DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 0.5 l bottle. I just discovered my favorite thing about Russia: you can buy beer and liquor at streetside kiosks, some of which are open 24 hours, the local stuff is rarely more than a dollar, and you can pretty much drink from the bottle while walking. Of course the problem is that you usually get what you pay for. This a St. Pete brand; it’s actually a bit darker than the usual pale lager, kind of whiskey color. Walking with the open bottle kicked up enough foam to run over the top. Taste is pretty malty and nicely balanced by bitterness... but this seems to have some bottling or production problems, because it had that gross wet salty peanut smell of contamination. Too bad, because this had some potential.
bierkoning (9754) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sold as Zhiguljevskoje for a German importer, with only the Stapan Razin trade mark on the label, but it should be the same beer.
Only a hint of sweet apples in the aroma. Sweet apple flavor, otherwise bland and virtually no hops. Slight glue aftertaste. Beer that makes you sad.
mribm (447) - Hurley, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. This beer poured with no head and was a yellow orange color. This beer is a very sweet beer that reminds me of the mass produced American beers like Miller, Bud, etc. Nothing special going on with this beer.
larsniclas (5287) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden with a lasting head.
Some hensfood in the nose.
Quiet bitter with flavour from hop and some bitter herb.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 On draught at Balsjoj Festival Piva, Moscow.
Golden color. Aroma of hens food. Somewhat bitter all along. I had hopes for worse...
omhper (18753) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Golden colour with firm creamy head. Papery nose. Very sweet, clean but somewhat yeasty. Sugary finish.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Strong lager aroma. This is currently the 3rd highest rated Russian beer on Ratebeer, albeit with only 4 ratings. This is your basic, average lager. It is rated highly because the beer in Russia isn't all that great. However, for lager lovers, definitely worth a try. Aurelius gave this a 5 for appearance. Not sure why, except that, from his description, it appears he considers more than just the beer for this category. The head disappates almost fully and there is no carbonation to speak of to spruce up the pale yellow body. One of these days, when Russia has spent a few more years outside of communism, and commercial competition heats up, the beer will get better.
PorterPounder (5101) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Complex Russian Lager. Lot of flavors battling around here - kind of grows on you after awhile
but by the end of the 16.9 oz you are glad you only bought one. Fruity, slightly malty aroma. Quickly dissipating white head - orangeish appearance. Kind of a rotten vegetable flavor - similar to some Marzens I have had. Overall, very yeasty. Not altogether bad - just not an everyday beer. Bit of a funky aftertaste.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - APR 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the most interesting Russian tastes which could be described as "yeast and wheat domination". I would call it Hoegaarden Grand Cru Light or Slottskallans Kloster Light for its unusual Belgian character. The draught version is pretty much the same as the bottled one.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting aroma that's a cross between malty lager and Belgian golden ale yeastiness. A stern Cossack on the label, a good sturdy homebrew bottle, honey-golden brew and a tall white head earn this a 5 in appearance. Flavor is lightly sweet, malty and strongly tinny-bitter. Loses fizziness quickly, good viscosity, finish lingers tart and mid-tongue bitter. Tinny on the lips.