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Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) - Slavutych Brewery

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68
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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 oriolesfan4
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

oriolesfan4, Nov 24, 2008
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 Georgiabeer
1.83/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +7.9%

wrightst, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +7.9%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
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.

biegaman, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of Derek
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Derek, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
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

wordemupg, Sep 29, 2009
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.

stcules, Nov 10, 2007
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 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 canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok , the cap with the pull tab was a cool thing ( why have I not seen this before). As for the beer it was a good bready lager that had a full body and a nice finish. I liked this beer better than most reviewers as i found it a good take on the style with a nice finish.

canucklehead, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
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...

msubulldog25, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

andrenaline, Oct 21, 2011
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 oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

oldp0rt, Mar 02, 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 schopenhauerale
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
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Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) from Slavutych Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.