I don't know about you dear reader, but when I have trouble deciphering the language on the front of the can, or any product, I'm somewhat hesitant in buying said product. This is obviously a stupid bias or hesitation on my part: obviously people in whichever part of the world in which this language is spoken/written (in this case, Ukraine) would NOT be drinking poisonous beer, so it's obviously fine!

Still, there's that part of me that wonders: "Gee, what do they like to drink in THEIR part of the world? Are their tastes wildly different?"

Well, only one way to find out!

*GULP GULP GULP!* (Sounds of drinking, not nervousness.)

But we have to examine the colour and nose, and all that rot before proceeding to taste! Ah, yes, the colour. Ah yes, the actual beer. Admission: I accidentally deleted the actual beer photo. Stupid? Yes. You will just have to take my word for my description (or go out and buy your own damn can and find out yourself!).

Being a lager, this one pours a very nice rich yellow hue, much like the gold surrounding the logo on the can.

The nose is of fruity grains, a little hoppy too, with some sweet, good, beery freshness. Very delightful indeed!

The taste however is one that you really do need to examine and find out for yourself. It is really unlike any beer I've had, and I've been around the beer block somewhat. It is dry, hoppy, not too strong (despite being over 5% booze factor), and had some bitterness.

Slavutich is medium bodied, not too heavy, and is not a clean tasting beer either. It is hard to describe, hence my constant descriptors!! It's a little firm, not soft or easy to drink; "not wimpy" I so subtly noted. (Note: my friends at disagree completely with my assessment. So. Yeah.)

And, even odder, there wasn't much of an didn't really fade off into different flavours, it kinda just stuck around, lingering quite a bit!

Well then! Who'd have thunk it? My weariness was swiftly turned into wonder and thoughts of, "Gee whiz, this is interesting," and, "Gosh, this is different!" At a price friendly cost per can, this one isn't a knock out, or one I'd be downing can after can of, but it's worth trying just for a unique beer experience!

**1/2 out of 4

Purchased from a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$2.25 (US$2.10).


SLAVUTICH, 500 mL can
LCBO #43208

Beer, Lager
5.3% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 3
Made in: Ukraine
By: Jsc Slavutych Brewery

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