Senka (1082) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 13, 2015
FTA: A simple example of Russian lager. I was drinking it for the first time when I was 16, during December 2000. This was a good lager. hotstuff (5177) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle. Small white head that was mostly diminishing with fine-small sized bubbles, transparent, carbonated, fair lacing, and a yellow hue. Aroma was malty and sweet. Flavor was sweet, malty and tingly tasting. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium bodied beer. Not much going on here. Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Bottle in Russia. This must be the Bud light of beer in the Russian world because it is the cheapest beer at only $0.15 making it cheaper to buy than water. Still even the cheapest Russian beer is better than a Bud Light. Pretty much your typical and average lager. vipinvelp (4473) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2013
Clear pale yellow with white foam head. Aroma is earthy, some barley. Taste is bit sweet, malty, earthy. Not the best beer Heineken is brewing. (St. Petersburg, 201305) ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Strong lager aroma. This is currently the 3rd highest rated Russian beer on Ratebeer, albeit with only 4 ratings. This is your basic, average lager. It is rated highly because the beer in Russia isn't all that great. However, for lager lovers, definitely worth a try. Aurelius gave this a 5 for appearance. Not sure why, except that, from his description, it appears he considers more than just the beer for this category. The head disappates almost fully and there is no carbonation to speak of to spruce up the pale yellow body. One of these days, when Russia has spent a few more years outside of communism, and commercial competition heats up, the beer will get better.
DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 0.5 l bottle. I just discovered my favorite thing about Russia: you can buy beer and liquor at streetside kiosks, some of which are open 24 hours, the local stuff is rarely more than a dollar, and you can pretty much drink from the bottle while walking. Of course the problem is that you usually get what you pay for. This a St. Pete brand; it’s actually a bit darker than the usual pale lager, kind of whiskey color. Walking with the open bottle kicked up enough foam to run over the top. Taste is pretty malty and nicely balanced by bitterness... but this seems to have some bottling or production problems, because it had that gross wet salty peanut smell of contamination. Too bad, because this had some potential. charlotte (5394) - rødovre, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle.Golden colour with medium white head.Aroma is a bit grainy with flavor of hops and malt,light body with short mild sweet mouthfeels and slight watery finish. rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 On draught at Balsjoj Festival Piva, Moscow.
Golden color. Aroma of hens food. Somewhat bitter all along. I had hopes for worse... rosenbergh (11613) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2009
500 ml bottle. Finland.
Clear golden colour with small white head. Malty aroma with some cardboard and notes of hops. Sweetish malty flavour with some crisp hoppiness. Goes well with Russian food. Zarkam (539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2013
500 ml bottle from supermarket in Vyborg, 4.9 abv, clear gold colour, small white almost instantenously gone head. Aroma is bread and floral hops, a bit of paper in the mouth, otherwise fairly balanced taste, fairly bitter herbal finish. Light body, fizzy carbonation. Quite boring but drinkable, but on the other hand decent amount of alcohol and almost half cheaper than most other beers in that shop, but this consideration is useless as it’s Russia and if you want to get drunk for cheap the only proper solution is vodka. Actually the latter applies for the rest of the world too now that I think of it.