Amelrus (2) - Chelyabinsk, RUSSIA - AUG 29, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Bready aroma with some barley. Golden color. Very light bitter. Soft Carbonation. Still a little low on the bitterness. hredwolf (28) - RUSSIA - AUG 10, 2010
Perfect light golden color like augustiner or other classic bavarian helles beers. You can find some bitterness in aftertaste unlike 99% of other russian beers. Almonds dominates in aroma. Ernest (7658) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear
medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy
(flowers, herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Thin and watery, yes, but pretty darned clean and a shocking amount of hops in the aroma (and plenty of bitterness in the finish)...this is the hoppiest Russian beer I’ve had so far. Not industrial or repulsive in any way. In a small flight of Russian, Lithuanian, and Polish lagers, this was the winner by far, but perplexing due to the low average rating here. There’s no way I’d guess this to be from Russia in a blind test...doesn’t smell or taste adjuncty at all, nicely balanced, and as I said, a nice rush of noble hops in the nose. The only one I didn’t pour down the drain. I’m confused...the label is identical to the one on this page, so it’s certainly the right beer. But an average of 1.8? Very bizarre. This is one of the best beers I’ve had from Russia...smells like all-malt, no icky aftertaste or off notes. This is more of a Dortmunder than the Svyturys Ekstra, quite frankly. I even let it warm and nothing evil came out. Very very weird. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Purchased brown bottle from Fine Liquors in Mundelein, IL. Clear golden amber color with light nutty malt aroma. Small white head with fair lacing. Some carbonation. Light bodied. Dry palate that starts with a slight nutty malt flavor and finishes with moderate bitterness. Okay beer that good for washing down food and quenching thirst, but not for savoring. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours a golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma is sweet pilsner malt, vanilla, nice fruity notes, a hint of bubble gum, and no hop aroma. Flavor is a hint of grain, some pilsner malts, fruity, apple, vanilla, and light bitter finish.
vipinvelp (4370) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
Clear golden yellow with huge lasting white foam head. Aroma is quite strong barley, pilsener. Taste quite crisp, good beer. Lasting aftertaste, turning little bitter in time. (Samara 201310) PorterPounder (7888) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Dark golden pour with a white clumpy head that lasts a while, decent lacing. Faint peachy notes in the aroma with a little bit of spice. Very interesting flavor - trying to put my finger on it its brand of bitterness. Slightly spicy and cinnamony if I have to pin it down. Has decent mouthfeel for a lager. Overall, not as bad as others have rated it. Braudog (6671) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle: Poured an orange-yellow with a slight haziness and a small white head. Light floral aroma. The flavor is surprisingly complex -- fruity and tart with just a slight bitter edge. bhensonb (15083) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Bottle from The Wine Merchant Ltd. in (near) St. Louis, MO. Slightly hazy gold color with a frothy off-white head. Fruity hop aroma. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is spicy noble hop with some breadiness. It’s got a lot more character than most pale lagers. Bitter builds nicely in the finish. It’s a good lager. Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2004
This was an interesting beer. It actually had a lot of bitter ale qualities -- tart yeasting, somewhat oxidized and tannic, lightly sweet. Very aley, in fact. Ok mouthfeel, not highly carbonated. Darkish golden brew, busy label.