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Kilikia | Beer of Yerevan JSC

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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-23-2001

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HipCzech
3.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Armenia Marriott Hotel, and throughout Yerevan, in a 0.5 L glass. Clear, pale gold, with a frothy head of white foam and thin rings of lace. Mild smell of light grains and faintly grassy hops. Light, malty body with sweet white bread, grassy hops and just enough bitterness. Light body with good carbonation. A generic pale lager; widely available, refreshing and quenching for hot, late summer days in Yerevan.

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Photo of Oleg85
2.58/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

This is my second beer gone to the sink.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From teh bottle, it pours a light golden with an immense head that quickly dissipates. Very light taste. Pleasant and probably perfect when relaxing in Armenia.

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

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev +41.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of mardamek
3.91/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I'd like to say about this beer (which may be true for all beers) is that its taste and appeal depends strongly at the time of the year you drink it. The beer in the winter season (between October and March) is the one to judge it buy, otherwise the summer brew can be very disappointing.

What I didn't like about the summer season beer was its artificial bitterness. It seemed like they had tried to deviate from mainstream lager taste (which usually has somewhat of a sweet taste) and give it somewhat of an India Pale Ale taste. yet, the final taste seemed artificial, as if they made a regular lager beer, then added some poison chemicals to make it taste bitter. it also seemed highly carbonated as most canned or bottled beers do (which I've heard is due to the manufacturers adding sodium to make it foamy). later my father told me it was because of the factory not being able to keep up with the demand and adding artificial agents to speed up the fermentation.

when I tried the same beer (Kilikia in 1 L plastic kegs) in the winter, it was hard to believe I was drinking the same beer since the impressions were completely the opposite. it had very little carbonation, and the bitterness seemed more natural and pleasant, closer to English ales than American or German lagers. I personally like the former over the latter. the smoothness of drinking was comparable to drinking Newcastle brown ale or may be even Bass, but nothing like the mainstream lagers (Budweiser, Heineken, Becks, etc), which again is a plus for me.

I'm sure I'm not the best expert to review a beer, but I sure know a good beer when I drink one. and just a word of advice for people out there - if you're going to buy Kilikia beer, make sure it is from the winter batch. buy it during the winter. also, it has a short shelf life compared to most other beers, only 3 months. so, make sure it is brewed during winter months and you buy it in winter. that way you'll get the full experience. chances are that not everybody will love it, but at least they'll get the real deal and will base their opinions on the real thing.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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1/5  rDev -64.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sweetened corn flakes, and a slightly skunky aroma. Taste is much the same with a weird grassy flavor that is pretty medicinal and bitter with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a decent smell but the flavor is odd and not very pleasant.

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Photo of kgmm77
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rudzud
2.81/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle at Austin Liquors in Shrewsbury.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear super light amber with a one finger head that fades to leave a thin halo and clouding. Not bad for an adjunct.

s - Pretty sweet smelling with light grains.

T - Ehhh...not a fan. Waaaay too sweet for my liking in the taste department. Sweet malts overwhelm any other adjunct flavors. Just, all around too sweet.

M - Pretty good carbonation. Refreshing, but again super sweet.

O - Overall this is far too sweet for me to enjoy as a lager. Needs to be toned back big time for my personal tastes.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.07/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on my recent trip to Armenia I had the opportunity to taste a few Armenian samples .... this one was our best standard choice .... a nice beer, with a flavor of roasted malts, not very sweet, lightly bitter ... if served chilled (which unfortunately is not self-evident, especially on the country side) a good thirst quencher ...

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright, clear gold yellow color. Poured a 2 finger frothy white head that gave way to a broken skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in thin rings.

S: Green apple, hay and wet grains; pretty straighforward.

T: Sweet bready malt up front. Tart green apples, hop character and crackers mix around in the middle and for a bit too long. A light even bitter struggles to balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. A little coating in the middle before the bitter.

D: Look and smell were promising. The taste was just weird; more complex and les blended that would be expected in a lager.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.62/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pure golden-bodied with resistant white 2-inches head, leaving some nice laces
Sour malt aroma, nothing catchy at all. Typical taste transforms from aggressive hop bitterness to sweet malt, something metallic and than again into hop aftertone. Middle carbonation, rather banal aftertaste. Crisp, but not very pleasant product, only for fans.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had never heard of this beer until last night, when I saw a couple at the local liquor store. What the hell, right?

Presentation: It was poured from a green bottle into my Stella Artois tulip.

A - This beer is actually quite beautiful. A gorgeous honey bronze, with an initial sudsy one inch head.

S - maltiness with a spray of...lemon? standard grain othewise.

T - The first taste was quite delightful, but as things progressed, it lost direction. Great malt up front, but the hops were some sort of weirdo variety or something. My tongue felt like it was in a Mexican open market, where eager salesmen are all taking you by the arm and leading you into their store. Basically, the different flavors were each trying to pull me in a different direction, and at the end of it all, I ended up where I started.

M - Good mouthfeel, lots of streams of constant tiny bubbles... Always a good sign.

D - This one was so-so. It showed a lot of promise, but dsintegrated rapidly as the glass emptied. It was a constant batttle between the warmth of the malt, and the bitterness of the hops. In a great beer, the two work in tandem, hand in hand. In this beer they were constantly quarreling like little kids.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this beer on tap at the Beer House Mantashoff in Yerevan. Figured I ought to give it a try in its natural habitat... Came out a clear normal gold under a one finger white head that fades quite quickly to film and collar, but leaves nice lace. The nose is very mild and subdued, with just a hint of malt. The mouth is light and quite prickly. The syrupy sweet opening features a touch of honey, followed by pronounced metallic bitter. The hops are astringent, very dry with an espresso note. That note lasts long after the swallow, leaving a dry ache at the back of the throat. Great by no stretch, it's pretty good by local standards.

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