Friday, March 30, 2012

Nevskoye - Beer; Imperial; Classic Ale

Nevskoye beers are brewed by the Baltika Breweries of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Beer - This is 4.6% and pours a dark golden yellow in color.  There is a half-inch head of pure white foam that leaves generous lacing down the glass.  The aroma is grainy, slightly sweet, creamy, with a floral note.  The taste follows the aromas, slightly sweet grain, a touch of lager "funk", light floral taste and floral bitterness.  The bitterness balances the sweetness, but neither overwhelms the other.  The mouthfeel is carbonated, but not overwhelmingly so, there is a definite creaminess.  It is somewhat crisp, yet creamy, at the same time.  This is a nice, but not great, Euro lager.

Imperial - This beer is also 4.6% ABV.  This makes me think the name is a poor translation, as an Imperial beer generally indicates a higher alcohol beer.  The beer pours yellow golden in color, paler than the regular Beer.  There is a relatively short head of pure white foam.  The aroma is light, with grain, a bit of lager funk and some floral notes and bitterness.  The taste is quite light as well, and follows the aroma.  The name is misleading for English speakers, as this in fact drinks like a light beer.

Classic Ale - This 5.0% ABV beer pours a dark yellow golden in color, almost honey-like.  There is a half-inch head of pure white foam that leaves fairly thick lacing, but not as thick as the regular Beer.  The aroma is deep, rich grain, old barn, touch of lager "funk."  The taste is follows the aroma, but is weaker, and with a slight sweetness.  The mouthfeel is carbonated, but not overly so, a bit creamy, but not as creamy as the regular Beer.

The Classic Ale has the best aroma and taste, but I wish its taste was as strong as its aroma.  The Beer has the best mouthfeel.

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