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Obolon Lager - Obolon Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

89 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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 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

wordemupg, Jul 20, 2009
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.

puboflyons, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

droomyster, Mar 09, 2009
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.

palffyfan, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Vancer
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Vancer, Nov 21, 2008
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

beerthulhu, Oct 03, 2008
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

sholland119, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.9/5  rDev +23%
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.

toolbrew, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
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!

hudsonvalleyslim, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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...

callmemickey, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of aluskungs
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
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

aluskungs, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

canucklehead, Mar 21, 2008
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.

Cyberkedi, Feb 06, 2008
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of livingregret
2.28/5  rDev -28.1%
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...

livingregret, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of brendan13
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

brendan13, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
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....

dacrza1, Mar 25, 2007
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of stoutman
2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow color, light white head and lacing. Nose of light hop and fruity malt, some alcohol and husky corn. The flavor is a bit biscuity with some lighter hop notes, stronger sweet alcohol and some malt accents. The finish is a non-event, as is most of this beer.

stoutman, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of mynie
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a new state motto for Iowa:

"If you like obscure, middle-of-the-road Eastern European lagers, then come on in!"

Pours really dull yellow. There's a decent head, but it dies away and leaves only a cap. Looks like a macro.

Smells like rich skunk, richer grain, and a nice little hop presence. Solid, for the style.

Tastes like rich, fruity grain upfront. That moves into a more dull and bitter middle that's a combination of earth and weeds. The finishing hops are dull, but present.

Well balanced and certainly nothing offense, but far too tame fir me. The only thing exceptional about this was that 16.9 ounces cost me three bucks. If you should happen to find yourself in Kiev (they do have good whores, I understand), this would be worth a pickup. At inflated import prices, though, it's not really worth it.

mynie, Jan 06, 2007
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..

russpowell, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ironically, Obolon named its German-type pils a 'Lager', leaving 'Premium' name for a Czech-inspired beer. By the way, the brewery itself was designed by Czechs and uses Moravian techonology. The beer is modestly hoppy, with lively complex smell, sweetish but not overtly sweet. You feel good with one half-a liter bottle but don't jump to ask another two. Worth a try, anyway.

ernie, Jun 08, 2006
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.

jwc215, Jun 04, 2006
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.

Gusler, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of murrayswine
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a few left over from a customers case order, so I gave it a shot. Bad idea. This beer is a straight Pilsner Urqell knock off. I is a pale golden color, with a nice head, and that's the only thing going for it. The smell is all bite, "skunk", and alcohol. The taste is bland, like pilsner urqell. Pass on it, unless your nostalgic, or have a jones for Ukrainian beer.

murrayswine, Sep 01, 2005
Obolon Lager from Obolon Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.