r464 (2372) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2004
A hazy orange color with a whitish head. Malt aroma. Very nice, reminds me more of a bitter. This is a lager? I like it! NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Kazbegi’s Hunter Lager pours a hazy, orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds very well but leaves only spotty lace. It appears to be bottle-conditioned; and very fine bubbles can be seen rising steadily towards the surface. The nose is malty. It’s bready with a nutty, caramelish and even cocoas-ish note. It’s not bold, but it is enticing. In the mouth it’s gently tingly and then creamy and smooth across the tongue with a very fine, median carbonation and medium body. The flavor is malty sweet, but balanced. It’s richly caramelish and nutty; backed by a solid bitterness and spicy, leafy, and grassy hops that lead to a dry finish. A very nice surprise coming out of Russia! It’s kind of like a big brown ale, and yet it’s a lager. A dark (but not dunkles) Munich lager perhaps? And although it seems to be a full and rich beer with alot of malt to begin with, the alcohol is only listed at 4.5%. And, there’s no real alcohol evident in either the flavor or the aroma. But it’s not cloying in any way. Very well done indeed! A surprisingly interesting and enjoyable lager at a great price. Well worth trying! Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Almost exactly the same color as Yuengling Traditional, with a slight haze. Abundant yet diminishing off-white head with relatively large bubbles. Bready aroma. Very, very malty indeed, caramel, faint roastiness, some grassy bitterness on the finish.
As it warms, more and more caramel comes out. Medium-bodied. Quite a nice lager, and definitely surprisingly good for something from the former Soviet Union. In fact, I was expecting horror because not only is Georgia former-USSR but also a wine country, which in my experience hardly makes for good beer. Makes me wish I had access to the brewery's other products.