Kotayk Lager Beer | Pivzavod Abovian

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2.87/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivzavod Abovian
Armenia
kotayk.am

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,904
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
57
pDev:
22.3%
 
 
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2
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6
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Photo of Hayley_86
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dimwit_flathead
1.82/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flat head. Completely flat.

It starts off with a harsh citrus taste but eventually leaves you with a woody mouthful. As someone else said, it's probably better to drink it in Armenia with a meal because these flavors aren't American or Western European.

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Photo of Manuk
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dentist666
3.41/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New version of Kotayk Lager.
4,5% ABV. 12% Plato.

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Photo of Iaido
2.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thoglund
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vma
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

how fresh can beer from armenia really arrive here to colorado? my inclination is not all that fast, so freshness has to be an issue with my bottle, but its still a worthy purchase, as i know nothing at all about armenian beer. as claystation said, i could see having a really good time drinking this if we were in fact in armenia, but we are not, and its not the best selection for a lager when faced with that decision here in denver. that said, its probably a lot better fresh, and still exhibits some desirable qualities. there may or may not be some wheat in the grain bill, which puts forth a cerealy slightly richer complexion, and the flavor of the yeast is different than what we are used to an american macro lager, so i appreciate it for being a little more old worldy in that respect. carbonation is poor, and it feels too heavy for the style as a result, and there is some skunky flavors in the finish which dont flatter it. still, i will be back to stockade liquors, because they had an amazingly large and esoteric collection of eastern european rarities (in this market) that i only scratched the surface of today.

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2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Gold pour with thick white head. Good lacing. Lite spice nose. Skunky, odd spicy flavor. Lite mouthfeel. Off putting flavor.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an American Adjunct but a European Pale Lager - similar to Heineken. Overall a decent drinkable beer.

Update: thanks to BA for changing the style to Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light amberish brown in the wine glass. Head foams up and then dissipates. Likewise the carbonation in the mouth. By a second pour it's flat. Woody smell is rather pleasant.

Tastes like Long Island Iced Tea. Rather sweet with a woody, cedary malt flavor. Hops are not much to brag about. This might be an OK swill but I wouldn't have it with food-- take a few bites and your beer is flat. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of komposterov
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of KevMo84
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film, leaving light lacing. Classic sweet adjunct and malt aroma with a hint of grassy hops. No skunk from a green bottle, yay! Flavor is mild sweet malt and adjunct grain which dissipates into a somewhat drier very slightly tart finish with a bit more grassy hops than I expected, although there isn't much flavor to support the hop bitterness at that point. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Nothing unexpected here, a typical international adjunct lager, although this one is a hair harsher than the carefully modulated, truly boring domestic adjunct beers. A bit more malt would have made the neutral hop finish a little distinctive. Perhaps more of a Euro pale lager than an American adjunct. Not too bad, but no need to go back to this. I would certainly not pass this up on a hot summer day in Armenia. I've had a lot worse ticks of light lagers from far away places.

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I picked this rare Armenian beer up at a Friar Tuck Store in Savoy, Illinois (Part of the Champaign-Urbana area). The fall of the Soviet Union has led to many new countries and the emergences of many new breweries and beers, this one has only been around since 1996. it pours light golden-light orange, with little head, and below average carbonation. It has a slight edge, but is smooth to drink, and has a somewhat filling. It has a light bitter taste of strong malts, honey, well water, and corn, it is wreck of tastes in my opinion, but has an okay taste.

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Photo of woemad
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From notes.

16.9oz geen bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, Washington. I admit it, I bought it purely because I'd never seen a beer from Armenia before. No obvious freshness date on the label. but much of it was in cyrillic so who knows.

Poured a light amber hue, with a thin, fizzy white head. Said head dropped quickly, leaving spotty lace.

Skunky aroma up front. There was also the aroma of soft, floral hops.

Mild hop flavor, with a big, obvious malty backbone. Pretty bland tasting, really.

Watery mouthfeel, and the carbonation seemed low.

A bland beer that I expected nothing much from, which is exactly what I got. A curiosity, nothing else.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that seems to have some retention to it. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a dull golden straw (almost bronze) which looks a lemon mixed with pale golden straw in the light. Puts up a considerable amount of lacing. Aspires toward sheeting. Weird for an AAL.

Nose- Not nearly as unique in this category. Pretty typical AAL aroma- cracker, grain, hints of cornflakes. Doesn't seem to have any white grape to it but we will see about that on the palate. Cornflakes begin to brighten and cancel out a bit of sourness that I smelled before. Sourness and cornflakes are more noticeable after swirling.

Taste- Starts off with slight bubblegum aspects while moving through grain, cracker, and cornflakes. A little reminiscent of a Euro Strong Lager but without the astringent qualities. A little weird- not exactly the foreign AAL I was expecting. In addition this oddness, the notes of the flavor profile recede to form more roundness and balance than I expect from an AAL. No real white grapes or vinous qualities that I find with most AALs. Pretty smooth as well. Not my favorite beer in the world but this is sort of a surprise. This is above average and would be definite improvement over Bud, or even Pabst. Nothing is especially different about the basic flavor profile of an AAL, it just happens to be very clean and crisp as far its flavors are concerned. And it had to travel. And it's in a green bottle. I'm a little confused.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a light amount of carbonation which lends it a certain amount of smoothness. A little slick or greasy but better than what I get from most beers in this style.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing. I don't know why this isn't more popular. InBev should buy this up and export it here. Pretty pricey at the moment though. 2 bucks+ a bottle.

Overall- Surprising, but just above average beer. Definitely would be a heavyweight in a foreign AAL tournament. I would say give this a try and I never suggest anyone should try an AAL. This isn't bad. I think this is what all those beer commercials are actually referring to when they describe their beer as smooth. You could say that it's unrepresentative of the style by being slightly enjoyable.

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Kotayk Lager Beer from Pivzavod Abovian
Beer rating: 2.87 out of 5 with 57 ratings