Slava Oner | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Kvass

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with over 25 loaves of our rustic house-made bread and soured for nearly three days. Hopped gently with Cascade.

Added by Rifugium on 11-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by GeoffreyM:
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Not a true kvas, but a good drinking beer, and appreciate the low abv. Pilsner with a yellow body, and a big bubbly head. Lots of lace. Bready, some sourness which adds to the taste, and Cascade is definitely there to impart the Orange taste. Little sweetness, yet not overall bitter. Chico ale yeast.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

$5.00, served in a pint glass
Sampled 24JAN13

[A] Crystal clear with a finger high of bright white head which doesn't last long. Nicely sustained collar. The body is a very pale golden yellow - not terribly more colorful than water. Infrequent bubbles move slowly within.

[S] Noticeable sour characteristics waft from the glass. Sour dough, crusty bread, muddled earthy aromas and lightly sweet grain. Shyly funky. Herbal hop character mixes in.

[T] The sourness is the dominant feature of the palate. Lightly sweet grain mixes in. Light funkiness. Honestly, not much more flavor than that.

[M] The mouthfeel is more substantial than one would have guessed. The body comes through fuller and chewier than it really is - probably because of the slight grip the souring holds over the tongue. Fine, prickly, stimulating effervescence and bite. Thickened saliva.

[O] First kvass, so my numerical score is almost useless. Nose aside, I thought this beer was pretty damn good.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at the brewpub

a: eight ounce serving in a stemmed pokal glass, the beer is a hazy pale golden-yellow in color, topped with a full white head showing good retention

s: clean, crisp grain aroma features crusty white bread and wheat, aromatic lemon rind sour with a subtle, sweeter citrus tone, some mild earthy notes

m: light and refreshing body with a low-moderate, delicate carbonation

t: clean malts upfront with crusty wheat bread and just a touch of citrus sweetness, some earthy or herbal notes, after the swallow things sour nicely with lemon acid to great balance

o: a nice berliner/kvass hybrid, love the bready notes, and drinks extremely well

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Station in Downington, PA. Glad they had this one on tap, as I had missed it at Tired Hands. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal-clear light straw color with a fluffy, fizzy white head that lasts for just a bit before falling, leaving behind a bit of lacing.

The nose carries faint bread and grain along with a faint tartness and just a bit of lemon. The flavor is very soft and crisp. Very light bread character along with a touch of lactic acid. Very light body with high carbonation. Super, super drinkable. Not too much character, but I don't really expect all that much from a kvass.

Overall, a nice take on the style that steers away from too much breadiness or a heavy-handed character on the spicing.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Pretty crazy that they brewed a kvass, and I was pretty psyched about it, as I've never had anything of the style before, considering it's pretty obscure/obsolete these days. I'm not sure you could say this is an exemplary, traditionally made kvass--the alcohol is pretty high for the style, actually--but rather a contemporary attempt at recreating the style, while still making a beer that people will actually buy at the pub. So basically, this was interesting.

Straw-yellow pour, surprisingly good clarity (I guess I expected otherwise for some reason), and a small, dense cap of creamy white head that receded to a ringlet, and left dots of lace on the glass. The aroma was a bit distant, notes of toasted grains, and hints of citrus. The taste brings in a very nice tartness up front, light and manageable, not at all puckering, lemon, grapefruit, fresh pear, toasted bread, light rock candy sweetness; in the finish there was a bit of what I vaguely picked up as soapiness, which in another beer might indicate an off-flavor, but it wasn't offensive or intrusive here, just a mild sensation, probably a subtle bakers' yeast effect that I'm not used to tasting in beer. Light body, crisp and dry, mouthfeel was on the thinner side, but the tartness compensated, making this quite a drinkable beer overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tired Hands on 12/18/12, served in a tulip.

Pour: Hazy bright yellow orange, with a finger of soapy white head. Leaves some great lacing, yet fades rather quickly.

Smell: Light lemon tartness up front, and some bready yeastiness. Lots of biscuits, and ever so slight white pepper and salt.

Taste: Great lemon tartness up front, followed and complemented by a biscuity taste. Some white pepper again. The clean lemon tartness carries the entirety of the taste. Finishes with biscuits.

Mouthfeel: Without doubt, this is crazily drinkable given the abv, and equally refreshing. Light, but elegant.

Overall: Delicious, simple beer from Tired Hands. Not really a kvass (they even said that). Similar to Brothers, but better in my opinion.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy and very pale yellow, with a small head and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart lemon and sour bread. The flavor is very much the same, lemons and slightly soured breadiness, with very subtle funky lacto notes. Finishes fairly dry.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Ultimately I liked my first kvass, but also found it to be a little thin and watery. This beer has a simple rustic quality, which is definitely appealing, but its also a bit one dimensional. Glad I got to try it, if nothing else it's an interesting and novel experiment.

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub a month or so ago, just getting around to adding this now.

A - Pours pale golden yellow with a frothy one finger tall white head leaving streaky trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells just like the description states, sour bread with some lemony tartness. Hints of pale malt, rye spice and some fresh grass round things out.

T - Pretty bread heavy initially quickly giving way to the lemony sour twang that sticks around through the finish. The light spice, pale malt and dash of grassy hop bitterness come through as the sourness dies down toward the end of each sip. Finish is a touch chewy with some lingering sourness.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking feel from start to finish.

O - I have not had that many kvass’ in my travels so it is hard for me to compare this to others. That being said, I really liked this one. It was very easy to drink and the flavors worked very well. Glad I got to try it.

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4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft offering at the source. The brew pours a pale, perfectly clear color of mild yellow. A white sudsy head sits atop and fades leaving some spotty lace on the glass. A swirl revives a finger of froth back to the surface.

The smell is bready and biscuit-like with a lemony lacto essence blended into a bright almost lemon zesty freshness. A mild fruit and yogurt tinge beings everything together in a clean and very enjoyable package of aromatics.

The flavor is sharp and lemony with a yogurt sort of feel that blends into a dry grainy quality like biscuits and bread. Some suggestions of pear and apple skins are also present. The brew finishes snappy, crisp and clean.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is refreshing and super easy drinking. More please. Some fantastic shit right here. Stylistically, lets see a show of hands for how many people have consumed more than 5 different examples of kvass. Thats right, each that I have had have been wildly different from the next. From a purely enjoyable standpoint, this brew rubbed me the right way in every sense. In a blind taste test, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and a berliner weisse.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at The Brew Cafe in Ardmore.

Slava is very light looking, body wise, color wise and alcohol wise, 3.5%. The color is a light shaded amber with a thin amount of bubbles on top, barely a cap. Not a lot of activity coming up from the bottom, swirls did not bring anything back, either way, it's beer. Smell is subtle with some rye, wheat, and some grass from the light hopping. I get a bit of grain as this warms up. Taste is subdued rye and some pale malt. Trace amounts of cascade hop flavor that barely reach me. Subtle green tea flavor and a bready aftertaste. Feel is light, this is the lightest bodied beer I have had yet at Tired Hands, just saying. A small tangy flavor on the end side.I was good with me 8oz's, did not feel the need for more. Not a bad beer by any means and interesting, but perhaps Kvass is not my thing.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub

A straw yellow pour, with a paper white cap. A bit of a cloudy body. The nose is tart. Lemons, tea leaves, oranges, and baked sourdough bread. Some other mild fruitiness I can't put my finger on. The flavor profile follows the nose. A little tartness up front before a bready graininess through the middle with some oranges and mild fruitiness. The finish is a rush of mild sourness with some subtle citrus and a dry tea leaf like quality. Light bodied and very refreshing. Carbonation is on point. This is definitely not a traditional take on the style, but I must say that I enjoyed this modern spin much better than my other foray into Kvass.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

Pours a clear golden color with a thinner layering of white head resting on top. Slowly dissolves while leaving a few trails of spotty lacing behind on the glass.

Pleasant tartness in the nose with bready, grainy malts. Light and snappy with some slight yeasty funk and a touch of citrus.

Lemony snap of tart citrus up front. Zesty and invigorating, not sour, but brisk and refreshing on the tongue. Grainy, thinner straw backbone with bready notes. Touches of yeast and soft funkiness. Finishes tart and clean.

Lighter body, slightly higher carbonation, crisp and dry on the palate. I've never had a Kvass before, but this was really enjoyable. Low alcohol, clean profile, mild tartness and extremely high drinkability - I seriously considered buying a growler to drink the following evening.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Slava Oner from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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