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:
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Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2002)
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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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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 jarmby1711
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mid golden in colour with a faint bead and a quickly disappearing head.
Grainy malt smellotherwise unremarkable
Sweetness predominates the early flavour and becomes acidic on the finish There is a touch of cloves in there.
Oily in the mouth a little like honey
Pretty stock standard Euro lager with no particular merits or disappointments

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with a big frothy head after a vigorous pour.

Aroma is sharp, yeasty, grainy, some fruitiness (citrus?), and an off-bitter metallic (and sulpher?) note.

Flavor isn't as sharp and off as the aroma- perhaps because it is still fairly cold. Seems fairly well balanced, mostly malty, with a slight hop finish, actually not bad overall. After the swallow goes down, a slight metallic aftertaste remains, and (sorry to say this) I burped up some sulphur taste.

Mouthfeel and drinkability is probably the best part of this beer. The beer sits nice and full in the mouth, and this could be a nice yard or session beer.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a medium yellow color with a short head that took a long time to die down into a moderate film of foam.

The aroma was somewhat complex... hints of pine and citrus over a pale to medium malt scent, with a bit of skunkiness overlaying the whole thing. In fact, that was the first thing I noticed when I popped the cap... I was glad that there were other things that figured into the smell as I let it sit.

The foretaste was bitter... but this was followed by a very surprising slight smokiness with a bit of a yeasty taste to it. It was quite smooth, but a little bit thin.

A pretty drinkable beer, much better than the initial whiff led me to believe. I bought it because I wanted to see how the Ukranians make their beer... turns out not half bad. Gonna try another of theirs tomorrow night.

Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a cloudy, dark golden color that borders on burnt-orange. The head is stick and firm, but shallow. Sweet and grainy aroma with some floral hops. Slight sulfur note in the back of the smell, but it’s not distracting. It’s actually quite tasty…sweet, malty, and very soft. Break-like qualities are not present in the smell, but come out nicely in the taste. It’s a medium bodied, very drinkable beer. Finish is a lingering maltiness that isn’t overly sweet. I enjoyed this one much more than I expected.

Photo of crookedhalo
2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly chill hazed pale golden color with a white head that dies pronto. Very skunky aroma with a malt backup. Tastes rather sweet and malty with a dry hoppiness in the finish. Doesn't taste skunky, just green bottle IV ray amplified skunky; not offensive, just not really what I was expecting. Generalized lager qualities abound. A bit like Grolsch, in my opinion. Not venturing to try one again.

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 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 IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in an emerald green 500 ml bottle. Poured out a bright clear golden colour, nice head that recedes to a thin cap. Aroma is sweet, grain and corn, a touch herbal. Flavour is very sweet, totally reminds me of corn. Not corn adjuncts or corn syrup, but sweet ripe corn! Very crisp and dry, mild metallic flavour on aftertaste. An okay lager, but I find the aftertaste dries me up more than it refreshes. Either way, an interesting offering from the Breadbasket of Europe, yet I don't think I'd reach for another one so soon (water, I need water, I'm parched after this bottle!).

Photo of ecoboy
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Ukranians of New York state care very much for this beer. If they find you like beer in general, they might press a bottle of this into your hands and make sure you drink it.

Far sweeter than I expected, even as the color would lead me to believe we were stepping into stronger territory that ordinary U.S. lagers. Not cloudy, but... really hard to see through for a lager. Head was fine, and I was impressed by the lacing. Aroma reflected style: remined me of Grolsch and Fischer. Yep, that residual sweetness must be a part of the 5.2% abv. But it is offset by a decent dose o' hops..

I drank this at fridge temperature. I can only imagine how cloying it would be at 50 degrees.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Strong Lager pours out brass with a small white head and leaves a thin clingy lace. Light/Medium lightly herbal malt. Odd, slightly sulfuric and citrusy hop aroma with some alcohol fumes. Fairly high in metallic hops with a mild citrus aftertaste. Noticeable alcohol kick! 5.2%abv

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 budgood1
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i'm guessing this is a run of the mill euro lager. from the ukraine. hazy golden color, nice euro smell, very little skunk, thin head. moderate carbonation makes for a prickly mouthfeel on top of a solid body. a hop bite in the end rounds out the profile. comparable to a becks/heineken sort of profile with just a little more teeth to it. not too bad.

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.

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