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Stary Melnik Svetloye - Pivovariya Moskva-Efes ZAO

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BA SCORE
72
okay

13 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 23.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovariya Moskva-Efes ZAO
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bditty187 on 10-23-2003)
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sfprint:
Photo of sfprint
1.63/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: transparent gold, with lots of fast rising carbonation, sustaining the single finger foam head.
S: slightly metallic, crisp, barely sweet honey malt.
T: Terrible, sour, one of the most putrid beers I've had.
Instant dump, absolutely undrinkable.

sfprint, Aug 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.9/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Draft, in Moscow. Again, not much individuality, just another Russian pale lager. I made the mistake of drinking it while eating a bowl of peanuts, and the stale peanut shell taste carried through to the beer. I had to have something native while while watching Russia’s opening match in the European Cup back in June, and at the Marriott Tverskoye in Moscow, it’s either this or Heineken... Heineken! This country needs a shot of pride in its local beers, and make some beers it wouldn't be afraid to serve to foreigners!

DrunkMcDermott, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of bditty187
3.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow hue, awfully clear, it looks sickly! The head is blindingly white, good size, decent retention, no lacing of note. The nose does little to encourage me to take a sip, largely herbal, hay, grain, lemon zest… it’s not offensive however… too typical. Clean palate, herbal, light lemon, hay, fresh cut grass and very distant biscuits too. Rather lackluster, simple but tolerable… well balanced. Minimal aftertaste, semi-dry finish. Medium-light body. Solid carbonation. For a cheap Euro-Lager this is not half bad, far from noteworthy. Drinkable. Not worth seeking out.

There is a “best by date” on the back label; I can’t really make it out. I think it is 18/09/2003… close enough.

bditty187, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Bright golden color, chill haze. Crown is white, small size bubbled & fairly good retention. Spoty sides. Slightly sulphur, moderate grainy, grassy & yeasty aromas. Clean bitterness at first sip. Crispy upfront & citric notes. Grainy palate. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Long bitter finish. Pretty correct.

GONZALOYANNA, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Globetrotter
2.3/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Comes in a 33cl brown long neck bottle wiht a black, gold and white label featuring the trademark windmill. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Brewed on 1/24/04, I opened it on 3/8/04.

Clear pale gold under a two finger white head with some body and a bit of lace. The nose smells like a bowl of boiled rice. The mouth is light and prickly. The taste is grainy, followed by a fairly significant (for the style) metallic hoppy bite. The aftertaste is maily dirty socks. No thanks.

Globetrotter, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of Phatz
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly peach colored (hazed yellow with orange hue) decent white head fades fast. No lacing.

Smell: A little bit of apricot sweet sugary malts. Pleasant mustiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The taste is gentle and subdued flavor. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and a bit oily, slick upfront followed by a few prickles from some limited carbonation and a hop character. Mostly the taste is a fruity overtones with sweet malts. the center and finish revealed some otherwise hidden hops. the aftertaste fades very quickly but it has nice sweet sugary taste followed by a wave of mild citrus and then a clean dryness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer! it is easy on the palate and very approachable. I recommend giving a try when you are looking for something a bit different.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheer!

Phatz, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of Shiloh
1.68/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This stuff is really quite bad.
If the original appearance is any judge of this brews character, it is very accurate. It arrived a very thin and slightly murky yellow. The head was pleasing for a very short time then it left to find its true self, leaving behind a light lace and similar ring.
Oddly, the carbonation is heavier than anticipated.
The body is as weak as the colour.
The nose is mildly grainy.
The body is light.
The taste is an odd assortment...first impression is flat and that of cardboard...second impression is flat and that of a light citrus quality.

Shiloh, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of ernie
2.93/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very ordinary Russian lager scoring some extra points for clarity and high quality standards maintained in last 5 yrs. It's pale, forms a beautiful snow-white crowns that falls in a minute or two, doesn't decorate your glass with fine lace or entertain your nose with exotic aroma. Taste is rather bland, reminding Western mass-market lagers. Good thirst-quencher, anyway.

ernie, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of endless1408
3/5  rDev +12.4%

endless1408, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
3.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another Russian beer. Pours a quite pale golden color, clear, with a decent white head of average retention.
The aroma is pleasantly malty and grainy, easily picked up by the nose.
The taste is slightly sweet at first, followed by a very nicely balanced body and a pleasantly bitter finish.
One of the nicer Russian pilseners I had.

MarkoNm, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Suds
2.03/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I try to approach beers with a pretty open mind, giving them the benefit of the doubt. There’s usually a silver lining in somewhere in most brews. This one, though, is downright awful. Sampled during a recent gathering of homebrewing friends, this one is dull, thin, and lifeless. Atop a light yellow liquid, the small head initially forms, but quickly fades into obscurity. Low carbonation. The nose is of grass and cereal…and in the most seriously adjunct sort of way. A bit grainy, with a hint of sweetness in the front. Nearly no hops, and a distracting metallic flavor. It’s a little vegetal in the in the finish, which is weak and lifeless. It’s been a while since I’ve been this disappointed and unenthused with a beer.

Suds, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.43/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy golden-amber color with modest white creamy head. Sporadic lacing.
Smell is suggestive of light summer fruits.
Taste also has a pleasant fruitiness, with notes of apricots and apples.
Finish is a bit thin, with a distinct note of hops at the very end.
A good refreshing summer beer.

tgbljb, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of dcmchew
2.83/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Old scribbled note with ASTMO grades, but it's accurate nonetheless:

sweet grainy malts, a bit syrupy, especially in the aftertaste ; some fruitiness, but still low (faint acidic apple, some lemon zest, faint ripe fruit); fresh hay, grass, herbal notes; still the hops are not too great, providing a metallic bitterness; a light lager, not skunky and corny, but still average

dcmchew, Oct 29, 2013
Stary Melnik Svetloye from Pivovariya Moskva-Efes ZAO
72 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.