Obolon Premium | Obolon Brewery

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Obolon PremiumObolon Premium

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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 beerthulhu
2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
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 +13.9%
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 +7.1%
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 -6.4%
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 -27.8%
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 -10%
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 +19.6%
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 +24.6%
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 +22.8%
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 +40.2%
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 +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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Obolon Premium from Obolon Brewery
2.81 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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