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Ledenika SpecialLedenika Special

Brewed by:
Pivovaren Zavod Ledenika

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BucBasil on 03-10-2009

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 6
Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ultra sharp clarity, lasting surface coverage and some minor sudsy lacing.
Lazily ascending trails of bubbles.

Aroma is nondescript, light cracker malt, minerals wet grain.

Taste is inoffensive, this is more Euro lager than Czech Pils, bland with little flavor or nuance.
Light bodied with a slight metallic astringency. Seltzery and clean otherwise. Pretty average all around.

There's a different label, with a logo that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Bacardi bat logo, only the body is a beer glass instead of the bat. Weird.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
1.46/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured 500 ml chilled bottle in hotel glass, Sunny Beach, Black Sea coast of Bulgaria

A: blonde, no carbonation; good head that dissipates quickly
S: repulsive stink--macrobrew from the trashcan; ugh
T: really poor lager; it's sweet, tasteless, tinny, all the things you associate with a bad American beer
M: watery, dead

Really terrible. Could be one of the worst I've had.

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Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Courtesy of my Bulgarian flatmate, who brought this bottle back from a mountainous area in the Northeast region (near Lom), where many small breweries like this one does "summer brewing" targeted at tourists. Coming in a 500ml, slim, brown plastic bottle; BB 25/08/09 (so I suspect it's unpasteurised), served chilled in a pint glass.

A: faintly translucent, honey-ish straw in colour, coming with very restrained carbonation (with no trace of artificial carbonation in appearance) and a fast-dissipating off-white head. Looking natural~~
S: the aroma is more like a Czech pilsner, full of syrupy-rich and honey-ish grainy malts, while a pronounced edge of Saaz hops as well as a touch of sweet peanuts also stay loyally behind. Not as complex as desirable, yet reasonably pleasant.
T: a mildly sweet grainy (corn-ish even) foretaste of malts is laced by hints of steamed lotus-roots, boiled sweet potatoes and wet peanuts, leading towards a moderate finish of grassy hops with a light metallic touch, then finished semi-clean where a restrained impact of bitter hops manages to linger.
M&D: not at all fizzy, the texture is like from fresh beer being (hand-) transferred to a plastic bottle (as it probably is), hence pretty low on carbonation yet still much better than the palate of artificial carbonation; my overall impression stands that it's brewed to the Czech tradition as the balance gears towards the maltiness, but the lack of a more assertive bitter finish and the light body of malts make this beer taste a bit dull overall. Still, many thanks go to my favourite Bulgarian beer supplier, Lub!
P.S. This is NOT a Premium Bitter or so-called ESB!!!

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Photo of BucBasil
3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 500mL plastic pull top bottle into a branded Ledenika pint glass. The beer is a reddish-orange color with a 2 and a half finger pure white head with moderate retention.

Smell: Actually very good. Citrusy at first hint with an actual malty profile of biscuit (and is that butterscotch?). Light touch of honey, like in Ledenika's regular beer. I'm surprised.

Taste: Starts with light fruits and some citrus is evident. Toastiness makes a little appearance. Finishes smooth and with a light biscuty/bready maltiness. Very nice.

Overall a very nice, well rounded beer with refreshingly robust taste for a Bulgarian beer. A good session comparable to an English bitter. I'm going to say ESB since it's their "special" label,and it may have been influenced by the style (it shares all the characteristics of what an ESB should be). Recommended if you find yourself in the beer wasteland that is most of Bulgaria.

EDIT: this review applies only to the 500mL bottle. I've tried the 2 liter bottle of this, and it was actually considerably different - closer in nature to your typical euro pale lager. Steer clear of the 2Ls...

EDIT 2: I've had this beer a few more times and it's different every time I have it. More often than not it seems to be more of euro pale, but sometimes it hits like my original review. I really don't know what the deal is here, unless they're just bottling random stuff from their brewery and putting it in the same bottle, or if they're experimenting with formulas or what... For now, I'm editing my rating to reflect the average experience of what I have.

EDIT 3: This beer has fallen squarely in the category of Czech Pilsner. I don't know what happened to the malty version of this beer that was present in the first bottle I drank, but now this is a pilsner. Please change the info to reflect this!

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Ledenika Special from Pivovaren Zavod Ledenika
2.83 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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