Zagorka Special - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 20.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
Bulgaria

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 52
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden with a big head. Smells ok. Very drinkable and mild. Eastern European lager. Extra good on a hot day in Sofia!

Photo of stevoj
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle from Trees Bonne’s Cuisine. Expecting the worst, so I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor. Pours out with a nice fluffy head, white bread and asparagus for the aroma. Taste is pure cereal grain, wet paper and a hint of school paste. Flat finish. Enjoy ice cold for better taste.

Photo of Vivo
2.03/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Drinkable in a very hot day with no other options. Almost every Bulgarian beer will be a better choice. Avoid.

Photo of iJul1609
2.22/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Small time beer for friendly reunions or soccer game...

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of dcmchew
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours golden, poor white head, low retention.
Smell of grainy malts, faint skunk, a bit of hops, touch of sweetness.
I get why it fits the "adjunct lager" bill, with the "corn" malty sweetness, which isn't overbearing tho, but there's also a nice grainy feel and a bit of lemon zest. Just a bit touched by skunk, uninteresting mildly bitter finish.
Medium body and carbonation, sweetness gets bigger in the aftertaste.
Not horrible, but unclean and bland. Meh.

Photo of kojevergas
1.83/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

1 litre green plastic bottle with plastic resealable screw-top acquired at a Picadilly supermarket in Sofia for right around 1 euro and served into a Staropramen pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Sofia. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the packaging. 5.0% ABV.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks any creaminess or frothiness whatsoever. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is poor - less than 15 seconds.

BODY: Clear yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. Not a very appealing appearance overall; I'm not looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Ugh. Overly sweet and buttery. Clean but stale barley. Faint candy. Low quality hops. Grassiness. Vegetables. Grain. Sweet corn adjunct.

Off-putting. Average in strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Bleh. Low-quality cheap barley, overly sweet malts, corn adjunct, unwelcome grains, vegetables, and buttery notes. Poorly balanced and built, with poor depth of flavour. Average duration, amplitude, and intensity of flavour.

Smooth, wet, stale, and overcarbonated. Too syrupy and thick for the lack of flavour. This texture does not suit this beer's taste or style well at all. Unrefreshing.

OVERALL: It's hard to down given the low quality, but I guess at this price point it meets expectations. Not recommended. There are better budget brews out there, even in Bulgaria. Avoid this one.

Low D-

Photo of DoubleJ
2.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Bulgarian brewed American Adjunct Lager from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear straw color, produced an average white head, average retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma contained some traces of malted grain and cooked vegetables. Light in body, this brew had a foundation of grain and some slight hit of hops. Overall its not bad but there is nothing special about this brew.

Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden yellow color with a one-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled a little skunky but not too much.

T - It tasted of corn, grains and a touch of spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This isn't very good, but, hey, it's my first Bulgarian beer.

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Zagorka Special had very light foam.
Smell: Zagorka Special had the aroma of metal.
Taste: Zagorka Special had a lightly sweet taste mixed with metal.
Mouthfeel: Zagorka Special had light carbonation.
Overall: Zagorka Special tastes sweet with hints of metal flavour. The aroma of metal is also present within Zagorka Special. Light carbonation mixed with sweetness and metal. People who seek a sweet beer that both smells and tastes like metal should try Zagorka Special.

I am the person who posted the photo of Zagorka Special.

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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'

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grassy notes, and some honey aromas. Taste is of grains, grass/hay, and some cooked vegetable flavors. There is also a metallic taste I am getting as well. A lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel on this one. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but I am glad I got to try one from Bulgaria.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: pours a clear yellow color with a white head.
Smell: Malts and some hints of grain, grass and some spicy hops
Taste: Malts and grain again, with some nice spicy alcohol and lemon in the aftertaste. Not too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: Not great, but not bad either

Photo of tjsdomer2
1.91/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of Rayek
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is the beer's strong suit. Brilliant brass with great clarity and lively carbonation. A dense white head has very nice retention and leaves a generous lace.

S: Light and fluffy lemongrass and honey, plus a bit of straw.

T: Pretty standard EPL fare. Very light and very balanced. Malts bring a honey sweetness. Bitterness is light and has a touch of lemon and earth to it. Finishes clean.

M: The medium-light body is slightly syrupy. The carbonation feels about right.

D: This is an above average beer that is light and easy to down. There's not much flavor going on, but the execution is good due the absence of any off flavors. Should I ever find myself in Bulgaria, I'll know this is a safe choice.

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard eastern European lager with a kiss of hops.

Definite skunky aroma with the pop of the bottle cap. Half litre bottle bought in a small town in Bulgaria. Cheerful yellow gold color, clear, and a decent head. Beery flavor, just the hint of malt and a bit metallic. The hops are slightly interesting with a wee bite and the odd aromatic flavors. Long aftertaste of hoppy funkiness. Then the next sip isn't too bad. It's quaffable and certainly a cut above the endless swill produced in Hungary, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.27/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of BucBasil
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 1L bottle into a glass. The beer is a very light straw color, typical of a macro. Head grew to two fingers thick and held for about a minute, which is good for the style.

Smell: Veggie aroma with some lemon in there. Crackery note and something sweet.

Taste: Light and clean with a hint of some bitterness in there. Not the most pleasing bitterness, but it's balanced out with some sweet-ish malt and a lemony zest.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing.

Notes: This is an unremarkable beer, but here in Bulgaria it's everywhere. The price is right for the big bottles of this, but otherwise I wouldn't bother. There are better Bulgarian beers out there.

Photo of seanyfo
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml serving on tap into tankard while on holiday in Bulgaria.

A- Golden pilsner clarity with a 3 finger head, that has good to moderate retention and lacing, lively beading.

S- Not much, faint biscuit and bitter hops, but these are found after lots of concentration!

T- Subtle hop bitterness, fading to a malty sweet backbone, hops are faint in the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation, clean and refreshing.

D- I must admit amongst the wasteland of beer in Bulgaria, this was rather pleasant. More like a munich helles to me that a typical macro lager, due to the sweet malt content in the flavour.
Not bad!

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ok. Decent light east European lager. Drinkable. Not remarkable, but drinkable. Poured with some nice head and lace. Bittersweet. Easy beer. Session beer. Clean with an interesting interaction between bitter and sweet. Fairly fresh tasting especially given its voyage.

Photo of beerthulhu
1.99/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of wl0307
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brought back from Sofia by my Bulgarian friend. BB 07/02/09, served chilled in a large weizen glass.

A: pours a light golden hue, coming with a thick white foamy head and extremely fierce fizziness.
S: lightly lemony and floral notes come with sparse lager malts, maize-like starch and some plastic note of a macro-lager.
T: the carbonation-attack upfront totally neutralises the (already faint) taste and renders the tastebuds totally numb... only later on the light maltiness contributes a little pleasure on top of a belated but welcomed powdery bitterness from hops. Also the semi-dry finish adds a few points.
M&D: the mouthfeel is sharply fizzy, hugely compromising the palate, whereas the body is very light; the late touch of bitterness and a sheer cleaniness seem the only positive things for this beer. Still, many thanks go to my friend, Lyubka, for taking the trouble bringing me this gift~~

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Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
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