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Zagorka Special - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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68
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev +7.1%

07-20-2014 13:04:49 | More by hansavijaticar
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dcmchew

Romania

2.84/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 15:53:25 | More by dcmchew
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Kallenovsky

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-12-2014 01:52:24 | More by Kallenovsky
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kojevergas

Texas

1.81/5  rDev -35.4%
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-

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 18:33:29 | More by kojevergas
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +7.1%

05-25-2014 02:19:54 | More by Latarnik
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jzlyo

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-15-2014 00:39:44 | More by jzlyo
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Dzajka

Macedonia

4.5/5  rDev +60.7%

05-14-2014 22:31:14 | More by Dzajka
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TwiggyCZ

Czech Republic

3/5  rDev +7.1%

03-09-2014 22:33:08 | More by TwiggyCZ
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BAsbill

California

2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-06-2013 02:49:27 | More by BAsbill
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DoubleJ

California

2.94/5  rDev +5%
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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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
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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zeff80

Missouri

2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
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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matjack85

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

01-28-2013 09:51:39 | More by matjack85
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Garrett092112

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-13-2013 18:55:45 | More by Garrett092112
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx

California

3/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 19:11:46 | More by xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-29-2012 21:20:14 | More by rale
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OldTime

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-16-2012 20:50:38 | More by OldTime
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kopinaton

Spain

3/5  rDev +7.1%

12-06-2011 00:01:18 | More by kopinaton
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev +7.1%
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'

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:56:20 | More by LXIXME
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:23:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

3.05/5  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

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 16:40:23 | More by rvdoorn
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev -33.9%
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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Rayek

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 00:30:51 | More by Rayek
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mactrail

Washington

3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 12:18:37 | More by mactrail
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
68 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.