Soproni | Brau Union Hungária Sörgyárak / Soprony Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brau Union Hungária Sörgyárak / Soprony Brewery
Hungary
heinekenhungaria.hu

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bark on 06-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
16.56%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +49%

Photo of myxy
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of fizzy
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

How can I say this? Humm? Recently in Budapest and drank a lot of this beer on draught. I am finding that even many beers in Europe are starting to taste somewhat alike. Yea, they vary, but marked differences are subtle. It's not like a drink off between one IPA and another ( how many IPAs are there in the US market now)? Best drank under an umbrella, on the street while watching the wonderful Hungarian beauties walk by in the summer outfits. WOW! Can even make you forget what beer you are drinking!

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Photo of selator
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Guinness4me
3.61/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After a couple years, beer reviews lost their luster for me. However, I owe this beer a review and it feels rather good to be back. A dear, dear friend of mine hand carried this from Budapest to my clammy hands, and I thank her dearly. (That's you, Ginger.) She has told me for years it was her favorite Hungarian beer, but we could never find it in Florida. Ginger has good taste.

She brought me both the bottle and can variety, but it's the bottle I'll review now:

It was a bright gold color which kind of surprised me; I think I was expecting something lighter. It had a disappearing head, which might not be indicative of the beer, but could be very indicative of this little guy's journey over the past week. It left a nice lacing which flowed slowly down the inside of the glass.

The smell was neither offensive nor exceptional, but did have a slight hint of skunk followed by a moment of sweet corn. Those genres were carried on to the taste which was quite crisp. It reminds me of that one great Heinekin you get after a few too-skunky ones. A slightly metallic finish paired with a wisp of tea at the end.

The mouthfeel was pleasant with tiny, tiny bubbles. It was easily drinkable and would be even better if it had a higher alcohol content.

Thanks, again, Ginger.

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Photo of atis
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with large head which dissipates within a few minutes and good lacing. Quite low amount of carbonation is visible.

The aroma is very strong grassy hops with hints of lemon. Taste is similar - lemony and mildly bitter grassy hops, maybe a bit skunky. The beer feels fizzy.

Dry and crisp beer, quite refreshing.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on my trip to Budapest recently and reviewing from notes. Had on tap at a restaurant and poured into a pilsner style glass.

The beer is very typical of a Euro Pale, but that was expected. What wasn't expected was that it was pretty good - above average for its style. Light citric hop bite at the end. Hint of lemon. Some bread in there. Nothing special, just a nice solid beer.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pensinck
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.27/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of surfcaster
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Typical mass produced pale lager. Good for washing down a slice on a hot day but not much more. Little skunky --that reminiscent of its current Heineken lineage

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Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Hungarian Soproni is a decent euro pale lager. The beer pours a clear golden yellow with foamy white head (that dissipates over time) and is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has grass like hops with slight bready hints. The taste is smooth balance between biscuit like malt and grass like hops. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a very sessionable beer and was my fav whilst in Budapest!

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Photo of monkist
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Soproni Classic used to be the best lager in Hungary before they came out with the 1895.
Drinking them in comparison, Classic feels a bit too thin in taste and dry enough in its overtones that would make you feel like something is missing - content, but not carbonation, which is pumped in there amply. Feels as if a lager has been watered down a bit.
If not a must, I would not choose it anymore but if I had to, perhaps it wouldn't make me too sick.
Just wondering if Soproni can make much better quality beer like the 1895, why lower the standard? One good beer would be enough.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very golden in color, quite clear. One-finger white head, with decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: Flinty mineral character and adjuncty corn. Little in the way of hops in the nose.

Taste: On the whole, fairly light. Balanced bitterness, but slightly astringent aftertaste. Slightly spicy, continental hops. Mild bread note.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy mouthfeel for the style, surprisingly so. Makes me wonder whether they might be using beer gas for this lager, instead of CO2, or if it's just a characteristic of the beer.

Drinkability: Decent for the style, but not very distinctive.

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Photo of cvfish
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Aranyhomok in Keskemet, Hungary

A - This beer poured a straw yellow with a thin white head that surprisinngly left some lacing around the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some citrus hints, but mostly was stale smells

T - The taste of this beer was a lot along the lines of Heinekin and other Euro Pales, so you really get what you expect here

M - Light to medium bodied, with lots of carbonation

D - Moderate beer, its appeal comes from the way you want to drink the country's beer your in

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Photo of JohnW
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold in the glass, reasonable head, not overly carbonated. Light aroma, slightly sweet and grassy rather then dry and acid. Taste is fairly smooth, hint of bitterness from the hops but also a hint of sweetness from the malts in the finish. Better than I expected, and whilst I would not buy this in preference to anything better, it was enjoyed on tap several times in bars and cafes while in Budapest.

JohnW
B'ham UK July 2011

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Photo of StoutBoi
3.01/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of HookerBrews
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Blumstein
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JamesLeung
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerLovag
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dcmchew
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Brenden
2.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kevin for indulging my bizarre desire for any beers I can get from pretty much everywhere.

Despite the strange can art with the weird-looking dude wailing away on his guitar in front of, like, a minaret (?) or something, this is actually a pretty good-looking beer. It's bright and clear, a golden yellow color. The purely white head is actually decently sized and well managed, holding up pretty nicely and dropping a good amount of lace to the glass.
There's a little biscuit malt and a little grass, enough to push this over average is the taste of corn wasn't so strong. It's not too sweet but it heads that direction.
The taste isn't as good because there's simply not enough to this beer to offset any odd flavors, even if they're not strong either. There is a hint of grass, a mineral quality that builds up as it goes, and an interesting note to the malts that isn't richly bready, just kind of...bready. Wonder?
The body is light but actually has a little something to it, crispness is sharp but easy enough, certainly consistent, and it's reasonably smooth.

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3.02 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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