hredwolf (26) - RUSSIA - AUG 10, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Most popular kvass in Russia. Perfect grain taste and moderate carbonation - all this make it very drinkable. I drink 2l each day during this shitty hot and foggy summer.
satanda (374) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Velmi osvezujici kvas tmave barvy a ovocne vune, lehka chut. Plech ze supermarketu v bulharsku.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared by Eugene. Very grainy aroma, tons of pumpernickel rye, garlic, pamesean cheese. Extremely sweet flavor, some grainy, mostly just sweet white sugar. I enjoyed this.
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small beige head shrinks rapidly into hazy red-brown body. Deep, dark, firm oily rye aroma, faintly acidic. Deep, sweet gingery roasty rye and yeast taste, with faint bread notes. Acidic, dryish soft drink aftertaste. A good kvas, if not outstanding. (0.5l can.)
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can from toncatcher tasted at J&J’s Friday the 13th tasting. My first low alcohol rating, and possibly first Russian beer, and certainly first Kvass, which I’ve been eager to try after reading about the Mad Fermentationist’s attempt at making one. I’ve also been eager to try it, because I suspect the use of lactobacillus in production. Combined with 2% alcohol, it could be Berliner Weisse-ish.
Buttery sweet. Very sweet, as if pasteurized and sugar added. Nice mouthfeel as a result. Sourness is at too low level to call sour. Easy to drink. I kind of like it.
Kvass is an interesting beer, one you could put into a sour beer or Berliner Weisse category if you wanted to, because it often uses lactobacillus for fermentation creating lactic acid. Here are some links:
77ships (3007) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
1 litter PET bottle@work: dark brown and fizzy with a tanned head, sweet, dark bread, molasses, caramel & cola, kind of too processed & not “fermented” tasting enough for kvas, still not bad, no kvas will ever compare for me to the stuff they sell draft in Kiev
Marduk (1652) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Very dark copper color. Small head, stays. Sweet, massive bread, raisins, almonds in aroma. Bready and sweet flavor. Just like I like my kvas. Texture is bit watery, but still good.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The color is beautiful, dark red and the aroma has notes of candy sugar, soaked raisins, malt, caramel and a light sourness. The flavor is sweet and slightly sour with notes of soaked, fermented raisin, caramel, candy sugar and dark, sweet rye bread. I do not know what to expect, since this is my first kvas, it’s different, but very easy to drink, and quite tasty and interesting.
HenrikSoegaard (9745) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy Saxo. Creamy almost yellow good mostly lasting head. Brown-amber colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy nice aroma. Moderate sweet and light bitter flavor. ´Just slightly acetic. Average light bitter finish. Great balance between acid, malt and sweetness.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a thin, 1/2-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. It is a dark brown color with amber highlights, but shows a brilliantly clear, ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet and smells quite strongly of a dark, dense, traditional bread that I had while in northern Germany. Earthy, lightly fruity, a dark-bread crustiness and with a spicy grain character. An interesting, hearty nose that is certainly an experience.
Not nearly as thick or rich as I was expecting, it does have a crisp sweetness to it, but only has a light body. This has an almost smoky character to it that joins the earthy grain notes and the spicy rye character. The sweetness accents flavors of raisins in addition to mimicking the flavors of unfermented, un-hopped wort. In the finish, once the sweetness as diminished enough to notice it, there is a rich, chewy, dark rye / bread flavor that is quite nice.
With its sweetness it reminds me of German Malzbier, but it is not nearly as thick and syrupy as that. Refreshing and interesting, if a bit sweet, this is definitely a style I want to explore more; I would love to find a traditional example. I’ll definitely try the other examples that are at the local eastern European market.