deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 oz. bottle Lovely bottle, only reasonable lager. Distinctive bitter-mushroom smell places this firmly in the lager class, pale, watery body places it in the after-work swill class... Although it's hardly offensive. Goes down smoothly, with a bitter prickle. Would be quite wonderful after a blazing hot day baling hay, for instance (like I ever get to do that kinda stuff anymore).
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
nice label oversees the opening and dispensing of a tinny looking pour, like cheap nickel-brass gromits or the clips on give-away ball point pens. head was egg-shell quality in both color and thickness. thin aroma of crisp lettuce, the graininess equivalency of approximately one sixteenth of a standard tortilla chip held at twelve to sixteen inches from one's best nostril (i have always favored my left nostril's smelling finesse; yes, like sandy koufax, i'm a southpaw). the flavor fails: some suggestion of diet frosted flakes--there are more floral honey tones in the fart of the average worker-bee in a disgruntled hive; a mere five o clock shadow nub of hops. dry on a brisk palatte. deals with thirst not by art ,subtlety or excellence, but by liquid mass--assuming it's applied correctly. dump it on, feel the power, bomb chetznia.
Ernest (6700) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, bread), trace hops (herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Hardly any aroma, and a somewhat grainy finish. Go for the Light instead.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale color. Mild hops. Little head. Astringent taste. I like this about as much as the Baltika 9... And that's not saying much. Russia seems to be worse off than Australia when it comes to beers. And that's saying a lot.
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draught at Andromeda restaurant - Pskov, Russia. Aroma is bland and slightly off. Appearance is relatively attractive, with excellent lacing and a large billowy head. However, head is mostly diminishing, and there is virtually no visible carbonation to speak of through the pale gold body. Flavor is bland and dull. Would give Budweiser a run for its money.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very pale clear straw color with a large creamy dimpled white head. Pleasant lager aroma with slight hop background. Very smooth, crisp beer.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
An ok beer I suppose. I don't plan on having another one any time soon.
JFGrind (1906) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
When I opened this beer the smell of cheap beer overwhelmed me. Standard yellow beer, now I know why Russians like Miller's Milwaukee's Best so much.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is more typical "eastern Euro-swill" like that of Lomza or Dojlidy. Wet cardboard nose from an almost clear yellow fizzy glass of beer. The malts are nasty, corn-like, ricy and stale. The hops at the end is simply dry and grainy. This beer goes nowhere (but down the drain).
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
If there is one thing I can say about this style of beer and that is “I don’t expect very much, and I’m never disappointed”. Not that it’s a bad style, just seems I can’t find one that hits the “B” spot, but if nothing else I’m persistent and I keep on trying and trying.
The archetypal lager color a transpicuous golden yellow, the head portly in size, bright white in color, frothy in texture, the lace a thin covering sheet. Nose is crisp fresh and clean, all malt, start is lightly sweet and loaded with malt, top skinny in feel. Finish has a perky acidity, the hops apropos to the style, dry aftertaste.