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Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) - Slavutych Brewery

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68
poor

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Slavutych Brewery visit their website
Ukraine

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002)
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Reviews by CrazyMike:
Photo of CrazyMike
1.7/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

My streak of good luck with East European beers has run out.

I was not impressed with this beer at all. The taste was really rough and harsh, the only redeeming factor was the taste of malt. The reason why I gave this beer a 1 for mouthfull is this, you can't hold it in your mouth for more then two seconds. It's like savoring Vodka.

The after taste was metallic and dry, the smell was rough.

Maybe my opinion is somehow scewed, maybe I got a bad bottle. But this makes my list of beers to permanently avoid.

CrazyMike, Feb 12, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.15/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light, hazy yellow in color with a decent head that faded rather quickly.

Smell – Cheap grain and sugar is about all I can come up with here.

Taste – This is bad. The grainy rice and rotten sugar combination is disgusting.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied with some decent carbonation and a bit of dryness at the end.

Sinkability – Sorry, I couldn’t get through this one.

RoyalT, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.68/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed uncountable number of these when I lived in Ukraine for 2.5 years. Probably much better in its homeland, where you just order it by asking for "Slavutych Blue" (as the labeling is blue), to differentiate from all the other different styles of Slavutych. Definitely the Coors/Bud of Ukraine, with mass-media marketing and advertising everywhere. On tap in almost every bar. Appearance is a glowing yellow with a small head and no retention to speak of. Smells of a typical lager, light hoppiness and no real noticeable malt feel. Taste is not bad, crisp, clean, a notch above an average US macro, but not much. Overall, an easy drinking beer, an everyday beer worth checking on if you're ever in the former Soviet Union.

Bamabrew22, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, light golden hue, with a few fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of white cracker grain, and strident, grassy hops. The taste is sweet white grain, and weedy, somewhat skunky Euro-hops. The carbonation is pretty average, the body crisp, and slightly filmy and oily, and it finishes with a bit of off-dry graininess. Not bad for the style, easy enough to drink on a warm day.

biboergosum, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have no clue what the name of this beer is?!?
My Russian friend gave it to me.

Slavutich Brewery Brand
Alc 5.5% by Vol.
Premium Beer Extra.

That's All I can get from it!

Appearance: Faint yellow with a big soapy white head
Smell: citrus and malt
Taste: Sweet, some lemons present some hay/grains. not bad.
Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, easily drinkable

Overall drinkability is good. Not a bad beer, you can drink several of these easily. Nothing fancy but it'll whet your whistle!

NJpadreFan, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A minimal beer, shared with Len at Chauncey Smith. Pale yellow body, a bit of lace. Below average smell. Overcarbonated and thinish body, though not watery. Drinkable, but not much.A little corn as well as malt sweetness in the taste.A drop of hops.Avoidable beer.

Sammy, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its yellow-gold body is hazy, and may be due to age (there's no dating on the bottle or case), although many Eastern European lagers tend towards less than brilliant clarity. It's topped by a frothy bright-white head that holds fairly well at first, but eventually drops to just a flat surface. What thin lace is initially left around the glass also fades. The aroma expresses mainly sweetish malt although there are some floral hops to be found if you seek them out. Its medium body combines with a fine and moderate carbonation leaving it gently crisp and then smooth in the mouth (this also seems to be a common thread in many Russian and Ukranian beers). The flavor delivers a sweet malt that's just mildly grainy (there's an obvious use of adjunct going on here) and a bit husky. Some nice floral, herbal, and lightly spicy hops are embedded within the malt and appear more in the burp than across the tongue! The bitterness is restrained, and it finishes with a short flare of hops but not much else - it simply fades away! A typical Eastern European lager that's easy to drink - but best served cold!

NeroFiddled, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of jcubz
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

jcubz, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of tempest
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a 16 oz. bottle at Veselka in NYC. It's not a bad beer for washing down fried perogies, but that's about all its good for. Slavutich is just your average, no-personality, Euro lager. It has a slight sweetness that almost resembles grain, with a metallic tang. Easy to drink, but nothing inspiring.

tempest, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of ChrisCage
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a clear straw color, nothing too exciting...I guess it looks really clean though! The head was a frothy foam at first but didn't last too long before settling down to a bubbly film over the top of the liquid. Not overly carbonated upon inspection.

S- This is a prettly mild smelling beer, with a dry, slightly grainy aroma, possibly a slight hop presence to this. Nothing much more to it other than clean, but then again, I don't expect much from this style of beer.

T- I wasn't overly impressed with this....it doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't have much to it. It is dry, as the aroma suggests, but doesn't leave much to the imagination as far as any distinct flavors go. It leaves a slight bitterness at the back of the tongue, and it does linger afterwards for a few moments. The taste reminds me of your standard North American light beers, but with just a little more.

M- It offers more than a watery feel in the mouth, and surprisingly, it actually leaves my tongue feeling dry, like a lightly oaked red wine, so it gets average marks for this. You know you have beer in your mouth, but doesn't quite offer a medium fullness on the palate.

D- This area receives full marks, because I could definately chug this brew all night! I like the dryness that this leaves, but could have had more flavor. This would be an excellent summertime drink, as it's refreshing and you could really have another once finished. It's worth a try if you want something reasonably simple.

ChrisCage, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of emerge077
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No date on the label, but it was a new arrival to the shop.
Green bottle with a blue, white, and gold oval label. No Cyrillic.

Into a rinsed pint, it pours a murky hazed pastel gold in the light. Away from the light it looks murky brown like rusty water. One finger of white foam results from the pour, and it settles quickly, leaving only a thin veil across the surface and a threaded ring of tiny bubbles at the edges.

Smells like minty, grassy noble hops, and a touch sweet, but something musty also, like old paper.

Flavor is sweet, minor pale malt and cardboardy seltzer flavors. Lemon and grassy notes from the hops. Fizzy, astringent feel, slightly fuller body, like well water. A dry minty flavor in the aftertaste like spearmint. Gets you drunk, and freshens your breath!

emerge077, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of tuvok
2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Man, I was expecting a generic adjunct lager but this was not in the least bit enjoyable to me.

Appearance:
Light golden colour, slightly murky. Poured with a thick foamy head which receded into clumps of foam floating ungainly on top of the brew.

Smell:
Nothing distinctive, just generic beer smell.

Taste:
Bittersweet taste with strong alcohol taste. Reminded me of Crest strong lager. Even though I was thirsty the taste of this beer kept me from finishing.

Mouthfeel:
Thin. Not much to say here (always find this part the hardest to evaluate).

Drinkability:
I usually try to finish the beers I have the opportunity to try. This one, unfortunately, did not receive that courtesy. The sweetness and the alcohol taste did not combine well. I would not buy this one again, and would politely decline if offered.

tuvok, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 500ml - Pourred a ligth brew with a nice big white fluffy head with standard retention timing. Good carbonnation. Taste is very simple since this is standard lager thta can be found in those eastern countries. Not much else to say about this one...

Phyl21ca, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

LJWalker, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.84/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of skunk and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pilsener malts and adjuncts—corn seems to stand out in particular—and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness and skunk. Grassy flavors from the hops linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't horrible, although it probably would have smelled and tasted better if it didn't come in a green bottle.

metter98, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
1.75/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Saw this in 500 ml cans and picked one up before realizing I had already reviewed the bottle version long ago. Well, for the sake of science lets see how this format holds up, now that I vaguely remember my first impression of the stuff.

For a macro lager it pours out fairly appealing, bright clear gold with a massive spongecake white head that has an impressive amount of retention, and thick sticky lacing. The aroma lapses into sour grains and cooked veggies, there goes the neighbourhood. The flavour picks it up a very small notch, but not by much, crisp grain and sweet malt that takes a turn to the sour, and the nasty adjuncts and preservatives surface in the middle, finishing off with sour grain and cooked cabbage. While average enough, the mouthfeel can't save this sinking ship worth a damn, it's doomed from it's key structural deficiencies. Far better local domestic macros to waste one's money on than this sort of thing, the canned version doesn't offer it any justice.

IronDjinn, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of DamageCase76
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of MTNboy
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It is a hay yellow that is clear for the most part with carbonation bubbles in the body. There is an average head with spaced out lace.

Smell: It ahs a week hops aroma and that is about it.

Taste: Mild but nice hops flavor, some malt and a little corny.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: It is aright for a change of pace.

MTNboy, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of spinrsx
2.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread, corn, cooked vegetables

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains and malts. There is a corn syrup sweetness as well and an odd harsh tasting vegetable flavour. It ends with a slightly sweet odd vegetable aftertaste.

Overall – I really couldn't put my finger on what the harsh taste was, but this beer was not enjoyable at all. I've drank my fair share of boring euro beers but at least most are quite drinkable. I had trouble sowing this one. I would never buy this beer again.

spinrsx, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of marc77
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark blonde in hue, with a slight haze. Uniformily textured, persistent, billowy white head leaves muddled lace. The aroma is comprised of mild, grainy, faintly cracker like malt accompanied by a vegetal combination of sweetly grassy hops and lightly simmered cabbage. Becomes increasingly metallic as the beer warms. Not particularly enticing aromawise. A snap of simple, maltose sweetness initially in flavor yields to a mildly astringent olio of grain husk tannin and damp cardboard oxidation notes. A mildly herbal, dried basil like hop flavor surfaces mid palate, providing a token hop presence. Very softly bittered. Sulfur becomes more pronounced and nearly offputting as the beer breathes, and mirrors the cooked cabbage component of the aroma in intensity and character, lending an odd, but unwelcome nose / flavor parallel. Lightly bodied, with a suitably dextrinous, somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Finishes with lingering leafy, tea like sweetness and a continuation of grain husk. Slavutych Premium was a beer that started out decently, but went progressively downhill as it warmed, becoming reminescent of a low gravity malt liquor. It's probably in one's best interests to avoid this brew.

marc77, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of BBM
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a somewhat hazy golden color with a thin white head. Almost no aroma; slightly malty and metallic. Pretty standard lager taste, better than many American macro offerings I've tried, but it's not something that is going to wow the palate. Goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste, which already puts it ahead of the pack. Still, in the grand scheme of beer, this is just average at best.

BBM, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of Shiloh
3.68/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another pretty face with tall white curls...light golden hue with thick head and plenty of carbonation..aroma is crisp..taste is well balanced leaning towards the malts...very light offering and smooth.
I find the taste is short...but very acceptable...recomended.

Shiloh, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml brown bottle, 5.3% alc/vol, date of production on back label. It looked different at the liquor store, so had to give it a try. The only english on the label is "premium beer, product of Ukraine". Pours out of the bottle a light yellow, with some unfiltered floaters making it just slightly hazy. Fizzy head that quickly was gone. Not much smell other than some grains, like a lager. Not much for taste either. Very basic lager, comparable to any macro. Light and thin body, but had lots of carbonation. The fizz was all you could feel in your mouth - too the point of almost being overdone.
Bit of a dry finish. Basic, average, probably would not purchase again because of the high import price tag.

BigBry, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of thehyperduck
2.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL light-blue and gold can covered in mostly Cyrillic text. Still gradually inching my way further eastward into Europe, with beers of Poland and Lithuania out of the way I figured Ukraine might as well be next on the list.

Pours a clear deep golden colour, with a half-finger of soapy white head that is mostly gone within a few minutes. A bit of lacing on the sides. The aroma provides nothing beyond light grains, corn and some apple juice. Mostly sweet but a weird sour vibe.

The taste is slightly off-putting, but not unbearably so. Way too much corny sweetness. There is some actual malt in there too but it has no chance against the corn. The only evidence of hops is a bit of a bittersweet lingering feel in the mouth afterward. Pretty heavy for the style, with a medium-light body and mostly watery. The ethanol becomes more noticeable as it warms, and the brew becomes a bit stickier. Very light carbonation for the style.

Pretty bad, and that is taking the style into account. Way too much of an artificial corn syrup feel to be refreshing, crisp, or any of those other things one might expect from a pale lager. Might retry this one in the future, if only because I'm not sure if it's an old can or not, but that definitely won't be a priority.

thehyperduck, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of jaz58
3.58/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer. Amber and clear in the glass. A slight head which disappear quickly.

Right off the bat this beer came across as very dry and crisp. A likeable beer yet not a thirst quencher.

The smell had a slight hop to it and it was not very strong.

Mouthfeel was as noted dry and crisp with no after taste.

Overall a decent brew.

jaz58, Mar 06, 2008
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Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) from Slavutych Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.