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Slavutich Mitzne | Slavutych Brewery

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Slavutych Brewery

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

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Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A stronger lager that seems a little like a German Bock.

Pours a hazy orange, several fingers of foam at first, that dies down in a couple minutes. Tiny streams of carbonation rise like capillaries.

Smell is faintly sweet, nothing to write home about really.

Taste is sweet, not cloying, and firmly malty. Sort of dry and crackerish in the aftertaste. Passable for a bock almost, due to the strength and maltiness. No "off" or unpleasant flavors noticeable.

Alcohol is there in the taste, but integrated in a way that seems *almost* Belgian (see Piraat, Brigand, etc. for a better example) This is a little rougher, think Belgian malt liquor.

Even and full mouthfeel, dry finish increases the drinkability somewhat.

Overall, this is a pretty decent yet unremarkable Ukranian brew. This brewery seems to have a couple solid lagers in their stable...others from this region haven't been so good. Recommended if you are into German & Polish beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TMoney2591
2.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Gotta love the random Ukrainian ticks, amiright? This one pours a clear straw topped by a short finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises slightly sour wheat, light grass, light sweet flowers, and a few drops of lemon juice. The taste holds notes of cloyingly sweet corn syrup, straight chlorophyll, powdered sugar, and light wheat. Wow, this stuff almost comes across as an American malt lickah (one of the crappier ones...) in terms of flavor. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly watery feel. Overall, I could not stand much of this beer at all. It seriously hurt me a little bit to drink. Boo this.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This one poured a nice-looking orange in color with some good carbonation and a thick, luscious head.

Smell – The stale grain and orange Pixie Stix are laced with some boozy Ukrainian vwodka.

Taste – If Willy Wonka made malt liquor, this is what it would taste like. The straight booze, rotten grain, and sickly sweetness remind me of a glass of cheap triple sec with a cigarette butt in it.

Mouthfeel – This is light bodied and lacks the promised carbonation from the Appearance.

Sinkability – This could give a horse gingivitis.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz (.5 liter) tall brown bottle, lots of foreign characters with little information about the beer. No freshness date.

Appearance: Bright golden with an ever so slight chill haze, medium sized bubbles nonchalantly make their way to the top to keep the thin white lace in form yet to no avail the head vanishes for good.

Smell: Sweet pale malt aroma with hints of fruit and spicy, almost solvent-like, alcohol. Suggestions of ripe pear come to mind as well as refined honey.

Taste: Firm medium body, ample crispness from the well textured and cutting carbonation. The mouth feel is a little slick from the malt and alcohol. The initial burst of alcohol is quite intense with a mellow solvent warmth those lends a spicy character. Malt sweetness nearly gets engulfed with in the higher alcohols though shoots a pale malt flavour before it is gone. There is only bitterness from the hops, if there was any flavour is got pushed to the bottom of the flavour threshold. Exotic fruit of pineapples and star fruit flavours are by-products of the higher alcohol esters. As the beer warms a bit the higher alcohols seem not to be so sharp and the malt flavour comes through a tad more. Other than the annoyance of the boisterous higher alcohol the finish cleans up nice with a vague grain flavour.

Notes: Hmm, can you say “imported malt liquor”? Not bad hooch at all. Big alcohol kick with a decent drinkability. Sorry does not come in 40 oz bottles. They probably were not thinking about boys in the hood drinking their four o’s but this stuff is pretty damn close to it.

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Photo of ADR
2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just slightly chill-hazed gold appearance, white milky head that holds well at 1/2 an inch for a minute, then turns to nothing. Laces in strings and dots, but they are gone from the glass by the third sip. Sweet fruit cocktail aroma, a bare sense of cardammon. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is light and underdone. Sweet malty start, apples and pears, mellons, residual sugar. Mid mouth transition to an overall bitter tone that's different from a normal hop balance, fusels, Three-in-One oil. Broad bitterness that counters the persisting sweetness all the way to the considerable aftertaste. Not that bad, but strange. Alcohol is noticeable. A decent beginning and an odd finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden body with a short but creamy bright-white head that drops to a decent collar but leaves no lace. The nose expresses a mild grainy malt and some noticeable alcohol. A firm, medium body is leveled by its crisp carbonation. The flavor displays a dryish, grainy malt with some clear alcohol; backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes short and dry with just a drop of lightly sweet, grainy malt. Although adjuncts are clearly being used, there is a fuller graininess than offered by some other examples; but there's also a stronger alcohol as well. Overall, an average Eastern European strong lager.

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Photo of Imbiber
2.01/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold with an average level of carbonation; head is big at first but vanishes quickly. Smell is musty and alcoholic, no hop aroma detectable. Wet paint is not too far out. Malty, sweetish taste; quite one-dimensional. A cloying bitterness comes through in the end for the aftertaste - but not before coarse, grainy notes prevail. Not an impressive beer, the underlying sweetness at first sip is its best feature. Avoid.

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Photo of mjsarch
4.01/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this after a palate cleanser of the superb Carr Valley Mobay cheese:

A: Color is somewhere between yellow to amber (i.e 5-10 lovibond), with abundant carbonation. While not fizzy, this beer persists with the bubbles throughout my lengthy review session. Thin head throughout,
S: A bit grainy, like what you'd expect from a traditional American lager,
T: A tad astringent, with a little DMS, and fairly strong alcohol overtones. Reminds me most of a German-style Maibock,
M: Midrange in terms of maltiness,
D: I've always liked this beer. Having spent an extended time in Ukraine, I believe this beer is one of their best offerings to the rest of the free world. (Too bad I can't buy it for $0.45 like there.)

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and alcohol. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, malts and alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall I was fairly impressed with this beer.

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Photo of diabecktic
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A ~2-finger-thick head forms and dissipates quickly to yield a thin, creamy portion that remains. The beer is a moderately cloudy shade of a somewhat darker shade of gold. There is plenty of visible, rising carbonation and a little bit of lacing.

You can definately smell the alcohol in this beer. The nose has a bit of spice and a mild, fruity malt resembling something along the lines of a pear. The alcohol definately overpowers everything else.

Again, you mainly taste the alcohol above everything else; hence matching the nose for the most part. It's a strong, sharp flavor at first, but it shifts just as abruptly into the malted "pear" taste. Alcohol lingers in the aftertaste. The spiciness is manifest here, but it is very subtle (I think it's representative of the hop character).

The alcohol has a strong effect here. This beer dehydrates the tongue along with the rest of your mouth after the first sip. It's a bit on the sticky side. Is this perhaps due to the malt? It's not particularly sugary or dense, per se, but I would rate the body as somewhere between medium and medium heavy.

If you want to get blitzed, I'm sure you could drink these fairly quickly if you really wanted to do so. However, I would abstain from doing so as the body isn't quite conducive to that type of consumption. There might be a bit too much alcohol in this beer to classify it as a "session."

As if you couldn't already infer, this beer's alcohol content (7.2% ABV) seems to define most aspects of the finished product. It's more malty, so I think it lacks balance, but I suppose you should expect that for such a cheap beer. There is hardly any English on the label and it cost me about ~$1.50 for 0.5 L. I think some other reviewers have commented on this below me, but I suppose you could think of it as a "glorified 40." For the price it's alright, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try this beer again unless I'm looking to get really, really drunk.

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Photo of matjack85
1.75/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden straw - belies the weight of the flavor. Tons of fruity esters in the aroma - very German weizen. Flavor is chock full of fruity, bubblegum and Juicyfruit gum flavors. What there is of English on the label indicates this is an "ale beer" - not much insight into the style. I don't think I've run across something so full of fruity esters that wasn't some sort of weizen or Belgian variation. Defies easy classification. Alcohol is a fairly noteworthy flavoring component, but not too distracting. An interesting beer.

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Photo of Gusler
2.46/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours the prototypical pilsner clear gold color with a mountainous head that is bright white in color, frothy in its texture and the lace a white satin veil to conceal the glass. Nose the archetypal pilsner fresh, crisp, and malt sweet as is the start with a fair to middling top. Finish is peaceful in its acidity and the hops apropos to the style, sweet and dry aftertaste, just a “common pilsner” with a 7.2 percent ABV.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a russian beer that packs a punch, 7.2 ABV. It is light colored, bubbly, and rather dry. The first taste is sweet and strong, the last sip is dry and strong. No frills, really. A little bit more fruity as it warms up, but not easier to drink.

The one thing I can say about this beer is drink it if you want to get drunk. Similar to Molson XXX but better made. Smoother, a little more flavor and body along with the tongue-numbing alcohol.

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Photo of Globetrotter
1.81/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Hand delivered from Kiev by a colleague, this brew came in a one liter brown plastic bottle with a very uninteresting label. The domestic version is called "Slavuytych Khmilne Mitsne" (whatever that means) and is "only" 7.0 abv. Sugar is an ingredient. Best before 3/23/04, I opened it on 1/23/04.

The liquid is a clear deep gold. A hard pour induced a two fingered white head wiht some body and a bit of staying power, leaving a few traces of lace along the glass. The nose is harsh and metallic, a sign of things to come. The mouth is heavy and quite prickly. The flavor is basically sweet corn syrup, followed by a harsh metallic bitterness that is most unpleasant. Alcohol states its presence quite insistently, and there is little to cloak and tame the beast. You'd probably be better off just drinking diluted grain alcohol. The aftertaste is a pretty darn unpleasant mix of sweet corn and harsh tinny metal. Swill? Did someone say "swill"? Of the one liter in my bottle, 4/5 ended up down the drain.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man talk about one hard to decipher label you almost need to speak Russian to figure out who made this.

This is a chill hazed amberish goldish colored ale with a tall white head.

Smell is quite a lot like fresh baked bread, very grainy and some fruity yeast aroma with a very slight tea aroma.

Taste is not much at first just some rye grain bread taste and slight sourness in the finish. Rye like tartness this tastes very much like a Roggenbier. Bitterness is medium in this beer. This tastes EXACTLY like Russian brown bread, basically rye bread with no caraway seeds.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK I might be in the minority here but I actually like this stuff. Might be because I like Russian brown bread a lot and this tastes exactly like that to me.

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours chill-hazed golden amber. A thin white head has decent retention, leaving some wispy lacing.

The smell is of bread, lime and some grass. The obvious alcohol adds a fruity (pineapple) and peppery character.

The taste is sweet, but some virtually tasteless hops keep it from being too sweet. Grainy, and bready, it is like carmelized bread. It has some grassy notes. The alcohol is obvious in a malt liquor type of way, but adds fruity and peppery notes. Rather abrupt finish, with some residual sugar sticking to the mouth.

It is mildly carbonated, but enough to push it down. It is a bit slick from the solvent alcohol.

Alcohol plays a big role here, but adds flavor more than detracts. There are better and worse high-alcohol beers from Eastern Europe. I would take this over typical American Malt Liquors. Not bad for what it is. It does have some character to it.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.86/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ahh ukranian beer. Anything better? 500 mL brown bottle.

Appearance: medium/light gold, head is good enough. Visible carbonation.

Smell: It's been a while since I have encountered a beer that smells like this, a rotten cabbage/sweatsock kind of smell. Also light malt. Not very good, though.

Taste: ABV is very up front and poorly hidden. Hops are absent. Diacetyl, light maltiness, and adjunct are about all I get from this beer.

Mouthfeel: OK, I guess, but this beer is pretty bad all around.

Drinkability: Skip it.

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Photo of MattM
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of WanderingFool
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine who visited the Ukraine brought me back a bottle of Mitzne. He said is very popular over there.

The beer pours a clear straw yellow color with a big frothy white head on top. The head dissolves quickly to nothing leaving some spots of lace on the glass. A faint aroma of dry malt and floral hops is detected. Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is very smooth. The flavor is a faint combination of sweet malt and butter. It finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

For a mass produced beer this one isn't too bad. It's very smooth and the flavor doesn't seem to have the adjuct flavors of other similar beers.

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Photo of foamee
3.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label of my Slavutich half liter bottle is all in English. My beer store has the whole line with english as well as some leftovers that aren't.
I find this to be similar to the regular american lagers, but with a bit more flavor. It is a bit darker than BMC and retains its head longer. I can't really taste alcohol, but I'm aware that it is stronger.
As an import it is very cheap. But it is better than average; a good value. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz with no dates, poured into a pilsner.

Clear, pale gold with a huge white head that is supported by a maelstrom of tiny bubbles. It takes a while to even begin to recede leaving good lace in its wake.

Sweet corn, a somewhat spicey yeast, and alcohol make up the nose. Also has a suggestion of apples underneath. Weak nose overall.

Tastes grainy with some malt sweetness, a quick jolt of alcohol with some bitterness. Brief suggestion of green apple in the finish. A bit awkward in the way the flavors change, but not bad at all.

The mouth is nothing special. I could order another, maybe two before moving on.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of wheatyweiss
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pils glass. I should note that after a bit of Ukranian to English and English to Ukranian translation websites, I have found out I have a bottle of Mitzne as that is how the word on the front would be pronounced. Saying that, my label looks nothing like the one in the photo, and it is referred to in english on the back as Slavutich Special. The only thing that clued me in to a possible match was the ABV, and pictures from the Slavutich site.

Moving on; pours a light straw with a moderate cloud and a decent head that settles to a cap. Pretty cloudy for lager yeast, I might be worried. I only say that because of my local guy's tendencies to order high ABV, crappy imports because they sell well, see Lobster Lovers and the Wolf? beer.

Anyway aroma is of light grain and booze. Astringent alcohol and light, adjunct smelling grain. It may not be corn, but it sure smells like Colt 45.

Flavor is sweet and very boozey. Grain enters on the front with a bready, sweet and slightly fruity flavor. Booze creeps in the middle,astringent and hot, followed by honey and dusty yeast flavors. Slight floral hop flavor is barely discernable but is there. Finishes sweet, bordering on cloyingly sweet and leaving a huge booze hit on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is medium, with soft bubbles and a creamy consistency. There is a chewy quality to the mouthfeel that would make you think this is an ale, but. Heavy and substantial enough to get cloying after a while given the flavor, but not bad.

I was VERY surprised by the nice mouthfeel and abundant malt flavor in this beer. Sadly I will say I was expecting much worse. Not great, but not horrible like some American Malt Liquor that makes me want to retch.

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a 4 oz wine glass.

Appearance: A very champagne-like quality to this beer during the pour. High carbonation is visible through the pale amber/autumn yellow veil. Head retention is on the low end, but there is a thick ring of foam around the edge of the glass, receding and leaving behind heavy lacing.

Smell: Faint, but intriguing. Lemon zest or maybe grapefruit scents are the strongest. Wheat comes in with further inhalation. Can't say anything bad about the scent; just a little better than average.

Taste: Glad I started with this beer tonight...things can only get better. Absolutely none of the fruitiness my nose would have led me to believe this beer was filled with. Heavy bitter bread-like taste layered with rubbing alcohol followed by a mild laundry detergent taste. I would have expected this from a malt liquor, but not a Ukrainian international brewery. Disappointed that I paid $2.79 for this pint-plus. It MIGHT be worth half of that.

Mouthfeel: Great. Washes down smoothly, doesn't sit heavily on the tongue, heavy carbonation at first gives way to mellow malt feeling during the aftertaste. By far the best attribute of this beer.

Drinkability: Aside from the taste, this would be a highly drinkable beer. Keeping taste in mind, I would say this probably ranks with Mickey's or Olde English. The higher-than-usual ABV makes it a good drink to get "&$*% Up On" but not a good drink to enjoy. Save it for the BYOB frat parties and pretentious country club beer tastings.

This one was not horrible...but I won't remember the name of this beer in two weeks. Just so-so.

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