Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) - Slavutych Brewery

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 64
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 0
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Ukraine

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 metter98
2.85/5  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. (811 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a 24oz bottle at Binny’s in Plainfield, IL in summer 2012.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a slight fluffy head. Scent is sweet with malts with some hints of citrus and wheat. The taste is unique with a decent volume and texture that is smooth and refreshing. Overall it has a sweet taste that drinks quite easy. Not exactly what I would call a great beer, but it’s made decently and it’s drinkable from a more rare country. (451 characters)

Photo of sAws
3.7/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best pale lagers I've ever had. Pours a translucent golden yellow with good carbonation. Taste is light and smooth with a mild sweetness. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent its just a clean finish with makes you want another sip. Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable flavor for a pale lager. (305 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
2.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (1,264 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
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! (784 characters)

Photo of decimator
1.46/5  rDev -47.7%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of marty21
3.21/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden colour with a finger worth of white head. Settles to a bit of a cap and lacing completely covers the glass.

S: Grainy and grassy with a little floral hops.

T: Grainy and grassy like the aroma. Finishes with some bread notes and some floral hops.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: Nothing special about this but I would take this before any big macro beer. The body to this beer is perfect. And I could see myself easily having a few of these. (486 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.88/5  rDev -32.6%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,792 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 16.9oz bottle a few weeks back at John's Marketplace, Portland; reviewed from notes (28 Jan 2010). Poured to a tall, tapered pilsner glass.

A: A mildly hazy pale golden - the haze is both a fine hanging mist of yeast bits (sign of age, though no dating on label) and a roil of rising carbonation. Nice tuft of white head, a fizzy 1-finger. Decent lace: flakes near the top, fuller rings near the bottom.

S: An apt aroma of bakery-fresh grain. Well, not really 'fresh'...an 'average' honey/spice and a touch of citrus. Nothing outstanding, but decent and not 'off'.

T: Maltiness starts sweeter, more honey and light, flowery hoppiness. Grain is of uncertain origin, 'adjunct' without much clarity. Starchiness ends with a light spice.

M: Kinda thin body, an odd slickness (which might also be considered 'smooth'). Modest carbonation, light and airy; end result is a gassy feeling in the gut.

D: A 'curiosity' try, one of those imported brews that wouldn't ever become a 'regular' but is worth checking out - even if it's just to say you've had a Ukrainian-made beer. One could do worse... (1,106 characters)

Photo of tuvok
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass sept28 2009

A clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a fast falling finger of head

S floral hops, some sweet grains and grass

T as it smells, nothing offensive but nothing special

M thin with lots of bubbles

D drinks easy enough, not bad for a summer day beer

don't go looking for this one but don't say no when passed one (369 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Getinthevan
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this on my Polish beer kick and it wasn't that bad. For how cheap it is, it's not a bad beer to check out.

Appearance was a pale yellow, much like any lager, but there seemed to be a bit more carbonation than the American products.

Smell was fairly high in grains and a bit of corn. Not much beyond the palette of regular lager ingredients but it was much better than expected.

Taste had a bite to it. While the corn and grain were present, it also possessed a nice bitter finish which I didn't expect. This seemed stronger than a regular lager which enticed me, but yeah it was much more satisfying than I thought.

Mouthfeel was average. It was watery after the first taste and didn't really stick together after the first gulp. Not really impressive.

Drinkabiliy is good though. These can quench thirst rather well and is a good beer from the Ukraine. For $1.49 a pop, I'm certainly not going to complain and hey, it offers something just a little bit more. (983 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 16.9 oz bottle of this for a little over $1.00

Not too bad.. sure it's a little bland ( it is listed as an American Macro Lager after all) but I feel it has a bit more crispness and more of a hoppy bite to it than the average macro import. It's thirst quenching and very drinkable for sure. For the price, this was a pretty solid pick up I must say. Give this guy a try. (380 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
2.66/5  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. (376 characters)

Photo of atis
2.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colour with unimpressive head and very limited lacing.

Aroma is mild, a bit grainy with lots of floral hops. Taste is similar, some hops with pleasant bitterness, but it is gone in a few moments. Could be more carbonated. Dry and crisp.

Very easy to drink, but it feels too average. (296 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Floral hops with a little grass & urine.

T: Floral hops, slight bitterness, definitely a little DMS.

M: Moderate body with the carbonation pleasantly on the lower side of moderate.

D: It is what it is.

The Ukraine IS weak. (296 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,487 characters)

Photo of jaz58
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.03/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (301 characters)

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Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) from Slavutych Brewery
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