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Zagorka Special - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
Bulgaria

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
2.94/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bulgarian beer! Coming out of a green 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

It actually looks attractive and not dull dishwater. It's pale gold and topped with a sturdy creamy soapy head which retains well and leaves acceptable lacing around. That good first impression is quickly lost at the smell, where a little stink dampens the mood. There is hope though, as minerals and grass arise after the skunk. The taste is a yo-yo between sulfur and fruitiness. The fruitiness gives it a a unique flavor for a lager, but the sulfur keeps it from reaching its full potential. Keep out the latter and this is a good drinkable beer. The light body and gentle crispness attempts to keep the ball rolling. It's not quite enough though, as Zagorka lands just below the middle among national lagers.

DoubleJ, Mar 24, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-gold body with a nice-looking cap of white foam.

Smell: Initial waft of skunk, so we'll let this one sit a spell. BAK! Simple, grainy nose with a worrisome hint of metal, like sniffing the insides of a CoinStar machine.

Taste: Grainy, listless maltiness with the standard cereal sweetness and smooth hint of rice. Faintly spicy, floral hop character and bitterness. It's around this point a severe, unpleasant taste of metal slips into the proceedings -- always a deal-breaker for me. Drying finish with a lingering taste of antique coins, paper clips, and a dungeon jailer's keys.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended! It's only appropriate the beer has won five medals when it seems to have been brewed with five metals.

ChainGangGuy, May 24, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a nice yellow in color with some orangish tints but little head.

Smell – The light rice and corn does indeed remind one of the classic American macro stinker. I can also pick up a hint of Budweiser and maybe a splash of MGD.

Taste – The flavors here are different from the nose. It’s like pure European grain with maybe a hint of hops. Maybe the nose was skunked from the green bottle. It’s not THAT bad.

Mouthfeel – This is actually a shade bigger than light-bodied with an easy carbonation and a surprising amount of dryness throughout.

Drinkability – This is a nice, even lager that won’t disappoint as long as you keep your expectations low.

RoyalT, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

bulldogg915, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -29.1%

olradetbalder, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinkable beer, this Bulgarian mystery is grassy and slightly sweet. Notes of bitter hops linger and grip your palate making for a unpleasant finish. Good, start but an iffie kind of beer. A good beer to have to show off to your friends, and a good beer to have in general for a collection.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden colored with a medium to big white head when you pour it from an inch or so above the glass, giving it the standard lager look, IE Bud, Bud light, Coors, etc.

This light bodied beer has a sour lemon citrus with an added grain to grain malt aroma.

he taste is quite similar to the aroma with maybe a more hops bite and less of the grains coming through.

A light dry aftertaste is left behind making this beer pretty much the basic drink for the style, nothing special but then again nothing really bad either. Basically, same ol'

LXIXME, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of sloejams
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I dated a girl from Bulgaria for a few years. She didn't really drink but I did, so it was bound to happen that I would eventually have some of this.

Zagorka Special is not really all that special. It's not terrible. It's like a sweeter version of Heineken. Sometimes when I would get this it would be pretty skunky - the green bottle plus long and (knowing Bulgarians) probably not the greatest treatment / fastest shipping to get it all this way to Los Angeles.

sloejams, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshly brought back by CR. Yellow with rising bubbles. Above average tingley soda pop carbonation. Good foamy head with lace. Lawnmower beer. A tad metallic. Aroma is passable malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.Very drying but oddly drinkable. Better ythan a lot of Canadian macros.

Sammy, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of tjsdomer2
1.85/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Honestly this is just a standard lager. But the pour was excellent with foam and theres a decent lacing effect. Swirling carbonation in the pour as well.

Smell: Almost no smell besides a slight mineral presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Way to sour and metallic. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and leaves a sugary feel in your mouth.

Drinkability: These lagers need to be clean. This one isn't.

Overall: I'm sure there are better Bulgarians.

tjsdomer2, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear golden body is capped by a frothy bright white head. Hundreds of tiny bubbles stream quickly upwards, adding to the head and helping to maintain a thin surface covering throughout most of the glass. Lacing around the glass is limited, but far from non-existant. The nose delivers some gently sweet grainy malt and a good dose of herbal and spicy hop. The body is medium, and the tight carbonation gently caresses the tongue. As it warms it becomes mildly creamy in the mouth. The flavor delivers exactly what the nose promised with a grainy malt that has just the right touch of sweetness juxtaposed against a bracing bitterness and spicy/herbal hop flavor. Wow! It's nice to find a Euro-style lager from the Balkan region with some real hop character. It finishes drying with a dollop of sweet malt that's immediately enveloped and overcome by an herbal and spicy hop flavor, and a gentle, lingering bitterness. Very nicely done. This is kind of like the rough-edged and angry older brother of Heineken. It's certainly not a great beer, but it's refreshing and a nice change of pace.

NeroFiddled, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of Kallenovsky
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Kallenovsky, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of jackndan
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Zagorka: A euro-lager from Bulgaria, sold in a thick green half liter bottle. This beer was a pale golden color, with a thick white very long lasting head. The beer had a very strong skunked (sulphur) aroma. The taste was a pleasant surprise, as the skunked aroma did carry through to the taste. The beer was sweet, and had a creamy mouthfeel that is unusual for a euro-style lager. Very nice for the price.

jackndan, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale yellow in hue; the liquid was that typical sickly color. Yuck. There wasn’t much animation; however the head was still two fingers tall. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a thin cap. I’m surprised. The subsequent lacing was very widespread and clumpy in an attractive disheveled kind of way. Overall, this is a good looking beer sans the blanched liquid.

The nose is sweet and bready. As soon as I popped the cap a light undercurrent of skunkiness leaked out. After a moment the green bottle affects were negligible. Back the beer; I really like the crisp hoppy notes, lightly earthy and grainy with a kiss of spice. Saaz hop are lovely. The potency is sensible. While the nose is not chatty I do like what I smell. It is not offensive; while not truly inviting I do what to take a sip. I’ll call the aromas better than typical for the style; that is always welcoming.

The palate is agreeable. Like the nose it lives on the simple side of life. Sweet, bready malts with a light grainy vibe; the hops are moderately bitter, earthy with a suggestion of spice and fruit. There isn’t much palate development from start to finish; I detect the same favors throughout. The finish is a perfect blend of breadiness, grain, and earth. This is a very nice beer. It is one of the better Pale Euro Lager I have had. I would drink this over Heineken/Beck’s/St. Pauli Girl 100 out of 100 times.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderately low carbonation but it feels natural on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fitting for the flavor profile; not too thin or watery. It is respectable.

I’ve had this beer twice since it enter the greater Omaha market. I don’t know why I would buy more. I could drink this during the summer and such but PEL is not a style I flock to. No matter, this beer is tasty and refreshing. It is well-made. My first beer from Bulgaria was pleasant. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. Try one.

bditty187, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of beerthulhu
1.98/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a clear, pale golden-orange with a 2 finger frothy white head that displayed very good retention while leaving vertical columns for lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: a tad skunky, some sour green vegetables most notable asparagus.

T: The flavor followed suit with some green vegetable stalks, dry corn and a touch of sourness with not much else beyond the initial impression. Labeled as a gold medal winner but fails to comment in what festival, and im guessing it was strickly local.

M: to say the least was light, watery thin and sour.

D: Drinkability, not good at all. One bottle is more then enough of a struggle if your willing to go the distance, I however got help from the kitchen sink. A pass needless to say and just keep on walking if you happen to spot this without giving it a second glance.

beerthulhu, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of livingregret
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type was a 16.9fl.oz

Appearance: Poured a golden yellow w/ a slight white head that dissipated fairly quickly only leaving a light ring along the outside

Smell: A grainy smell w/ some hops...slight metallic

Taste: There isn't a whole lot of flavour here to talk about. Slight grainy and hop flavour that is quickly washed away. That being said it is a very crisp and clean lager w/ out trying to do to many things. The flavours you taste at the begin are what you taste throughout the drinking experience

Mouthfeel: this is a very wispy drink. It goes down very smooth. It's what you expect from the smell of it

Drinkability: While not my favorite drink i've had, I do find it more enjoyable than some other Lagers I've tried.

livingregret, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Gusler
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours as one would expect from a typical lager/pilsner a sparklingly clear gold, portly white head, frothy in structure, the lace adequate to coat the glass. Nose is fresh, sweetly malt, with the start somewhat sweet, lots of malt, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is moderately acidic, modestly hopped, dry aftertaste and totally forgettable.

Gusler, May 26, 2003
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Green 500ml bottle, drank well before its use-by date.

Special my arse!

Why oh why do people import this stuff into the UK? We have gallons of our own crap lager without bringing more in.

Poured into a Veltins Pilsner 0.2l stemmed glass it looked a very pale gold, crystal clear with a medium sized white head. A typical lager/pilsner appearance, a little lighter than some, but not all.

Like most lagers there isn't a pronounced aroma, some barley notes maybe, but nothing much, so it gets my standard 3.

Tasteless and very dry, you could call it refreshing if you were going to be kind, which I am not.

Weak and thin on every count.

I only bought it to review, wish I hadn't.

BlackHaddock, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of wethorseblanket
2.71/5  rDev -3.9%

500ml green bottle with a best before date of 3-31-14 (oh no).

A: Pours a clear yellow with a one-finger thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotches of lace behind.

N: Adjuncts (corn, rice) abound followed closely by a kind of stale "off" note. Yeasty, malty, grassy.

T: Crisp, yeasty, slight lemony citrus, herbal, faint fruity, grassy, mild sweetness.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes sweetly malted and a lingering "off" flavor.

O: Generally thin and watery. I hope this isn't the only offering for those living in Bulgaria because this really shouldn't be called "special" at all.

wethorseblanket, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of TastyTaste
1.8/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light, hazed, a couple bubbles floating to the sruface of the beer. OK loking head, about 1/2" that fades quickly.

Smell: Grassy and musty, cereal grains, pretty subpar, even for the style.

Taste: A little grassy malt, but alos some cooked vegetable flavors, musty and old. No freshness date on the bottle .

Mouthfeel: Not very well carbonated, leaes a metallic twang in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: A subpar euro lager, what else can i say? There seem to be an endless parade of beers that taste very similar to this.

TastyTaste, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Machoo
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

Machoo, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
1.68/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that stays and leaves a good lace. Pale, clear golden color. Very low carbonation. Light bodied. Skunky nose - what is it with green bottles?? Flavor is lacking, boring hoppy aftertaste. Bought this since it was a new country (#57) for me. $2 for a 500ml bottle, found at Colonial Spirits in Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

500ml can bought for GBP 1.00 in the local corner shop. According to the can - if my Bulgarian is correct= it's all ,malt with no corn or other adjuncts.

Standard pale lager appearance. Pale straw. Medium carbonation and a small head leaving slight lacing.

Aroma is mild. Grainy with hints of lemon.

The taste is fairly mild. There is a lemony sweetness up front with slightly astringent bitterness on the finish. Hints of apple. No diacetyl that you find in Czech pils or herbal flavours associated with German pils. It tatses like a very middle of the road lager.

Overall this beer is not particularly interesting but it is perfectly drinkable and enjoyable, It is a typical 5% euro lager with the benefit of being brewed without adjuncts.

LagerCognoscenti, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of ernie
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer - rich golden color, big head, herbal aroma and good hoppy character. Taste is grainy, bitterness grows towards the end. Aftertaste is herbal, almost medicinal. Very drinkable as a thirst-quencher, properly chilled, much less drinkable as a long drink or at the dinner table. Altogether not bad, not bad at all...

ernie, Jun 12, 2006
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Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
69 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.