Obolon Svitle | Obolon Brewery

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Obolon Brewery

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 30
Reviews by 69IBU:
Photo of 69IBU
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Among eastern Euros in my area, this beer is exceedingly popular and also hard to find.

As an Eastern Euro myself, I too enjoy this beer. It's really nothing special, but very clean with a hint of what reminds me of cooked buckwheat. Light hop flavour, and overall a very easy beer to enjoy. Fans of euro style lagers ought to find favour with this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The CANQuest (TM) took a recent foray into the Brighton Beach (Little Odessa) area of Brooklyn and this was one of the day's hauls. I got a real kick out of the looks given me while purchasing Kvass, but a new CAN at $.99 was equally enticing.

From the CAN (sort of): An importer's (Doynabeer.com) sticker read "Famous Ukrainian beer, brewed with old world recipes, using the finest ingredients."

Today is my day for lagers, f'sure, f'sure. The Crack & Glug resulted in a finger of rocky, bone-white head that was falling as quickly as I was typing. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a definite malty sweetness underlain by a soft hoppiness. Oh man, my second non-adjunct laden lager of the day?!? Heaven! Mouthfeel was surprisingly full for the style, but it also had a slight metallic flavor on the tongue. Dang. It was not enough to make me hate it, but it was enough that I probably would not make a return visit to get more. Finish was semi-sweet, but I could not get that metallic taste out of my mouth and my head. I got my money's worth, CANsidering that I did not pay much, but it was not worthy of either cooler space or a revisit.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a .5L can at EuroMarket for $1. Hmm, this is fairly dry and hoppy (relatively speaking) for a Euro lager. I'd dare to call this a pilsner or helles.

This clear golden beer has warm bready aroma with hints of fruit esters. The taste is dry and spicy with a hint of lemon juice and crusty bread or crackers. There's a very slight malt sweetness, but the beer finishes with a bitter herbal hop finish. Nice

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and grainy malts are present in the nose along with notes of apples.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the corn is a little more prominent and contributes a little initial sweetness; these transition to flavors of grainy malts with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and doesn't really have any "off" flavors.

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Photo of cpanossian
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml green glass bottle (oh no!) pours a hazy pale yellow color. Rich head about 1 finger high that coalesces near the center before dissapating into smaller foam clumps. Very little lacing, very little life in the glass. Strong skunky hops and cereal aroma. Very watery and thirst quenching but it's kind of flat - very little carbonation or action goign on here. Old bottle? Hard to say - no production date stamp. This is just ok but dull - reminds me of the Ballantine Ale I used to brown bag on the stoop as a kid. Fortunately Obolon is pretty cheap ~ $1.25 a bottle - so it's not an expensive hit if you don't like it. Say, this stuff is from the Ukraine - let me turn the lights off and see if it glows in the dark...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can, 4.5% ABV - the text indicative of a direct import from Ukraine.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden hue, with one finger of thin foamy white head, which leaves some low-sitting iceberg silhouettes of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of cereal grain and mild weedy hops. The taste is more white cereal grain, a bit of aged lemon, and earthy, musky floral hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, with a bit of a bitter edge. It finishes mostly dry, the grain still prominent, just having lost its sweetness.

Not a bad Euro-lager - grainy, and no skunk. Could have a few of these easily enough.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear, pale golden color with one finger of white head. The retention was not bad and the lacing equal. The aroma was of bread and sweet malt. The flavors were also bready with some cereal grains and a pleasant touch of sweet malt before the slightly hoppy finish. Simple and clean but not quite as good as the other Obolon beers. The mouthfeel was average, the body light and the carbonation towards the high end.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malts and grains. Taste is also sweet, considerable malts, lightly hopped. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer, I believe a great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1.0l plastic bottle.
Pours clear golden beer with poor white head, consisting of irregularly big bubbles, it lingers for a long time and leaves scanty laces. Skunky bready smell. Taste of grain with weak bitter finish. Carbonation is low, at best, it is an ordinary beer.

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Photo of BILF
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml can from a supermarket in Vilnius:


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3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.Mug.Enjoyed on marĀ“12.Pale golden.C rystal clear. White, large bubbled,froth.Slowly dissipated crown.Herbal,grainy & yeasty aromas. Malty upfront,slightly lemony follows.Low hoppiness.Smooth adjunct palate.Brief bitter finish.Light body,medium carbonation.Pretty well balanced flavors.Easy drinkability.

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Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice smooth, drinkable lager from the Ukraine. Pleasant aroma of bread and hay, taste is similar with hints of lemon (trace). tasty and quenching...nice!

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Huffs
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Olek4374
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Sobeys Liquor store in Edmonton.

It pours your standard yellow colour that is typical of any old pale lager. The Smell is what I love about this beer. Being Ukrainian by birth, it smells so much of Kasha - cooked buckwheat. This is so Ukrainian it's ridiculous. The taste is smooth and refreshing, with a little bit of Kasha aftertaste. The mouthfeel is somewhat average, but the rustic taste and smell more than make up for it. For a blood born and raised Ukrainian, this is pretty much the best thing ever. I am totally biased for sure, but I buy this by the dozen. gimme gimme.

I should note that, despite me giving a very high score for this beer, this is the only one of Obolon's lagers that I am crazy for. The regular lager is VERY dissapointing compared to this, and the Magnat is a bit better, but still just slightly above average. I will try the Premium lager later, but from what I've read about it, it is not that outstanding.

Overall, this is my all-time favourite European-style lager.

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Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of wewantbeer
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MechMessiah
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kiro
2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MacMalt
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass. It poured a very pale straw yellow, with a very thin, snow white head and lacing. There was virtually no smell; just yeast. This lager is extremely light and has little carbonation. It's taste is mostly straw. Overall, it drinks like an American light beer. It would be refreshing on a hot day but it has little flavor to commend it.

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Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 30 ratings