Zagorka Special | Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

Zagorka SpecialZagorka Special
BA SCORE
1.2%
Liked This Beer
2.82 w/ 86 ratings
Zagorka SpecialZagorka Special
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
Bulgaria

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,205
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
86
Liked:
1
Avg:
2.82/5
pDev:
20.21%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of FZR23
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.71/5  rDev -3.9%

500ml green bottle with a best before date of 3-31-14 (oh no).

A: Pours a clear yellow with a one-finger thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotches of lace behind.

N: Adjuncts (corn, rice) abound followed closely by a kind of stale "off" note. Yeasty, malty, grassy.

T: Crisp, yeasty, slight lemony citrus, herbal, faint fruity, grassy, mild sweetness.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes sweetly malted and a lingering "off" flavor.

O: Generally thin and watery. I hope this isn't the only offering for those living in Bulgaria because this really shouldn't be called "special" at all.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dcmchew
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours golden, poor white head, low retention.
Smell of grainy malts, faint skunk, a bit of hops, touch of sweetness.
I get why it fits the "adjunct lager" bill, with the "corn" malty sweetness, which isn't overbearing tho, but there's also a nice grainy feel and a bit of lemon zest. Just a bit touched by skunk, uninteresting mildly bitter finish.
Medium body and carbonation, sweetness gets bigger in the aftertaste.
Not horrible, but unclean and bland. Meh.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kojevergas
1.83/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

1 litre green plastic bottle with plastic resealable screw-top acquired at a Picadilly supermarket in Sofia for right around 1 euro and served into a Staropramen pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in Sofia. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the packaging. 5.0% ABV.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks any creaminess or frothiness whatsoever. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is poor - less than 15 seconds.

BODY: Clear yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. Not a very appealing appearance overall; I'm not looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Ugh. Overly sweet and buttery. Clean but stale barley. Faint candy. Low quality hops. Grassiness. Vegetables. Grain. Sweet corn adjunct.

Off-putting. Average in strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Bleh. Low-quality cheap barley, overly sweet malts, corn adjunct, unwelcome grains, vegetables, and buttery notes. Poorly balanced and built, with poor depth of flavour. Average duration, amplitude, and intensity of flavour.

Smooth, wet, stale, and overcarbonated. Too syrupy and thick for the lack of flavour. This texture does not suit this beer's taste or style well at all. Unrefreshing.

OVERALL: It's hard to down given the low quality, but I guess at this price point it meets expectations. Not recommended. There are better budget brews out there, even in Bulgaria. Avoid this one.

Low D-

***
05.20.16: 2nd impression from a 500ml can.

Overcarbonated and insipid.

Low D / NOT RECOMMENDED

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +59.6%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bulgarian beer! Coming out of a green 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

It actually looks attractive and not dull dishwater. It's pale gold and topped with a sturdy creamy soapy head which retains well and leaves acceptable lacing around. That good first impression is quickly lost at the smell, where a little stink dampens the mood. There is hope though, as minerals and grass arise after the skunk. The taste is a yo-yo between sulfur and fruitiness. The fruitiness gives it a a unique flavor for a lager, but the sulfur keeps it from reaching its full potential. Keep out the latter and this is a good drinkable beer. The light body and gentle crispness attempts to keep the ball rolling. It's not quite enough though, as Zagorka lands just below the middle among national lagers.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.94/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Bulgarian brewed American Adjunct Lager from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear straw color, produced an average white head, average retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma contained some traces of malted grain and cooked vegetables. Light in body, this brew had a foundation of grain and some slight hit of hops. Overall its not bad but there is nothing special about this brew.

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Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden yellow color with a one-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled a little skunky but not too much.

T - It tasted of corn, grains and a touch of spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This isn't very good, but, hey, it's my first Bulgarian beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Zagorka Special had very light foam.
Smell: Zagorka Special had the aroma of metal.
Taste: Zagorka Special had a lightly sweet taste mixed with metal.
Mouthfeel: Zagorka Special had light carbonation.
Overall: Zagorka Special tastes sweet with hints of metal flavour. The aroma of metal is also present within Zagorka Special. Light carbonation mixed with sweetness and metal. People who seek a sweet beer that both smells and tastes like metal should try Zagorka Special.

I am the person who posted the photo of Zagorka Special.

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Photo of rale
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden colored with a medium to big white head when you pour it from an inch or so above the glass, giving it the standard lager look, IE Bud, Bud light, Coors, etc.

This light bodied beer has a sour lemon citrus with an added grain to grain malt aroma.

he taste is quite similar to the aroma with maybe a more hops bite and less of the grains coming through.

A light dry aftertaste is left behind making this beer pretty much the basic drink for the style, nothing special but then again nothing really bad either. Basically, same ol'

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and splotches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grassy notes, and some honey aromas. Taste is of grains, grass/hay, and some cooked vegetable flavors. There is also a metallic taste I am getting as well. A lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel on this one. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but I am glad I got to try one from Bulgaria.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: pours a clear yellow color with a white head.
Smell: Malts and some hints of grain, grass and some spicy hops
Taste: Malts and grain again, with some nice spicy alcohol and lemon in the aftertaste. Not too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: Not great, but not bad either

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Photo of tjsdomer2
1.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Honestly this is just a standard lager. But the pour was excellent with foam and theres a decent lacing effect. Swirling carbonation in the pour as well.

Smell: Almost no smell besides a slight mineral presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Way to sour and metallic. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and leaves a sugary feel in your mouth.

Drinkability: These lagers need to be clean. This one isn't.

Overall: I'm sure there are better Bulgarians.

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Zagorka Special from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
Beer rating: 1.2% out of 100 with 86 ratings
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