Ochakovskiy Kvass | Ochakovo

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Ochakovskiy KvassOchakovskiy Kvass

Brewed by:
Russian Federation

Style: Russian Kvass

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gueuzedude on 06-07-2008

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.02/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of AllHopsMatter
3.48/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.41/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
1.79/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.59/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
2.47/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
2.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.89/5  rDev +71.6%
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.

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Photo of Johnct
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Asics
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.67/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Franziskaner
2.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.55/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

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Photo of Dzu
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.32/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BranfordBound
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of Kiro
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Raime
1.44/5  rDev -49.5%
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.

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Photo of spycow
2.54/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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Ochakovskiy Kvass from Ochakovo
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 124 ratings