Obolon Magnat
Obolon Brewery

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #373
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
67
Ranked #47,365
Avg:
2.83 | pDev: 16.96%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
74
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Obolon Brewery
 
Ukraine
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
67
Poor
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 74
Reviews by cgise22:
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4/5  rDev +41.3%

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Photo of stoutman
2.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy golden-straw colour. Aroma of hay, alcohol, faint crabapple, random yeast notes. Watery, grassy, lightly grainy taste. Clean but bland, especially in the finish. A brief wheaty yeasty appearance of flavor, but generally a tonic and flavorless.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.35/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"High Quality Ukrainian Beer" is the proud claim on the label, and below the logo, "Exclusive"...huh? Okay, so only Obolon makes a Magnat? that's if we ignore Poland's Dojidy Magnat, but why would we ever do that? Let's drink the thing and see how quality and exclusive it is...
Bright golden color, small, thin, quickly diminished head....
Aroma: blase'. comprised of the flavors of cooked corn and nothing more. Blandness, meets awfulness...boring, and not exactly bad, but achingly icky.
Taste: ih...uh...huh...heh...a big bunch of nothing. grainy, and empty. You can drink this, sure, but if you have taste, you'd be easily bored, if not immensely offended. Very light body, little finish, not anything you want sticking on your palate, that's for sure. Not a substantial beer, and not really a pleasurable beverage at all. The Ukrainian Miller High Life. There you go.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a tall green half-liter bottle with a plain label of nothing but lettering. The main name is in Russian, while the rest of the info is in English. "High quality Ukrainian beer." and "Exclusive." Not clear to me what makes this beer either. The name translates as "Magnate," but there's no explanation for the reference. Rice and ascorbic acid are ingredients. Best before 5/9/04, I opened it on 12/7/03.

Pours a clear bubbly pale gold under a bubbly white one finger head that settles quickly to film. The nose is - ew! - fishy. Yup, fishy. Kind of like smoked fish. Wow! the mouth is light and prickly. The taste is a bit harsh, without much malt balance. It's all metallic bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Despite the nose, I actually managed to finish this one (more than you can say for my first two samplings tonight!).

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Photo of RoyalT
2.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This came out a nice orangish-yellow with a beautiful, full white head.

Smell - The grain here is very stale and overly sugared.

Taste - This tastes worse than it smells. The grain takes on a putrid character with some moldy orange notes.

Mouthfeel - This is a tad bigger than light-bodied with dull carbonation.

Sinkability - It certainly looked the part but failed to deliver.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold that looks lightly hazy unless backlit. Slow, superfine bubbles find their way up to a bone white head that has a nice, textured look. The cap is respectably persistent and is beginning to leave an attractive array of lace. Why can't Obolon beer taste as good as it looks?

The nose is decent. Although there's nothing about it that impresses, I can appreciate a whiff of pale maltiness and the usual musky hoppiness that doesn't seem as stale or as musty as is typical. By the way, this is a Euro pale lager, not an American macro lager.

I knew it was too good to last. Still though, the descent bottoms out at below average and doesn't plummet all the way to gag-inducing. The reason, I believe, is that there's more hop flavor and hop bitterness than one usually experiences in a beer of this style. It isn't enough to make me love it, but it's enough to keep me from hating it. I might even be inclined to call Magnat a Ukranian pilsener.

The mouthfeel is acceptable. Tongue tickling hop resins give it an interesting character that EPLs often lack. It's a shade closer to light than to medium and could use more energetic bubbles.

I don't like Obolon Magnat quite as much as I liked Obolon Pshenichnoye (a hefe weizen), but it's still decent beer... that is only decent because it contains a surprising amount of hops. If you aren't a hophead, give this one a pass. Even if you are, I can't recommend it as anything other than a curiosity.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found at the Freemont Bevmo so I picked it up because I had never seen or heard of it before.

Clear gold colored beer with a small white head. Decent looks.

Smell malty with quite a bit of grain scent. Fairly big soda cracker malt scent here. Hops are present as a lemony aroma that reminds me a bit of Coors.

Starts out a little sweet with a big grain flavor. Little bit of lemon hop flavor but besides that this isn't notable for Hops. Pretty much a middle of the road Euro Lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable enough but boring, similar to Heineken.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is slightly fruity with a touch of hops present.
Taste also shows a strong fruity sweetness with a some, but niot enough, hops in the background.
Finishes very average , with a mild sweetness.
Drinkable, but not overly. Not something I would revisit.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.95/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I got about a finger-and-a-half's worth of soapy, agitated bone-white head off of this beer. The color was a pretty, deep-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a pleasant Saaz hops bite to it. The mouthfeel was light with a bunch of unpleasant flavors on the tongue. I got lager sweetness, silage, and a faint fishy flavor. Oof! That's twice today that a cheap Russian import has failed to satisfy. I'm canceling the mail-order bride even as I type this. The finish was metallic, fishy, and otherwise drain-pour inducing. Ugh.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Someone stuck a premium label on my trashy Euro lager!!

Macro lager appearance of golden amber with a white foamy head. Acidic adjunct smell with weak malts and sad hops. Smells like iron. Pretty harsh and industrial.

Mild improvement in the flavour. Sweet adjunct and malt. Metallic finish. Where did those hops go? Oh, there they are, not doing much to help matters. Again, acidic and industrial.

Fizzy, leaving a wierd feeling the mouth. Hardly drinkable.

Exclusive to what? There's also a white rectangle on the back label with a faint "Magnat" on it. Didn't bother to notice if it changed colour when the beer was cold enough. That probably would have been the best feature.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly deep yelloowish amber hue with a one finger head right after the pour. This quickly disperses after the first sip. Random bubblespoppingup every second or so. The aroma is very lightly citrusy with a dry pilsner malt whiff mixed in. Pretty balnd taste. Slightly metallic middle with a bitter adjuncty finish. But it doesn't last long. The palate is very wet, not very refreshing. Doesn't lure you into having another beer very well.

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Photo of emerge077
2.48/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"High Quality Ukranian Magnat Ale" O rly?

Skunky grassy overtones, sticky white foam caked on a bright gold body. Immediately starts sticking to the glass, creating a flecked pattern of Jackson Pollock lacing, concentric rings of foam. Super pale, slightly anemic pastel gold.

Dry and grassy aroma, plenty of noble hops present. Smells like a Czech Pils or equivalent.

Tastes like cardboard soaked in euro lager, bleh. Flaccid and grainy, wet grain husks. A little bit of cardboard and tacky glue. Dry aftertaste. Oxidized pilsner malt and wet paper. Green bottles aren't doing any favors here, and it sure as hell ain't classy... even with the gold foil. Industrial lager gone wrong. Avoid at all costs...

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Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of soulgrowl
2.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Ugly, shamefully ugly. Creating any semblance of a head is a desperate struggle; this pours like soda pop. It looks like a sort of carbonated apple juice. But never mind all that, what about its inner beauty? It's personality? If the aroma is any indication, well there ain't much there. Caramel corn, sorta pretzel-y malts, cornbread. Hops are not on the menu. Not off-putting, but hardly enticing. On the palate... typical for a Soviet lager, heavy handed on the sweetness with a hop profile just as bold and beautiful as a tangle of fishing line. There are flavors, but they are hardly worth describing. Oh, very well: caramel, parsley, stale bread. The one thing this beer has going for it is a near dearth of off-flavors - that and a surprisingly brisk, dry finish. Not a beer I will buy again, but not a beer I won't finish.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of gestyr
2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Thin white head dissipated quickly. It has the aromas of sweet grain and bread. The taste reminds me of my childhood, stealing sips of my father's Kruger. Overall an average euro-lager.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Jredner
1.86/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1 pint .9 oz bottle. Aroma is skunky and metallic at first pour. That subsides and a light sweet malt accented aroma emerges though it isn’t a great improvement. Body is a murky yellow/gold and holds a diminishing, foamy white head. Fore is light on flavor, watery mostly and crisp with carbonation then sweet steeped grain flavors come in and carry on to the finish. Has the flavor of sweetned breakfast cereal, low hop levels and a weak palate.

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Photo of Jemonster
2.37/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a thin and clear pale gold with a thin white head and medium sized carbonation bubbles.

S: Kind of skunky, then herbal and spicy. Musky and a little sweaty.

T: Malt and slight hops, grain and then skunk. Flavor is up front with no aftertaste. Drying finish. It is still somehow crisp and clean. Tastes like a pilsner, actually.

M: Thin, dry, and watery. Standard lager style mouthfeel and texture.

O: Whatever. It's a beer that people probably won't largely object to, but it's nothing special.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold with a fast falling white head. Nose is typical. Slight malty character and just a basic grain like fragrance. Flavor is a little bit heartier than I had expected, which knocks it up a little bit, but still a fairly average profile. Feel is the usual routine. Slight bubble on the tongue and a pretty thin liquid experience. Drinkable I guess. Just a typical brew. Nothing really outstanding at all here.

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Photo of metter98
2.66/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts and skunk are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of adjunct and grainy malts along with notes of grassy hops, green apples and skunk plus a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink, but the green bottle and trip across the pond might contribute to the light amount of skunkiness in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of billybob
3.92/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a green 16.9 oz bottle with a gold label and gold foil around the neck looks fancy. slightly hazy golden color with a one finger white head and some patchy lace. smells of fresh malt grains with a peppery herbal note to it. i think it taste pretty good, slightly sweet up front then you get that peppery middle that finishes slightly bitter and on the dry side. carbonation seems to go a little flat but otherwise would make a good session beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Queen six pack in Lancaster. Poured chilled into a Unibroue tulip.

A - Slightly hazy tarnished gold dust w/ a 1/4 inch white head w/ a tight bead. the head is of pure white and falls fast

S - A slightly grain w/ subtle sweet honey like odor w/ a hint of alcohol in the nose

M - A pleasant mellow malt w/ moderate carbonation in the feel. A nice spiced hop note adds to the toasted malt, however the body is less than vibrant and has a slightly watery finish

T - A tasty malt flavor w/ honey-like grain tastea and a nice noble hop spiciness. There is earthy yeast tinges and slight taste of light lage w/ a pleasantly malt influenced yet somewhat flat finish

D - A nice lager w/ a sweetness in touches and this is a fine beer for warm summer evenings. A very good Ukraine lager

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Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, pale malt, yeast, sulfur, and very slight citrus. Fits the style of a Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight metallic, hint of hops, and slight citrus. Overall, a rather average Euro Pale Lager, except for the sulfur aroma and taste.

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