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 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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on July 6. 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. It poured a translucent pale gold colour with little or no head. The aroma was very yeasty yet pleasant. The mouthfeel was crisp and clean with hints of carbonation. The tatse was a combination of yeast and malt with a slight citrus tinge that was unexpected.

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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.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

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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 Litterbean
3.66/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being Ukrainian, perhaps I am biased when reviewing this beer, but I shall try to be objective.

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head that quickly dies down to nearly nothing.

Somewhat grainy smell with a touch of grassy hops. Simple and effective.

Taste is light and crisp, with a almost saaz-like hop twang at the end. Grainy malt flavor is there as well. An easy drinking lager from Eastern Europe, who woulda thunk it? Very refreshing and as good as an "American Macro Lager" can get.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 funkengruven
3.41/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a quickly foaming white head that just as quickly dissipated to a few little clouds floating at the top. Golden color, slightly bolder than most of this type. Smell is of Alcohol and corn, nothing terribly impressive. Taste is pretty good for a Macro, with flavor leaning more towards a Euro lager than an American macro. Mouthfeel is Alcohol with slight bitterness. Overall fairly drinkable, not a bad example of this style.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.64/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle opens and a slight skunky smell erupts, not a great start, but.... as I pour a weak yellow lager with a weak head and weak carbonation ends up in my glass. Hmm. Smell isn't bad though, bready, yeasty, malty, slightly sweet.... Soft pear notes and a light spiciness at first, but as this beer warms up it loses most of any complexity that may have been, and just slides softly down the throat. This is a drinkable beer, but it's not an exciting one..

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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 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.

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Photo of putnam
4.23/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What self-respecting beer pundit, upon holding it up to the late afternoon light, wouldn't frown at this beer's simmering, soda effervescence? And yet I am stirred by its humble appearance. The color is dimmed gold; this won't be the white, sanitized absence of flavor common to North America's best selling beers. It will smell cheap though, like a cheaply woven t-shirt, a smell I learned early: first with Stroh's, then Mickey's, then Moosehead, then Milwaukee's Best. It's like the smell of heavy machinery, a comforting smell.

A forlorn toast to the past and the first drink spreads a blanket of amber. In tasting jargon it could be described as suggesting "honey, raw nuts and tall green weeds." Some might detect "detergent," but I'd debate that characterization. It's more of a crunchy, raw herb note -- like nettles and wild mint -- which, after some scrutiny, seems natural and interesting. Who knows, perhaps "detergent" is natural and interesting. Anyway, it's remote. The lead flavors are yellow foods: butter, toast, lemon, cashew.

The texture is satiny. The bitterness is supportive, not dominant. It's dry. The finish leaves creamy, husk flavored tannins that bow out gracefully. I'm eager to finish the pint now, but I want to save some for the lady of the house. Lucky girl.

I've been drinking a fair amount of lager, especially former-Warsaw-pact-country lager lately. Clearly this is one of the finest.

I carelessly cellared this beer for about a year before opening it.

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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 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 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 NJpadreFan
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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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 stoutman
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a nice foamy white head which completely dissipates. Cloudy specimen-like appearance. Very faint citrusy aroma - not to be confused with a hoppy IPA though! Has a decent pilsener-like sweetness to the flavor - almost like honey. Smooth mouthfeel. Rather bland. Typical yellow color though not very fizzy. Very light aroma, tiny bit of hops. Decent malt aftertones.

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Photo of Rumrunner
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint .9 fl. Oz.

Interesting concoction. Very puzzling. I like a few and I do not like a few aspects of this lager.

It pours a light golden hazy straw color. A nice big white head at first but it dissipates quickly. Minimal to weak lacing. The smell is somewhat off. It starts out with an unpleasant damp cardboard scent. There is some nice grain and spice after the unpleasantsness. Every time I would take a drink though I would get that unpleasant smell at the beginning. What a shame.

The taste has a nice malt boldness in the beginning. A small amount of lemon fruit follow this up. The carbonation adds to a flavor change of grains and peppery spice. The finish is very dry. The alcohol bites through and interferes a little with the flavors.

It feels crisp and dry. Very carbonated. The drinkability of this lager is slippery and smooth. Easy to have more than one on drinkability. For me one is enough based on flavor.

I would not turn down this beer if offered but I probably would not buy it again.

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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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Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) from Slavutych Brewery
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