Slavutych Pivo (Slavutich Premium) | Slavutych Brewery

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Slavutych Brewery

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-04-2002

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of putnam
4.23/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What self-respecting beer pundit, upon holding it up to the late afternoon light, wouldn't frown at this beer's simmering, soda effervescence? And yet I am stirred by its humble appearance. The color is dimmed gold; this won't be the white, sanitized absence of flavor common to North America's best selling beers. It will smell cheap though, like a cheaply woven t-shirt, a smell I learned early: first with Stroh's, then Mickey's, then Moosehead, then Milwaukee's Best. It's like the smell of heavy machinery, a comforting smell.

A forlorn toast to the past and the first drink spreads a blanket of amber. In tasting jargon it could be described as suggesting "honey, raw nuts and tall green weeds." Some might detect "detergent," but I'd debate that characterization. It's more of a crunchy, raw herb note -- like nettles and wild mint -- which, after some scrutiny, seems natural and interesting. Who knows, perhaps "detergent" is natural and interesting. Anyway, it's remote. The lead flavors are yellow foods: butter, toast, lemon, cashew.

The texture is satiny. The bitterness is supportive, not dominant. It's dry. The finish leaves creamy, husk flavored tannins that bow out gracefully. I'm eager to finish the pint now, but I want to save some for the lady of the house. Lucky girl.

I've been drinking a fair amount of lager, especially former-Warsaw-pact-country lager lately. Clearly this is one of the finest.

I carelessly cellared this beer for about a year before opening it.

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Photo of sAws
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best pale lagers I've ever had. Pours a translucent golden yellow with good carbonation. Taste is light and smooth with a mild sweetness. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent its just a clean finish with makes you want another sip. Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable flavor for a pale lager.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.66/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being Ukrainian, perhaps I am biased when reviewing this beer, but I shall try to be objective.

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head that quickly dies down to nearly nothing.

Somewhat grainy smell with a touch of grassy hops. Simple and effective.

Taste is light and crisp, with a almost saaz-like hop twang at the end. Grainy malt flavor is there as well. An easy drinking lager from Eastern Europe, who woulda thunk it? Very refreshing and as good as an "American Macro Lager" can get.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.64/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle opens and a slight skunky smell erupts, not a great start, but.... as I pour a weak yellow lager with a weak head and weak carbonation ends up in my glass. Hmm. Smell isn't bad though, bready, yeasty, malty, slightly sweet.... Soft pear notes and a light spiciness at first, but as this beer warms up it loses most of any complexity that may have been, and just slides softly down the throat. This is a drinkable beer, but it's not an exciting one..

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed uncountable number of these when I lived in Ukraine for 2.5 years. Probably much better in its homeland, where you just order it by asking for "Slavutych Blue" (as the labeling is blue), to differentiate from all the other different styles of Slavutych. Definitely the Coors/Bud of Ukraine, with mass-media marketing and advertising everywhere. On tap in almost every bar. Appearance is a glowing yellow with a small head and no retention to speak of. Smells of a typical lager, light hoppiness and no real noticeable malt feel. Taste is not bad, crisp, clean, a notch above an average US macro, but not much. Overall, an easy drinking beer, an everyday beer worth checking on if you're ever in the former Soviet Union.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another pretty face with tall white curls...light golden hue with thick head and plenty of carbonation..aroma is crisp..taste is well balanced leaning towards the malts...very light offering and smooth.
I find the taste is short...but very acceptable...recomended.

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Photo of lipschitz
3.62/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very serious looking 500ml bottle, with a clearly marked brewing date. Ingredients listed as Barley Malt / Hops / Water / Yeast.

Pours hazy, flaxen colour, with a small foamy off-white head. Husky grains, hops & floral notes all greet your nose as it meets the glass. Saaz hops are the dominant flavour, but they are nicely accompanied by a touch of sweet malt and a biscuity finish. Abundantly carbonated, combined with a slightly buttery mouthfeel.

Notes: This is a clean tasting eastern European lager. A little less refined than most, which also makes it a touch more interesting.

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Photo of jaz58
3.53/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer. Amber and clear in the glass. A slight head which disappear quickly.

Right off the bat this beer came across as very dry and crisp. A likeable beer yet not a thirst quencher.

The smell had a slight hop to it and it was not very strong.

Mouthfeel was as noted dry and crisp with no after taste.

Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok , the cap with the pull tab was a cool thing ( why have I not seen this before). As for the beer it was a good bready lager that had a full body and a nice finish. I liked this beer better than most reviewers as i found it a good take on the style with a nice finish.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on July 6. 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. It poured a translucent pale gold colour with little or no head. The aroma was very yeasty yet pleasant. The mouthfeel was crisp and clean with hints of carbonation. The tatse was a combination of yeast and malt with a slight citrus tinge that was unexpected.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.41/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a quickly foaming white head that just as quickly dissipated to a few little clouds floating at the top. Golden color, slightly bolder than most of this type. Smell is of Alcohol and corn, nothing terribly impressive. Taste is pretty good for a Macro, with flavor leaning more towards a Euro lager than an American macro. Mouthfeel is Alcohol with slight bitterness. Overall fairly drinkable, not a bad example of this style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, light golden hue, with a few fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of white cracker grain, and strident, grassy hops. The taste is sweet white grain, and weedy, somewhat skunky Euro-hops. The carbonation is pretty average, the body crisp, and slightly filmy and oily, and it finishes with a bit of off-dry graininess. Not bad for the style, easy enough to drink on a warm day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its yellow-gold body is hazy, and may be due to age (there's no dating on the bottle or case), although many Eastern European lagers tend towards less than brilliant clarity. It's topped by a frothy bright-white head that holds fairly well at first, but eventually drops to just a flat surface. What thin lace is initially left around the glass also fades. The aroma expresses mainly sweetish malt although there are some floral hops to be found if you seek them out. Its medium body combines with a fine and moderate carbonation leaving it gently crisp and then smooth in the mouth (this also seems to be a common thread in many Russian and Ukranian beers). The flavor delivers a sweet malt that's just mildly grainy (there's an obvious use of adjunct going on here) and a bit husky. Some nice floral, herbal, and lightly spicy hops are embedded within the malt and appear more in the burp than across the tongue! The bitterness is restrained, and it finishes with a short flare of hops but not much else - it simply fades away! A typical Eastern European lager that's easy to drink - but best served cold!

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Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of marty21
3.21/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden colour with a finger worth of white head. Settles to a bit of a cap and lacing completely covers the glass.

S: Grainy and grassy with a little floral hops.

T: Grainy and grassy like the aroma. Finishes with some bread notes and some floral hops.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: Nothing special about this but I would take this before any big macro beer. The body to this beer is perfect. And I could see myself easily having a few of these.

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Photo of stoutman
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a nice foamy white head which completely dissipates. Cloudy specimen-like appearance. Very faint citrusy aroma - not to be confused with a hoppy IPA though! Has a decent pilsener-like sweetness to the flavor - almost like honey. Smooth mouthfeel. Rather bland. Typical yellow color though not very fizzy. Very light aroma, tiny bit of hops. Decent malt aftertones.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass sept28 2009

A clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a fast falling finger of head

S floral hops, some sweet grains and grass

T as it smells, nothing offensive but nothing special

M thin with lots of bubbles

D drinks easy enough, not bad for a summer day beer

don't go looking for this one but don't say no when passed one

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have no clue what the name of this beer is?!?
My Russian friend gave it to me.

Slavutich Brewery Brand
Alc 5.5% by Vol.
Premium Beer Extra.

That's All I can get from it!

Appearance: Faint yellow with a big soapy white head
Smell: citrus and malt
Taste: Sweet, some lemons present some hay/grains. not bad.
Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, easily drinkable

Overall drinkability is good. Not a bad beer, you can drink several of these easily. Nothing fancy but it'll whet your whistle!

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a clear straw color, nothing too exciting...I guess it looks really clean though! The head was a frothy foam at first but didn't last too long before settling down to a bubbly film over the top of the liquid. Not overly carbonated upon inspection.

S- This is a prettly mild smelling beer, with a dry, slightly grainy aroma, possibly a slight hop presence to this. Nothing much more to it other than clean, but then again, I don't expect much from this style of beer.

T- I wasn't overly impressed with doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't have much to it. It is dry, as the aroma suggests, but doesn't leave much to the imagination as far as any distinct flavors go. It leaves a slight bitterness at the back of the tongue, and it does linger afterwards for a few moments. The taste reminds me of your standard North American light beers, but with just a little more.

M- It offers more than a watery feel in the mouth, and surprisingly, it actually leaves my tongue feeling dry, like a lightly oaked red wine, so it gets average marks for this. You know you have beer in your mouth, but doesn't quite offer a medium fullness on the palate.

D- This area receives full marks, because I could definately chug this brew all night! I like the dryness that this leaves, but could have had more flavor. This would be an excellent summertime drink, as it's refreshing and you could really have another once finished. It's worth a try if you want something reasonably simple.

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Photo of Derek
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Floral hops with a little grass & urine.

T: Floral hops, slight bitterness, definitely a little DMS.

M: Moderate body with the carbonation pleasantly on the lower side of moderate.

D: It is what it is.

The Ukraine IS weak.

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Photo of BBM
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a somewhat hazy golden color with a thin white head. Almost no aroma; slightly malty and metallic. Pretty standard lager taste, better than many American macro offerings I've tried, but it's not something that is going to wow the palate. Goes down smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste, which already puts it ahead of the pack. Still, in the grand scheme of beer, this is just average at best.

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Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml brown bottle, 5.3% alc/vol, date of production on back label. It looked different at the liquor store, so had to give it a try. The only english on the label is "premium beer, product of Ukraine". Pours out of the bottle a light yellow, with some unfiltered floaters making it just slightly hazy. Fizzy head that quickly was gone. Not much smell other than some grains, like a lager. Not much for taste either. Very basic lager, comparable to any macro. Light and thin body, but had lots of carbonation. The fizz was all you could feel in your mouth - too the point of almost being overdone.
Bit of a dry finish. Basic, average, probably would not purchase again because of the high import price tag.

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Photo of Lemke10
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a 24oz bottle at Binny’s in Plainfield, IL in summer 2012.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a slight fluffy head. Scent is sweet with malts with some hints of citrus and wheat. The taste is unique with a decent volume and texture that is smooth and refreshing. Overall it has a sweet taste that drinks quite easy. Not exactly what I would call a great beer, but it’s made decently and it’s drinkable from a more rare country.

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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