make I think but it wasn’t by any means something special. A perfectly fine but perfectly forgettable beer. (653 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A; Poured a mildly hazy yellow with a bleached white head. Really nice head retention but slick, relatively poor lacing.

S; Smells of malts are much like a Dortmunder and pleasant, with medicinal hops that throw it off a bit. Just a hint of skunk in there.

T; Malt profile is grainy and dry. Then herbal hops kick in with a bitterness that finshes dry with lightly sour notes of diluted lemon juice.

M; Light bodied but with more substance than other examples of the style.

O; This is a fine, although slightly unusual example of the style. Nothing really special but worth a try. (585 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is straw yellow in color with a thin but crisp head that easily dissapates. Smell of a clean lager with light sweet malts and hops. Taste of honey and grain with a hop bite that overtakes the light sweet malt leaving a dry bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with a spike of carbonation. Not bad, just rough around the edges. (338 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and light yellow with a thin smattering of bubbles on the surface, modest collar, and a few specks of lacing. Herbal and lemony hop aroma, mild cereal and grain. A little more than light bodied with a smooth texture and some crispness in the carbonation. A bit dry, but not overly so. Bitterness was nicely balanced and didn't get lost in the malty sweetness. More lemony hop character, a bit floral. Maybe a hint of sourness with mild pear-like fruity undertones. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I figured I was taking a risk since there was no date on the label or bottle, but the beer tasted pretty fresh. (619 characters)

Photo of NODAK
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a grainy nose on this one; I pick up barley specifically...husk...cereal grains.

Taste is a bit strange. Body is somewhat watery with a barley, husk quality to it that actually comes across as nutty. Not much like any other beer I've had in this style. There's a medicinal bitterness in the back that isn't too powerful, but isn't too pleasant as it lingers on the tongue either.

Not my favorite in this simple style. The taste is just not something that I would find myself coming back to. (498 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very sweet, some honey and malts. Taste is also a bit sweet, crisp, malts, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a very enjoyable beer. (313 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes, I really scored some in a CAN! crossovert put me onto a European market that carries this and others in a CAN and you CAN believe that I was quick to place an order.

From the CAN: Nothing that I CAN impart. The writing is all Cyrillic, but there was an importer's sticker that read "Famous Ukrainian beer, brewed with old world recipes, using the finest ingredients."

My pour produced a finger of foamy bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a mild honey-like sweetness, very lager-like and free of adjuncts. Be still my heart! Mouthfeel was medium with a taste of black pepper, Saaz hops and honey on the tongue. Weird, but it worked. Finish was really dry. I was reminded more of a wit than a lager, but who's complaining? Not me, since it beats just one more AAL. Lots of nice lacing throughout. All of the previous aside, I am not sure that I would want a whole bunch of it in my cooler. It was one of those beers where one was good, two would be passable and more than that would be too many. (1,057 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 500ml green bottle with no dating
Served in a New Belgium globe glass

Clear, golden colored beer with about 2 fingers of white head. Lacing was good on the glass.

Aroma was crisp, of light, bready malts and soft hops. Not very complex, but nothing offensive.

Taste follows the aromas, with a light, floral hop bitterness balanced with a little malt sweetness. Nice clean feel. Light body and a high level of carbonation.

Nice, easy drinking lager. It's not going to blow you away, but it is a good refreshing beer. (526 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - nice to see the brewed on, and best before date right there on the back label - right at the midpoint - time to start drinkin'!

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with three fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some random latticed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of strong cereal grain - corn, mostly - almost bread-like, some mild plain honey, and musty hops. The taste is more reserved cereal grain, mild dark honey sweetness, and mildly skunky, weedy hops. The carbonation is below average, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and dotted by a bit of prickliness. It finishes quite off-dry, the persistent cereal malt still well in play, barely countered by the underwhelming, and underrepresented hops.

Nothing overtly offensive, as is otherwise a bit too common for this style - the general flying under the radar is an asset in this case. Drinkable with fish and chips, I can tell ya... (951 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, adjuncts, honey and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a light malt character and honey followed by bready flavors of grain and adjuncts. The hops presence is very mild but there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful considering the style, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's just average beer without much to it, but that alone makes it worth pounding for a while if you want an inexpensive option. (830 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
1.98/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Obolon Lager....in the bottle at Veselka in Manhatten NY

Appearance-pours a musty gold/yellow, overactive head burst up linges for a minute or so and then dissipitates.

Smell-musty, mix of corn and other starch, alcohol, not much else

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, notes of corn mostly and not much else sour and grainy, ok smoothness, finishes clean,

Drinkability-no major issues

Overall-a less than adequete lager, not a disaster but it doesn't measure up (465 characters)

Photo of StoutyMcStouters
2.34/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A/S: The beer looks and pours like nothing special, good head retention and lacing, smells pretty nice, like something that was roasted on a wood fire.

T: I must say I did not care very much for this beer, the initial taste was a tad bit bitter had a decent hoppy taste to it. This taste then gives way to an extremely bitter aftertaste that is almost offensive if not washed down with another beverage or another sip of obolon.

M/D: Not gonna get any major points here, I have had much cheaper beers that felt and drank better than this.

I have had worse beers than this but many more that are better. It doesnt hurt to try it once , but not something I will probably be getting again any time soon. (730 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml of beer from a green colored bottle. Uh oh. On to the beer:

Tinted gold pale yellow in color, the head on topm is moderately thick with a soapy texture and decent retention. Spicy hops in the aroma, some are a little stinky, herbal as well, with a light pale malt sweetness. That's about what I expected.

Well, I'm not disguested, but the flavor is shallow. There's some "spciy bitterness" from the hops, a kiss of honey from the malt, no skinky flavor which is good. It felt almost like water in the mouth, as the carbonation level was set very low.

Obolon won't turn my world upside down, but it will knock off Ukraine as a country to review beer from. (666 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle for $2.99 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Served cold in a standard pint glass.

A: Clear golden brew with a stable pillow of off-white head that leaves thick strings and webs of lacing on the glass. At the end of the glass, a ring of foam at the top still shows the spot where the initial head settled to.

S: A bunch of skunk with a bit of lemon, honey, and bubblegum poking through.

T: Moderate skunky hops, then buttery diacetyl, a bit of citrus and honey sweetness. Finishes with honeycomb and buttered grapefruit.

M/D: Good feel, lagery creamy. Soft carbonation. Drinkability is good also. (611 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says "Ale Obolon Lager" several times. What does that mean? I guess they could use both ale and lager yeast. Or they use ale as a synonym for beer. Either way that sound very wrong to me. Not only my first Ukrainian Beer, but also my first ale-lager. Also beeradvocate.com says 5.2% A.B.V. and my bottle states 5.0% A.B.V. (it also says 12% of the back label for some reason.)
Anyways:

500ml bottle is highly carbonated, almost a gusher.

smells mostly of lager yeast. not bad, just incredibly faint in odor.

slightly darker than a normal mass produced lager. very clear though. head looked nice, but it seems to have head retention issues.

pretty good taste. noticeable bitterness. crisp finish. refreshing. slightly thin for my taste. definitely pretty good though.

nothing out of this world. but a good summer beverage, for one of those way too hot days. (869 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This my friends is why there is green bottles, the packaging on this beer make it look so delicious, unfortunately it probably will be the contrary.

It pours into my 400ml mug with a foamy, crappy looking, quickly dissipating white head. It is a pale gold in color with hints of pineapple and light peach color. It isn't as crystal clear as most.

There is some skunk in the nose, along with some pale malt and a touch of hops.

The taste has a surprising amount of hops, it is different for a pale lager. It is interesting to see the variances between pale lagers in Europe. This one comes out slightly above average in taste, but overall it is a pretty average beer. (669 characters)

Photo of 12puebloyankee
2.21/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Poured a light and clear straw color with a good head.

Smell - Not any malt to speak of, only slight herbal hops. Maybe a little bit skunky. Overall nothing to write home about.

Taste - Overall the flavor is very unbalanced. Malt is almost absent from the flavor. The Hops are present but overly bitter, with a lingering (and unpleasant) bitter aftertaste. I think it tastes like what a mouthfull of grass would taste like - not very good.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is good but the overall feel is watery.

Drinkability - I didn't like the overall flavor at all so I wouldn't drink this beer again. However, it is light so if you like the flavor you could drink several without feeling overly full. (715 characters)

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Obolon Lager from Obolon Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.