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Zagorka Special - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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68
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.22%


Brewed by:
Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
Bulgaria

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002)
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nlmartin

Ohio

1.08/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 02:46:29 | More by nlmartin
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

1.23/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 16:41:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.68/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 22:30:48 | More by jdhilt
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.8/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 04:45:13 | More by TastyTaste
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 05:28:26 | More by tjsdomer2
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

1.98/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 23:08:11 | More by beerthulhu
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Gusler

Arizona

2.05/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 12:57:54 | More by Gusler
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 22:42:54 | More by Georgiabeer
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 07:43:55 | More by BlackHaddock
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 16:50:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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eze153

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 23:42:33 | More by eze153
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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~~

Serving type: can

06-13-2008 17:56:25 | More by wl0307
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zeff80

Missouri

2.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:21:04 | More by zeff80
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stephendr

California

2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 06:14:17 | More by stephendr
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: can

08-03-2007 20:42:59 | More by Sammy
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew is an unassuming yellow color, with a slight shade of darker gold. It’s completely clear with a decent head. Pretty long lasting head, and nice lace. The aroma is of sweet cereal grains. There’s 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 there’s 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. It’s a sub-par euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 15:07:20 | More by Suds
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DogFood11

California

2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall green bottle from bulgaria. Hopefull it's not skunked out. Emptied the contents into a large pilsener glass and it filled it to the brim topped by a 1 inch white fizzer. Retention is decent.

Uh ohhh skunked...but no worse than for the wear. It has that heineken type aroma although this is much grainier and clean. Turns out the skunk had no effect on the taste and after a couple drinks its an afterthought. Pleasantly hopped with a czech pils style backdrop. Subtle sweetness drifts in as the watered body drifts out.

Crisp and refreshing for sure. The aftertaste is quickly washed by a tight citrus cleansing and zippy carbonation. I liked it although its not worth picking up again as there are just too many options to mess with a green bottled brew from Bulgaria.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 00:33:45 | More by DogFood11
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DoubleJ

California

2.94/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 05:42:31 | More by DoubleJ
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RustythePelican

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: From a 500ml can, this beer poured a pale yellow with almost no head - what little it had fizzed out quickly.

Smell: A combination of syrups, Euro-skunk and a faint hop aroma.

Taste: I drank this with pizza, which I think is a fairly good pairing; Zagorka has a fairly innocent taste, with more of a sweet malt taste than other Euro-lagers.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Low carbonation made this an easy-to-drink beer, and relatively low ABV makes it sessionable.

Serving type: can

11-28-2006 15:24:57 | More by RustythePelican
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 04:45:31 | More by StevenBilodeau
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 20:50:42 | More by GossageBrewery
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sloejams

California

2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 00:53:43 | More by sloejams
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 14:38:05 | More by BucBasil
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500ml [1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz] green glass bottle. My sample resembles the BA Avatar. Listed strength is 5% ABV, but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: Golden pellucid body that sits cleanly underneath a solid ½” thick white uniform cap that has excellent staying power. Average levels of finely dissolved carbonation. Light speckled lacing.

Nose: Fresh aromas that have exceptionally clean lines. Saaz like hops are detectable, but retrained, some pilsner malts and a light lemon citric bite. Average strength but sanitary – no horrendous odors.

Taste: Lager like…..and erm……well lager like. Reasonably clean with a slightly annoying sweet spicy hoppy feel in the finish that somehow tastes rather strange. Far from awful, nothing special….more like anonymous.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that has some finely dissolved conditioning which really bolsters the feel in the mouth. After the swallow the feeling soon goes though.

Drinkability: Average attraction for a reasonably average lager. Erm…Average.

Overall: Earlier tonight I tried brews from Namibia, Lebanon and now Bulgaria, so I guess I have a solid grasp for odd-offerings tonight. Actually its not that bad, it has no high profile detractions, but neither does it have much to entice me to get another bottle. The Bulgarian Bud no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 07:25:20 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 02:49:09 | More by drpimento
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Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
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