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Zagorka Special - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 78
Avg: 2.8
pDev: 25.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 78
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.1/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of sloejams
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of livingregret
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type was a 16.9fl.oz

Appearance: Poured a golden yellow w/ a slight white head that dissipated fairly quickly only leaving a light ring along the outside

Smell: A grainy smell w/ some hops...slight metallic

Taste: There isn't a whole lot of flavour here to talk about. Slight grainy and hop flavour that is quickly washed away. That being said it is a very crisp and clean lager w/ out trying to do to many things. The flavours you taste at the begin are what you taste throughout the drinking experience

Mouthfeel: this is a very wispy drink. It goes down very smooth. It's what you expect from the smell of it

Drinkability: While not my favorite drink i've had, I do find it more enjoyable than some other Lagers I've tried.

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Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of RustythePelican
2.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of stephendr
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of Drew966
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Zagorka Special pours a pale golden color with a thick, fluffy, white head from a green sixteen ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy with perhaps some hops. Taste isn't bad, much better than many Euro lagers. It's hoppy but not skunky, and decently balanced. Not a bad call.

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Photo of nlmartin
1.09/5  rDev -61.1%
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.

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Photo of ernie
3.32/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer - rich golden color, big head, herbal aroma and good hoppy character. Taste is grainy, bitterness grows towards the end. Aftertaste is herbal, almost medicinal. Very drinkable as a thirst-quencher, properly chilled, much less drinkable as a long drink or at the dinner table. Altogether not bad, not bad at all...

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Photo of Suds
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of BamaScholar
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Bulgarian co-worker said this was one of his mainstays and wanted me to give it a try.

This green, 500-mL can poured the usual pale straw color, but carbonation is excellent!

Most characteristics are exactly above average...this is a very clean and crisp lager with good hop/malt balance (for a lager).

This is a better offering than most Russian / Eastern-Europe brews than I have tried, although admittedly it is not an extensive list.

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Photo of claytri
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a bright light gold with a big rocky head, and a decent amount of carbonation showing. The aroma was pretty much a standard lager aroma: malt and hops mixed. The taste was malty with a decent hop finish. The feel was clean and dry. A decent export style lager. I'd take it over a heinekin.

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Photo of eze153
2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale yellow in hue; the liquid was that typical sickly color. Yuck. There wasn’t much animation; however the head was still two fingers tall. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a thin cap. I’m surprised. The subsequent lacing was very widespread and clumpy in an attractive disheveled kind of way. Overall, this is a good looking beer sans the blanched liquid.

The nose is sweet and bready. As soon as I popped the cap a light undercurrent of skunkiness leaked out. After a moment the green bottle affects were negligible. Back the beer; I really like the crisp hoppy notes, lightly earthy and grainy with a kiss of spice. Saaz hop are lovely. The potency is sensible. While the nose is not chatty I do like what I smell. It is not offensive; while not truly inviting I do what to take a sip. I’ll call the aromas better than typical for the style; that is always welcoming.

The palate is agreeable. Like the nose it lives on the simple side of life. Sweet, bready malts with a light grainy vibe; the hops are moderately bitter, earthy with a suggestion of spice and fruit. There isn’t much palate development from start to finish; I detect the same favors throughout. The finish is a perfect blend of breadiness, grain, and earth. This is a very nice beer. It is one of the better Pale Euro Lager I have had. I would drink this over Heineken/Beck’s/St. Pauli Girl 100 out of 100 times.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderately low carbonation but it feels natural on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fitting for the flavor profile; not too thin or watery. It is respectable.

I’ve had this beer twice since it enter the greater Omaha market. I don’t know why I would buy more. I could drink this during the summer and such but PEL is not a style I flock to. No matter, this beer is tasty and refreshing. It is well-made. My first beer from Bulgaria was pleasant. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. Try one.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.83/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber with miniscule flecks that aren't big enough to be called flakes. Several vigorous streams of bubbles zoom upward and lose themselves in the large, richly creamy cap that is currently occupying the upper half of the glass. An impressive amount of Swiss cheesy lace seals the deal on a very nice appearance.

The green bottle skunkiness that greeted my nose on crown cracking is now gone. I'm fairly sure the muskiness that I now smell is due almost entirely to noble hops. Why this beer isn't classified as a Euro pale lager is beyond me. It isn't offensive, but it's no great shakes either.

Zagorka Special is decent beer. Like the nose, the flavor is confident, whether you like what it delivers or not. I'm on the fence at the moment, but I definitely appreciate the bud busting boldness. There's a nice balance between pale malt and floral, grassy hops. The flavor takes a slight detour midway through when a pleasant, peppery spiciness appears and lasts until the bitter end. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and contains a generous, yet far from hyperkinetic, amount of carbonation.

Prior to tasting, I was willing to scoff at the words 'quality product' and the five gold medals displayed on the label. Even though this is far from great beer, I'm not scoffing anymore. My advice to any Eastern European brewers who might be reading this (yeah, right) is the following: when brewing in this general style, let 'bold' be your watchword and let Zagorka Special be your guide.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a nice yellow in color with some orangish tints but little head.

Smell – The light rice and corn does indeed remind one of the classic American macro stinker. I can also pick up a hint of Budweiser and maybe a splash of MGD.

Taste – The flavors here are different from the nose. It’s like pure European grain with maybe a hint of hops. Maybe the nose was skunked from the green bottle. It’s not THAT bad.

Mouthfeel – This is actually a shade bigger than light-bodied with an easy carbonation and a surprising amount of dryness throughout.

Drinkability – This is a nice, even lager that won’t disappoint as long as you keep your expectations low.

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Photo of mynie
3.71/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold, very bubbly with an insane head. Very nice.

Smells okay. A little skunky, a little grainy.

Tastes great. Czech pilsner grains upfront, bitter, moving into coffee in the middle and a very nice bittersweet finish. Surpisingly complicated.

Goes down smooth, crisp body. This is a prime European lager and one hell of a session beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.71/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.61/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz old fashioned-style green bottle.
RUN!!...Zagorka is coming!!! I don't know, the name just sounds like a Tokyo eating monster.
That said, it pours a clear, light gold color with a medium-sized white head and a few spotty dots of lace.
The aroma is hard to pick up on. A light whiff of crusty bread with a faint smell of lemon basil and isopropyl alcohol.
A lightly roasted grainy malt body has a taste of salt-free crackers and a hint of a herbal quality.
The hops have a lime-like bitterness with a metallic edge.
This lager is a bit raw and unrefined for the style. It's not a bad thing,
Just more ale-like in character.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.36/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear golden body is capped by a frothy bright white head. Hundreds of tiny bubbles stream quickly upwards, adding to the head and helping to maintain a thin surface covering throughout most of the glass. Lacing around the glass is limited, but far from non-existant. The nose delivers some gently sweet grainy malt and a good dose of herbal and spicy hop. The body is medium, and the tight carbonation gently caresses the tongue. As it warms it becomes mildly creamy in the mouth. The flavor delivers exactly what the nose promised with a grainy malt that has just the right touch of sweetness juxtaposed against a bracing bitterness and spicy/herbal hop flavor. Wow! It's nice to find a Euro-style lager from the Balkan region with some real hop character. It finishes drying with a dollop of sweet malt that's immediately enveloped and overcome by an herbal and spicy hop flavor, and a gentle, lingering bitterness. Very nicely done. This is kind of like the rough-edged and angry older brother of Heineken. It's certainly not a great beer, but it's refreshing and a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.24/5  rDev -55.7%
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.

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Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
69 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.