Yarpivo Amber (Yantarnoye) | Baltika Breweries

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Yarpivo Amber (Yantarnoye)Yarpivo Amber (Yantarnoye)

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 05-29-2003

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 33
Photo of Scepter
4.04/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ratings on BA for Russian beers seems low. I picked up this Amber at a local Russian store. It's fresh and refreshing. Nice aftertaste better than many Ambers. Only regret is I only bought one pint.

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Photo of metter98
3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, but consistently left a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Rather sweet in the taste, the beer has flavors of corn and other adjunct malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer had a decent mouthfeel for the style because it wasn't thin or watery but the taste seemed to be a little too sweet.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 51oz plastic bottle of this at Woodman's West in Madison, WI for $1.99.

Pours a clear amber color with a slight but quickly disappearing head. Scent is mild with cheap malts and the taste is watery with grassy grains. Is decently sweet and light with a dry finish. In the realm of beers this isn't very good, but at $2 for 51oz this is a great tasting beer. I would take this any day over a 24oz can of Miller/Bud for the same price.

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Photo of sleazo
2.97/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was $1.25 for a 1.9 pint at the local supermarket so I figured I would give it a go.

A_Pours a hazy straw hue. Minor head quickly dissipates.

S_The aroma is mild, slight alcohol scent and mild dried grain.

T_Somewhat the same. Not offensive in any way nor a standout. The taste is strong on the toasted grain side with a mild nondescript bitterness which one could ascribe to hops.

M_Mild lager feel, medium carbonation and light body.

D_Meh all around. Not bad but not interesting. I suppose this would be more fitting if I were actually in Russia

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Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a .5L can at EuroMarket in Queens. I can't find a date on the can, but I suspect it might have sat around at least a few months. An apple juice flavor has started to take over this beer with a touch of caramel. It's more subtle in the aroma with a little creamy bread that reminds me of a cream ale. Fruit aside, the beer is clean and inoffensive. There's a hint of finishing bitterness for balance, making it a decent session lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.36/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yes, I really scored some in a CAN! crossovert put me onto a European market that carries this and others in a CAN and you CAN believe that I was quick to place an order.

From the CAN: Nothing that I CAN impart. The writing was all Cyrillic. A rare Rexam CAN, however!

My aggro pour resulted in just better than a rocky finger of bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Very pretty. Nose had the typical grainy/corn/silage smell that I have come to associate and describe as the norm for the style. Nothing new here, just keep moving. Mouthfeel was slightly watery with a muted AAL flavor in the mouth, almost like a light version. Really?!? C'mon? How do you f**k up a f**ked up style? Unless you are Minhas, this is a travesty. Finish felt light, muted, watery. Feh.

Put this in my cooler?!? Put this in my recycling bin, more like!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

16.8oz bottle from Red Square at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.

A - Straw Yellow. A great color, but definitely not amber. Thick, creamy head that formed strong resilient peaks.

S - Sweet citrus peel, touch of malt.

T - A slightly different profile than the other reviews I've read so far. I'm wondering if I just came across one that made it across the Atlantic in better condition. Profile had orange rind, touch of lemon, and loads of fresh baked bread. Very light on the hops, only a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. The flavors were distinct and crisp. A touch on the sweet side, but it was more of a bready sweetness than sugar. Overall it had a very nice flavor.

M - Light body, with a semi-dry finish.

D - Extremely drinkable. Light on the ABV, and easy on the palate.

O - Honestly, the worst thing about this beer is the label. It's a great tasting beer by my account, it just isn't an amber by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of speter
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

half-liter bottle from Bahetle in Kazan, Russia. Bottle has both bottling date (16.05.10) and best by date (16.02.11). Ingredients: purified brewing water, light malted barley, rice, barley, maltose syrup, hop product.

A: Just a hair redder than gold (i.e., not really amber in any real sense). It has a rocky three-finger head that fades to a thin layer leaving impressive lacing. The amber term is I believe a marketing rhyme (YArpivo YAntarnoe).

S: Grainy malt with more hops than I am used to getting in Russian beers. A definite backdraft of rice, though.

T: Sweet in the front and center, with a bit of pepper in the center. The finish is nicely bitter, but the aftertaste is the metallic thirst-making rice flavor.

M: Overall not bad. The carbonation matches the relative lightness of the body.

D: Aside from the rice, this isn't a bad beer. I don't think I'd go too far out of my way for it, but I just picked it up at the local store here.

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Photo of hmk22
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has popped up all over NYC in 16.9oz bottles at bargain prices, from 99 cents at the famed Pioneer Supermarket on Columbus Avenue to $1.25 at Morton Williams on 9th Avenue...I also spotted it right in the middle ($1.11) in Yonkers, NY. They have all been past their sell-by date of 4/10/10. I have some apprehension about heavy metals and/or weird preservatives (e.g., formaldehyde) in Russian beer since they appear in beer from China with some regularity. That acknowledged, Yarpivo Amber is a decent, if not life-changing, beer. It won't blow your skirt up, but for the price it's an interesting quaff. They also make a lighter (4.7% ABV) and stronger (7.3%) variety which IMHO are less interesting.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.47/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 21, 2010. It pours straw yellow. Not what I expect from man amber. Nothing dark about it at all. Lots of fizzy white head that diminishes in short order. The aroma is very sweet and sugary with some malts on the nose. Little in the way of hops. The mouthfeel is pretty thin but I would not call it watered down. The taste is kind of flat. It's noted elements are sweet caramel and sugar and it ends on the tart side. It was not all that great.

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Photo of MNJR
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a giant 1.5L plastic bottle that cost $2.59. Very nice dark gold color. Smell is nice with sweet honey and leaves a clean, fresh impression. The flavor is quite good, again honey is up front, rich malt flavors, and pleasant dryness on the finish from some crisp, low power hops. No offensive flavors at all, which is great for a beer at this price. The only downside is a bit of a wishy-washy mouthfeel. It seems to lose a lot of carbonation as the glass empties and gets a bit watery near the end. But, a great buy and a good tasting, refreshing beer. Nothing fancy, but solid and respectable.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 50CL bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A - Deep clear yellow with a half inch off white head that slowly falls to a light skim.
S - Grains, malt and light hops.
T - Sweet malt, finishing with some dryness from the hops. Simple and clean. Not bad though a touch too sweet for my palette.
M/F - Lightish in body though it definitely has some body to it. Brightly carbonated rather nice.
D - This is an easy drinking lager. Not a bad simple beer. Probably won't seek out but would drink if placed in front of me for sure.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml / 1 pt, 9 oz brown bottle with English language label, rather than Cyrillic.

As others have noted, despite the name, this beer isn't amber at all. It's a straight up the middle European Pale Lager, in the tradition of mass market beers like Becks, Peroni, Heineken, Moretti, etc.

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately if one has quality concerns about Russian beers, there isn't really much to make Yarpivo stand out from the Euro pale lager pack, either. It's drinkable, it's inoffensive, it won't overpower food, it's crisp, but it's also fairly unmemorable.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a whim,never heard of it or seen it before.
Appearance wasn't bad, foamy head that rapidly dissipated and left some broken lace down sides of glass, clear golden color.
Aroma almost non-existant slight grassy smell.
good bit of hoppiness up front with a slightly malt finish.
tangy,slightly dry mouthfeel.
drinkability is o.k on this not bad, but not great, but was fairly inexpensive and you could definitely do worse than picking up a couple bottles of these..worth a try.

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Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. It's not amber colored at all. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt and adjunct scent. It's crisp and clean with little malt or hop character. The taste is average. It has a very light and dry flavor. It's watery with little traces of malt character. It goes down easy and finishes clean with a slight metallic feel. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is your typical macro lager. I was excited by the "amber" title, but I'm not tasting any malt contribution here.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pallid yellow-gold with waxed lemon edges beneath a half-a-glass head of ivory foam that is vastly superior than most of what you'll see on an actual macro macro lager. Splotches of lace are beginning to appear, but are too melty to last. Average at worst.

The nose is simple, but that's not always a bad thing. Untoasted pale malt and grassy noble hops are present in roughly equal proportions and the nose is elevated in my eyes by the fact that it isn't the least bit offensive (it's amazing where my standard of acceptability lies with some styles). The fact that this bottle is fresh and has been well cared for undoubtedly helps.

Amber is actually decent beer. Like the nose, it's simple fare. My description of the flavor profile won't take up much space since it's pretty much a reprise of the description given in the previous paragraph. I will say though that I like the light sweetness of the pale malt and the perfectly countering bitterness of the floral, spicy hops. A crisp, clean finish is an added bonus.

The body is much closer to light than to medium and the beer is briskly carbonated. It isn't buzzy though and all those fine bubbles actually give the mouthfeel some needed zestiness. It may not be my idea of an outstanding mouthfeel, but it works well given the rest of the beer's attributes.

Bad pun alert. I keep thinking that these unassuming looking Russian lagers are going to be 'bad borscht', but this one is brewed by the best brewery in that country and, along with most of the rest of their line, is hard to beet. Yarpivo Amber and Yarpivo Premium may not be outstanding beer, but I'd be more than happy if Budweiser tasted as good.

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Photo of ernie
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.50 l brown bottle with a simple white label.

Pale golden color, rather high carbonation, medium off-white head, some lace (not much).

Aroma malty and hoppy with a faint spicy touch (white pepper?).

Start malty, a bit heavy and sweetish. Nevertheless, the brew is well-balanced, hoppy bitterness quite alright, finish is hoppy, too. Rice, listed among the ingredients, not felt at all. Body a bit light for standard gravity (12 degrees Plato) and an alcohol content of German Export (5.3 ABV). Near-bisquity aftertaste.

Would rate this beer higher, but let the brewer get rid of artificial, metallic notes in the taste.

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Photo of Redrover
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml heavy dark brown bottle. I can't read Russian, so I can't tell much about this beer.

It pours a very light bright gold. Large initial head that collapses to just a skim.

The beer has a light spicy and slightly grainy aroma. No off smells at all.

The taste is sweet with a bit of pepper accents. Slight metallic aftertaste. A whisper of sulfur and a bit of grain emerges latter.

The mouth is a bit thin for 5.3% beer, but despite the bit of metal taste, this is an easy enough drinker. Would I go out of may way for one, no, but I would sure take this over a standard BMC offering.

This would be a nice beer to pair with simple dishes like a fish fry, fried chicken etc.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Despite this beer's name - "Amber" - it pours out light gold at best. (My wife reminded me that amber stones are quite frequently that color...) The head was substantial and reasonably firm, leaving some pretty healthy lace down the glass. The smell is largely grain and malt. Sure enough, rice is listed as an ingredient. The mouthfeel is bland, and the taste smooth. The start is pure sweet grain, but the hops do come out later on, providing a pleasant finish and lingering appeal. Disappointed by the color, I still wouldn't say "no" to another one.

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Yarpivo Amber (Yantarnoye) from Baltika Breweries
3.13 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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