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Obolon Brewery
Ukraine | website

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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2.8
pDev:
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 109
Photo of morebeergood
2.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Second different bottle of the night that I picked up for two bucks for the heck of it. Poured into a pint glass. Clear orange body, fizzy head that faded fast. Wow, a really bad green bottle skunky smell. Not good. Smell and taste was like all other Euro macro lagers on the market. Just bland and full of adjuncts. Would be almost passable if not for the foul odor. They need to use brown bottles. Would not purchase again, even if visiting the Ukraine.

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Photo of kegger22
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear yellow with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was just a little skunky to start, but it warmed to a sweet corn smell. The taste was sweet, malty grain with no noticeable hop presence. The feel was light bodied with fair carbonation. Drinkability was very good. Solid lager, a winner as far as style goes, but not an all-star.

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

500ml can poured into pint glass sept16 2009

A slightly hazy golden yellow with a very fast falling one finger head that leaves a single ring of lace.

S molasses and burnt sugar

T as it smell with some mild hops and honey

M thin and flat

D not so much, too sweet and not worth trying

avoid this one it's not so great

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Photo of rfgetz
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden yellow, full fluffy white head, good retention

S - Light malts, skunky twang

T - More malty then the scent dictates. Thats about all i can say. A little stale bitter taste at the end.

M - thin, light, over carbonated, dry finnish

D - Slightly better than BMC.

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

Poured a clear yellow with a 1 inch white head and smelled of malt, barley and maybe corn. Very crisp with a light malt taste mixed with a grassy/earthy hint. There is a very minor tingle of hops. A little on the watery side, with medium carbonation, yet smooth drinking. It's just very basic and average in flavor that's almost boring in taste. It's very inexpensive and a great bargain, but nothing exciting and a typical lager.

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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 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 burnstar
2.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear pale yellow with a substantial and somewhat persistent head. First wiff is a little skunky but for the most part its the typical grassy marco aroma. Taste has little sweetness. Mostly grassy and very herbal hops. Moderate bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Fairly drinkable. Overall a pretty typical euro macro lager.

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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 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 froghop
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a very clear, very pale yellow, with a medium size white bubbly head that goes away quickly leaving a goo lacing.

smell is sweet grain, some corn, and a touch of citrus.

taste is dry, grassy, grain, citrus, some malts and hops but they don't stand out, ends dry and a little bitter.

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Photo of currysage1
3.32/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz green euro slender bottle.

Pours a beautiful piss yellow, excuse me a light yellow, topped by a crackly white head, good carbonation in the look.

Smell is euro lager skunk-funk, vegetable esters, and some lemon juice.

Taste is of some honey, gala apples, untoasted grain, slight hop bitterness, toasted white bread. Not as bad as I would have assumed.

We all need to remind ourselves that we are rating beers against it's style. This one is not world shaking but I honestly don't know of any Euro or American Macro Lagers that are.

This isn't to bad of a brew, not my style but not sure I wouldn't pick up again.

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Photo of dnichols
2.82/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 16.9 ounce capped green bottle into a large chilled mug.

A: It poured a straw blond clear body with a slight haze. The half finger slightly off white head receded fast leaving a slight cover over the liquid. It laced well as the beer was consumed.

S: It had a thin but sweet malty aroma with floral hops. Very fresh and clean smell.

T: It had a thin dull toasted malt and grain flavor with a distinct hop back and a sour aftertaste. Taste is decent but on the mild side.

M: It was thin bodied with moderate carbonation and a funky sour aftertaste.

D: It was a decent lager that could use a more distinctive flavor to set it apart from others in this class. Not a bad brew just not one I'd go out of the way to consume.

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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 NHGrafx
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml green bottle.

Aroma is pretty typical of a lager. Malty and grainy, nothing remarkable or noteworthy. Pours a nice golden color, with a decent head which did not stick around long, with uneven lacing.

Taste is fairly typical for the style. Smooth grain and malt taste, with some hop "bite" on the finish. Has some malty sweetness at first, but the sweetness faded near the end of the bottle. There was one flavor that lingered and stood out to me, which had a slight corn taste. Mouthfeel is smooth with low to medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty typical euro lager, nothing special. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank w/buddy in Chicago. This bottle was obtained from his Russian mother-in-law. This lager was not chilled enough, since the hotel we were in was rigged with a highly-sensitive pay-for-what-you-remove fridge, so we chilled all brew in the toilet tank (does the job for most ales, but I like my lagers a little colder).

A-Poured light golden straw with rich white head. Decent retention and very nice lacing.
S-Grainy w/faint hops. Nothing special. A faint aroma of yeast as well.
T&M-Light malt and grain, maybe corn? There is a decent hoppy backbone, which exceeded my low expectations from the nose, and may be what is imparting a light hint of tangerine. There is also some skunk that I can't overlook, but overall the taste is decent. Mouthfeel is smooth, and it's difficult to gauge for sure with freshness issues, but it's where it should be in terms of body and carbonation.
D-Without freshness problems, this would be quite drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold straw. Nose is like dusty hops. Flavor is like a metallic dirty water. If this is "premium", to hell with the lower grade stuff. What little positive aspects there are to this beer so mildly influence the whole experience that it is not worth mentioning. Feel is standard, but who cares. This is not very good at all and should be passed over and not considered. Obolon has much better things to try out than this.

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Photo of stcules
2.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden color, thin bubbles. The foam is a bit soapy, but after all decent.
At the smell some stale hop, and a metallic taste.
It is a classic macro lager.
Well, drinkable, but no more.
Anonimous, but still decent.
Made with rice, according the label, but it is not really perceptible.

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

Appearance is clear golden-yellow, typical for this kind of brew. Aroma is strong and malty, with a yeasty overtone. Flavor is a bit on the thin side, malty and a little bitter, with little aftertaste. Not a memorable beer, but worth trying. The Ukranians know how to brew beer - now all they need to do is improve the flavor.

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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 tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pourde a slightly hazy golden color. Very modest head with little retention power.
Smell is grainy and slightly sweet.
Taste is very similiar to a euro lager, with a modest crispness ans a light biterness at the finish.
Nice and refreshing with no bad aftertaste.
A nice plesant beer. Maybe a notch above the domestics, but not much.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think we really need to create a "Euro macro lager" style...there are so many Euro lagers that are only slightly better done than American macros.

Decent golden-straw colour with the standard fizzy white head. Okay smell: malt, adjunct, faint bits of hop. Okay in that it is not as skunky as some American ones.

Taste is a slight improvement over blah. Definite adjunct flavours. Weak malts, shallow hops. Grassy and skunky hints. Not too watery, and there is some flavour there.

Drinkable. I guess these are great when you're in a Kiev disco and don't want hard liquor.

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Photo of rousee
3.94/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color. Leaves a thick bubbled head of 3mm which disappears in no time. Good continual carbonation. A very small amount of lace remains on the sides of the glass.

Smell is herbal and grassy with some muddyness. Slightly skunky too. Smells more like a Czech pils than it does an American macro lager.

Taste is malty and smooth. Just the slightest hop bite.
Finishes crisp. Its a little on the thin side but it would be decent on a hot day. Quite drinkable. I'd buy this again.

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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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