Obolon Premium | Obolon Brewery

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Obolon Brewery

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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 -5%
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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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.19/5  rDev -22.1%
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 Suds
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a thick, sticky head. Good lace. The beer has extremely high carbonation, so much so that drops of beer want to jump out of the glass on the pour. The aroma is vegetal, with a touch of sulfur. There’s a bit of grain, and a little peppery phenolic spice. The taste is similar to any other euro-lager, with a little more spicy flavor. The finish is lightly bitter, with some hop flavor. It’s not really a very interesting beer, and it didn’t really excite me at all.

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Photo of ernie
3.62/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Names are deceptive. This Premium is far from the Germanic tradition but very close to Czech one. Hoppy, aromatic and round it resembles some Bohemian beers especially those from Ceske Budejovice. Color is pale, lots of flowers (yeast?) and hops in aroma, spritzy start, firm body, unexpectedly sweetish finish. Honest mass-production beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The after its disinterment from the 500ml green bottle it sets in the glass a clear light gold or straw color if your so inclined, the head monolithic in size, a bright white in color and the texture frothy, as it erodes rather quickly, the residual lace forms a thin but encircling curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean to the senses; start is lightly sweet with a light to moderate grain presence and the top light to middling in feel to the palate. Finish is worthwhile in its acidity; the hops are orthodox in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, refreshing in its own right.

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Photo of battlekow
3.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obolon Premium is a pallid yellow color with a fizzy head that quickly fled to Western Europe and was never seen again. Either that, or the suede/denim secret police got it. It really looks disturbingly like urine. Smells and tastes like an American Macro, though there's also a hint of something that reminds me of beef jerky. Tastes "hard," or mineralized, kind of like those caffeinated mints; there's an acrid, bitter center to this beer. Slightly metallic. I would cautiously say that I think this is better than BMC, hence the just-above-average scores for smell and taste. But only just.

I really have to stop drinking beers from behind the Iron Curtain.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was crystal clear had a pure white head and virtually no bead.
It had no smell other than that what you get when you walk into apub.
Taste went with the smell A bland beery like taste.
It was pleasnt in the mouth
It could be drunk but I hope you would have a few more choices if you were in the Ukraine

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Photo of arguemaniac
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a thin yellow color. A nearly non-existent head that leaves virtually no lace.

Aroma: Just a touch of skunkiness, but mostly sugary sweet malt.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Mostly a sweet malty flavor, a corn malt taste, really. Also, heavy grain notes. There is also a piney hop flavor, with a sulfur taste too. And, for some strange reason, the alcohol comes through very noticeable. A very thin mouthfeel, with subtle carbonation.

Not too impressed with this one, but at a $1.50, I have no regrets. Not recommended though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bright marigold beneath a head the color and texture of dirty whipped cream that falls more quickly than it should and leaves nothing more than a few tenuously clinging scraps of lace. The nose is sweet, corny and lightly spicy. It's no great shakes, but isn't horrible either. At least it has some character, which is more than I can say for the majority of macro lagers.

It looks like I've found the chink in the armor. Obolon Premium is both sweet and bitter at once. Remarkably so. There's the same underlying sweetness that I appreciated in the nose, but the elephant in the room, the thing that just cannot be ignored, is a pervasive, sharp-edged, quinine-like bitterness that threatens to bring the entire flavor profile, such as it is, crashing down on itself.

I love hop bitterness, but this bitterness doesn't seem to be hop-derived (at least it doesn't taste like hops). The bitterness seems like an intruder rather than an end product of brewing, as if crushed aspirin was added prior to bottling. There's very little else of note here other than an unpleasant grain alcohol bite.

The thin body/mouthfeel seems even more thin and more harsh because of the bitterness. That may a record for using the word bitter/bitterness in one review (no? bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter, bitter).

Obolon Premium is not good beer, not even close. If I could have limited myself to looking and smelling, all would have been well. I'm a big fan of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, but if this beer is representative of that country's brewing talents (and I'm prepared to believe that it isn't), then a Beer Revolution is sorely needed, and soon.

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Photo of soper2000
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Redrover
3.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz green bottle with the neat raised letters in the glass. No apparent freshness dating.

Beer pours a very light gold with a decent head. Note that the foam looks like soap suds due to the large bubbles. Slight lacing.

Very pronounced odor when I opened the bottle. Clear smell of flowery hops and pepper. I could smell this beer two feet away. Nice fresh smelling with no skunk aroma.

Taste is decent but on the mild side. Given the smell, I was hopping for a little more aggressive taste. I get a fresh grain taste with subtle pine from the hopping . Taste in freakishly neutral. What I mean, is this beer does not lean towards either end of the malt or hop spectrum ( not the least bit sweet or spicy). However, as the beer warms a bit, the hops seem to take a slight upper hand.

Mouthfeel is fine, but could be improved with a little more aggressive carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but this would not be a “first” choice beer for me. Would go good with most foods. I would also like to try this fresh on tap, as I think it may improve without the journey across the Atlantic.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a medium yellow clear lager with a very short head, but one that left lace rings around the glass a I drank.

The aroma was of aromatic and skunky hops. A little bit of a turnoff.

The taste was mainly of bitter hops and pine, with light/pale malts underneath but well hidden. Not too bad a blend of flavors.

The mouthfeel was all right, a bit thin. About average drinkability.

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Photo of canadianbarman
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--green style bottle, no freshness date found.
--Poured a average gold in color, very little head and lacing.
--Smelled of an average 'skunky green bottle beer', which was what I expected.
--Not much for mouthfeel, kind of light.

Not a bad beer but not one that I would seek out and try again.

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Photo of genaro
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
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 beergeek279
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is golden, with slight wisps of head. The smell is sweet. The taste starts sweet, but as it warms, a horrible non-hop bitterness (adjuncting?) begins to set in. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, I'll finish this one, but won't have much beyond it.

Better than American macros, but nothing I'd seek out again. Another assembly-line Euro-macro.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jdhilt
2.09/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades slowly and leaves good lace. A golden color. Nose has a hint of skunkiness maybe it is because of the green bottle. Starts hoppy/bitter, finishes even hoppier and bitter. Very good carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Remarkably similar to the lager. $1.90 for 500ml.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a gold color with a frothy white head. The aroma was good. There was a bit of sweet malty aroma here. The taste was a bit unusual, but too bad. It was malty to the palate and finishes dry. The mouthfeel was fine; good carbonation. This is a low/med bodied beer. A good drinker.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.57/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Same green 500 ml bottle as with the Lager. Appearance is a darker gold, but the head was lacking--merely a splash of huge dish soap like bubbles and that was it. A decent spider web of lacing though. Aroma is husky and bready, that biscuity trait I've picked up in most Eastern European lagers and especially pilsners. Floral hops in the mix as well. Flavour is grainy, bready, a bit metallic, with an herbal hoppy finish. A decent balance between malt and hops. Fuller mouthfeel but goes down as easy as the Lager. Given a choice of the two I'd take the Premium, but I still won't be racing back to pick up another one of these too soon.

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Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Globetrotter
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew sits a decent goldish hue in the glass, with a thin and bubly head. The collar sticks around for a while, and there is some lace. The smell is strong of rice and grain. The mouth feel is sour and metallic. The taste is harshly bitter and definitely metallic. Rice and sugar are listed as ingredients, although I can't say I notice the sugar much. This one is too harsh.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
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 jackndan
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
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 zerk
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden copper, with a thin white head. The beer had a slighlty skunked aroma (damn green bottles). The flavor was pretty decent, with some alcohol notes, a bit of malt, and just a touch of balancing hops. Mouthfeel was thin to medium, and had a crisp, prickly feel to it. This was not bad, and might have been quite decent if it weren't handled so badly. This is much better than your average American macro.

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Obolon Premium from Obolon Brewery
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