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Obolon Lager - Obolon Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

96 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Simple amber, not quite pallid enough to qualify as straw. A few large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass, while smaller ones zoom up to a white cap that looks to be of poor quality. The foam isn't the least bit sticky and very little lace forms as a result.

I smelled skunk on crown cracking and I still smell skunk. Interestingly, the graininess of the beer covers up the badness to some extent whenever I actually put my nose over the glass. There's nothing especially noteworthy about the stale noble hoppiness of the aroma. Open a few hundred other EPLs and you'll get the same thing.

I wonder why Obolon Lager is classified as a Euro pale lager and the other Obolon pale lagers that I've had (Magnat and Premium) are called American macro lagers? I don't care enough to read through my other reviews, but as far as I remember, all three taste basically the same. Here's the short version: none of them are good beer.

I have no desire to describe yet another simple, harshly grainy, grassily bitter, borderline musty, don't-wanna-let-it-warm lager from Eastern Europe. Whoops, looks like I just did. This one might be slightly more bitter than most, but otherwise it's a black hole of originality. Not that I was expecting anything else.

The mouthfeel is par for the style course with a carbonation load that is peppy enough to keep the beer from feeling overly lackluster. I would have thought that all those bubbles would have resulted in better head formation and endurance.

It looks like Pshenichnoye (a hefe weizen) is still my favorite of the whole, sorry lot of Obolon beers. The one that I really want to try (Porter) has eluded me so far. As far as Lager goes, it's about as interesting as its name.

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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...

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, bright golden body topped by a bright white head that drops to a very thin surface lace and minor collar. The aroma is quite limited but offers some light malt and spicy hops, as well as some light sulfur (which seems to be characteristic of the brewery). The body is medium with a very fine, median carbonation that's crisp in the mouth. The flavor is a gently fruity, well-fused malt & hop. The maltiness has an odd, almost musty, bready note that's fortunately overshadowed by a spicy, but indistinct, hop flavor. The finish is dry, and lightly sticky with malt & bitterness. Lightly astringent.

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml green slender Euro style bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Nearly clear, dusty gold colour with a thin yet sticky white lace.

Smell: Apple and lemon zest in the aroma, sweet to the nose with a pale grainy malt and a light herbal hops.

Taste: Smooth and full in the mouth feel with a light crispness, medium bodied. Right away is an imported lager flavour of slight aged or cooked hop. Bitterness and grain rush with this flavours to the finish yet the malt character tries to salvage the rest by throwing in a straight up sweetness that suggests honey and apple peel. Hops are herbal to the point of medicinal with a ghost like skunkiness. Grainy finish with some sweetness and a grassy flavour that lingers just about forever.

Notes: Tastes like a beefy Heineken, not as skunky and with more flavour to throw around. Still not a beer that would be in the same class as many German and Czech pilsners.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with almost no head. Nose is cereal sweetness as I have come to expect from this brewery. Flavor has that cereal sweetness that I expected as well. Typical stuff, nothing fantastic, nothing totally lame. Feel is standard lager fare...standard bubble. Definitely drinkable. Though for some that sweet level of it might be a turn off.

Photo of russpowell
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours light golden & effervescent, with a 4 fingers+ white head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Huge corny & sweet nose

T: Candy corn sweetness up front, then dryness. Iron & cloying sweetness follow. Finishes sweet, grainy, some apple notes & cloying, pretty bad.

MF: Light bodied & outta whack balance-wise. Adequate carbonation

Hard to choke down, especially as it warms. Wasn't bad enough to pour down the drain, but almost..

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of jwc215
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy yellow with a highly carbonated head that quickly fizzled down to barely a few bubbles.
The smell was grassy and "skunk" like. It reminded me more of a euro pils than a euro lager.
The taste had a raw yeast flavor and seemingly overboiled hops. It began pretty sweet and became more bitter as the drink progressed, to a sweet ending again. It had hints of a watery slightly metallic-like taste throughout. The only saving part was an underlying fruity - apple-like taste in the background.
The mouthfeel was thin - a slight creaminess that quickly disappeared. A dry feeling was left in the mouth.
One was enough for me. It was a below-average Euro-lager. The only possible refreshing part was the high carbonation and some slight apple-like hints. While I've had worse, this one didn't do it for me.

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very cloudy orange color with a medium head that slowly receded to the rim of the glass. The smell was strange - a mixture of fruit, grass and yeast that wasn't what I expected. This sports a medium body, very sweet with some fruit tones. The hops are evident but not very strong. The sweetness lasts long on the tongue. I found this to be slightly better than average on taste but quite drinkable.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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...

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of wl0307
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

BB end: 01/03/06.
A: served in a jug, it pours a clear, dark golden colour, with an initially fiercely fizzy body and a beer head disappearing in not time, leaving just a very thin layer of small bubbles.
S: immediately approaching is a deeply sweetish malt aroma, with a bit of bread and softly fruity hops in the background.
T&M: like the nose, it tastes predominantly malty at first, though less sweet as the aroma suggests; some refreshing but weak hop flavour at present at the rear, but towards the finish an unpleasant mixed flavour of sugar, lightly spice, rust, and medicine-like bitterness gradually come through, leading to a strange, conflicting mouthfeel on the tongue.
D: as a 5.2%abv lager it fails to present a fuller-taste and rounder texture. I don't like this beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.48/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Photo of jdhilt
2.28/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a four-fingered 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 hoppy and bitter. Very good carbonation. Light to medium bodied. $1.90 for 500ml.

Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Packaged in green bottle, bright golden yellow color with a thin white head and lots of bubbly carbonation.

S: Skunky aroma upon opening.sour wet grains

T: Very sweet buttery corn flavor. Flavor is sweet upfront and abrupt, but ends just as quickly with some malt sourness.

M: Thin mouthful with some warm vegetable aftertaste. Very watery body.

D: bland

Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle downed july 19 2009

A a golden yelllow with very litle head

S sweet malt and some hops

T quite sweet some molasses mild hops and sweet grains

M/D pretty thin in the mouth, not much life too it, almost flat

nothing special but i would not go to far to try it

Photo of WoodBrew
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The upon its extraction from the green 500ml bottle resides in the glass a crystal clear light gold, the head generous in size, the color a brilliant white with the texture semi-creamy, as it evaporates, the resultant lace a thin white curtain to drape the glass. Nose is the prototypical lager, somewhat sweet, crisp and fresh, start is somewhat sweet, the grain profile light as is the top. Finish is the light to moderate in acidity, the hops mild but present, quite dry and to me a drinkable beer, but rather light for me.

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly typical lager, but it does have a nice aroma and decent flavor. Appearance is average lager golden-yellow. Aroma is typically lager-ish, and has a bit of a zing. Flavor is average - not exciting, but not thin or watery. Nice and smooth, good for drinking at a party or while watching a sporting event.

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Obolon Lager from Obolon Brewery
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