Zagorka Special - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
1.08/5 rDev -61.3%
This beer was served in a pub glass.
Appearance: The beer pours a clear slightly fizzy straw yellow coloration. The beer has a thin white head that quickly resolves.
Smell: The beer smells ever so slightly lemon and pine peeking out. The skunk however is all over the place holy phosphurus Batman!
Taste: The beer didnt have alot of flavors; however, the beer had a dominating astringent acidic flavor. Just plain yuck man!
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is astringently watery. I tried to drink this one cold, warmer and almost room temperature. I opened the second bottle I had of this and couldnt drink that one. You guessed it two beers used as drain cleaner.
07-21-2006 02:46:29 | More by nlmartin
1.23/5 rDev -55.9%
Perfectly pale and clear, in the best bland lager tradition. Big, frothy head. Aroma:piney...lemony...um,...stinky...pissy, if you'll pardon my Bulgarian. No flavor to speak of, nothing at all to recommend it. Did I spend money on this? Must be the Miller High Life of Bulgaria.
12-05-2002 16:41:43 | More by feloniousmonk
1.68/5 rDev -39.8%
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.
08-09-2004 22:30:48 | More by jdhilt
1.8/5 rDev -35.5%
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.
12-02-2005 04:45:13 | More by TastyTaste
1.81/5 rDev -35.1%
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.
06-26-2014 18:33:29 | More by kojevergas
1.85/5 rDev -33.7%
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.
06-27-2011 05:28:26 | More by tjsdomer2
1.98/5 rDev -29%
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.
09-04-2008 23:08:11 | More by beerthulhu
2.05/5 rDev -26.5%
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.
05-26-2003 12:57:54 | More by Gusler
2.08/5 rDev -25.4%
Freshness probably makes a difference here, but as the bottle is green glass and as the freshness date space on the label simply says "FL", who the hell knows how old this beer is. Pours dark golden with the faintest haze. A very porous white head fades almost immediately. The smell is grainy and with a heady smell of adjuncts and wasa crackers. Slight alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is unbalanced and very grainy with a soapy aftertaste and a hint of bitterness. If I was really thirsty on a hot summer day I'd drink it. Otherwise, I'm pouring it down the drain.
11-27-2007 22:42:54 | More by Georgiabeer
United Kingdom (England)
2.1/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
04-19-2008 07:43:55 | More by BlackHaddock
2.25/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
05-24-2009 16:50:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.33/5 rDev -16.5%
I recently ate some traditional Bulagrian cusine and really liked it I saw some Bulgarian Beer and thought that maybe I would like it as well, but it turns out I was wrong. Things started off well, the pour was good a normal amber color and a good head, but the smell was that of hops and malts and some sourness.
The taste was a bit better than some national brands, but nothing to write home about. There was a sweet aftertaste to it as well. The mouth feel was normal, like any other old Pils. I would drink this again but only if I was at a party in Sofia trying to get drunk. I would not recommend this beer.
01-12-2006 23:42:33 | More by eze153
United Kingdom (England)
2.48/5 rDev -11.1%
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~~
06-13-2008 17:56:25 | More by wl0307
2.55/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
02-24-2013 04:21:04 | More by zeff80
2.68/5 rDev -3.9%
500 ml. bottle color of golden yellow decent white head - nose of sweet corn , hay , wet straw , bubblegum , and slight maltiness taste of sweet rice , and yellow corn , hay, skunk , and slight malt body is light and acidic aftertaste bitter , skunky , hay
11-17-2006 06:14:17 | More by stephendr
2.7/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
08-03-2007 20:42:59 | More by Sammy
2.71/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
08-27-2014 01:20:26 | More by wethorseblanket
2.75/5 rDev -1.4%
This brew is an unassuming yellow color, with a slight shade of darker gold. Its completely clear with a decent head. Pretty long lasting head, and nice lace. The aroma is of sweet cereal grains. Theres a touch of Saaz hops, and a bit of grass. Not much else in the smell. The taste falls flat. Very little flavor at all. I was hoping for a hint of sweetness or breadiness, but theres noting. The finish has a little hop bitterness, but no crispness. Very thin mouthfeel, almost watery. Given the appearance and smell, this brew could have done better. Its a sub-par euro lager.
06-11-2006 15:07:20 | More by Suds
Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
68 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.