austinpowers (2827) - 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 - itís 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 thatís just fine by me. If you drink it cold, youíll miss about 80% of the flavor, so let it warm considerably and take a huge whiff. Surprising malt complexity thatís so drinkable you canít have just one. Well done, comrades!
Aurelius (3731) - 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 itís grain, grain, grain. Not much hop. Iíd 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 ozíer. Beer is light gold with wispy sediment.
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.
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; youíd think the Balts, who stuck to many ancient traditions, would make wierder beer...
SilkTork (5021) - 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. Itís a dark lager with a very good, slightly sweet malt base, balanced by an attractive and lingering bitterness. Very tasty!
fiulijn (13000) - MalmŲ, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy blond color. Common Lager, sweetish, with some hay/honeish character and respectable bitterness.
Grovlam (4150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2007
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
1Ĺ 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.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
(Plastic bottle 200 cl) Actually comes as "Gubernija Zhigulevskoe Svetloe Pivo" in cyrillic letters - I reckon itís this one (although I absolutely donít understand the high US ratings!). Anyways, this pours slightly hazy golden with a tiny, unclean head. Odd aroma of vegetables, but not completely unpleasant. Medium body, a little flat in the mouthfeel - like most plasticbottled beers. Sweet accents of brewing cereal, a little cardboard and then a rough bitterness. Truly a relic from an ancient Soviet era. 301107
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hazy golden colour with a white head. Malty, grainy and sweet aroma with notes of grass. Malty, grainy flavor with some sweetness. Hay notes in a dry finish.
Ungstrup (27766) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma is skunky with metallic notes of alcohol. The flavor is metallic and alcoholic, leading to a dry metallic finish. Not good.