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Ochakovo LagerOchakovo Lager

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Russian Federation

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 03-06-2004

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Photo of beerhunter13
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.24/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I ask for so little in my beer drinking, namely, that I can open the damned thing. This, however, was too much for Ochakovo, as I spent a good ten minutes trying to figure out how to unlock the beery goodness after snapping off the ring.

After opening, Ochakovo lager poured an aggressively boring light golden, with about a 1/2 inch of head that died almost on impact. Poor retention, no lacing. Hardly any visible carbonation.

The nose isn't bad for a Euro lager: malty and hoppy, with notes of lemon, biscuits and spice.

Hoppy and biscuity, with that lemon zing kicking around near the back, but overlaid with a skunky, watery taste. Drinkable, but only just.

Mouthfeel is watery, and the carbonation is quite low.

Bland, hard to open, skunky and undercarbonated. Pass.

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Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Novel pull tab/cap opener, I wasn't sure it would work, until I applied a little more force, and it popped the somewhat non-standard cap clean off.

This beer pours a clear light golden hue, with a copious amount of thin, foamy white head, which leaves chunks of dissolving lace around the glass in its hastened retreat. It smells of sweet white grain, and skunky grassy hops. The taste is more of the same - sweet white grain, a bit of buttery alcohol, and mild weedy, astringent hops. The carbonation is mild, the body slick, more or less smooth, but a bit cloying, and it finishes mostly dry, with a diminishing weedy hoppiness.

Too flat and cloying, as opposed to the crisp and fresh qualities one would usually look for it a lager.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some malts. Taste is crisp, some malts and grains, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while no one aspect stands out, everything works together to make an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.39/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color lager with a good size foamy pure white head with minimal retention and light lacing. Aroma of light adjunct with some sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by adjunct with some sweetness in the aftertaste. Nothing that I will be seeking again but I have seen a lot worse for the style.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Globetrotter
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Comes in a standard brown half liter bottle with a sharp but ultimately uninteresting silver and white label featuring the brewery's coat of arms above the name. "Ochakovo" is in Russian, while "lager" is in English. The word beer circles the name in eight languages. Obviously export packaging. Ingredeints conform to the purity law. Best before 2/29/04, I opened it on 3/6/04 - gotta watch that!

Poured a clear standard gold under a very fizzy and extremely short-lived white head that never mustered more than half a finger and was gone before I actually got around to taking the first sip. The nose is little more than water, with just a touch of rust. The mouth is prickly and slightly sour/sweet. The taste has this same sour/sweet aspect, rather like cabbage that has past its prime but isn't yet comepletely bad. There's a touch of metallic hops in the close, but the aftertaste is dominated by sour malt. It might be better fresh, but I doubt it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Russian lager in a clear glass bottle, what could possibly go wrong?

Looking straight through the bottle this look like Coors. I pop the top and took a sniff, and despite my fears there isn't the slightest bit of skunk from the clear glass bottle. Poured in a Pilsener glass I get a clear yellow beer with a decent amount of white head.

The smell is sweet and decently malty and a little on the sweet side. Floral and faintly fruity scents are in this. Hop scent isn't that strong just lightly floral and grassy.

The taste begins sweet and decently clean, not noticeably bitter of off tasting. Decent lager taste and slightly sweet with a good amount of hop bitterness that gives a good floral and herbal hop flavor. Bitterness is about perfect, balanced so that sweet and bitter play tag between each sip to see which is a little stronger. Nice Euro lager that I like better than Heineken.

Mouthfeel is decidedly light.

A great deal better than I expected from looking at the bottle. A beer stored like this will be exceedingly vulnerable to mistreatment; my sample was treated well. Nice tasty lager that I could see drinking again. I really hope the maker switches to brown glass.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a golden pale yellow with a huge foamy/fizzy white head. I can't see a whole lot of carbonation. There appears to be a slight amount of web like lacing. Head stuck around for a little while.

Smell - slight skunk, but also a very fresh crisp smell, lemon zest, hops, grassy notes

Taste & Mouth - low amount of carbonation, a very light nice taste. Not a huge amount of taste going on.. definitely not full bodied. A little watery. Hops at first, and a nice refreshing dry finish.

Drink - Not a terrible beer.. just nothing special.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of yarnanimal
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.86/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fancy long-necked 500 mL bottle embossed with a coat-of-arms and 'Ochakovo' in Cyrillic text; packaged in April 2011. Finally I've gotten around to doing a Russian beer review - too bad it's not a more interesting style.

The brew pours a pale straw yellow, and generates a puffy, bright white foamy head about two fingers in width. Decent retention for the style; the head sticks around for a few minutes before thinning out to a nice, soapy cap on the surface while leaving lots of lacing on the sides. The skunky stank from this stuff was noticeable as soon as I pulled the weird tab-cap off - not surprising, given the packaging date I guess; this stuff must be near the end of its shelf life. Other than this, the aroma is pretty inoffensive and plain - light grainy malts with some lemon citrus and grassy hay.

I don't think this stuff is really 'past its prime' as it tastes alright for the style. Very typical grainy taste with light cracker-like malts. More grassy hay notes toward the finish, which is slightly spicy, along with some lemon zest. Pretty clean-tasting with a slightly dry, grassy finish. Nice light body, with moderate carbonation that seems a bit too sparse for the style. Smooth, easy to drink, and reasonably refreshing. For a 4.5% brew, the flavour intensity is fairly solid.

A drinkable but thoroughly unremarkable lager. A fair substitute for various lighter Polish/Eastern Euro lagers, but unless you're from the Motherland and have a nostalgic affinity for the stuff I can't think of any compelling reasons to pick this specifically. I doubt I'll purchase this again, but it's serviceable enough.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of DogFood11
1.54/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Clear bottle with a yellowish orange looking lager waiting inside. Poured into a fat pils glass it formed a whispy white head with tons of swirling carbonationg racing to the top for support. Minimal lace.

Has a malt liquor flare to it was my first impression. This is clearly a fresh version as there are no off flavors or much of any flavor at all. For a clear bottle containing a low abv lager from Russia to the shelves at my bevmo and be in good shape deserves some props if nothing else. If there is one dominant characteristic I would say its a sweet corn type adjunct tasting frontside and there is a slight spicy peppered tobasco backdrop. Digging deeep to get this of course.

Notes: It's not worthy of even lawnmower status because BMC pabst etc and the like are at least clean and refreshing and this would be tough to pull down a few in a row. I was on such a good streak of great beers but this one brings me back down to earth. Like almost everything in my life ...I just have to try it ONCE at the very least. One and done.

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Photo of Viggo
2.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle, weird kind of flip tab cap.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellowish gold, pretty average for the style, thin bone white head forms, fizzes as it settles quickly down to a very thin ring, no real lacing, crappy retention. Smell is actually not that bad, toasty grains, some caramel, biscuits, light lemony citrus, touch of floral, no skunking, nothing exciting but not off at all. Taste is a different matter, lightly skunked, very watery, some grainy sweetness and a bit of toast, lemons, very light flavour, almost like seltzer water. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, might be alright on a hot summer day to pound back but lacks any sort of half decent flavour.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.26/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Strange pull off cap, like a tuna can or something...

Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that doesnt last.

Grainy smell, sort of skunky, smells kind of off, stale or something..

Does not taste good either, very fizzy mouthfeel, I don't know why I bought this...

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Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some very mild grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly sweet caramel on the finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that isn't too bad for the style but not something I would go after again.

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Photo of JBogan
2.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow from a clear bottle with nary a head. It did however leave a fair amount of lacing.

Taking in the aroma I did detect a skunky scent, but not as bad as many Heinekens I've opened. Still, the aroma didn't exactly beckon me further.

Taking a sip left me a bit surprised. It didn't taste anywhere near as skunky as I expected from the smell. It had a rather clean and bright hoppy taste, not too bad really.

Mouthfeel was pretty good. There were a fair amount of bubbles present and it tingled on my tongue. A lively beer.

All in all a fairly drinkable brew from our Russian friends. I'd drink it in place of a Heineken if given a choice between the two. I'm not much of a Heineken fan however, so take that for what it's worth. I'll probably not purchase any more of this, but it was worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biegaman
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ochakovo may be an odd sounding beer but it's extremely familiar looking: straw-yellow with thick adorning bubbles that compile a substantial (albeit imperfect) head that is considerably effective in marking up the glass, even despite its holes. No exaggerating, if this beer were any paler and thinner it would belong in 'mineral water' category.

The aroma stinks of over-cooked microwaved canned cream corn - to keep smelling it, you’d have to tie me down to a chair. It seems Ochakovo and I have gotten off on the wrong foot; with warmth, to be fair, it more closely starts to resemble the clean, unadulterated lagers of Germany. Still, however, it never quite shakes that industrial chemical taint.

Off-putting, corn-spattered adjuncts are terrible things with which to disguise my favourite drug - for those of us who actually do drink, not for the alcohol, but because we enjoy the taste of beer, this brand should be avoided like the flu. Bad enough that it tastes cheap and diluted, but its cereal, corn syrup-like texture hardly even resembles that of a real beer.

The word "premium" should always be a warning flag. Like the term "low-fat" on a box of ice-cream sandwiches, it's not a claim you can readily just take at face value. Ask yourself: "premium" what? In this case, premium price and not much else. The ingredients taste chemical-y and far from wholesome. It's drinkable, but not enjoyably so.

Every cloud has a silver lining: if you were unfortunate enough to be duped into buying Ochakovo at least now you know what a lager *shouldn't* taste like. While this Russian lager is better than many, it still has no business in the fridge of any self-respecting beer drinker. Not to beat a dead horse but diluting a beer with cheap adjuncts is never the right way to go.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of boxer0029
4/5  rDev +46.5%

Photo of TheHammer
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brassy yellow body with ample visible carbonation. You would think that with the much carbonation in the body the head could sustain itself, but no. Two fingers of head quickly dissolved into a thin layer of bubbles that did not lace.

Smell: Very mild here, but I seem to be catching some skunking with a little bit of grain and farmers corn in the background. I think in this case the bottle is to blame, for while being brown, it's far lighter then I would expect. The odd cap might also be a contributing factor.

Taste: It starts with an almost foamy solvent taste that I would expect windex to taste like with corn notes in the background. The chemical taste doesn't really go away, as a more robust grain takes over and punctuated by some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Yeah...solvent is not a good feeling for my mouth and the carbonation seeming to be doing it's best to remind me of this fact. It doesn't leave much of an aftertaste, just an unpleasant foaming sensation on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Well it's light, but it's a struggle to get down, and the chemical aspect aren't doing it any favours. If you were thirsty sure, but that's about the only situation this would call for.

Final Thoughts: Well, file this one as another import lager that would likely be alright fresh, but over here just isn't enough bang for your buck. At least I didn't have to pay for this one, as it was a birthday present, but you'll want to pass on this.

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Photo of Molson2000
2/5  rDev -26.7%

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