Obolon Lager | Obolon Brewery

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Obolon LagerObolon Lager
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
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
16.83%
 
 
Wants:
1
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6
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Photo of slimntubbs
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bomber this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of white hea. The retention was so-so and it left a scant band of lacing towards the beginning but little after that. The aroma was mostly of dry malt, light yeast and a little biscuit and bread. The flavors were dominated by the dry, biscuity malt (I’m guessing pale 2 row) but it also had some hints of apple and some slightly spicy hops towards the finish. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation appropriate. Better than the other beers they make I think but it wasn’t by any means something special. A perfectly fine but perfectly forgettable beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Mix Markt in Kaiserslautern. This pale lager is on the malty side, with a touch of hops on the finish. Aroma is sweet, like a meadow in the summer. Very drinkable.

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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 Bookseeb
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is straw yellow in color with a thin but crisp head that easily dissapates. Smell of a clean lager with light sweet malts and hops. Taste of honey and grain with a hop bite that overtakes the light sweet malt leaving a dry bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with a spike of carbonation. Not bad, just rough around the edges.

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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 NODAK
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a grainy nose on this one; I pick up barley specifically...husk...cereal grains.

Taste is a bit strange. Body is somewhat watery with a barley, husk quality to it that actually comes across as nutty. Not much like any other beer I've had in this style. There's a medicinal bitterness in the back that isn't too powerful, but isn't too pleasant as it lingers on the tongue either.

Not my favorite in this simple style. The taste is just not something that I would find myself coming back to.

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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 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 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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, adjuncts, honey and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a light malt character and honey followed by bready flavors of grain and adjuncts. The hops presence is very mild but there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful considering the style, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's just average beer without much to it, but that alone makes it worth pounding for a while if you want an inexpensive option.

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Photo of TheDeuce
1.98/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Obolon Lager....in the bottle at Veselka in Manhatten NY

Appearance-pours a musty gold/yellow, overactive head burst up linges for a minute or so and then dissipitates.

Smell-musty, mix of corn and other starch, alcohol, not much else

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, notes of corn mostly and not much else sour and grainy, ok smoothness, finishes clean,

Drinkability-no major issues

Overall-a less than adequete lager, not a disaster but it doesn't measure up

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Photo of StoutyMcStouters
2.34/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A/S: The beer looks and pours like nothing special, good head retention and lacing, smells pretty nice, like something that was roasted on a wood fire.

T: I must say I did not care very much for this beer, the initial taste was a tad bit bitter had a decent hoppy taste to it. This taste then gives way to an extremely bitter aftertaste that is almost offensive if not washed down with another beverage or another sip of obolon.

M/D: Not gonna get any major points here, I have had much cheaper beers that felt and drank better than this.

I have had worse beers than this but many more that are better. It doesnt hurt to try it once , but not something I will probably be getting again any time soon.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml of beer from a green colored bottle. Uh oh. On to the beer:

Tinted gold pale yellow in color, the head on topm is moderately thick with a soapy texture and decent retention. Spicy hops in the aroma, some are a little stinky, herbal as well, with a light pale malt sweetness. That's about what I expected.

Well, I'm not disguested, but the flavor is shallow. There's some "spciy bitterness" from the hops, a kiss of honey from the malt, no skinky flavor which is good. It felt almost like water in the mouth, as the carbonation level was set very low.

Obolon won't turn my world upside down, but it will knock off Ukraine as a country to review beer from.

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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 mlazzaro
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says "Ale Obolon Lager" several times. What does that mean? I guess they could use both ale and lager yeast. Or they use ale as a synonym for beer. Either way that sound very wrong to me. Not only my first Ukrainian Beer, but also my first ale-lager. Also beeradvocate.com says 5.2% A.B.V. and my bottle states 5.0% A.B.V. (it also says 12% of the back label for some reason.)
Anyways:

500ml bottle is highly carbonated, almost a gusher.

smells mostly of lager yeast. not bad, just incredibly faint in odor.

slightly darker than a normal mass produced lager. very clear though. head looked nice, but it seems to have head retention issues.

pretty good taste. noticeable bitterness. crisp finish. refreshing. slightly thin for my taste. definitely pretty good though.

nothing out of this world. but a good summer beverage, for one of those way too hot days.

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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 12puebloyankee
2.21/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Poured a light and clear straw color with a good head.

Smell - Not any malt to speak of, only slight herbal hops. Maybe a little bit skunky. Overall nothing to write home about.

Taste - Overall the flavor is very unbalanced. Malt is almost absent from the flavor. The Hops are present but overly bitter, with a lingering (and unpleasant) bitter aftertaste. I think it tastes like what a mouthfull of grass would taste like - not very good.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is good but the overall feel is watery.

Drinkability - I didn't like the overall flavor at all so I wouldn't drink this beer again. However, it is light so if you like the flavor you could drink several without feeling overly full.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold in color, full fluffy and frothy white head, decent retention

S - Little bits of malt, little bits of skunk, even littler bits of hops

T - Adjunct malty sweetnees. Once again with the little bits of skunkyness.

M - Light, crispy carbonation, not so plesent after taste

D - Meh, a little more flavor than your BMC product, but some of that flavor isnt plesent

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Photo of wordemupg
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle downed july 19 2009

A a golden yelllow with very litle head

S sweet malt and some hops

T quite sweet some molasses mild hops and sweet grains

M/D pretty thin in the mouth, not much life too it, almost flat

nothing special but i would not go to far to try it

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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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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 palffyfan
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours golden yellow, well-carbonated, typical lager.

Smell - Grainy smell that isn't terribly strong.

Taste - Generally malty, very mild bitter taste, has a distinct aftertaste. Nothing exciting about the flavor, but it wasn't offensive or strong either.

Drinkability - Nothing exciting about this beer, typical lager. Would probably get bored drinking this though and more drinkable and memorable lagers are out there.

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Obolon Lager from Obolon Brewery
3.15 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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