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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: 17.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2002

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Photo of markgoodman10
3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +26.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of A_Phrance
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of DavyJones
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of garuda
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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 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 GONZALOYANNA
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
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

Photo of slimntubbs
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.97/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
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 NODAK
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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 woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
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 sommersb
3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 TheDeuce
1.98/5  rDev -37.5%
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

Obolon Lager from Obolon Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.