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Erebuni - Pivzavod Abovian

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74
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Armenia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-02-2003)
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Reviews by pentathlete:
Photo of pentathlete
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thought I was buying a lager from Ireland...need to read the label a bit more closely. Polished brassy gold, crystal clear, with a foamy, near rocky white head and a decent amount of stickiness. Things were looking good, but then the nose: grassy, no hoppiness, the malts smell less than stellar. The taste starts out well enough with a sweetness that should segue to a pleasant hop bite, but instead it's a wishy washy astringent mess. Mouthfeel is ok for this style, light body. Drinkability suffers from the off flavors from the midpoint on.

pentathlete, Jan 25, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this at Vintage 301 here in Greensboro last night.Poured a somewhat flat looking deeper golden,nearly no head to speak of.Aromas have sweeter cooked corn note,lightly toasted grain as well.Somewhat sweet on the palate with a grainy toastiness,a light grassy note in the finish.Eh its a Euro lager with a bit of a kick,not anything to seek out.

oberon, May 15, 2010
Photo of Jason
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml green bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Hazed khaki golden with a thin pasty white lace. Is it would world lager brewing or is the haze a flaw? Let me find out.

Smell: Light smell of alcohol and apple skin with a clean grain back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slicker in the mouth than crisp with an odd bitty mouth feel. Herbal veggie flavour most likely is from the hops and some trace unmodified malt. Alcohol is there but hidden in an evil way. Bitterness is over the dryness. Astringent dryness hits in the middle and a nearly clean after taste ensues after that. Mild harshness all the way through.

Drinkability & Notes: I though perhaps this was a old world lager but it turns out to be just a strong lager with little flavour. Not a beer I'll be going back to.

Jason, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of augustgarage
2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500mL green glass bottle into my pilsner glass.

Pale sunglow body with a thin but lasting off-white head. Light lacing.

A touch skunked I think - boiled grass, stale malt, dusty adjunct scents...not pleasant.

Somewhat sour, canned corn, grassy hops, unripe apples - pretty typical example of the style, which is not at all a good thing. Vague DMS and wet cardboard in the finish.

Good carbonation, light bodied, and somewhat warming.

Not terribly refreshing even...

This won't be my last Armenian beer, but I wish it hadn't been my first.

augustgarage, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of jackndan
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Erubuni: funny thing is this is about my fifth beer from Armenia, and I'm not sure if I ever received the launch codes I could actually hit it.

Anyhow, standard eastern european lager: gold color, clear, white head that dissipates down to a thin skin. It is frustrasting to drink several eastern euro lagers, buts not be able to come up with a better description than sweet malts balanced with skunked hops.

The price is right however, and at 99 cents a bottle, I'd not think twice before grabbing another one.

jackndan, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of GRG1313
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold color with a nice white head.

Light yeast in the nose with some pleasant floral character in the nose.

Mouth is thin but not unpleasant, gets thinner as it warms.

Flavors are weak but has some initial sweet malt and some herbal light bitter hops.

Finish is light yeast and a light pine bitterness. Refreshing with a spicy meal, nothing more.

GRG1313, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New country, never even knew Armenia had a brewery... let alone 7!

Very impressive lacing for a random Euro lager, it hangs in concentric circles, leaving a frothy mass of foam across the surface. The initial pour was a few fingers, and it dwindled down to one. Color is a saturated, burnished gold with nice clarity, though there is some unfiltered micro-sediment (a good thing in my book).

Smells...different. A bit of musty noble hops at first, becoming grassy with some sweet bready biscuit notes also. Something is slightly off-kilter, but it's hard to place. Sweet with some indistinct malt complexity.

Flavor is unique also, though it seems like oxidation may be setting in. Lightly grassy, sweet buttered bread, soft water feel, much like a Czech Pils. Lingering sweet breadiness. Dries up a little in the finish. Feel is somewhat full for a lager. Not bad, it's unique for sure, and reminds me of the more esoteric Czech Pilsners out there. Worth a try at least.

emerge077, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Globetrotter
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this brew comes in a green half liter bottle with a plain label. Sugar is listed as an ingredient. Bottled on 5/23/03, I opened it on 9/6/03.

Pours a very bubbly straw gold under a bubbly off-white head only about one finger thick but with surprising retention for this ABV. No lace, however. The nose has a vague whiskey-like character, with a touch of sweetness. No skinkiness here. The mouth is a bit light and a touch prickly. The initial taste is a bit harsh, kind of like pine needles. This is followed by fruity sweetness - apples seems about right. Then there is some hoppy bite. As the brew warms, more of the malt comes out. This beer could have been worse, but it also could have been better.

Globetrotter, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear green glass bottle.

Clear golden colored lager with a small white head.

Sweet and spicy smelling with grass and hay aromas. Herbal but there is quite a spicy Nobel hop aroma in this one. Good bready malty aroma.

Starts out sweet with a stout bitter finish. Sweetness moderates as you drink it. Malty but the hops muscles in anyway. Mildly spicy in the mouth but the sweetness is a little much.

Good mouthfeel.

Tasty beer but I have a feeling that after a while this would get tiring. Sort of a Bockish Lager.

Zorro, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of komposterov
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%

komposterov, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of stumac
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

drank with Onslow at Stumelagram IV...

pours nice darker golden color with a big soapy white head. great lacing. the nose is rough grains, grassy, maybe some hay. the taste is sweet malt, pale malts, cornish, some granular taste. medium bodied, low spritzy carbo. blah

stumac, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle:

Pours deep golden (no bubbles visible) with a thick, rich, rocky head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

The smell is of lime, grainy sweetness and a nice floral spicing. It has a touch of a bready note.

The taste is of lime, sweet malty grain and a balancing herbal/floral bitterness. It has a very dry finish.

Although the carbonation can't be seen in bubbles, it is there, but in a softer way - just enough to ease it down. It is light-bodied (but not thin), and refreshingly dry - drier than typical.

This is a refreshing brew. One of the better examples of the style, IMO - The bitter/dry character could put it into pils category, though it does have the lime/sulfur character of an EPL. An enjoyable, easy-drinking "refresher".

jwc215, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of crossovert
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Green bottle.

It pours an apple cider vinegar color, not typical for the style. It has a decent white head.

No skunk here, it smells like caramel and not much else.

The taste is malty with some honey, caramel, and bread. Interestingly not bad.

I have trouble getting excited about this one other than it is form a rare beer country.

crossovert, May 24, 2010
Photo of 10bear
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A slight improvement over it's distant cousin, Kotayk, Erebuni is probably one of the better beers you can find in Armenia and is favored among the locals as an after dinner drink to sober up from the generous rounds of vodka toasts that were undoubtedly just consumed with great fanfare.

Erebuni is a much better replica of the Eastern European pilsner lagers it and Kotayk aspire to. The color is pale, reminding you of a Heineken, but that's where the similarity ends. It is generously carbonated and hopped, sure to induce belching and leave your mouth with a slight pucker. More acidic, though, than the hoppy sensation you'd get from an American IPA or British pale ale. The head is foamy and white, but will dissipate only after you drop a chunk of skewered salty pork meat directly into the glass! Head retention isn't an issue here, after a few mouthfuls the head reduces.

Kidding aside, the Erebuni, like its evil cousin Kotayk, has a pungent odor that some would characterize as rotten or skunky. I think it's in the tradition of beers I've tasted from Romania and Bulgaria--an aquired sour odor that usually preceeds a refreshing pils. Not so with Erebuni.

Still, Erebuni is a bit cleaner and fresher tasting than Kotayk. If you're ever in Yerevan during the summer, have one at one of the many outdoor cafes. It's sure to help your digestion.

10bear, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Who doesn't love beers they can't read the label of? (On a side note, I also learned Armenian is written in its own unique alphabet. Who knew?) This one pours a clear golden cider topped by a finger of white suds. The nose comprises corn, puffed rice, and corn syrup. The taste is pretty much the same, though slightly sweeter and cornier (-tasting, of course). The body is a heavy light, with a light moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a kinda crisp finish. Overall, another brew light enough to be highly drinkable but underwhelming enough to make me not want to drink very much of it.

TMoney2591, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of kgmm77
3/5  rDev -1.3%

kgmm77, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of LeapintoBeer
4/5  rDev +31.6%

LeapintoBeer, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Donkster46
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago from a bottle shop in Seattle (along with several other beers from Eastern Europe which I cant remember their names). I saw it again yesterday and it reminded me to at least rate this one since this was the best of the lot. I didn't know that Armenia even had beers they export! I didn't pick up any yesterday though, but I would buy this again. I would recommend this to any beer lover who wants to be adventurous.

Donkster46, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A moderately hard pour yielded one finger of bubbly white head that dissipated to a thin layer of about a centimeter of suds, leaving a bit of lace in its wake. The beer itself was a slightly hazy golden orange color.

S: A very subtle pale malt scent, somewhat sweet with a faint whiff of hops thrown in. Clean profile, and despite the subtle aromas it smells quite delicious, much like a German lager.

T: A somewhat uneventful lager at first, yet it retains a certain quality that makes it enjoyable. The malts are almost undetectable up front, but toward the middle, the flavor of both a slight hopping and maltiness, with a hint of sweet fruitiness that fades into a mildly dry finish. Aftertaste is a quaint lingering of both flavors that fits just right.

M: Appropriate level of carbonation, near-perfect, as this lager straddles the line between a smooth, crisp and bubbly, creamy mouthfeel. It lands somewhere in the middle, which helps. Paired with the flavors, the mouthfeel is quite good, especially in the finish, as the wateriness of most lagers is balanced here so as to not be a letdown.

D: Overall, this relaxed lager is definitely one worth picking up if available. While it may seem bland at first, this Armenian offering actually dishes up a smidge of subtle, tasty flavors while maintaining a great body.

CharlieMopps, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a large mug at an Armenian restaurant in Burbank, CA.

A: The beer is a pure orange color with a 2 finger thick offwhite head with pretty good retention.

S: Malty with hints of light fruits. Apricot and a toasty bready note. Some buttery.

T: Light and smooth with apricot again and some pear. Bready malt backbone and a slight bitterness going down. Finishes slgihtly floral and herbal with a touch of caramel and toast.

O: What a pleasant surprise. I hadn't heard of any of the beers at this Armenian place. I asked which one they would recommend and this one didn't disappoint. I don't know whether that was because I didn't expect much or because it was actually a great beer. Either way, I don't think this should be classified as a Euro Pale. Some people have said Czech pils and I wouldn't disagree...

BucBasil, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Redwood21
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: it has a yellow amber color with a thin white head that lasts for a long time with some lacing.

S: too much skunk smell, but there is something being masked by the skunk. id love to give this a whiff fresh to figure it out.

T: there is less of a skunked taste there is some malted taste a little bit dry as well, actually some sweet alcohol as well but nothing overpowering it has more of a pilsner taste than i expected. nothing bitter at all.

M:light like you would expect for a summer beer, but with enoug backbone to be paired with food.

D: i could easily consume this beer, but probably not one id seek out. it is good, and very different

Redwood21, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light foam
Smell: metal
Taste: Erebuni has a bittersweet taste with hints of metal.
Mouthfeel: average carbonation

Overall: Erebuni is a bittersweet metallic tasting beer. A positive note is that Erebuni has decent alcohol content. People who seek a bittersweet beer that both tastes and smells like metal should try Erebuni.

I am the person who posted the photo of Erebuni.

xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 ml green glass bottle to a pint glass. Picked this one up at a local convenience store-type neighborhood market, Food Villa. Label says this is a "strong beer brewed and bottled by Kotayk Brewery"....

A: Rich glowing golden yellow, crystal clear and with plenty of carbonation. Crowned with a nearly 2-finger fluffy white head, which dwindles to about 1/4" of creaminess. Lace clings very nicely in pasty rings.

S: Mild skunkiness, but with a tinny 'pilsner' malt smell, a faint biscuit aroma and a little lemon.

T: Sourdough bread malt, some wet grass/hay flavor. Nothing really remarkable, nor offputting. has a good amount of clean bitterness.

M: Starts thin and invariably watery, then picks up some steam with a mild spicy effervescence midway. A little interesting, then fades back to be just a reasonably clean, light and moderately carbonated lager with just enough bitterness in the finish.

D: Eh, grabbed this on a whim really. It's probably not one I'd go searching for again, though I can imagine it'd pair pretty well with spicy Middle Eastern foods or could stand alone as a refreshing drink on a hot day. Maybe worth trying...

msubulldog25, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Onslow
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bought over by the one called stumac, this started Stumelgram IV ... soapy yet almost firm head ... lots of grassy deliciousness, but as it warms enjoyment fades ... dark caramel colour .. some sweetness ... corn!! ... nice to try a few beers from a place i know nothing about, except the beer...

Onslow, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Aladin's Middle Eastern Market in San Mateo.

I'm going to have to differ with my esteemed colleagues below and assume that most of you have been getting bottles that are a bit skunked.

This is a pretty dang good beer, more pilsner than lager tasting, in my mind. And it compares favorable with beers like Pilsner Urquell.

Erebuni is best served quite cold, and when well chilled (and not skunked), it is refreshing, crisp, drinkable, and tasty without being overpowering.

Goes great with Greek or Lebanese food. Yummy with falafel, feta, hummus, and tahini.

watchnerd, Jul 17, 2008
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Erebuni from Pivzavod Abovian
74 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.