Ochakovskiy Kvass

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Russian Federation
Ranked #18
Ranked #30,151
2.87 | pDev: 24.04%
Dec 02, 2022
Jun 08, 2008
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Rated: 3.25 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Dec 02, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
2L plastic bottle served in a tulip. There are three lines etched into the bottle: 02.09.21, 02.09.22P10, and 17:57:45. I would *guess* this means it was bottled February 2021 and was best by February 2022. My wife picked it up at a local European deli. Also interesting, the label doesn't seem to mention abv at all -- from the labeling, I would assume it's a soda.

Pours dark brown, very little head or carbonation. Smell is grainy and musty (like...wet sweepings?), a little bit of ashiness, maybe some dark bread crust aroma. There is something super familiar about this smell that I just can't place.

Taste is sweet, like really sweet. Running toward sweetened grape juice and prunes maybe. Graininess is there, kind of.

Mouthfeel is medium, slick, smooth. Overall...I'm really, really not enjoying this. I'm dumping most of this glass and the rest of this bottle.
Jul 09, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

3.69/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a can. Everything on the can is in Cyrillic, but I recognize the kbac for kvass.
Pours a dark malty cola-burgundy. The depth of color is intense. Sweet and bready, with a long finish.
Dec 15, 2020
Rated: 3 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 16, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
500mL can (I think) stamped 19/07/19 19/07/20 (6 months old) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can (can't read anything as it's 100% Russian). The beer pours mostly bright dull brown with light khaki head that's gone in 60 seconds. The aroma is literally liquid rye bread. The taste is cherry coke, molasses and rye with a tangy twist and some next level sweetness. This will become my new frame of reference for cloying. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with very low carbonation and the least dry finish ever. Overall, it's a Kvass. What the heck would I know about it.
Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 2.5 by harpus from Alabama

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by igl from Russian Federation

Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

3.24/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Ruby brown pour from one liter plastic bottle; no head; very good clarity; micro dots of lace only on vigorous swirl. Sweet rye bread nose. Very sweet baked brown bread pudding; rye bread; slight metallic fruity medicinal taste in the finish. Almost no carbonation, lite and watery body. Overall kinda like drinking a watered down flat Pepsi, with more sugar added; too cloying.
Oct 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a very dark brown that nets a black glass once full. No head formation. Aroma is sweet, hitting caramel and toffee right of the bat. Caramel and toffee lead into a sugary cola aroma. Rye and whole wheat bread are present throughout. Flavor profile is whole and rye wheat bread stirred and mashed into a glass of cola. Caramel, toffee, and some light spices give it a little extra depth, but overall it's very sugary. No discernible alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth, no fizziness or texture. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, sugary notes are abundant, and yet the rye and wheat beers make it seem somewhat healthy. Very unique.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 1.5L bottle.
Sep 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a deep, dark mahogany coloration with a reddish tint when held up to the light and a small, foamy head that quickly disintegrates to nothing. Smells of caramel malt, brown sugar and perhaps a hint of dark fruits. Taste is quite sweet and artificial, with notes of caramel malt, molasses and dark/red fruit: fig, redcurrant. There's a slightly tart lactic acid note to this as well, quite faint though. Finishes sickly sweet, with no discernible aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel with a watery body and medium carbonation.

This is not a beer, it's a soda. Kinda tastes like a cross between German Malzbier and Coca Cola, actually.
Sep 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Drinking from a pint glass, poured from a can. Rating it for the style (somewhat).

Look: Pours dark brown, with relatively thin head, even on the aggressive pour. Head is made up of non-uniform large bubbles, and dissipates very quickly.

Smells: Sweet - notes of molasses and yeast, or better said — bread.

Taste: Follows the nose. It's sweet, with notes of molasses, raisins, some dark fruit and yeast.

Feel: Body is quite watery, and highly carbonated.

Overall: This particular kvass is kind of like Budweiser is to beer. It carries most essential elements, but in a dull and cheap way. Growing up in Ukraine, I've had more kinds of kvass than I can remember, and comparatively, this is just weak. I honestly like kvass on tap, but did not want to another can right away. In any case, kvass is the Eastern European soda, and that's the expectation you should have when having one.
Apr 08, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.41/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
My first Kvass. Pours the color of Root Beer. Head is grey and 1 finger tall. Lace left on glass.

Huge aromas of horehound. Ipecac. Almost didn't want to try it due to possible projectile vomiting. Definitely some medicinal-sweet stuff going on. Molasses.

Taste is like if Mountain Dew came out with an anise flavor. Some sweet licorice/molasses, root beer, brown sugar, sugary sweet glazed raisin, rye bread. Much sweeter than I thought it would be. Extremely sweet.

Feel is watery and thin, with a light carbonation keeping it mildly interesting.

Overall, may be too sweet to finish, but it's better than being too bitter to finish. Not bad, not great.
Mar 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

1.79/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
Pours ruby brown, almost like cola.
The aroma is a sour rye bread with a faint raisoniness.
The flavor is cloyingly sweet malts, rye bread and raison with a mild sourness.
The mouthfeel is watery.
Overall this is pretty bad, but I needed to tick the style.
Jan 29, 2018
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
2L plastic pop bottle, from the Russian grocery store that is all new to me in my own city, of late, and cost a whole 3 bucks, at that (foreshadowing, folks).

This beer pours a clear, very dark amber-highlighted brown colour, with a very thin cap of mainly just wispy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some basic ocean plume lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musky and sugary unfermented malt, gritty molasses, cheap root beer, some rather strong and meaty yeasty esters, and very little else. The taste is bready (just bready, in an under-baked rye and wheat sense), muddled dark domestic fruity notes, more edgy and estery molasses, yeasty plain red wine lees, and more brown sugar sweetness.

The carbonation is barely there in its bored as shit frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as all that musty sugary 'character' takes a large toll here. It finishes on the sweet side, in the same weird malt 'shoppe' way as previously mentioned.

Overall - I can't get over how this is considered palatable as an essentially 'no alcohol' beverage, by such a large swath of the world's population. It is saccharine, yet touched, in a really fucked-up manner. My handy-dandy tongue scraper is readily available, but it won't be necessary, as I am done, and the rest of this is (hopefully) going to help unclog my basement bathroom toilet, while I go procure a whisky, or something, gah.
Oct 27, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Jul 19, 2017
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

2.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
16oz can poured into a pint glass, courtesy of those fine folk at amazon. amazed to find canned date of 11/15/16, AND best by date of 11/15/17. so basically 3 months old.

dark brown body with small fizzy tan head which dissipates to just a ring. no lacing. despite the fizziness, no carbonation.

very strong aroma of beefy, bready, yeastiness. reminds me a bit of bovril, from England.

tastes like flat cola with a bottle of bovril mixed into it. not finding any rye.

thin on the mouth, meaty and yeasty on the finish.

overall, and its hard to judge this to style, it doesn't taste like any beer I've ever tried, and i did not care for it one bit. had to drain pour the last 8 ounces. still, it's style tick #101 on the road to 104. would not recommend or try this again. i did try to make my own kvass a couple years back, and while i didn't care for that either, it was still better than this.
Feb 10, 2017
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
At last! A kvass! The last of the styles to try, was surprisingly hard to find stateside. The wait did not help this beer out though, but admittedly it is my first. Where I read descriptions of rye bread and malt flavors, here I get sweet molasses, white bread, and dark fruit, tastes better than it smells. Body is watery, thin, cloyingly sweet, and a touch bready. Will have to find a better kvass to compare
Jan 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.89/5  rDev +70.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
First of all, everyone this is NOT beer. It is similar, but rating it as a beer does it a great injustice. I'm comparing this to other kvass.

Look: Pretty much no head, very dark reddish-caramel body. Pretty much the same color as a scotch ale.

Smell: Grainy bread, yeast, and a mild nondescript vinous flavor. Some slight milkiness.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium-fullish body, nearly flat. Some sweetness, and a suggestion of tartness upfront that transitions to an off-dry finish.
Jan 12, 2017
Rated: 3.33 by Johnct from New York

Aug 09, 2016
Rated: 3 by Asics from Washington

Aug 05, 2016
Rated: 2.67 by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

Jul 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Dark brown to light black in color with minimal light penetration. No head at all. It smells like wort with notes of dark malt and barley sans hops. The taste is fairly sweet. Again it's like drinking unfermented wort from brewing a stout, but there's no hop flavor. The body is lightly syrupy and fairly sweet.
Jul 16, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

1.55/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
Pours out an ugly flanders like mixture, but doesn't create a head. Barely discernable as 'beer'. Aroma was a twiggs and berries approach with what seemed like a good amount of harsh bitterness and alcohol like sting.

Taste, holy shit, this sucks and is undrinkable. So much sweet cloying bitterness, seemed like they just put a bunch of foliage into a wood chipper, pureed that shit and dropped it in a batch.

A bunch of that dark fruit bitterness, the abv, while only 2% drinks like it is 20%. So harsh. Like they dumped the worst shit into a batch of bread, then took some plastic bottle vodka and boilermakered it.
Apr 14, 2016
Rated: 3.38 by Dzu from Russian Federation

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 3.32 by jaydoc from Kansas

Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 2.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2016
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Reviewed by xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I purchased a can of Ochakovskiy Kvass for $1.89 USD in Glendale/California/USA.
Look: Ochakovskiy Kvass did not have any foam.
Smell: Ochakovskiy Kvass had an aroma of cinnamon and rye.
Taste: Ochakovskiy Kvass had a delightful blend of cinnamon, malts, and rye within its flavour.
Feel: Ochakovskiy Kvass had medium carbonation with a smooth feeling.
Overall: Ochakovskiy Kvass is a beverage for people who enjoy drinking kvass.
Jan 28, 2016
Rated: 2.27 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Drinking this one from the .5L can, it's pretty much written entirely in Russian, so it's difficult to figure out what's going on, but I do have Ochakvskiy Kvass here, thanks to a small English logo on the back. Stamped on the bottom as being made August 19, 2015 (19/08/15) and best before May of 2016, it pours out maple syrup brown with a fizzy tan head that drops suddenly to nothingness, no lacing either.

Smells of pure molasses, touch of raisin skin, very sweet.

Taste is a bit more balanced, there's almost a bready malt character to it, middle is raisin and fruit, finishes pretty clean with some molasses notes from the aroma, slightly sweet finish, but not as much as I expected.

Feel is pretty thin, a bit watery, not really any carbonation.

Overall, after reading the reviews I was a bit terrified, but in the end this is actually really tasty, I'd gladly drink it again and it reminds me of Poland, in a weird way. Even though this drink is Russian, it feels very Polish: homemade, served nary a degree below room temperature, and downright tasty. Na zdrowie!
Jan 07, 2016
Rated: 2.53 by Kiro from Russian Federation

Oct 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Raime from Korea (North)

1.44/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Gift from a co-workers returning from Russia. Never even heard of the style so I'm going in quite blind in this one. 2%? Better be light as fuck.

Look - Cleary ruby with a two finger off white head that retains well enough to appreciate. Carbonation is not a factor since it doesn't look like it is quite there. Lacing retains in spotty marks around the glass.

Smell - Beefy but no like a rauchbier. More like beef flavoring you get with a package of ramen noodles. Milky as well...though not like a sweet stout, more sour and past its date.

Taste - Think beef ramen noodles put in sour low grade milk and you pretty much have this beer down. It is NOT pleasant.

Feel - Sour in a bad way though full without a hit of carbonation. Swallows easy though leaves a horrendous after taste.

Overall - Not sure what exactly they are doing in good ole Russian land but this was pretty awful. No wonder they prefer to drink vodka over this stuff. Will not seek out the few and far between American counterparts as I've had enough of this one for a lifetime.
Oct 02, 2015
Rated: 2.54 by spycow from Illinois

Sep 05, 2015
Rated: 2.75 by 123321123321 from Alabama

Sep 05, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Aug 26, 2015
Rated: 2.75 by 1Sundown2C from New York

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 2.33 by VonZipper from New York

Aug 12, 2015
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
It isn't beer, it isn't cola, it isn't alcoholic - it's kvass. I liked it, but not enough to want more. Opaque brown-black with a finger of dark tan foam that slipped away into a wispy collar. Lots of impressions on the nose and tongue - the most immediate being prune juice, cola, dark cherry, raisin, and vanilla... a little molasses and beet - medium-bodied - like a thickened cola, softly carbonated, some tingle; it tastes sticky but doesn't feel sticky. I don't know if other reviewers have more experience with kvass, that it has a "poor" overall rating, or if they just didn't like it. I doubt this was an artisanal representation of the style, but it was enjoyable enough. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.

2/15/22 edit: and I did come back to it anyway lol - and upon revisit, more enjoyable than I recalled - lighter, more tangy and brisk - juicier? I really enjoyed the revisit - paired it with meats and caviar and vodka and pickles - it was quite good...
Jul 31, 2015
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark ruby color with just a bit of head. Burnt sugar aroma and some dark fruits. Taste follows the nose along with some fruity tartness. Overall seems like a tart cherry drink with some burnt sugar. Not bad at all, expected something different.
Jul 28, 2015
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