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Obolon Lager - Obolon Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Obolon Brewery visit their website
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 StoutyMcStouters
2.34/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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 BeerNinja007
3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.36/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of 12puebloyankee
2.21/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold in color, full fluffy and frothy white head, decent retention

S - Little bits of malt, little bits of skunk, even littler bits of hops

T - Adjunct malty sweetnees. Once again with the little bits of skunkyness.

M - Light, crispy carbonation, not so plesent after taste

D - Meh, a little more flavor than your BMC product, but some of that flavor isnt plesent

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 puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 500 ml. green bottle with no date or lot number available. Sampled on March 19, 2009.

The pour is pale yellow with active carbonation, a fizzy but creamy looking white head, and adequate lacing. The aroma has some malt elements and luckily I do not notice any green bottle light-filtering interference. The mouthfeel is medium but has good stability. There are malts in the flavor along with something fruit-like and weak hops. Better than I expected after reading the previous reviews.

Photo of droomyster
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm tasting this beer side-by-side with Baltika lager (which I assume, given their regional proximity, similar bottle sizes and the depth of Ukrainian-Russian cultural ties, is its natural competitor) and prefer the Obolon. Its appearance is less apealing, with its unimpressive head barely rising above its clear golden body, but its flavors have more character. Its honey sweetness and crisp hoppiness are more pronounced than Baltika's. It is simply a richer beer, despite being the same style. It isn't a great beer, but neither is it a bad one.

Photo of palffyfan
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours golden yellow, well-carbonated, typical lager.

Smell - Grainy smell that isn't terribly strong.

Taste - Generally malty, very mild bitter taste, has a distinct aftertaste. Nothing exciting about the flavor, but it wasn't offensive or strong either.

Drinkability - Nothing exciting about this beer, typical lager. Would probably get bored drinking this though and more drinkable and memorable lagers are out there.

Photo of Vancer
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic lager - clear straw pour into the Bitburger pilsner glass, darn good white topping that leaves a good ring lace all the way down.

Big whiff of euro yeast skunk upon opening and pouring, it settles after awhile. Dry, grassy and grainy quaff, bit astringent finish - needs a crisper ending to make it truly a drinking beer. It was fun to sample, but I'd pass on future purchases.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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 sholland119
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these yesterday at a party at a Ukranian American Social Club. This is a tasty lager.

It did not rock my world or anything but very nice. A solid amount of bready malt was clear in the nose and in the palate. Very crisp, light mouthfeel. Beat the pants off the light beer/Heineken choices offered otherwise. I was happy to drink this all afternoon.

HV

Photo of toolbrew
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a large green bottle. Light straw color with good carbonation. Keeps a nice white head.

Grains and doughy smell. Some hop aroma too.

Light and bitter taste with some sweeter malts. Notice more of the grains and malts as I drink more.

Smooth and refreshing. The brew goes right over my tongue leaving little behind.

Great beer for a cool night or a hot day. Good session beer - glad I experimented with this.

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body with a fluffy white head... doesn't last long.. slight lacing.

S: Rustic malt sweetness. kind of grainy.. european floral hop finish..

T: Soft sweet malts... slight floral hop bitterness.. good euro pale flavors.

M: Moderate body... smooth... crisp finish..

D: If you have ever partied at the ukranian social club in philly... you know how easy it is to sling these back...

Photo of aluskungs
4.09/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very carbonated, a light and bubbly beer. The head fluffs up and then dies down, a shame. The color is a golden white, a bit of a haze.

The smell is of wet straw, like an old barn. Some malt sweetness follows with a little bit of smoke. At the very end a hop stalk smell comes through. Pleasant.

Tastes like a pale lager, what it should be. On the sweet side with a lot of malt flavor, not so much of a hop presence, but enough to keep the malt from overpowering. A hint of maple syrup, very minor.

This beer goes down easily even with a lot of body. A lot of flavor and being sweet but not sickly sticky sweet. The hops keeps this the malt sweetness back but lets the flavor come through

Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say this pils has the best nose of this style that I have come across in awhile. The taste is crisp, hoppy and nicely put together. I rank this beer higher than most reviewers only because I have had a lot of ok pils lately and this one hit all the right notes.

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.

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 livingregret
2.32/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 1pt .9fl oz

Appearance: Pours a bright gold colour w/ no head.

Smell: Grainy hops, malt and a touch sweet

Taste/mouthfeel: a little bit of the malt comes through a little sweet and ends a bit grainy. Almost a touch skunky at the end...odd metallic taste at the end. Leaves a grainy feel in the mouth....but it is a touch smooth

Drinkability:this is like a little bit stonger of a Heineken...and not any better than that or other more generic beers. Pass this up if you get the chance...

Photo of brendan13
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale golden colour with a inch thick head that falls to a thin wisp quite quickly.
S - Something vegetable like about this, not good. Like a plate of boiled greens thats been sitting out for 24 hours. Very weak grainy flavour buried in there too.
T - The taste is a little better than the smell but only just. A bit of malt sweetness comes through.
M - Medium bodied, slighty watery mouthfeel.
D - Refreshing beer that is better fresh. I think I had this when I was in either Poland or Lithuania and it was much better, particularly after walking around being a tourist all day. Wouldn't bother getting it here again.

Photo of dacrza1
2.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Glad to see others found this "skunked," as I did while tailgating for U2 May 18th outside Continental...annoying over-lagerish bottom, tinny odor and metallic aftertaste did not endear this Ukrainian brew... thank God for "Love and Peace"...Wal-Mart’s Green Lightning in alcoholic form....

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.

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