3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2009
500ml green bottle. Sweaty and skunky but pleasent (yes) nose of stewed grains and sweaty dried hops. Flavor is light pale malts and some witbier like coriander and wheat notes, not from any actual ingredients but a byproduct of the pale malt and yeast. Good for what it is, simple international lager thankfully not ruined by too much time in the bottle. I like. Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 21, 2003
Fairly standard malt-accented golden lager from Southern Russia. Slightly sweetish and fruity, some tartness in the finish. UNHOPPY. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Faint, sweet lager aroma. Pale Gold in color with a mostly diminishing white head. Slightly hazy body with lots of visible carbonation. Excellent whispy lace. Sweet lager flavor. Under carbonated. A little too sweet but a pleasant flavor. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2006
As with many Eastern European lagers that I’ve had, the aroma of this yellow brew begins on a slightly skunked note. In this case, that soon fades to be replaced by a slightly grainy, sweet malt and a light herbal, grassy hop bitterness. This is fairly soft in the mouth. It tastes of sweet malts, a teaspoon of minerals, and a very light hop bitterness. Actually, not too bad of a brew from "the Other Baltika."SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
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#943, From the bottle, had at the December 06 Chicago Gathering at ElGaucho’s Place. Clear yellow, thin short lasting white frothy head. Nose is skunky and shapr. Taste kind of sweet and dry more towards the end.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle @ Bistro Europa, Buffalo NY. Light golden color. clean light lager. Easy to drink & better than the American counterparts Ernest (7815) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of DMS and chemicals.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, slightly husky/unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
As plain Russian lagers go, it’s actually pretty respectable...you can smell hops in the nose, the balance is decent, and the unpleasant aspects are not so strong as to make you cringe. Drinkable for the genre. frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Pale golden with a foamy white head that left behind a little lace. Green-bottle skunkiness opens up to German noble hops and a hit of corn syrup. Flavor approaches the persona of a malt liquor with sweet corn syrup atop low gasohol notes. Not too bad. Finishes with a hint of bitterness.BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2007
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Bottle: Gold, nice head and light lacing. Nose of light hops and super sweet malt. Some pale malt in the flavor, very light but clean, some hops. Decent average lager. A bit too metallic though. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
Grassy nose, malt and a smidge of hops, golden, tiny white head. Tastes of malt, light bodied, sweet, mildly bitter. Average. Thanks Radek Kliber.