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Kotayk Lager Beer - Pivzavod Abovian

Kotayk Lager BeerKotayk Lager Beer

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BA SCORE
69
poor

36 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 24.73%


Brewed by:
Pivzavod Abovian visit their website
Armenia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002)
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Reviews by woemad:
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woemad

Washington

2.71/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From notes.

16.9oz geen bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, Washington. I admit it, I bought it purely because I'd never seen a beer from Armenia before. No obvious freshness date on the label. but much of it was in cyrillic so who knows.

Poured a light amber hue, with a thin, fizzy white head. Said head dropped quickly, leaving spotty lace.

Skunky aroma up front. There was also the aroma of soft, floral hops.

Mild hop flavor, with a big, obvious malty backbone. Pretty bland tasting, really.

Watery mouthfeel, and the carbonation seemed low.

A bland beer that I expected nothing much from, which is exactly what I got. A curiosity, nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 04:05:54 | More by woemad
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paulish

New York

3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

04-13-2014 00:22:35 | More by paulish
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I picked this rare Armenian beer up at a Friar Tuck Store in Savoy, Illinois (Part of the Champaign-Urbana area). The fall of the Soviet Union has led to many new countries and the emergences of many new breweries and beers, this one has only been around since 1996. it pours light golden-light orange, with little head, and below average carbonation. It has a slight edge, but is smooth to drink, and has a somewhat filling. It has a light bitter taste of strong malts, honey, well water, and corn, it is wreck of tastes in my opinion, but has an okay taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 15:56:18 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that seems to have some retention to it. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a dull golden straw (almost bronze) which looks a lemon mixed with pale golden straw in the light. Puts up a considerable amount of lacing. Aspires toward sheeting. Weird for an AAL.

Nose- Not nearly as unique in this category. Pretty typical AAL aroma- cracker, grain, hints of cornflakes. Doesn't seem to have any white grape to it but we will see about that on the palate. Cornflakes begin to brighten and cancel out a bit of sourness that I smelled before. Sourness and cornflakes are more noticeable after swirling.

Taste- Starts off with slight bubblegum aspects while moving through grain, cracker, and cornflakes. A little reminiscent of a Euro Strong Lager but without the astringent qualities. A little weird- not exactly the foreign AAL I was expecting. In addition this oddness, the notes of the flavor profile recede to form more roundness and balance than I expect from an AAL. No real white grapes or vinous qualities that I find with most AALs. Pretty smooth as well. Not my favorite beer in the world but this is sort of a surprise. This is above average and would be definite improvement over Bud, or even Pabst. Nothing is especially different about the basic flavor profile of an AAL, it just happens to be very clean and crisp as far its flavors are concerned. And it had to travel. And it's in a green bottle. I'm a little confused.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a light amount of carbonation which lends it a certain amount of smoothness. A little slick or greasy but better than what I get from most beers in this style.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing. I don't know why this isn't more popular. InBev should buy this up and export it here. Pretty pricey at the moment though. 2 bucks+ a bottle.

Overall- Surprising, but just above average beer. Definitely would be a heavyweight in a foreign AAL tournament. I would say give this a try and I never suggest anyone should try an AAL. This isn't bad. I think this is what all those beer commercials are actually referring to when they describe their beer as smooth. You could say that it's unrepresentative of the style by being slightly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:23:58 | More by artoolemomo
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MoistPope

California

5/5  rDev +81.8%

06-05-2013 21:35:57 | More by MoistPope
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BAsbill

California

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-05-2013 21:35:34 | More by BAsbill
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

2/5  rDev -27.3%

12-23-2012 16:20:35 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev +9.1%

12-08-2012 22:15:55 | More by t0rin0
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kgmm77

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +9.1%

09-16-2012 19:40:47 | More by kgmm77
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +9.1%

07-31-2012 15:18:55 | More by NickyDee21
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matjack85

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this single 16.9oz green bottle on the discontinued shelf at the Bloomingdale, IL Binny's store for $1.49. No freshness date or any information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/orange color with a ½-finger of white head that lasted less than a minute, but did leave some decent lacing.

Nasty skunky smell upon opening. After the skunkiness dies down you are left with a touch of lemon, some sweet grain, and a mild floral hop aroma.

The taste follows the smell without the skunk. A mild sweetness from the grain, a touch of lemon, and a mild hop bitterness underneath.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

If you can get past the initial skunkiness it's not that bad for an adjunct lager, but it's not somehing I would seek out again either.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 10:50:17 | More by matjack85
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle, no date

appears a yellow straw color, soapy white head. actually decent head retention, and some lacing. minimal aroma, a bit of sweet grain. decent flavor clean, some corn. no hops. smooth thin body. medium carbonation. easy to drink, works for the beer.

overall - better than expected for my first Armenian lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 02:22:26 | More by jmdrpi
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Beerchaeology

New York

1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

06-06-2012 23:11:36 | More by Beerchaeology
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another of Tone77's recent drop-offs and I will state again for the record that everyone should have a local trader.

Armenian beer?!? I know that when I think of Armenia, beer is not the first thing that comes to mind. Actually, I am not sure what comes to mind when Armenia is mentioned. Let's see if this changes things ...

I got a finger of soapy, bone-white head with low retention from my pour. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose smelled very malty and I am unsure of its designation as an AAL. Mouthfeel was medium and I got a honey-like lager taste on the tongue. I am not buying this as an AAL (and I have had enough on The CANQuest (TM) to know), so a Change Request may be in order. Finish was on the sweet side, but still clean. I am not getting the adjuncts that others mentioned, so perhaps they have cleaned up the recipe. Worth seeking out? No, but as another entry in the global nature of beer, I can now say that I have had Armenian beer. You may want to do the same someday.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 17:06:13 | More by woodychandler
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flagmantho

Washington

2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light haze and nearly no effervescence. Head poured an anemic layer of white foam which disappeared rapidly. Color is actually decent, but this style should be clear and effervescent.

Smell: mild aroma of lightly grainy malt. Basic, but decent.

Taste: lightly grainy malt with a tiny touch of noble hop flavor and a light bitterness. Grainy on the finish. Not the best, but at least it tastes like a mostly-malt beer and is relatively free of flaws.

Mouthfeel: light body with a low carbonation. Not much going on here.

Overall: this tastes more like a Euro-style pale lager than an adjunct lager, by dint of the fact that it genuinely tastes like an all-malt beer. Despite its low carbonation, it's a refreshing lightly-flavored brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 19:57:17 | More by flagmantho
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a touch of skunk. Taste is grains and malts, crisp, a slight hint of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 16:35:08 | More by tone77
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JoeProbst

Virginia

2.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at Franklin Inn in Richmond, Virginia. The owner is Armenian, so they carry this in bottles.

It pours a slightly thicker, dull yellow, slightly hazy (no bueno) color with about a 1/8 inch head that leaves quickly.

Smells of adjuncts, slightly malty.

The taste crosses the line ever so slightly on how much of an up-front malt profile I want in my lagers. It's also sweet all the way though-- low to moderate carbonation. Not very fond of this guy.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 14:29:53 | More by JoeProbst
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pungent light malts, adjuncts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from adjuncts and a thin malt character. Then some grain breadiness comes in. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, standard representation of style, this is not a beer I would want to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:54:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket in Queens. No surprise, this green glass bottle beer has a hint of skunk to it. Otherwise is a very clean, medium-bodied lager. It's a touch creamy with white bread and a hint of caramel, reminding me more of an export lager than a cheap-tasting adjunct beer. I might even get a hint of grassy hops in the finish. I guess next time I'm in Armenia I'll have to try finding a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:01:13 | More by tempest
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cpolking

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark honey golden in color. The aroma is musky, of grain, straw and a hint of grass. The taste follows right in the footsteps of the aroma. The flavors of grain, straw and grass lurk in the middle of a very large lager "funk", then there is a bright note in the taste that flashes and then the finish is refreshingly bitter. The aftertaste is the direct lingering taste of the beer itself. I get the sense that if you had this fresh out the tap in Armenia, it might be one of the best lagers you ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:58:14 | More by cpolking
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Daredevil

Switzerland

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

on my recent trip to Armenia I had the opportunity to taste a few samples of Armenian brews ... this one has an almost "light beer feel", although the flavours are heavier than say in a bud light and not as artificial ... perhaps you wouldn't mind drinking a cold bottle of this out on a hot day in the desert, but you wouldn't much enjoy in a bar in the evening ...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 16:21:27 | More by Daredevil
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can always count on Sam's Blue Light to have at least one beer whose name I couldn't pronounce if my life depended on it from some strange country I know almost nothing about. Cue Kotayk! Featuring an ugly green bottle and head shot of some (Armenian?) king located in the "O" of the label. Sweet, sweet tackiness.

Kotayk pours a predictable golden with a stubborn quarter finger of tight bubbled head that has gone ten minutes with little sign of giving in. Nose is skunky out of the bottle but has since upgraded to grainy.

Surprisingly flavorful, full bodied, and not overcarbonated. Of course the flavor is kind of rancid in a sawdust way but at least its trying. I detect malt and hops; they're just not clicking quite right. Still, fairly refreshing for something I expected to blow monkey scrotum. For $1.39 for a half liter you could do much worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 04:39:58 | More by daliandragon
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Zorro

California

3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another weird beer from the Beverage Warehouse.

Green glass but no skunking smelled.

In the glass this is a slightly chill hazed gold colored beer and is decidedly more robust appearing than your usual macro lager. A good and lasting white head forms.

The smell is malty and grainy with a good spicy Nobel hop aroma. The malt here has a fairly strong biscuit aroma.

The taste begins sweet and robust with a strong sweet bread flavor and a bit of bitterness. Flavors of sweetbread and hay are the main ones. More robust than any American version I have tasted.

The mouthfeel is good and fairly thick.

Well I sure could go for one of these over a Budweiser! Much better than expected and a real robust lager. Not quite up to German standards this is something more like a Roggenbier than a lager actually it is robust and a little more raw like a liquid bread.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 06:47:58 | More by Zorro
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DogFood11

California

3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 12oz bottle 5.2%abv. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a tight whispy white head that leaves solid ring lace behind. Golden body with a touch of light copper in the core. Fine carbonation race up the sides of the glass.

Smell is of wet hay and some cracked grain. Taste reveals a nice floral type hop presence. Lingering grain, wet cardboard, slightly metallic, and some cooked vegetables hover in the background. With all that being said I thought it was a decent example of the style and it was dry enough to keep me coming back.

Notes: If it could just eliminate the lingering grain in the finish this would be a worthy sessioner. All told it does the trick.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 19:31:52 | More by DogFood11
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

1.9/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Bavarian's have their purity law of 1516...the Amerians have licence # 2704

A darker amber yellow than what one normally sees in a macro lager. 1 1/2 finger head that receeds quickly.

faint citrus & floral/sweet aroma

heavy, heavy taste of adjuncts(veggies, raw sewage) with a citrus/metallic after-taste.

fount it to have a a full mouthfeel, but that was about it.

Not to my liking at all - maybe the licence was issued allowing just about anything to be used as adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 17:48:54 | More by Shadman
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Kotayk Lager Beer from Pivzavod Abovian
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