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Zagorka Special - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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BA SCORE
68
poor

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 21.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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 Rayek
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

Rayek, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

mactrail, May 08, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

BucBasil, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
3.4/5  rDev +21.9%

500ml serving on tap into tankard while on holiday in Bulgaria.

A- Golden pilsner clarity with a 3 finger head, that has good to moderate retention and lacing, lively beading.

S- Not much, faint biscuit and bitter hops, but these are found after lots of concentration!

T- Subtle hop bitterness, fading to a malty sweet backbone, hops are faint in the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation, clean and refreshing.

D- I must admit amongst the wasteland of beer in Bulgaria, this was rather pleasant. More like a munich helles to me that a typical macro lager, due to the sweet malt content in the flavour.
Not bad!

seanyfo, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

drpimento, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of wl0307
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~~

wl0307, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of sloejams
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

sloejams, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

livingregret, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of RustythePelican
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

RustythePelican, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of stephendr
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

stephendr, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

Drew966, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
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.

nlmartin, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%

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...

ernie, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Suds
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Suds, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of BamaScholar
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

BamaScholar, May 18, 2006
Photo of claytri
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

claytri, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of eze153
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.

eze153, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

bditty187, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
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.

TastyTaste, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
2.93/5  rDev +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.

DogFood11, Oct 21, 2005
Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
68 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.