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USSR Legendary - Zhigulevskoye

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Zhigulevskoye is a brand of Russian beer.

Initially, the beer belonged to the Vienna Lager style, with a characteristic caramel smell and the taste of Vienna malt. But, according to legend, in 1934 it was renamed "Zhigulevskoye Beer" to get rid of its "bourgeois" name. During the Soviet era, at times it was virtually the only beer brand that could be found anywhere in the country. At the peak of its popularity it was made in 734 breweries around the Country, and it practically became a generic name for beer. Production was regulated by a GOST standard since 1938. Zhigulevskoye had to contain no less than 2.8% alcohol by mass and was allowed to have up to 15% of adjuncts. Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, beer under the Zhigulyovskoye brand has been produced by multiple breweries in several former Soviet countries.

The widespread use of unmalted raw materials in the 1950s and 1960s and the gradual reorientation of Soviet brewing towards Czechoslovakian technologies, including low-temperature drying of light malt, led to a partial loss of varietal color, smell and taste. In the 1970s and 1980s, most brewery beers were already looking like lighter lagers. To give an authentic variety of color, GOST allowed to correct it with the help of sugar color.


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