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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Obolon Brewery
Ukraine
obolon.ua

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
105
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
21.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 105
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Obolon Premium has a thick, white head of foam, a somewhat hazy, golden, bubbly appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, strong, sweet, barley malt and boiled rice, and the flavor is of that, with sharp, grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Obolon Premium finishes crisp, refreshing, and exceptionally delicious.

RJT

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Photo of aluskungs
4.09/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very carbonated, a light and bubbly beer. The head fluffs up and then dies down, a shame. The color is a golden white, a bit of a haze.

The smell is of wet straw, like an old barn. Some malt sweetness follows with a little bit of smoke. At the very end a hop stalk smell comes through. Pleasant.

Tastes like a pale lager, what it should be. On the sweet side with a lot of malt flavor, not so much of a hop presence, but enough to keep the malt from overpowering. A hint of maple syrup, very minor.

This beer goes down easily even with a lot of body. A lot of flavor and being sweet but not sickly sticky sweet. The hops keeps this the malt sweetness back but lets the flavor come through

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say this pils has the best nose of this style that I have come across in awhile. The taste is crisp, hoppy and nicely put together. I rank this beer higher than most reviewers only because I have had a lot of ok pils lately and this one hit all the right notes.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a large green bottle. Light straw color with good carbonation. Keeps a nice white head.

Grains and doughy smell. Some hop aroma too.

Light and bitter taste with some sweeter malts. Notice more of the grains and malts as I drink more.

Smooth and refreshing. The brew goes right over my tongue leaving little behind.

Great beer for a cool night or a hot day. Good session beer - glad I experimented with this.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a medium yellow color with a short head that took a long time to die down into a moderate film of foam.

The aroma was somewhat complex... hints of pine and citrus over a pale to medium malt scent, with a bit of skunkiness overlaying the whole thing. In fact, that was the first thing I noticed when I popped the cap... I was glad that there were other things that figured into the smell as I let it sit.

The foretaste was bitter... but this was followed by a very surprising slight smokiness with a bit of a yeasty taste to it. It was quite smooth, but a little bit thin.

A pretty drinkable beer, much better than the initial whiff led me to believe. I bought it because I wanted to see how the Ukranians make their beer... turns out not half bad. Gonna try another of theirs tomorrow night.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To start a belated celebration of the Celtic #17, I thought something traditional might be in order. Naturally Obolon Lager would be the appropriate beer. And pleasantly surprised I was. The macro brewery success story from the Ukraine really hit the hoop. (Cool story, google it!)

500ml (about a pint) green bottle, $2.15 at Baza in Newton, no freshness date. Poured a nice golden-yellow, with no real head retention to speak of.

This is really a nice lager - fresh apple fruitiness, some real flavor and a great lingering aftertaste (which I love.) Some sublimnable ("Is our children learning?") skunkiness - not intrusive, perhaps by design but probably green-bottle syndrome. Heineken could learn a lot from Obolon.

(July 8, 2008) OK, my second try of this one. I've downgraded a few of the columns. More on the principle that this ain't a grade A beer. But it is very good and consistent with my previous comments. Lacing gleefully adorns my Liberal Cup pintglass this time, and no real skunk, so probably fresher. Checkin' some different lagers this summer, and Obolon is very drinkable. Gonna bring some to the next Group 5 jam - those dudes may appreciate it!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.78/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A; Poured a mildly hazy yellow with a bleached white head. Really nice head retention but slick, relatively poor lacing.

S; Smells of malts are much like a Dortmunder and pleasant, with medicinal hops that throw it off a bit. Just a hint of skunk in there.

T; Malt profile is grainy and dry. Then herbal hops kick in with a bitterness that finshes dry with lightly sour notes of diluted lemon juice.

M; Light bodied but with more substance than other examples of the style.

O; This is a fine, although slightly unusual example of the style. Nothing really special but worth a try.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.76/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Strong Lager pours out brass with a small white head and leaves a thin clingy lace. Light/Medium lightly herbal malt. Odd, slightly sulfuric and citrusy hop aroma with some alcohol fumes. Fairly high in metallic hops with a mild citrus aftertaste. Noticeable alcohol kick! 5.2%abv

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very sweet, some honey and malts. Taste is also a bit sweet, crisp, malts, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden body with a fluffy white head... doesn't last long.. slight lacing.

S: Rustic malt sweetness. kind of grainy.. european floral hop finish..

T: Soft sweet malts... slight floral hop bitterness.. good euro pale flavors.

M: Moderate body... smooth... crisp finish..

D: If you have ever partied at the ukranian social club in philly... you know how easy it is to sling these back...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with almost no head. Nose is cereal sweetness as I have come to expect from this brewery. Flavor has that cereal sweetness that I expected as well. Typical stuff, nothing fantastic, nothing totally lame. Feel is standard lager fare...standard bubble. Definitely drinkable. Though for some that sweet level of it might be a turn off.

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Photo of sholland119
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these yesterday at a party at a Ukranian American Social Club. This is a tasty lager.

It did not rock my world or anything but very nice. A solid amount of bready malt was clear in the nose and in the palate. Very crisp, light mouthfeel. Beat the pants off the light beer/Heineken choices offered otherwise. I was happy to drink this all afternoon.

HV

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle for $2.99 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Served cold in a standard pint glass.

A: Clear golden brew with a stable pillow of off-white head that leaves thick strings and webs of lacing on the glass. At the end of the glass, a ring of foam at the top still shows the spot where the initial head settled to.

S: A bunch of skunk with a bit of lemon, honey, and bubblegum poking through.

T: Moderate skunky hops, then buttery diacetyl, a bit of citrus and honey sweetness. Finishes with honeycomb and buttered grapefruit.

M/D: Good feel, lagery creamy. Soft carbonation. Drinkability is good also.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A Ukrainian beer, okay, let's go.
The look is straw yellow to cloudy orange, it depends upon the light, a moderate head which fades quickly but some of which sticks around as a collar. Good carbonation

The smell is grassy, lemony, and bready. Lots of sweet malts and bread.

The taste is grainy, lemony, grassy and malty. A little soapy and lots of sweet malts. The finish is slightly dry but also a little creamy and grainy. Overall I guess this is a pretty good lager.

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Photo of mynie
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a new state motto for Iowa:

"If you like obscure, middle-of-the-road Eastern European lagers, then come on in!"

Pours really dull yellow. There's a decent head, but it dies away and leaves only a cap. Looks like a macro.

Smells like rich skunk, richer grain, and a nice little hop presence. Solid, for the style.

Tastes like rich, fruity grain upfront. That moves into a more dull and bitter middle that's a combination of earth and weeds. The finishing hops are dull, but present.

Well balanced and certainly nothing offense, but far too tame fir me. The only thing exceptional about this was that 16.9 ounces cost me three bucks. If you should happen to find yourself in Kiev (they do have good whores, I understand), this would be worth a pickup. At inflated import prices, though, it's not really worth it.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml green slender Euro style bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Nearly clear, dusty gold colour with a thin yet sticky white lace.

Smell: Apple and lemon zest in the aroma, sweet to the nose with a pale grainy malt and a light herbal hops.

Taste: Smooth and full in the mouth feel with a light crispness, medium bodied. Right away is an imported lager flavour of slight aged or cooked hop. Bitterness and grain rush with this flavours to the finish yet the malt character tries to salvage the rest by throwing in a straight up sweetness that suggests honey and apple peel. Hops are herbal to the point of medicinal with a ghost like skunkiness. Grainy finish with some sweetness and a grassy flavour that lingers just about forever.

Notes: Tastes like a beefy Heineken, not as skunky and with more flavour to throw around. Still not a beer that would be in the same class as many German and Czech pilsners.

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Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very cloudy orange color with a medium head that slowly receded to the rim of the glass. The smell was strange - a mixture of fruit, grass and yeast that wasn't what I expected. This sports a medium body, very sweet with some fruit tones. The hops are evident but not very strong. The sweetness lasts long on the tongue. I found this to be slightly better than average on taste but quite drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - nice to see the brewed on, and best before date right there on the back label - right at the midpoint - time to start drinkin'!

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale straw colour, with three fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some random latticed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of strong cereal grain - corn, mostly - almost bread-like, some mild plain honey, and musty hops. The taste is more reserved cereal grain, mild dark honey sweetness, and mildly skunky, weedy hops. The carbonation is below average, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and dotted by a bit of prickliness. It finishes quite off-dry, the persistent cereal malt still well in play, barely countered by the underwhelming, and underrepresented hops.

Nothing overtly offensive, as is otherwise a bit too common for this style - the general flying under the radar is an asset in this case. Drinkable with fish and chips, I can tell ya...

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Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a cloudy, dark golden color that borders on burnt-orange. The head is stick and firm, but shallow. Sweet and grainy aroma with some floral hops. Slight sulfur note in the back of the smell, but it’s not distracting. It’s actually quite tasty…sweet, malty, and very soft. Break-like qualities are not present in the smell, but come out nicely in the taste. It’s a medium bodied, very drinkable beer. Finish is a lingering maltiness that isn’t overly sweet. I enjoyed this one much more than I expected.

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Photo of DrJay
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and light yellow with a thin smattering of bubbles on the surface, modest collar, and a few specks of lacing. Herbal and lemony hop aroma, mild cereal and grain. A little more than light bodied with a smooth texture and some crispness in the carbonation. A bit dry, but not overly so. Bitterness was nicely balanced and didn't get lost in the malty sweetness. More lemony hop character, a bit floral. Maybe a hint of sourness with mild pear-like fruity undertones. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I figured I was taking a risk since there was no date on the label or bottle, but the beer tasted pretty fresh.

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Photo of sommersb
3.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 500ml green bottle with no dating
Served in a New Belgium globe glass

Clear, golden colored beer with about 2 fingers of white head. Lacing was good on the glass.

Aroma was crisp, of light, bready malts and soft hops. Not very complex, but nothing offensive.

Taste follows the aromas, with a light, floral hop bitterness balanced with a little malt sweetness. Nice clean feel. Light body and a high level of carbonation.

Nice, easy drinking lager. It's not going to blow you away, but it is a good refreshing beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes, I really scored some in a CAN! crossovert put me onto a European market that carries this and others in a CAN and you CAN believe that I was quick to place an order.

From the CAN: Nothing that I CAN impart. The writing is all Cyrillic, but there was an importer's sticker that read "Famous Ukrainian beer, brewed with old world recipes, using the finest ingredients."

My pour produced a finger of foamy bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had a mild honey-like sweetness, very lager-like and free of adjuncts. Be still my heart! Mouthfeel was medium with a taste of black pepper, Saaz hops and honey on the tongue. Weird, but it worked. Finish was really dry. I was reminded more of a wit than a lager, but who's complaining? Not me, since it beats just one more AAL. Lots of nice lacing throughout. All of the previous aside, I am not sure that I would want a whole bunch of it in my cooler. It was one of those beers where one was good, two would be passable and more than that would be too many.

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Photo of crossovert
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This my friends is why there is green bottles, the packaging on this beer make it look so delicious, unfortunately it probably will be the contrary.

It pours into my 400ml mug with a foamy, crappy looking, quickly dissipating white head. It is a pale gold in color with hints of pineapple and light peach color. It isn't as crystal clear as most.

There is some skunk in the nose, along with some pale malt and a touch of hops.

The taste has a surprising amount of hops, it is different for a pale lager. It is interesting to see the variances between pale lagers in Europe. This one comes out slightly above average in taste, but overall it is a pretty average beer.

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Photo of droomyster
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm tasting this beer side-by-side with Baltika lager (which I assume, given their regional proximity, similar bottle sizes and the depth of Ukrainian-Russian cultural ties, is its natural competitor) and prefer the Obolon. Its appearance is less apealing, with its unimpressive head barely rising above its clear golden body, but its flavors have more character. Its honey sweetness and crisp hoppiness are more pronounced than Baltika's. It is simply a richer beer, despite being the same style. It isn't a great beer, but neither is it a bad one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 500 ml. green bottle with no date or lot number available. Sampled on March 19, 2009.

The pour is pale yellow with active carbonation, a fizzy but creamy looking white head, and adequate lacing. The aroma has some malt elements and luckily I do not notice any green bottle light-filtering interference. The mouthfeel is medium but has good stability. There are malts in the flavor along with something fruit-like and weak hops. Better than I expected after reading the previous reviews.

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