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Zagorka Special - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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BA SCORE
69
poor

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002)
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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 Machoo
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

Machoo, Friday at 02:45 AM
Photo of archy1907
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

archy1907, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -29.1%

olradetbalder, Nov 14, 2014
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 bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

bulldogg915, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3/5  rDev +6.4%

DeadeyeOTDO, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of FZR23
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

FZR23, Aug 27, 2014
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 hansavijaticar
3/5  rDev +6.4%

hansavijaticar, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
2.84/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

dcmchew, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Kallenovsky
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Kallenovsky, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
1.81/5  rDev -35.8%
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-

kojevergas, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

jzlyo, May 15, 2014
Photo of Dzajka
4.5/5  rDev +59.6%

Dzajka, May 14, 2014
Photo of TwiggyCZ
3/5  rDev +6.4%

TwiggyCZ, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of BAsbill
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

BAsbill, Aug 06, 2013
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
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.95/5  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.

GossageBrewery, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

zeff80, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Garrett092112
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Garrett092112, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of rale
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

rale, Sep 29, 2012
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Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
69 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.