Ochakovskiy Kvass

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Ranked #24
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2.84 | pDev: 24.65%
Russian Federation
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.24/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

3.48/5  rDev +22.5%
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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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.41/5  rDev +20.1%
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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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

1.79/5  rDev -37%
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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biboergosum from Canada

2.48/5  rDev -12.7%
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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

2.47/5  rDev -13%
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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REVZEB from Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.89/5  rDev +72.2%
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
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Franziskaner from Missouri

2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

1.55/5  rDev -45.4%
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
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3.16/5  rDev +11.3%
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
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev +19.7%
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
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Raime from Greenland

1.44/5  rDev -49.3%
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
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Greywulfken from New York

3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Jul 31, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from Russian Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.

Brown cola body with a quarter inch of fizzy, beige head. Aromas of prune, fig, maraschino cherries. Cola, malty, slightly sweet, dark fruits. Light in body. A solid kvass.

Jun 11, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.11/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

From the can. Yeah, this'll put hair on your chest. Foul as it is, I did kind of like the aroma on it. Really did smell like Russian black bread, or some kind of rye or sourdough. Don't really want to drink that though...

Mar 16, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Очаковский is what appears on the label, in case you're baffled by the all-Russian can label as I was. From the 16 0z can purchased at Europa Express 2 in San Francisco, which has other baffling beers.

For all I know this may be a fabulous Kvass. But to me it tastes like beef bouillon with a dose of root beer. Interesting woody, leaf mold smell with a whiff of mouse pee. Soy sauce with a Kool-Aid undertone? Bottoms up!

Jan 28, 2015
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at Bell's Market, NE Philly - poured into a Sam Smith's pint)

A: dark brownish ruby in color, nice clarity... tall, sudsy foam on the pour, the texture of which reminds me of a German doppelbock or wheat beer; takes a couple minutes to fall... no lacing, though it keeps a fairly thick collar

S: blackstrap molasses, pumpernickel crust, rye flour

T: whoa! wasn't quite prepared for the taste - it's like molasses, (flat) root beer, Jewish rye bread crust... somewhat bitter in the finish, lingering, the quality of which reminds me of burnt sugar and some sort of herbal, medicinal tincture... I would call it sweet, vaguely candy-like... bit of a fermenting dough aftertaste and what seems to be (but likely isn't) chocolate malt

M: kind of fullish and velvety smooth; does have some luscious body to it... hardly any carbonation to dazzle the palate... not nearly as sticky on the palate as I expected

O: first exposure to a commercial 'kvass'...

I'm sure, with time, I could become addicted to this stuff... a lot of its flavors are right up my alley - but I hardly ever drink soft drinks, and this tastes a bit like one... I've brewed about a half-dozen small batches of kvass at home, using traditional recipes and mine are more tart, funky, lemony, and a good bit less dark and sweet

this has the look and the body of a beer - I don't think there's any question about it... it just carries the sweetness of a soft drink but, apparently, not nearly as much sugar as a Coke; can't figure that out... luckily, I grabbed another can of a different brand, so we'll see how that measures up

Jun 12, 2014
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AdamBear from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Plastic 2 liter bottle, no clue what to expect

A-dark brown with a light tan head, fades.

S-smells like beer wort. Strong scent. I actually like it a lot. Very peppery. Grainy. Caramels.

T-comes in with a very light but prominent taste of caramel malts and sweet grains. Has a really good after-taste of dark grains and cereal. The flavors are actually fairly bold. Somewhat syrupy as well.

M-almost watery but very crisp and smooth

O-tastes like a beer flavored soda, or soda flavored beer....I can't decide. It's surprisingly good and very drinkable! I enjoy the format as well, big plastic bottle...it's fitting.

Sep 29, 2013
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sommersb from Tennessee

2.74/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 06-04-2013
Freshness: Best by 11-19-2013
Packaging: 0.5L tall can
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Aleksey's Market, Nashville

Pours as a reddish-black beer, with almost no head. Head retention and lacing are just not there at all. Looks like a flat cola.

Aromas have molasses and sweet syrup, with some tobacco and vegetable notes.

The taste seems to match the smells, with sweet molasses and caramels, plus some vegetable flavors. Tastes much like a cola.

Body is light, with very low carbonation. Aftertaste is again very cola-like.

Overall the flavors were all right, but it suffered from such low carbonation.

Jun 05, 2013
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Huffs from New York

2.04/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Picked up a can of this from a local Russian Deli. Poured into a pint glass and was quickly hit by the sweet molasses aroma. Was like sticking my nose in a jar of molasses. Being a dark beer guy, I liked how it look, until the nice tan head faded (about 30 seconds). Beer had a dark hazy brown look and a strong sweet aroma. Taste was like prunes and molasses, very sweet, hell, this is prune juice. Mouthfeel is light and flat with a sour aftertaste. Never had anything like this before.

Jan 26, 2013
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UTCengOwl from Texas

2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't reviewed for a while, but I'm not sure when I'll next get some Kvass in my apartment. A gift from a Russian coworker after he tasted my last sour homebrew and it reminded him of Kvass.

This stuff is dark, with not much of a head. Looks thick... like molasses. Actually decently interesting.

The nose is... offputting. Stale rye? Something left out for too long? Hrm... hopefully this tastes better.

The taste is like liquid bread, mixed with molasses and slightly soured. Very interesting, but not distinctly good.

I'm glad I've tried this, but I'm not sure what to do with it. Maybe I'd like a strong Kvass that's more sour. Maybe I just need to find a better Kvass.

Sep 19, 2012
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mjtiernan from New York

2.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sending me this style tick FosterJM!

22oz can poured into a straight sided pint. There are two dates on the bottom (9/26/11 and 6/26/12) but not sure what they mean.

A: Tan half-finger head with little retention. Looks pretty slick and syrupy. Body is brown like a cola.

S: Very sweet smelling. Heavy raisin, light molasses, honey and brown sugar.

T: Sweet, but not nearly as thick and cloying as the nose led me to believe. Reminds me of a watered down cola. I suspect that I’m primarily tasting birch syrup but I’m not very familiar with it so I can’t say for sure.

M: Surprisingly thin and watery. Only slightly fizzy like a soda that's been sitting out for several hours. A bit dry on the finish.

O: Not anything traditionally beer like but I’m glad I got to try it. I’ll pick up a birch beer sometime to see how it compares.

May 18, 2012
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FosterJM from California

2.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Purchased a single can from Moscow Deli, Costa Mesa, CA for $2.35

App- Really looks like a soda to me. Has a deep garnet and light brown color. Huge 3 finger light khaki head with a few dotty lines of cling.

Smell- Super sweet and sugary. Has a ton of deep and dark fruits but not like a dubbel. More like liquid candy.

Taste- Someone else said it and I will concur. Liquid raisins. Just an odd mix of liquid candy raisin sweet with a damp old Rye flavor. I cant really place the flavors I am missing but just making me keep drinking this.

Mouth- A light semi flat body with a low semi sweet residual flavor. Flat carbonation and a bit still.

Drink- Well the hardest two styles are ticked. This is just odd to me. Raisins, sugar, bread. Its kinda bad but I keep drinking it!

May 01, 2012
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Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 125 ratings