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Shumensko Pivo (Carlsberg)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 06-14-2008

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by crossovert:
Photo of crossovert
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

360ml embossed bottle.

It pours a clear gold with a foamy white head.

The smell is sweeter and breadier than usual, slight grassy hops.

Flavor is typical EPL. I guess it has a bit more character than most. It has a mild soapiness, some mild bitterness, herbalness, a nice sweetness, and some fruity notes. Reminiscent of a czech pils melded with a polish lager.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.69/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Straw golden. Decent foam. Lacing is definitely above average. Carbonation leaves a bit to be desired. I just tried Karlovacko from Croatia, which looks very similar.

Smell: A decent yeastiness to this. Sweet honey or caramel malt is definitely present. Pretty subtle and refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste and feel confuse me a bit. There's a sourdough bread taste initially. It's very faint, that's for sure. Shumensko finishes with a stale mineral or metallic flavor that sometimes comes across way to strong. I'm not sure if it's the water or something with the brewing. Mouthfeel alternates between sticky and sugary and dry and metallic.

Drinkability: Nothing terribly unpleasant, but nothing particularly enticing.

Overall: I would definitely pick more widely available beers over this.

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Photo of emerge077
2.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Viva Bulgaria! BBD 03.06.14

Pours a pale gold with a lasting thin film across the surface, minimal spotty lacing.

Smells like cooked grains and corn, wasted nights swilling Samson at Johnnies.

Taste is pretty bland and inoffensive, weak and insipid. Cooked grain, dull taste. Bleh.
Don't waste your time, even though the bottle has a wacky embossed coat of arms on it. Industrial lager is the same in any country sadly enough.

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Photo of metter98
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles that covered about three quarters of the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pilsner malts and corn adjuncts are present in the nose along with faint hints of sweetness.
T: The taste follows the smell has has flavors of corn and pilsner malts with a slight amount of bitterness from the underlying hops.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a slight amount of smoothness.
O: This beer is a cut above others in the style as it doesn't have any "off" or skunky flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mihael199
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Machoo
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of ruckus232
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of djura
1.68/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bottle 500 ml.

A - Almost without foam, some bubbles, pale.
S - Nothing.
T/M - Skunky, cheap, bad taste. Low bitterness, medium carbonation.

O - Cheap industrial lager.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2014.

Served on-draught into a .5L glass at a bar in Sofia, Bulgaria. Expectations are average going in.

HEAD: Half a finger in height. White in colour. Okay thickness. Okay creaminess. Not much frothiness. Horrid (~20 second) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear clean yellow body colour. No yeast/lees or sediment are/is visible within. Has average vibrance. Appears filtered.

Looks adequately carbonated, if not overcarbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for a beer in this style. Pretty standard across the board.

AROMA: Pilsner malts, clean 6-row barley, a faint hint of floral hop character, generic malt sweetness. No off-notes are detectable, nor are any overt yeasty aromatics or booze.

A pleasant aroma of average intensity. Largely inexpressive, but that's not atypical given the style.

TASTE: Pilsner malts, clean 6-row barley, generic malty sweetness. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Unremarkable overall, with a tired build, no yeasty esters, no interesting hop flavour, etc. To its credit, it suffers from no off-flavours.

Not well balanced in spite of its simplicity. I do like it generally, but it won't impress discerning drinkers. Not intricate, subtle, or naunced in its flat execution. Boring but passable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, and fairly refreshing for what it is. Suits the taste okay. A bit overcarbonated, which reduces it drinkability.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Not bad for macroswill lager by European standards, and far from the worst I've had. In fact, it's a bit above average within the category. Drinkable and decent. One could do far worse for the price. If we're being fair, this isn't a bad casual table beer for mindlessly pairing with spicy food or the like. You get what you expect and maybe a little more when you order Shumensko.


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Photo of torwart94
2.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BucBasil
2.81/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner glass from the 500mL can.

A: The beer is a pale gold, typical of euro pales. The head is nice and fluffy, pure white with good retention at 2.5 fingers.

S: Sweet character in the nose with a touch of grain. Slight metallic twang. Maybe a touch of canned corn. A bit of floral hop, but then covered up again by sweet character.

T: Again somewhat sweet with some corn and a bit of a sour end. Finish is light with more sweetness, like wet white bread or something. Not very much bitterness to be found in this one.

F: Filmy and a bit watery. Carbonation prickles for a bit then fizzles out quickly.

D: I live very near Shumen, the city that this beer is made for. As such, this is the go to beer for most of the locals. It's not a bad way to end a hot day with friends.

I've drank plenty of this stuff, and would put it ahead of most macros. However, there are better Bulgarian beers.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.64/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rvdoorn
2.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: pours a clear yellow-straw color with a white head.
Smell: Sweet malts and some hints of grain, bit metallic.
Taste: Sweet malts honey and grain, this beer is too sweet for the style. No hops at all. No bite, nothing
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and thin body
Overall: Sweet lager-water

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Photo of hansavijaticar
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of yaron73
3.02/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of stcules
2.54/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Yellow, fizzy appearance. Creamy solid and abundant white foam.
Nothing to report for the smell. Some malt, not too fresh hop, a bit of metallic.
Banal and uninteresting in the taste, too. Corn, not too fresh and inviting.
Same for the aftertaste. Banal.

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Photo of AlinD27
3.6/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought from Sofia to the UK by a Bulgarian colleague. Coming in a 360ml engraved brown glass, BB 04/09, served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a bright straw hue with abundant fizziness at play, topped with a white puffy foam that manages to last very well.
S: lightly doughy sourness, floral hops, faintly sweet and clean grainy lager malts - all packed in a single sniff, albeit not complex.
T: initially the flavour comes rather light in lager malts with bitter-sweet graininess (a touch of dried corns), then a mysteriously savoury-sweet touch with more floral bitter hops expand in the aftertaste, followed by a very faint plastic and semi-dry finish.
M&D: light-bodied, properly carbonated, but slightly thin (even a bit watery) in the finishing touch... compared with the can version that I tried 6 months ago, this bottle version tastes much better in terms of the clean palate, balanced profile, and a pleasant addition of light bitterness of hops. Lots of thanks go to Lily my colleague!

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Photo of benfons
2.13/5  rDev -22%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: very pale; no head what so ever, loads of carbonation, looks a bit like canada dry

S: kind of sweet, a bit lemony, some malts,

T: sweet, some malts, hint of metal, overall very bland

M: very thin, carbonation is pretty good,

O: really not a good beer, but nothing really disturbing about it either

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Photo of FZR23
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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