Balkan beers

As the name suggests the majority of the beers rated this time was brought ack from a tour through southeastern Europe. However we also tried quite a few beers that were gifts from Don Bible.

The beer in Serbia is amazingly tasy, considering the economic plunge the country has suffered from in recent years. There are quite a few beers with a lot of character, the very dark, dry and bitterOld Gold Export Dark Beer from Pivara Becej is one of them, and it managed to win topposition on this chart. Another tasty beer is BIP Vitez Svetlo Pivo, brewed by BIP in Belgrade, which is similar in style to a Czechish pilsener. Another Serbian beer not to be forgotten is the softly malty and smokey Weifert Ur-Bier from Pivara Pancevo

This is the first time we had tried Bulgarian beers, so it is a new country for us. The beers in Bulgaria are generaly to sweet for my liking, but usually without flaws.

Turkish beer besides Efes is very unknown. Know we know why... When in Turkey stay to Efes.

Macedonia is a tiny and often forgotten little country. But the landscape is beautiful and the beers are of good quality, even if the beers we sampled are perhaps a bit conform. Skopsko Pils from the capital Skopje appears to be the most popular beer, and we can see why this dry and clean pilsnerish lager sells well, even though local beers like Zlaten Dab Svetlo Pivo from Prilep are also good.

From the US we founbd a few highlights as usual. New Belgium has a fine lineof products, and their Tripel is no exception. Tabernash Weiss Beer is another reknown Colorado beer, and now we know why, even if Victory Sunrise Weissbier is an angry rival when it comes to American hefeweizen.

Melbourne Bros' Strawberry is interesting in many ways. Strawberry beers are very rare on their own right, but this beer is also spontaneously fermented like the Belgian lambics, and the outcome is actually very good.



Beers rated in November '00
307Old Gold Export Dark BeerSerbia3,80434+43+4- Porter/Stout
466New Belgium TripelUSA3,644+3+4+4-33- Ale, Belgian style
505Tabernash Weiss BeerUSA3,603+4-3+4+ 3+ Wheat beer
541BIP Vitez Svetlo PivoSerbia3,5544-43+334,6%Lager, Light
570New Belgium AbbeyUSA3,52434+3+33 Ale, Belgian style
785Orkney The Red McGregorScotland3,343-2+5-4-3+35,0%Ale, British style
860Melbourne Bros' StrawberryEngland3,3023+4+4+2+3+ Gueuze/Lambic
929Victory Sunrise WeissbierUSA3,2433-4-3+34- Wheat beer
942Weifert Ur-BierSerbia3,233-3-3+3+43+ Lager, Light
988New Belgium Porch SwingUSA3,19424423- Ale, Belgian style
998Tommyknocker Butthead DoppelbockUSA3,193+2-44+3-3- Lager, Bock
1332Skopsko Pils BeerMacedonia2,963+33+242 Lager, Light
1371Lav PremiumSerbia2,943+3+3-332+ Lager, Light
1518Lav Export PivoSerbia2,82333-3-3+2+ Lager, Light
1528Apatinska Pils LightSerbia2,813+2-33+32+ Lager, Light
1563New Zealand Lager Premium BeerNew Zealand2,792+2+4-3-3+2+ Lager, Light
1572BIP Premium PilsSerbia2,782+3432-3-5,0%Lager, Light
1589Orkney Dark IslandScotland2,7622-5-2+33-4,6%Ale, British style
1640Astika SpecialBulgaria2,7234-23-3-3-5,0%Lager, Light
1809Zlaten Dab Svetlo PivoMacedonia2,603+3-3223-5,0%Lager, Light
1852New Belgium SaisonUSA2,563+2-2+4-22+ Ale, Belgian style
1866Zagorka GoldBulgaria2,552-3-2+3334,5%Lager, Light
1936ArianaBulgaria2,493-3+223-3-5,0%Lager, Light
1970Astika LuxBulgaria2,453-3+2+23-25,0%Lager, Light
2137Kronenbier Export PilsMacedonia2,302232+2-34,5%Lager, Light
2219Fenerbahce Pilsen BierTurkey2,223-22-2+3-2+5,0%Lager, Light
2225Kamenitza SvetloBulgaria2,213-3+1-2-33-4,4%Lager, Light
2307Kamenitza T'mnoBulgaria2,122+2+1-2-42+5,0%Lager, Dark
2379Zagorka SpecialBulgaria2,0122-12335,0%Lager, Light
2404Marmara 34Turkey1,9822-2-2-32+5,0%Lager, Light
2469Casablanca BeerMorocco1,9132-22+12- Lager, Light
2619Troy PilsnerTurkey1,632+1+1-2-3-2-5,0%Lager, Light
2721Efes ExtraTurkey1,3822+1-1+2-18,0%Lager, Bock
2846BIP Ruski KvasSerbia0,64011+11-1- Special
Rated by: Johan Zetterlund, Mattias Leidebjer, Per Samuelsson, Lars Samuelsson, Cecilia Gårdebäck and Fredrik Huldt

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Updated 2000-12-29 Per Samuelsson