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. 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! weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Thanks to tomdecapolis for this...
Appears a light orange gold with virtually no head and no lacing left behind.
Smell is fruity with a bit of a adjunct lager smell. Overall pleasant with some fruit salad and citrus aromas dominating.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mellow taste with the same dominance dominating.
Mouthfeel is decent. A bit of a corn syrup feel hanging around but not bad.
Drinkability is pretty good. I would drink this again, no problem.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours a hazy golden amber with a small head. Aroma is sweet, caramel and a little roastiness. Flavor is also sweet, slight alcohol sensed in the taste as well as some caramel, bread and nuts. r464 (2362) - 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!
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2004
I found it sweet and with a slight biterness. It reminds me of an ESB. Not bad but not good either. hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis (thanks for checking off another country!). Poured a medium a and slightly hazy amber color with virtually no head. Bottle labeled 28 01 04 (best before or bottled on date?). Aromas of light fruits and citrus. Tastes of fruits, lemons and caramel. Medium sweet with a thinner body. Better than I expected for a Pale Lager. DandyWolfFloyd (1212) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Not often you get to have a Georgian brew, so this was a surprise. I enjoyed it even though it was a lager. It had a subdued aroma. The appearnce was a nice golden amber. Flavor was a bit caramel, nutty, sweet and spicy. It was pretty smooth. I would recommend it if you can actually find it. Again it’s a lager so keep that in mind. Heidbummer (735) - SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2017
With lots of Georgian food, it was clean and crisp and went well with stew. On its own suspect it would fade quickly, but it stood up well to a meal. Quite dry, not much aroma, a bit thin. Oj. egajdzis (6672) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Poured an amber color with a thin off white head that left no lacing. Aroma of cereal, grains, dusty caramel malt, and some faint citrus in the background. Taste of nuts, faint caramel malt, some cardboard, and light bitterness, finished rather dry.