ElGaucho (2371) - 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 (6912) - 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 (4920) - 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.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Like austinpowers says, this is different from most russia beers. I has a slight pasta smell and aroma. The russian beers I have been sampling (3 of 6 that I have) have poured with a pretty large head that turns into a white chunky floatiy bits on top in about 5 minutes. Flavor is mild fora lager. This is still pretty good but it still proves that Russia makes good Vodka not good beer.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2003 Hmmmm. Quite different from ordinary Russian swill beer. Has a somewhat interesting malt flavor. Refreshing and decent. The bottle says "Petrovskoye".
Frog King99 (51) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 27, 2000
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20