Zagorka Original | Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

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Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BucBasil on 03-05-2009

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by madzanta:
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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

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Photo of JohnW
2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap while in Plovdiv Bulgaria. Pale gold, lively carbonated head, little aroma, though dry and grassy, typical of a mass produced Euro-lager. Can only echo the below comments, not much taste, though being served iced cold was refreshing on a hot summer day, though would not want it again if something better available.

Drinkable, but only when served cold and thirsty, rather like US Bud I guess.

B'ham UK July 2011

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ronniebruner
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Gotta say this beer was a bit better than expected. It pours a light amber color and tastes crisp and clean. Not much head, but a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of hops and is slightly grainy, but not bad at all. A basic lager, slightly above average, would definitely give a try again someday!

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Photo of LiliGrigorova
2.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I hate this beer, really.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Near the epicenter of the first pilsner lagers, Bulgaria's beer scene is highly reliant upon the more beer-centric cultures of the west. Somewhat of more bohemian Czech lagers, modestly of northern German ilk and giving its own domestic charm, the Zagorka brands hinge of the celebration of all things pilsner malt.

The Origianl is bright and charming as it gleams in the glass, showing off its steady dance of streaming carbonation. Its cottony white head unleashes an appetizing bouquet of floral honeysuckle and orchard blossom, seeming lightly perfumy. Softly of honey and biscuit, its grain sweetness is semi-rich yet delicately toasted.

As the taste trends drying and herbal, its floral nature turns to lemongrass, straw and fresh grass clippings- moreso as the sweetness and dry, wafer-like malt sweetness retreats. Its rise of delicate apple and lemon esters add a crisp yet lightly sulfury complexity to garner praise. Its somewhat fuller body for the pilsner style supports these herbal and fruity flavors in even-keel balance throughout.

Clean, crisp and refreshing- the pilsner beer retains a thin veil of bready sweetness that keeps the malt taste plump and mildly juicy even in its spicy, lightly bittered finish. With a light taste and texture of butter, the pilsner exits the palate quenching the thirst with ease, leaving a quick echo of lemongrass and grain in its wake.

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Photo of wonothesane42
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BucBasil
2.36/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For my 200th review on this site, I've decided to go the opposite of special. Instead I'm reviewing probably the most widely available brew here in Bulgaria, Zagorka Original.

Appearance: Poured from the 500mL can into a pint glass. The beer is a typical light gold color. More than straw colored. Head is 2 fingers and soapy but sticks around for about a minute.

Smell: Nothing out of the ordinary, but very very faint. Some sweetness and grassiness around in there, but nothing really even identifiable.

Taste: Watery through and through with a faint sweetness in the middle somewhere. No hint of hops. Grain can be detected for a fleeting second. Finishes with some bitterness and a grainy "beer" taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This one can be downed quickly and in large quantities (and often is by old diados and 18 yr olds alike) due to its watery nature.

Notes: This is the Bud of Bulgaria, and with even less taste. However it's noteworthy in that it's somewhat of a national institution and a big part of life here. Literally everywhere and at all times.

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Photo of Triglycerides
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dmartin118
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at an Ugo in Sofia tonight. Or, at least, I believe I had this beer on-tap tonight. The beer I ordered was called "Zagorka Draught" on the menu, and there was no mention of any "Special" or "Gold". (Zagorka Gold was also available however.)

Served in a .5L Zagorka goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange-gold body appears completely calm: no carbonation can be seen at all. The head is quite nice-looking: foamy, creamy, white, sticky; looks like something you'd see atop a good latte. Lots of lace to be had, too.

Smell: Ummm.... odd. How to describe this... There were crisp, bitter, grassy hops and hints of Munich-like malts. There was also a strange, sour alcoholic smell that reminded me of many chardonnays. Not too pleasant, but interesting at the same time. EDIT (08-03-2009): Smelled much milder the following night. No sour, acidic smell; not much smell at all really.

Taste: Bitter, grassy hops and that same strange sour component that was noted in the smell. Those two flavors, along with a handful of grains, proved to be the most predominant. Also got some lemon zest and maybe salt. EDIT (08-03-2009): As with the smell, everything tasted much milder last night - 'watered-down' is probably a better is probably a better way of describing it. Still, not too good.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and clean-finishing. Aftertaste is definitely a little sour. Can't think of anything else to say here.

Drinkability: A sub-par Euro lager that I don't plan on ordering again. A half liter of this stuff was probably too much; I struggled a bit with it toward the end. EDIT (08-03-2009): Ordered this again as it was the only draft beer on the menu. Much more drinkable the second time around. Pretty effortless, in fact.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.24/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had chilled in a tall ale glass at a restaurant in Panagurishte, Bulgaria

A: golden yellow, decent, frothy head, carb motion beautiful
S: malty, macrobrew smell, but only slight
T: orange, lemon, flavorful for a lighter style beer

I don't know what it was, but this, my first Bulgarian beer, wasn't as bad as made out by the other reviewers; perhaps it was the ambiance and company

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Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Zagorka Original from Zagorka Brewery / Pivovaren Zavod Zagorka
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 16 ratings