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Obolon Lager - Obolon Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

87 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Dukeofearl

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 02:31:05 | More by Dukeofearl
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 02:24:51 | More by connecticutpoet
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 20:14:12 | More by Suds
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 07:03:20 | More by crookedhalo
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 00:18:54 | More by Gavage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 23:20:36 | More by jdhilt
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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!).

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 22:41:59 | More by IronDjinn
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 20:34:42 | More by ecoboy
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 20:18:22 | More by BeerResearcher
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 19:08:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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budgood1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2002 15:48:04 | More by budgood1
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2002 21:54:53 | More by Jason
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Obolon Lager from Obolon Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.