Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) - Slavutych Brewery

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 64
Avg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002

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Photo of Noxious26
1.27/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

330ml bottle poured in a dimpled mug. Interesting pull-top cap that I've never seen before.

Pale straw yellow and hazy. What little white head there was at the pour disappears instantly.

Very mild aroma of grains and adjuncts with a light background of sweetness.

This beer tastes like adjuncts and chemicals. Dump some Mr. Clean into a macro and voila! Sour grains make an appearance after the carbonation rush. Metallic tinge in the finish and aftertaste.

Overly carbonated with a harsh caustic mouthfeel.

Drain pour, this review ends here.

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Photo of decimator
1.46/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5.3%

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with a decent but short lasting head. Ridiculous amounts of lacing. So much it seems unnatural.

S - Mild sweetness, hint of booze, and unpleasant adjunct notes.

T - Mild sweetness and then it's just a vile adjunct mess.

M - Watery, some stickiness, dry finish.

D - Drainpour. Had enough after half the glass.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.73/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.77/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale golden, fizzy yellow, with a white head that sticks around. Smells somewhat sweet with notes of canned corn, but with some light hops as well. Tastes very sweet, with lots of cooked corn flavors, some yeasty notes, and some light hops on the back end. Unfortunately the adjunct flavors overwhelm everything else. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh and hot. Overall, fairly unpleasant.

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Photo of Shadman
1.91/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Spotted this number and thought the cryllic lettering looked interesting. Decent looking beer with a very white, very spongy head that stayed a decent while. Smelt like cooked veggies..not a good start.faint grassy hops and a very astringent, almost grain alcohol feel on the tongue. Other than that,,,yuck! Give me a North American buck-a-brew any day over this.

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Photo of stcules
2.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep blonde color, white head, normal.
Malt and grains not too fresh in the smell. Even hop, not too fresh. Macro lager smell.
Old malt in the taste too, and again stale hop.
In the aftertaste the characteristic of almost any macro lager. Maybe some hop.

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Photo of shamus
2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bland appearence and no lace. I don't have a lot to say about this beer except maybe a glass of water would have been a better idea.Very bland in every feature.That being said it's not revolting but there are a thousand beers out there of this sort.

Update a few minutes later:
I really resent this beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of Hunter
2.18/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This stuff better not be radioactive. (Chernyobl and all that).

Appearance: Vigorous pour yields a heavy carbonated, pale gold brew and a dense head that vanishes quickly. No lacing effects.

Aroma: Can't tell what I'm getting here. Notes of fruit? Syrup? Something sweet, anyway. No discernable hops. Honey! That's it. Smells like a light honey.

Taste: Pretty bland. Standard for a macro pilsner, but no hops bite to take the edge off a background sweetness that borders on sickly-sweet.

Mouthfeel: More like an English ale than a lager. No crispness, no hop bite.

Drinkability: Drinkable, sure, but nothing to write home about. Hoping for something more complex. This is dull, even for a macro lager.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.2/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of the plethora of eastern European lagers at the LCBO, this is one of the most watery. It pours a slightly hazy straw color with a thin meniscus of a head that leaves patchy lace webs behind. The aroma is malty and bready with a good does on veggies. The taste is the same with some soapy hop flavors buried somewhere in there. The finish is very watery and short. The mouthfeel is is light and moderately carbonated, could be worse.

This has only a little more flavor than a bud or a canadian, its one of the blandest euro lagers Ive tried.

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Photo of tuvok
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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

Nothing distinctive, just generic beer smell.

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.

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

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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Almost clear, yellowish colour. Inch-tall head recedes quickly.

S - Sweet, candy/corn-like aromas. A touch of breadiness and apple as well.

T - Bitter, metallic water flavour.

M - Fizzy, light bodied swill.

D - Boring. Just plain boring, tasteless swill. Yes another pale euro-macro.

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Photo of TerryW
2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A rather average beer. Pours yellow with one of those big soapy, rough heads that evaporates in zero time. Settles to a film.

Some hops in the nose if you work at it, but not much. Tastewise it's pretty standard, unremarkable fare. Frankly doesn't taste like much of anything, it's primary characteristic being a little dry bitterness.

Not much point to this one I'm afraid.

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Photo of marc77
2.34/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of pootz
2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

8th taste of the 10 new Slavic lagers at the LCBO. This one is plain bad/cheap....pours a protien hazed pale straw...cap that does not last, weak lacing, tons of fizzy carbonation. Smells like boiled vegetable water with some corn syrup in it, no hop aroma to speak of. Fizzy peppery mouthfeel, when this drops away our old friend corn dextrin is detected as a strong sweet vegital grainy-husk taste that overpowers the weak malt appreaciable hop gravitas to balance allows the sweet corn dextrose tastes to run wild....finishes fast... rice detectable in the finish and a wierd synthetic after taste which lingers. I won’t buy it again and I certainly won’t recommend it. We expect the few imports the LCBO gets to be select premium or well crafted beer....this stuff is for east block coal miners...maybe those who like the Steelback beers will try and like this import.

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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...

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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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another LCBO purchase for under $2.50. Poured a hazy, light yellow colour with minimal head that faded too a rim. Lace fell down the slides of the glass. Weak smell. Only a faint amount of alcohol was present on the nose. Weak taste. Mix barley with water and let it soak, this is what the beer tastes like. Weak, but annoying, bad aftertaste. Not very drinkable. Something I won't get again.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a crystal clear, pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet corn, grassy wheat, bitter lemon zest.

T - The sweet corn flavours are almost overwhelming, and the sweetness that lingers on the palette is rather surprising. Some leafy wheat flavours, grassy notes and more sweet corn on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - This one was too sweet for my liking, and certainly not something I would pick up again. I'm almost inclined to think they added sugar to this brew, but I can't read the ingredients so will never know. Pass.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If it weren't for the fact that it's completely flat, Slavutych would look like a pretty good, if ordinary beer. Its surface is pathetic, without even a single bubble or thread of lining, although its body is not only sparkling clear and considerably lustrous but, unlike a lot of mass produced lagers, its complexion actually has a solid amount of golden tone to it.

The aroma is an almost even blend of industrial corn syrup and actual malted barley. Like its appearance, it has only the one fault but it's a major one; as agreeable as this otherwise may be, the sweetish tinge of corn is too much to overlook (err, oversmell). The adjuncts lend a processed, chemical smell that overshadows the pleasant, natural graininess.

Ibid everything that was just said for taste. Once again, the palate perceives two very different, but equally perceptible, flavours: one of unnatural, sweet golden syrup and the other of a blank breadiness that is agreeable and relatively indistinct. It seems they've used a good amount of authentic malt but the corn can still be quickly recognized.

The fact that they have used a sufficient amount of barley malt benefits the mouthfeel hugely; the beer isn't exactly feather light and offers, to some degree, a filling and quenching sensation. Most of the corn become drowned out in the aftertaste, replaced instead by a lightly toasty, bready note that, for the most part, sits OK with the palate.

Slavutich is far from the worst adjunct lager I've tried - but that's really saying all that much. I tend to think of adjunct derived beers like this as being kind of like post-op transvestites - sure, you can pass, kind of, but, with all due respect, there's enough stuff that just won't seem right that there's really no confusing it with the real thing.

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Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) from Slavutych Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.