Zarkam (532) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
500ml bottle from supermarket in st. Petersburg, slightly hazy gold colour, small white head. Aroma is cereal, caramel, booze and some traces of floral hops and bread, taste is sweetish with some alchol. Abrupt finish with slight maltiness and a trace of hops, full body and lively carbonation. Not exactly bad and fairly drinkable for this Russian malt licour style, but not really interesting and better avoided unless intending to get drunk and unable to stomach vodka.
mjs (5372) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l - BBE 17.07.2012, 20120604) The beer poured golden and clear. Its head was small, fizzy and white. Aroma had alcohol, metallicness, sweetness and berries. Palate was medium bodied and a bit warming with quite high carbonation. Flavours were metallicness, sweetness, alcohol, mildly grain, malts and lowish bitterness. Aftertaste was mostly boozy. Bad and unbalanced.
blackmetal (179) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Syropy taste and stenchy cheap smell. Sloppy complexion, as well as rushed and poorly made
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light amber with bubbly white head that quickly dissipates. Full flavor, heavy, bread like quality. I think when it grows up it wants to be a barley wine.
bhensonb (12582) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Tops in Tempe, AZ. Dark amber color with a coarse beige head. Aroma of light roasted caramel. Medium body with light carbonation. Flavor is caramel with light hop - but not really bitter. Extremely pleasant. Resembles a Belgian ale more than an Eastern lager. Tasty.
pilsnerrogge (2643) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2007
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled (6.6 % abv)
Golden colour, ok head. Aroma is cooked vegetables and alcohol. Flavour is alcohol and not much more...but in a somewhat balanced way.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clouded gold with a very small off white head. Nose is of old orange peels, some alcohol, and a lot of dough. Flavor is outspoken and full. Orange citrus, a pretty noticable alcohol (though not nastily so), and a pervasive sweetness are all there. Feel is thin. Not a lot of carbonation going on here. Definitely drinkable. I had no-to-low expectations of this bottle and was pleasantly surprised. Worth trying. Possibly worth trying again. Might even be interesting to see this paired with food in some way (something other than German).
SSSteve (3968) - - AUG 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours slightly cloudy pale orange. small white head. slight hint of a sweet tropical fruit and maybe some caramel in aroma...but very weak. i get a lot of caramel in the flavor. there is actually tons of malt in this. its light on the hops but i didn’t think was too bad. sweet and thick but not cloying.
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Bottle purchased at Sam’s Wines, Downers Grove. "Lot-121" on bottle. Hey, an import bottle of the beer Russians get when they can’t afford Baltika! Well, I had to other Stepans when in Russia, and I bet this passenger is little worse. Top the pop and there’s a big whiff of heavy corn syrup. Pour it and the smell is joined by beet sugar and crushed bugs. Deep gold color that even so seems a little off, under a pillowy head. Taste is… unngh. More low-grade corn syrup. I suppose in some Bizarro planet this is in the same categary as Sam Adams Impy Pilsener, but it completely lacks the subtle balance one expects in any beer. A brick to the head has more malt and hops balance than this doggy treat. I know this is an undated import, but my previous Stepan Razins were from before Heineken bought the brewery, and you’d think there’d be some more quality control in place.
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was not timid until I tried the beer. A dark yellow appearance with a corny aroma. The flavor is very sweet and syrupy with adjuncts all up in your grill. Pretty much crap.