WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2003
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Beautiful hazy orange with white lace. Made me think of a Belgian or a hefe; certainly not a pilsner. First thing I noticed in the nose was skunk. Taste was sweet, insufficiently malty, and very, very salty. Certainly the worst beer I have had in a long time. Not a pilsner, not a lager, not supposed to be a lambic, but reminds me of a friend's wheat beer where some of the bottles had a lambic fermentation. And where did all that salt come from?
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice white head. Golden color. Malty aroma. Semi-sweet flavor, slightly full-bodied. Not as smooth as other pilsners. Not bad though.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Russian label: Tinkoff Zolotoe (Golden), English: Tinkoff Lager. Alc. 4.8%. This was a very pleasant surprise, which reminded me of some of Nils Oscar's lagers. Clear pale golden color, medium thick head. Aroma is grainy, wheaty, a bit neutral. Taste is quite cereal an malty with light hoppiness in the end. Very nice and drinkable.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
not to shabby. It is very sweet. It does have an orange flavor to the finish. Very light and refreshing.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy golden color with a large white, foamy head which left good lacing - somewhat reminiscent of the appearance of a hefeweizen. Malty lager aroma, a little skunky at first sniff, then I no longer noticed it. Sweet malty flavor up front, with tangy, lemony hoppiness and a slightly astringent finish. Interesting flavor profile. Light to medium body but rather lacking in carbonation.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2003
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is too sweet for a pilsener, but overall it is better than most American megabrews. Not a trace of skunk.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Being a Russian Studies major in college has really prepared me for this beer. sad to see so much English on the bottle, but hey. no one would buy it in the US if it was written solely in Russian. Bought it in San Francisco while on vacation. Pretty good overall. Somewhat sweet with a malty taste.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeah, so this was in my fridge for a while and it was in the "bottles that must be shared with andrew196" file. So I bring it to a family get-together and we just didn't get around to it. We weren't looking forward to drinking it - I mean, all pilseners from countrys not known for beer suck, right? But when we finally tried it, I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing adjunctive, skunky, or otherwise offensive was in the taste. I got light butter, and maybe some sunflower seeds in the flavor. Not bad at all.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer...I wasnt expecting much more than a bottle of russian flavored pee. Appearance was typical for the style, the aroma and taste were nice though. No skunk, just moderately sweet malts with a slightly hoppy finish.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Malt sweetness dominates nose--a pleasant surprise...Color is a clear, light gold---head is thinnish and leaves little behind...Malt again the main player on the flavor stage, but the hops make only a cameo appearance in the final act--carbonattion very light as well...Body is quite good, but the lack of hop assertiveness hurts the balance somewhat...Quite drinkable in the final analysis, but not boasting anything to distinguish it from the large lager/pilsener pack.