The "Svetla" or "light" from Afanasy comes in at 4.8 percent alcohol. Clear gold in color, the light-bodied brew offers an even flavor balance where the light pale malt flavor blends with the light hop bitterness to produce a mellow lager that is very clean yet finishes with pronounced hops. This 14-degree lager offers labels listing day, month and year for freshness dating purposes, but none are notched. The green bottle makes one wonder about the risk of off-flavors from being light struck. A cautious buyer would buy from "the dark side."
OAO Afanasy Brewery
95 Kominterna St.
Tver, Russia 170028
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - September, 1999
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