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Obolon Brewery

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by canadianbarman on 02-27-2002

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Reviews by genaro:
Photo of genaro
2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obolon Premium came in a 1pt.9floz green bottle. The color was a light clear gold with almost no head. It had a coarse grainy aroma. The taste was mild and earthy with some hop bite. The finish was dry and a bit sweet. Nothing very exciting going on. Nevertheless it was thirst quenching and tasted okay after clearing brush for 3 hours.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, it's me taking it in the CAN as part of the ongoing madness known as The CANQuest (TM). M'man, crossovert, put me onto a EuroMarket that CAN sell beer and they have a buncha CANs available, plus Kvass, so I quickly put in an order.

Jesus H. Christ, I have run through the Russians in a way that the Nazis could have only dreamed about! I took delivery on Thursday and I am almost out of the CANs and even the Kvass is dwindling. I am now exploring the idea of one of the artistes formerly known as a Mail-Order Bride, now an Internet Bride, from Russia or Eastern Europe. If she CAN cook (although I know how), plus bring some beer with her (especially in a CAN), I may have a place in my life for such a person. Zadrovia, kamarades!

Whoops! The Feebs just started banging on my door, again. Why izzit that every time I mention Russians, Communism, armed revolution or anything tangentially on those subjects, that I get a visit? I had better get my review in as they have begun to draw both weapons and cuffs. Don't taze me, bro! How about a review? Nice of you to Cask.

According to an importer's label, this was a "Famous Ukrainian beer, brewed with Old World recipes, using the finest ingredients." Beyond that, I need the translator mentioned in the first paragraph. Remember how turned on Gomez Addams was by Morticia "Tish"'s speaking of French? I would be the equivalent in Russian. No BS, if you were not a linguist or dealing in espionage, you had NO business trucking with the Russkies in Ronnie Reagan's Navy and even dreaming about them was cause for investigation.

I fell in love in Haifa, Israel with a Kiev, Ukraine expat. She had the longest legs of any woman that I have ever been with. I met her while on liberty on our first night inport and other than my duty day, we were inseparable. Talk about a Mutt 'n' Jeff pair, she towered over me! Actually, we were more Muff 'n' Jeff, since that was where my head was in relation to her. She was an Amazon! I still think of her, occasionally. Like now.

This was their "Export Beer" and the finger of bone-white head exported itself pretty quickly. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow. Nose had a pleasant maltiness, lager as lager should be. What?!? Real, unadulterated lager? In a CAN?!? On the same night as thinking of my Ukrainian honey honey? No! My birthday was LAST Friday. Pinch me, I'm dreaming. Export this more often, along with some UralGurls. Mouthfeel was medium with hints of honey and malted barley. Dang, but this was goood! Finish was super smoooth and threatened to disappear in a heartbeat.

Cooler? Heck, yes, Daddy-O! I'm headed to the beaches of the Black Sea to see what inhabits the bikinis of that neck of the woods and I should bring a cooler since it may be an all-day project.

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Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml green slender Euro style bottle, no freshness date. Sediment on the bottom of the bottle was not compact and some of the beer was left behind so the dregs would not spoil the beer.

Appearance: Good heady foam that sticks in broken rings of lace, faint chill haze with a deep golden colour.

Smell: Light sulfur, fusel alcohol and an odd peppery aroma that could be phenolic. Other than that just down right grainy.

Taste: Medium body with a slightly creamy mouth feel and a moderate carbonation. Hop bitterness is straight, strong and prominent with a lingering mildly astringent leafy flavour. Some malt sweetness that resembles raw honey, graininess is near metallic and the malt character lacks in any kind of complexity. Bit of earth and fusel alcohol to make thing interesting in an odd way. Grain, leafy hops and remnants of the fusel alcohol make up the end.

Notes: A not so clean beer from the Ukraine, but interesting to say the least. Interesting is good to a point a bottle or even a sip is enough for this one.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first tried this when a Ukrainian friend brought one for me from his homeland. Cool-looking bottle, and a quaffable lager, from memory.

Appearance: Gold-labelled green half-litre bottle, stamped 'Obolonye' in Cyrillic. Pours nicely, with moderate head retention, initially very vigorous carbonation, with coarse bubbles that subside and calm down by the time I'm ready to take my first sip. Dark yellow-gold lager colour.

Smell: Whoa... wasn't anticipating that. Kind of smells like old paint. I guess the hops have gone skunky. Weird plasticky smell... a faint hint of something organic... I don't think this beer survived the trip to Australia very well. It tasted heaps better when it was a fresh one, bought only a few days prior and flown directly into my pilsener glass. This time... well, I wish I could give it a good rating for the smell, but I can't. But I know it's a decent-enough beer!

Taste: Time to make up for the skunky hops: Nup. It doesn't. Tastes like a sample of Average Joe® Lager contaminated with dichloromethane. I think tonight's laksa is trying to come back up. But damn it, I'm going to get through this beer. Ukraine's national anthem isn't "Ukraine's Glory Has Not Yet Perished" for nothing! Ah who am I kidding this is crap. As a fresh beer, it's OK. But this one totally sucks!

Mouthfeel: Doesn't have the slightly-polar organic solvent feel I am expecting from the flavour. Not too bad, goes down OK.

Drinkability: Give this to someone who spends their days drinking VB (or Miller or Budweiser or whatever) and they'd happily throw it back. It doesn't taste like sulfates or other crook preservatives that many mainstream macro lagers incorporate.

Overall, I think this beer is OK. This individual one is terrible, but it's cold and wet and that's better than nothing. But it's nothing special. Even as a normal beer, it's only very slightly above average (i.e. the average of all beers made, not of beers I'd choose to drink). Take it or leave it.

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Photo of vinivini
2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.36/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank many of these when I lived in Ukraine. Have tried both the bottled/draught in Ukraine and bottled stateside, and must admit, I think it tastes better on its home turf. Appearance was golden and clean with less than a finger's width worth of head. Smell, unremarkable, typical crisp, euro-style lager. Taste was a light, effervescant hoppy taste with a clean finish. Nothing to write home about. Mouthfeel was unnoticeable. Very light on the mouth and eyes. Easy drinking beer, especially if you have a chance to quaff a few in Ukraine, where they are about 40 cents a bottle.

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

Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A decent beer, lighter than I had imagined it would be, a barrage of malty sweetness, a caramel or maybe molasses sugar essence lingers on the palate after the sip has been consumed. Tastey if paired with spicy food, or fish. Not the best beer though, I would say mediocre.

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Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow and clearish, decent 1/2 inch head of big bubbles and nice lace (the majority of these Eastern European and former Soviet brews seem to have better foam than their American and Canadian counterparts). Slight peach and ginger aroma. Light body but low carbonation. Malt is rather ordinary -- very husky dried straw, slight grain, and table sugar. Where the maltiness is standard, there's a good german style hop bittering here. The major fault is the second half of the flavor profile could use more crispness, a little medicinal with too much aftertaste.

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Photo of FleeVT
2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml green bottle with no dates.

A: Pours a clear brew with nice carbonation; I would call the color strewn hay. Nice big head from the pour, recedes a little.

S: Mostly grain with some sparingly sweet malts. A mild skunkiness hangs over the nose that could indicate some sourness, or it may just be skunk.

T/M: Light body with moderate carbonation. Bitterness comes in the form of grassy hops. There is that light metallic taste that comes from a lot of Euro lagers, like it was canned. Sourness comes through in the back, a bit of a turnoff.

D: If it was cheep, go for it. Just make sure it's fresh.

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Photo of Brenden
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Notes are from last night, 5/26.

The color is a bright, vibrant gold with the slightest haze to it. The head appears creamy at first but dissipates quickly to a thin foam that leaves little lacing behind.
The nose isn't bad, with an evident dry malt backed by sweetness, a light corn presence, and perhaps a light spicy hops presence. A light sulfuric note is also detectable.
The taste, unfortunately, is a bit marred by a sourness that isn't in the nose as well as a metallic tinge. The spicy hops are still in here and the bitterness is a bit on the edge.
This one's thin and light in body with heavy carbonation.
There's really not much to say about this one. It seems some of the American craft breweries are brewing better EPLs these days.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can. Walking into the liquor store, there was a huge poster advertising this beer on the door. I only stopped to scrutinize it when I couldn't easily determine the origin of the script for the name. It looked middle eastern, but upon finding it on the shelves inside the store, it became obvious that it was another Eastern European lager, Ukrainian at that. Yet I still bought one, the inexplicably low price winning me over.

This beer pours a very clear medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which gives up a few instances of northern Russian island lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells lightly of bready, doughy, and somewhat grainy pale malt, with a touch of corny mushiness, stale applesauce, a weird, indistinct pie spiciness, and mildly skunky leafy hops. The taste is overly sweet bready malt, cloying corn syrup, soaked rice cakes, and only a mere iota of skunky floral hops showing up in offset.

The carbonation is quite sedate, but still supportive enough without lifting a finger, the body a so-so medium weight, with a less than solid smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with the generically sweet malt leaving a sticky aftertaste, amongst a musty, dead leafy hop echo.

Actually works ok with spicy pizza, when all you need is something wet and a bit sweet to placate your overwrought tastebuds. Otherwise, I don't think I'll be returning to this offering - and what the hell is with the 'maltose syrup' referenced way down the multilingual ingredients list. Yuck.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: November 7, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner... OCCASION: catching up after a whirlwind two days in Bloomsburg... APPEARANCE: a mostly clear, highly effervescent, golden body--the strange haze that misted in the bottle has been dispelled at the pour; the white two-finger head simmers to a frothy, half-finger, bubbly ring... AROMA: amazingly powerful--detected well away from the table--and beefy, with some funky warehouse and yeasty dough that overpowers the soft hops... PALATE: initially fizzy and active, but the buttery end softens the contact and resolves into an oily exit; light to medium-bodied... the finish fades apologetically... TASTE: due to the rice, not much of a profile...what does exist is a grainy, malty bitterness that is more pronounced than the label suggests; buttery notes also soften the experience... more likable than anticipated... OVERALL: as lagers from the Soviet bloc go, this is agreeable though uncharacteristically soft --the often harsh bitterness from this style is absent, and in its place is a slightly floral, reasonably satisfying lager...consider me pleasantly surprised ...

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Photo of soper2000
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At a buck-fifty for a 16 oz bottle who could go wrong with a little experimentation? Pours a really light golden color with a 2 finger white head that dissolves into a thin white roof pretty quickly. Aroma is very subdued. I was expecting that Heine euro-lager smell, but was not presented with it. Maybe I got a fresh bottle. Taste is clean with some nice spicy hoppiness coming through at the end. Nice balance, but just not a lot going on. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Overall this was not a bad purchase just for the experience. This would be another good brew for some of my more timid friends. Just a slight amount of flavor. Although the flavor is pleasant, I do like something that is just a little more in your face.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Ukranian beer from Kiev. The appearance offers a surprisingly hazy body that's golden with with a brass cast. The head is bright white and falls quickly to a big-bubbled lace and thin, partial surface coating. Bold aroma that is unfortunaletly a bit "off". There's some grainy maltiness, some sulfur, some higher alcohols, a very light touch of a "vegetal" note - mainly peppery (which may actually be a combination of malt & spicy hop with the alcohol), and a minimal background hoppiness. (This probably sounds far worse than it actually is). The body is medium with a fine carbonation that gives a tickle on the tongue. The mouthfeel is lightly crisp, but also somewhat oily. The flavor is better than the aroma threatens with a full maltiness and well integrated spicy hop flavor and bitterness. The higher alcohols are noticeable; and my guess is that this beer utilizes a good amount of adjunct rather than a very high fermentation temperature, because there's no fruitiness present. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering malt & hops that's actually fairly nice. Despite it's flaws, this is a beer with character that I would possibly chose over an American macro-brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ordybill
1.76/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA.
This is another green glass skunk smelling/tasting beer from Europe. The best part of this beer is its appearance. It is a pale euro lager color with a medium body.

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Photo of jackndan
2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Obolon Premium, from the Ukraine: big half liter green bottle, which causes one a little bit of worry. Surprisingly cloudy for a Pilsner beer, actually very surprising, yet I shall push on! Big white squirrel head, with more than a little bit of cribbage in the aroma. Problems arise when I find out that Pepe has made it into the taste. Little bit of cornerback in the aftertaste as well. Cool whippish mouthfeel does not make up for an other wise uninspiring beer.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow in color, but not hazy. (Perhaps I didn't chill it enough.) Pours with a flourish of foam which subsides to a thin collar. Strange vegetal aroma, but not off-putting, more intriguing than anything else. Very smooth and sweetish with a little burst of hops in the middle. Slight honeyish flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet with just a tinge of hop spice. Very drinkable. Somewhat strong. A good deal at 99 cents a half-liter.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There is nothing all that special about this beer as nothing really stood out about it in my opinion. It had a small sized white head with fine-large sized bubbles that fully dissipated. The body was clear with lively carbonation with a gold hue. The nose was malty with a tangy and fizzy taste to it. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin, somewhat watery, and it was light-medium bodied. There was no lacing.

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Photo of tone77
2.51/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with small head. The beer had a skunky and somewhat unpleasant smell. This beer was not very flavorful and had a bitter aftertaste. I would not be able to drink to many of these. Obolon brews some fine beers but this is not one of them.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml. bottle with no date or lot code to be found. Sampled on March 23, 2009.

A - This pours yellow to gold with a long lasting white head that looks kind of creamy and patchy. Good clarity

S - Green bottle equals skunky and that's what I noticed more than anything else although when I could ignore the skunk, I got a hint of malts.

T & M - The mouthfeel is of average quality and it lasts a bit longer than I expected when swirling in my mouth. Despite the skunkier sensation of the aroma the taste is thankfully more malty with a little bit of a bitter to dry finish.

It was not much different than other run of the mill adjunct lagers I've tasted.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear golden-orange with a macro-bubbly sudsy white head. The head quickly dissipated while leaving a light broken rim lacing. Visible carbonation was light.

S: There was a dominant skunkiness upon first opening of the bottle and the pour which was discouraging. The nose was sour musky grains with a bit of grassy hopping.

T: stale, wet grains, stale bread and light herbal hopping. There was some hay and dry citrus as well detected deeper into the drink. A sour citrus and flowery fade is found in the finish.

M: light, watery, and pretty much non-eventful.

D: Not impressed drinkability wise, while not bad it certainly didn't help or persuade me to take the next sip. Below average overall and was cheap enough not to feel guilty about pouring the remainder down the drain.

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Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Far from actual "american macro lager" in my eyes, this was a somewhat refreshing example of a euro lager, leaning in the direction of a Czech pilsner. A fizzy pour yields a small foamy head. Who wants to wait around for 10 minutes to get rid of excess foam? This one is ready to go...

Smells ok, nothing of note except mild funky hops, and sweet corn. Taste is clean, somewhat sweet and malty, light dry grassiness, also reminiscent of manila envelopes. Dry with a kiss of hops. Maybe two would make a nice session, but that's my limit personally.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, and the pint disappeared in record time...

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Photo of Jredner
2.67/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .9 oz bottle. Aroma is skuny and nothing else. When the only aroma you can muster is a bad one that isn’t good. Body is a bright yellow/gold and holds a thumb thick bubbly white head that is mostly lasting. Fore is crisp and slightly bitter. I do taste some hops and they balance a sweet malt base. Mouthfeel is pretty nice for the style. It’s not watery at all like many of these eastern european Lagers I’ve had recently. smells awful, but turns out to be half decent.

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Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 114 ratings