I had a couple of 0.5L bottles of this beer whilst in Maribor, Slovenia for biz-net. It poured a golden clear with white fizzy head that eventually dissipated and left no lace. The scent had grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain and yeast presence with a subtle bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.
Had on tap. I can understand why lasko does so well in slovenia. Union is yet another euro pale lager that has sweet corn, some herbal tastes, tons of adjunct, and a really unfortunate urine smell on the finish. Taste is kind of skunky on the finish. Not good
Svetlo... Sweet corn and DMS... Definitely seems Eastern Bloc, but not that big of a knock... Sorta what I expect with no other real flaws... Just hot and sweet even for 5%.. Doubt I will ever try this one again and I'm fine with that.
500ml bottle in Fetiche, Ljubljana (€3.00)
This was a really basic effort from Union, I was quite disappointed really since this is one of the most widely available beers in the country but it didn't do much for me sadly. There was some basic adjuncts & corn, a faint sweetness & not much else really; it's not one that I'll seek out again I don't think.
Pours a typical looking golden euro lager color, big head which dissipates into a thin lace.
Grassy on the nose. Mostly malt aroma. Sweet malt taste. Mild hops. Light bodied. Crisp at first but carbonation slows towards the end. An unremarkable but pleasant enough euro lager.
500ml can, day 3 of the Costco Canada 2014 Beer Advent calendar.
This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some low-lying ocean swell lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.
It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a touch of corn syrup, musty yeast, wet saltine crackers, and wan earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more of the same mixed bag - mixed grainy pale malt and corn mush sweetness, unnecessarily acrid yeast, indistinct sour fruit, a weird crackery breadiness, and a hint of low-octane gasohol.
The bubbles are pretty understated, not really redlining the ol' frothometer, as it were, the body an agreeable medium weight, but fairly clammy and pithy on the flipside - so, yeah, not smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the corniness and waning graininess bolstered by a certain sugary booziness, sans any overt heat, which just seems wrong.
Fuh. Not exactly an engaging or otherwise tasty offering - it all seems disjointed and cheap, with just enough makeup to lure in yer higher-end fools (guilty!). Anyways, calling this a Euro version of a malt liquor (even with its sub-5% ABV) may be a bit over the top, but I say, if the shoe fits, it's up to you whether or not to dump it. Think about it.
A night out almost always includes a beer, this time Union.
It comes with a clear, golden color and a semi-generous white head that settles down relatively fast. The aroma is mostly grainy and malty, perhaps slight smell of hops (although somewhat dusty). The taste is nothing special: sweet at first, followed by a grainy body and finishing with a nicely bitter finish. But don't let it stay out too long, because if not ice cold, the bitterness becomes slightly unpleasant. A nice, average beer for everyday's drink.