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Union Ležak

Rating: 2.6

This one is another fairly new beer from the Ljubljana based Union brewery that I managed to try whilst visiting the city last month, this beer was only introduced in 2014 and I can only assume that it’s not distributed that widely considering I found it hard finding anything from them available in Croatia, with the exception of their radler beers anyway. This one is a beer I grabbed in a Spar supermarket on my first day in Ljubljana, picking it up alongside the bottle of Triglav from the brewery that I’ve already reviewed and all I asked before drinking it was that it came out slightly better than that one. Coming in at the more reasonable 6% abv., this one is a Czech style pilsner from Union and it will be the sixth from the brewery that I have reviewed, I still have a review of their Temno Pivo to add after this one though so I’m not done with them quite yet.

Union Ležak

Appearance (4/5): A cloudy looking yellow colour with a thin, foamy white head on top that took an aggressive pour to forn but held well once it did, sitting quite still on top of the beer.
Aroma (4/10): This one started with some strange, malty notes accompanied by some dough and bread but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. The beer was quite sweet with some light hay and grassy notes but it was a very basic and plain aroma with little complexity to it.
Taste (5/10): Semi-sweet tasting with honey early on and a mix of grassy hops and hay. There was a fair amount of bitterness in there with some floral flavours and a bit of bread but again it was quite basic and one-dimensional.
Palate (2/5): Smooth and quite light bodied with some faint sweetness but it was terribly plain on the way down with light carbonation and a clean, watery palate. Bland and unexciting, there’s nothing interesting about this one I’m afraid.

Overall (10/20): This one was a strange effort from Union, a very plain beer that was almost like drinking water at times it was that unexciting. There was some faint sweetness early on with the taste plus the usual mix of grassy hops and hay but other than that there wasn’t anything to grab your attention; very disappointing without actually being bad I guess.

Brewed In: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brewery: Pivovarna Union
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Spar supermarket (Ljubljana)
Price: €1.43 (approx. £1.04)

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