Brewed by Pivovarnya Moskva-Efes
Style: Pilsener
Moscow, Russia


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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.24   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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(Translation from Russian):
Light pale bottom fermented beer beer with soft taste and aroma. 11°

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
One of the better Russian brews that I've had - although that's not saying much. Started off with an o.k. aroma and some interesting pilsener flavor, thin citrus finish. Began to fall apart as it warmed - evidence of corn or other adjuncts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized white bubbles and a transparent wheat yellow body with some carbonation evident. It has a hoppy bitter aroma that made me sneeze. Perhaps I was allergic to one of its components, but I drank it anyway and did not get sick so.... It had no bite of lingering aftertaste. It's flavor was very different, mild and slightly acidic, but not complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hotstuff (3953) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2003
This poured a white creamy with small-medium bubbles. Pale yellow body. A lot of carbonation observed with this brew. It had a fruity aroma. Bitterness was noticed and the aftertaste lingered. I was not too impressed with this brew and it lacked character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Let's see...Gorbachev end the Brezhnev Doctrine, Communism falls in Poland, East Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, etc., and 13 years later I have my first Russian beer. See...it was all for the good of my liver! This one has a fairly pale color, but a nice, long lasting snowy (Siberian?) white head. Aroma is typical pilsner, though lighter than usual. The flavor is alright, but a little too weak to make a great impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Very carbonated brew.Medium sized head that faded quickly.Nice golden color.Malty aroma ,that is slightly hopped.Slight citrus presence as well in the aroma.Almost a lemon grass smell for the citrus aroma.Taste is mildly hopped malty slight lemon grass after taste,an almost metallic taste as well,it might just be this bottle.nNot bad but definately could be better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
Pale gold, with little lasting head, nose is a little corny. A bit fizzy, corny, with some drying herbal hops, nothing overwhelming however, a bit watery and pretty easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2003
My label was in original cyrillic & in an almost indecipherable gothic script but I worked it out with the help of the label image on the left. Typical Eurolager aroma. Quite a sweet, malty taste with only a slight, late bitterness. A nice cold quaffer. But why would you want to name a beer Melnik?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2003
Bottled. Gold colour, good white head and moderate condition. Sweet malt and distant solvent in the nose, clean and malty in the mouth and lingeringly bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 28, 2003
I've had better lagers and I've had worse. As pale as a yellow can be and skunky from here to Siberia. The sugars don't offset the lack of malt enough to warrant any decent character. Tastes like slighty alkaline water. Smelled like over cooked rice. Drinkable but not enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2002
Best By 17-06-2003 Pale uriny yellow. Head went fast. Very watery. When I poured it I wondered where the colour was. Had a slight skunky smell. It has almost no flavour and a watery after taste. However the more I drink it the more it kind of grows on you. Which boosted up its overall impression from a 6 to a 9

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