Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2007
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
1½ litter plastic bottle. [Courtesy of Papsoe] Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spare lacework. Clear flat looking body with a yellow straw like color. Aroma of heavy brew mask, grain, straw, and unprocessed malty like notes. Hint of almost perfume like notes as well. Light bodied with a soft carbonation and light dry texture. Light sweet flavor with a hint of bitterness. Raw malt like finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnificently malty and yeasty - it’s a loaf of bread in a glass! I have no idea what weird form of Soviet-era brewing created this bizarrely-flavored and scented lager, but it all comes together like a symphony for me. Others may hate it, and that’s just fine by me. If you drink it cold, you’ll miss about 80% of the flavor, so let it warm considerably and take a huge whiff. Surprising malt complexity that’s so drinkable you can’t have just one. Well done, comrades!
SilkTork (5162) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is brewed for German distributors West-Ost-Handels GmbH. The front is all Russian, but the back has the distributors address and the ingredients in German. I picked this up in Belgium where the German address was covered by the address of the Belgium distributor. It’s a dark lager with a very good, slightly sweet malt base, balanced by an attractive and lingering bitterness. Very tasty!
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good stuff. Hard to find anything on the label not in Cyrillic, but I found a few english words. Much better than I expected. Very rich tasting lager with a light body, refreshing maltiness, not very hoppy.
Aurelius (4031) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Holy crap. The whole label was in Cyrillic. Except for the brewery. I had to phonetically attempt a match, until I noticed Zhiguly Beer in small print on the back. Anyway, this stuff has a great aroma and flavor that puts me in a definite mind of brown bread with butter slathered all over it. A certain dark rye caste to the whole brew -- but it’s grain, grain, grain. Not much hop. I’d definitely like to use this as an ingredient in some yeast rolls. My bottle looked entirely different from the one on the screen. Excellent homebrew 16 oz’er. Beer is light gold with wispy sediment.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this with a Russian label, which nevertheless said it was from Gubernija in Lithuania. Hazy yellow, malty, little hop. Overall very Germanic; you’d think the Balts, who stuck to many ancient traditions, would make wierder beer...