Friday, April 15, 2011

Obolon lager - Ukraine 14-4-11

The Low Down:
The Ukraine, or Ukraine as it is now called, is just coming up on it's 21st Birthday. This means that on July 16th this year, it will actually be able to drink it's own beer. Lucky Ukraine!

I kid of course. the legal drinking age in Ukraine is in fact 18.

This beer tastes like the irradiated power of communism through which it has struggled throughout it's history. Brewed just 55km south of Chernobyl, this beer is hot stuff. I'm assured that it is less that 150 Rads per bottle, so safe to drink. Mostly.

The Flavour is bitter, probably because of the cold war, with some real strong cereal notes and just a little carbonation. This beer tastes like injustice, and I love it.


Packaging: 8/10
Strong and bold, like the hammer and sickle. It feels like a former U.S.S.R state trying to break free of it's puppet masters.
Refreshment: 8/10
Any proletariat working in the fields for their bourgeoisie overlords would be well served by this drop.
Flavour 8/10:
Aside from the aforementioned injustice, the cereal and malt notes are awesome.
Alcohol Content: 6/10
5.0% This amount is well suited to the style of pale lager.
Price: 6/10
$4.50. Not terribly expensive when you consider that the Ukraine economy was in disrepair just a few years ago.
Total: 36/50

Conclusion:
I'm kind of at a loss for what to match this with. An irradiated pale eastern European lager with a point to prove. It seems with all the cereal notes it would be well matched to rich meats, venison or Buffalo. probably goat. Yes definitely goat, and if you can't find that, lamb.
Cheers.