Ochakovskiy Kvass | Ochakovo

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Brewed by:
Russian Federation

Style: 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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Reviews by Rbald42:
Photo of Rbald42
2.38/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is somewhat murky dark dark brown. Thin head dissipates into a ring around the rim of the glass. The smell is very pronounced bread, a strange sourish malty smell, some caramel and toast. Actually kind of nervous to take a drink.Here goes the first sip and... wow, kind of tastes like a flat cola. The sweetness is all over the place, I can even taste it on my lips after finishing the drink. Flavor of tea and sugar, Dr. Pepperish flavor in there. Each sip gets a little better, but this isn't a good flavor overall.Mouthfeel is super thin. Not much going on and its unpleasant. Drinkability is low, I might be able to finis this, but won't beat myself up for a second if I don't.

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Photo of BranfordBound
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!

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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.

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Photo of SevaTse
5/5  rDev +76.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ok first of all this is NOT a beer, nor does it contain significatnt ammount of alcohol. having said that, for a kvass, this is the way it's supposed to be! during the olden days of the soviet union kvass was mainly sold from giant horizontal kegs that were supported by two wheels and were usually pulled by a truck to a destination around the city, where a sales person dressed in a white robe and a white nurse style hat would serve it out of glass steins to builders of communism wishing to supres their hunger. you could also get a gallon jar filled, but it was never bottled. with the collapse of the soviet union and disposable tare becoming available, many companies began bottling kvas in soda bottles, yet the taste never really came close to what was available on the streets. finally, when Ochakovo Brewery began producing this the word got out instantly and this became right away known as the only authentic kvass.
it's available in multiple size plastic bottles, as well as in tall cans.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ochakovo Kvass pours a very dark mahogany brown with clear russet highlights beneath a creamy head of fairly dark tan. The head dwindles rather quickly, as is usual; but it leaves some nice sheets and splashes of lace behind, and even the occasional ring.

In the nose it expresses molasses, maple, sweet caramel and a buttery nuttiness. Some dark fruitiness is present as well, but it's not really distinct (mainly soft raisin).

The flavor is more fruity than the nose suggests, and it's quite prune-like up front, and very fig-like in the end. Of course the maltiness is always there with its caramel,molasses, and nutty maltiness. It's smooth compared with many examples, and it doesn't have an abrupt switch into sticky sweetness, or any harsh astringency in the finish. Nor is it overtly sticky with lingering malt sugars.

Overall, Ochakovskiy is well-made, well-balanced, and fairly complex. It's Russia's market leader, and rightfully so.

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Photo of Raime
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a thin, 1/2-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. It is a dark brown color with amber highlights, but shows a brilliantly clear, ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet and smells quite strongly of a dark, dense, traditional bread that I had while in northern Germany. Earthy, lightly fruity, a dark-bread crustiness and with a spicy grain character. An interesting, hearty nose that is certainly an experience.

Not nearly as thick or rich as I was expecting, it does have a crisp sweetness to it, but only has a light body. This has an almost smoky character to it that joins the earthy grain notes and the spicy rye character. The sweetness accents flavors of raisins in addition to mimicking the flavors of unfermented, un-hopped wort. In the finish, once the sweetness as diminished enough to notice it, there is a rich, chewy, dark rye / bread flavor that is quite nice.

With its sweetness it reminds me of German Malzbier, but it is not nearly as thick and syrupy as that. Refreshing and interesting, if a bit sweet, this is definitely a style I want to explore more; I would love to find a traditional example. I'll definitely try the other examples that are at the local eastern European market.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
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.

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Photo of jisom123
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of vinivini
3.04/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mjtiernan
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
2.42/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.6/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours out a ruddy, cloudy brown, almost like Supplication in a way. Smell was all kind of fruit berry like concoction and seemingly was teeming with alcohol.

Taste, oh god, I couldn't take this. I wanted to expand my horizons, was drinking it with the Russian girlfriend, wanted to make a decent effort to like/try it, but could not finish it, couldn't even come close. Nearly gag inducing, cloying and sweet, like pureed berries, molasses and castor oil.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This brew pours a warm dense brown body that is crystal clear with a thin tan foam on top that last for the first two sips. There is a some big bubbles of carbonation that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a dark rye bread crust smell with a faint black pepper note and a licorice quality to the finish.

T- The smooth slightly cherry note of sweet vinegar is soft with an oak sherry hint (without the alcohol heat) and a rye bread soaked in water flavor. The finish has a dry barley and malted grain flavor that is more dry than sweet.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture to it.

D- I like this beer with some qualities that make it almost like a cross between a wild ale and a dry cola. Interesting flavor and not sugary sweet like pop.

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Photo of mdaschaf
1.83/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Finally got around to cracking this..beer

A: Pours brown, looks like cola with bubbles up the entire side of the glass. No head or lacing whatsoever.

S: Really hard to place the aroma, somewhat sweet. Some caramel, nuts, and molasses maybe. It is quite strong though.

T: Kind of like tea, a little bit of honey and some darker fruit. It almost reminds me of what beer tastes like before you add the yeast.

M: Very thin with no carbonation, despite the bubbles. Drinks very much like a soda.

O: Very different, but not something I ever want to drink again.

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Photo of Photekut
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of prototypic
2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Kvass is a style I wasn't sure I'd ever encounter. I'm apprehensive about it, but here goes. The look of it can summarily be described as crimson cola. A forceful pour revealed very little carbonation and yielded absolutely no head. There's nothing to discuss concerning retention and lacing.

A strong mix of rye, barley, and grain scents greets the nose first. They're followed by a sweet caramel and molasses scent. Dark fruit is prominent. More accurately, prune is prominent. It has some herbal and spicy qualities. None stand out individually. But, they are collectively noted. There's nothing about it that smells overtly good. Frankly, it's not reminiscent of any beer I've encountered. Not very impressive.

The flavor is better than the smell, but it's very average. Sweet berries and sugar are prominent initially and are followed by a spicy rye flavor. Barley and grain flavors are strong. At this point, Ochakovskiy Kvass strikes me as a rye/berry infused cola beverage. Perhaps that's the intent. A semi-tart dark fruit/prune flavor emerges. It doesn't gel with the other elements. It's more of a weird flavor than anything else. A distinct yeastiness is pervasive. It has a sweet and yeasty finish. It grew me on a bit as it went down, but I can't say that I like it.

It's very thin and has a watered down feel. Carbonation is very light and provides no crisp bite at all. It's not good, but it's not a total disaster in terms of feel. It really doesn't have any positives for drinkability. The flavor is unique, if not exotic, and is altogether not very good. I'll finish the can, but it's work.

Kvass is nothing short of a very interesting beverage. I'm not sure I'd characterize it as beer. But, perhaps it's very much considered beer in Eastern Europe. For me, the spicy rye and dark fruit flavors produce a very unappealing flavor. I don't care for it at all, but would be interested to try others for comparative purposes. This one has a very average flavor and is an overall below average experience.

As far as comparing extremely difficult styles to obtain that happen to be nothing alike, it is much more unique and exotic than Happoshu. I can't even remotely compare Kvass to any "beer" I've tried before. Happoshu was a different story. Despite its underwhelmingness, it is recommended simply for the experience.

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Photo of nickd717
2.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml can thanks to woodychandler, a guy who really likes it in the can (in a good way)! Woody, the generous guy he is, just sent this to me for no reason with no prior trades before this, so cheers to him as I tick this style of beer for the first time. This is also my first Russia tick I believe, so I'm happy to be drinking this.

Pours a clear medium reddish-brown color with an off-white head that fades to a ring.

Smells like malt extract more than anything else. Maybe some syrup too.

The flavor is like a blend of southern sweet tea and Aunt Jemima syrup. Weird to say the least. Very sweet and somewhat bready.

Medium-light bodied and a little syrupy.

I can't say much about how this is for the kvass style, but it's not very good overall. Tastes like (kv)ass.

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Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to woodychandler for introducing me to the world of Kvass. Poured from a 17.6? oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of molassesand herbs, some malts. Taste is the same, some molassess, herbs and spices, not nearly as sweet as the Kvass I reviewed the other night. Feels syrupy in the mouth and overall while this was not bad, it is not something I would enjoy on a regular basis.

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Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug from a tallboy can. BBD: 21/12/08

Very dark tawny brown. Initial fizz and plop bubbles that rapidly fade down into a ring, then nothing a couple minutes later. It looks alot like cola. Trace carbonation can be seen around the edges of the glass. Not much aroma at all, faintly sweet like an herbal Ricola candy as it warms.

Tart and sweet flavor, a unique mix, but fairly simple. Faint earthy malt flavor towards the end into the aftertaste. The mild tartness lends itself to an indistinct berry flavor, that fades away fast. Some molasses/carob and raisin sweetness also. Toward the end it reminds me of a spiced tea soda. Lightly carbonated and thin bodied. The glass was gone fairly quickly, and I enjoyed it's mildly tart, bready flavors.

This was definitely a departure from the craft beer norm, but I found it pretty interesting, and worth seeking out.

Located at Three Sisters Delicatessen in Chicago.
"Hello, do you sell Kvass?"
"Kh-wahs...in bottles?"
"No, this is a Russian store."
Whadda ya know...they did have some ;)

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Photo of UTCengOwl
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint. 24/04/10 printed on the bottom. No info.

Thanks to emerge077 for getting me this strange can of brew for our in-person trade!

A - Kvass pours much darker than I expected, looking like a Munich dunkel with it's totally clear dark ruby brown color. Tan head foams up but lowers right after, settling to a thin ring. The can has a cool design and save for the sticker with Russian-translated Nutrition Facts (30 KKal Calories -Sounds low!) "True kvass made of true ingredients" is the only English on it.

S - Hmm, I can easily say that I've never smelled beer like this before. Molasses is nice but followed by a helping of soy sauce and a dash of Worcestershire sauce as well. A pinch of brown sugar sweetens it up but it remains completely unique. No hop presence, maybe some rye, and the malt is pretty absent here too. Completely unappealing, but I'm trying to stay objective.

T - Holy shit...what IS this? Toasted amber malts are near indistinct behind strong cooking spice flavor. The soy is back almost with Worcestershire which disappears for a second to allow for a totally odd molasses and brown sugar sweetness to creep up. That's then washed away by a lingering Worcestershire-flavored finish. Ugh.

M - Initially crisp and clean with a dry kick that last throughout, sweetness overthrows momentarily changing it up. Light-medium-bodied and fairly crisp, Kvass finishes with a little carbonation spritz.

D - While I love trying new beer, this is one style I don't think I'll ever be revisiting. I've been taking small sip to experience it but now that my review is done, so is my experience with the beer. It's not something I ever want to have again, or finish for that matter, but I can't just bashing a beer I don't like personally based on inexperience with the style. Odd certainly, but it doesn't seem off in any way.

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Photo of EgadBananas
1.88/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

HUGE thanks to woodychandler for the surprise CANned Kvass box!

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a light brown head. Looks very bubbly.

S - Aroma is smoky and meaty, with notes of soy sauce and worcestershire sauce. Some caramel and maltiness is faint.

T - Hints of smoke and soy sauce, huge fruitiness...it's...yea, it's cloying. Wow. What bazaar flavors that don't mesh well. Aftertaste is not too appealing.

M - It's slick, and so much lighter than it looks...though, with the low alcohol, maybe not too surprising. Also, looks bubbly, but carbonation is low.

D/O It'd take many of these to catch a buzz, but I could not do it. Drinkability suffers, and overall, not very appealing.

I'm really glad I got to try this... but bot is it a daunting beer style to drink...

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Beer rating: 2.84 out of 5 with 122 ratings