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
Reviews by Dentist666:
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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 Jason
2.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz slender green bottle with a freshness date around the label, foreign characters make most of the label impossible to read. Odd Viking ship icon on the label.

Appearance: Sweet grainy malt in the aroma, cooked veggies with a used up hop smell which most likely came from the pasteurization.

Smell: Pale bronze colour, clarity is flawless and clearly shows the tiny bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Appropriate head retention that dons a long-term yet thing white lace.

Taste: Stable moderate body, crisp snappish and lively mouth feel. Quick glance of a stunning malt character that soon gets misplaced. Hop bitterness tastes weathered and stale with flavours of veggies and grass. Grain gets coarse a bears down on a light level of astringency that almost borders overwhelming, oddly the warmer the brew gets the more palatable it is. Around cellar temperature the beer seems almost balanced, light toasted grain is pleasant yet the hops still seem cooked and drawn-out. The after taste is a reflection of the past and withers away in a astringent finish.

Notes: This beer shows a better profile of flavours when it warms to cellar temperature though it still is not a totally clean brew either. Pasteurization has taken some of the life from this beer.

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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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4/5  rDev +41.8%

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

Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -64.5%

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 10bear
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so if you've read a review of Kotayk and Erebuni, you have a good handle on the world of Armenian lagers. Of the three, I prefer Erebuni and started drinking Kilikia more frequently towards the end of my two year service. It's certainly an aquired taste!

So, what are Armenian beers really about? Replication, replication, replication. The triumvid of Armenian gareejoor is completed with Kilikia (Kotayk and Erebuni are made by the same manufacturer), which is much like Pepsi is to Coke--the feisty challenger.

Feisty is both overstating it and puting it mildly. Kilikia is pretty much the same as Kotayk and Erebuni in color, taste, head retention, smell and general appearance. It's cheaper, giving Armenians more bang for their dram, but tends to taste less clean and promise less consistency from bottle to bottle. You'll get the same funky odor, pale/dirty straw color, foamy white head and bitter after taste characteristic of the other Armenian beers. The flavor is a tad unpleasant and somewhat overpowering--not unlike an unfinished E. European pilsner.

There is nothing exceptional about Kilikia. It competes with Kotayk on a price, rather than a quality basis.

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Photo of kgmm77
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SwillinBrew
2.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer at Zov's Bistro in Tustin... I just had to try an Armenian brew. It came in a green bottle.

The color was a light honey color that poured with about 3 fingers of solid white head... looked very appeasing. This brew had a metalic scent to it with notes of shale.

As I quaffed, a strong mineral skunky taste hit my taste buds... ugh, just wasnt pleasant and I knew i would not be finishing this beer. The body was light, dry and crisp.

For some reason, this brew made me think of the Gordon Birsch line that i'm not too fond of.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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 harpus
2/5  rDev -29.1%

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 kmanjohnson
2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of freed
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Publicly owned eh? Time for a shareholder intervention. (its on the cap, yo)

So maybe I was looking for a weird beer. Yeah, its in a green bottle, its a lager, but knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have paid so much.

Its a cute green bottle, takes a minute to tell where its from. Armenia? It pours dark, almost orange color. bizarre head that keeps its thickness throughout the beer. Smell is tart and adjuncty. Taste is also tart and adjuncty. The 11oz bottle is enough.

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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 pentathlete
2.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, this is what a macro lager should strive to look like. Honey glass, with a large tight-bubbled head that stubbornly sticks around before following to a 1/16 inch table. There's even a little stickage on the glass. Things fall off from that point. The smell is wet sweet soggy malt, just slightly chalky. The taste is even more chalky with an overcooked grain flavor. Just a tad on the wrong side of pleasant. The mouthfeel is reasonable for the style, but not anything special. You can finish a bottle but it will certainly leave an astringent aftertaste that will limit you to one of these.

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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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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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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Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 31 ratings