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Zagorka Original - Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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Zagorka Original
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BA SCORE
75
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11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
Bulgaria

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BucBasil on 03-05-2009)
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Reviews by madzanta:
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3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnW
2.35/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap while in Plovdiv Bulgaria. Pale gold, lively carbonated head, little aroma, though dry and grassy, typical of a mass produced Euro-lager. Can only echo the below comments, not much taste, though being served iced cold was refreshing on a hot summer day, though would not want it again if something better available.

Drinkable, but only when served cold and thirsty, rather like US Bud I guess.

JohnW
B'ham UK July 2011

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Gotta say this beer was a bit better than expected. It pours a light amber color and tastes crisp and clean. Not much head, but a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of hops and is slightly grainy, but not bad at all. A basic lager, slightly above average, would definitely give a try again someday!

Photo of wonothesane42
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BucBasil
2.35/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For my 200th review on this site, I've decided to go the opposite of special. Instead I'm reviewing probably the most widely available brew here in Bulgaria, Zagorka Original.

Appearance: Poured from the 500mL can into a pint glass. The beer is a typical light gold color. More than straw colored. Head is 2 fingers and soapy but sticks around for about a minute.

Smell: Nothing out of the ordinary, but very very faint. Some sweetness and grassiness around in there, but nothing really even identifiable.

Taste: Watery through and through with a faint sweetness in the middle somewhere. No hint of hops. Grain can be detected for a fleeting second. Finishes with some bitterness and a grainy "beer" taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This one can be downed quickly and in large quantities (and often is by old diados and 18 yr olds alike) due to its watery nature.

Notes: This is the Bud of Bulgaria, and with even less taste. However it's noteworthy in that it's somewhat of a national institution and a big part of life here. Literally everywhere and at all times.

Photo of dmartin118
2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.45/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at an Ugo in Sofia tonight. Or, at least, I believe I had this beer on-tap tonight. The beer I ordered was called "Zagorka Draught" on the menu, and there was no mention of any "Special" or "Gold". (Zagorka Gold was also available however.)

Served in a .5L Zagorka goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange-gold body appears completely calm: no carbonation can be seen at all. The head is quite nice-looking: foamy, creamy, white, sticky; looks like something you'd see atop a good latte. Lots of lace to be had, too.

Smell: Ummm.... odd. How to describe this... There were crisp, bitter, grassy hops and hints of Munich-like malts. There was also a strange, sour alcoholic smell that reminded me of many chardonnays. Not too pleasant, but interesting at the same time. EDIT (08-03-2009): Smelled much milder the following night. No sour, acidic smell; not much smell at all really.

Taste: Bitter, grassy hops and that same strange sour component that was noted in the smell. Those two flavors, along with a handful of grains, proved to be the most predominant. Also got some lemon zest and maybe salt. EDIT (08-03-2009): As with the smell, everything tasted much milder last night - 'watered-down' is probably a better is probably a better way of describing it. Still, not too good.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and clean-finishing. Aftertaste is definitely a little sour. Can't think of anything else to say here.

Drinkability: A sub-par Euro lager that I don't plan on ordering again. A half liter of this stuff was probably too much; I struggled a bit with it toward the end. EDIT (08-03-2009): Ordered this again as it was the only draft beer on the menu. Much more drinkable the second time around. Pretty effortless, in fact.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had chilled in a tall ale glass at a restaurant in Panagurishte, Bulgaria

A: golden yellow, decent, frothy head, carb motion beautiful
S: malty, macrobrew smell, but only slight
T: orange, lemon, flavorful for a lighter style beer

I don't know what it was, but this, my first Bulgarian beer, wasn't as bad as made out by the other reviewers; perhaps it was the ambiance and company

Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Zagorka Original from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
75 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.