Brewed by Rinkuškiai
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Biržu raj., Lithuania


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Traditionally aged Lithuanian beer, Zhiguly Grande 9,5 is naturally fermented, the most heating and famous beer of Beer Country! Alc. 9.4% by vol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 17, 2012
This smells pretty malty, looks like all the rest. Definitely a bit maltier than the others, and perhaps a slight bit less alcoholic, but either from the flavor of these beers or the alcohol content, they are all starting to run one into the other.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Frank (2865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
When I bought this I was absolutely terrified that I had tried it before as it is undoubtedly going to be beyond awful. I try to approach each beer w/ an open mind but, though the use of science and other less esoteric means of evaluation, I have determined the following equation to hold true in all cases:

Eastern European origin + high gravity - baltic porterosity = heinous

A large minority of my family background is of Eastern European origin and so I am familiar w/ their ways and culture. From what I can tell, aside from some truly awful dance music, they have done little to deserve this kind of beer. It is a fairly nice and maybe slightly cloudy orange golden. The head is foamy, about akin to what you’d expect from an American malt liquor and short lasting, most likely due to heavy handed uses of adjuncts to produce high gravity results cheaply. This stuff reeks of cheap cider and cotton candy. It is cloyingly sweet, sticky and sluggish on the palate, underhopped and yet still overly bitter. As I slog further into this this thing a cooked vegetable and wet cigarette ash overtone begins to overwhelm the overripe apple in the nose which helps bring out the metallicness in the finish. The most positive thing I can say about this is that the finish is mercifully short when its cold so you can choke it down pretty quickly, being able to recover in short order after this sip. The very worst of this style evoke a physical reaction and this in not quite on that same level but I can say that this is a truly bad beer from top to bottom. Drink and enjoy, my friends.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2011
500ml bottle. "Traditionally Aged" Lithuanian beer. Pours a bright orange/gold with tons of tiny bubbles racing towards the top to a creamy white head that lasts awhile. The smell is odd. t is ultra sweet and boozy, it has an almost perfume-like booze character and light fruitiness and various sugars. The taste is super sweet,barelywine flavor with no sign of hops. Theres thick caramel, butterscotch, and fruit flavors. The alcohol is highly noticeable. It is a bit cloying but not quite over the edge. It is a high octane brew, it seems like a strong ale in a lager’s suit. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-04-2010 00:37:46

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bhensonb (11064) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle from Big Star in Seattle. Pours brassy gold with a small white head. Aroma is sweetly bready, lightly fruity, perhaps a bit grassy. Flavor is bready, corny, grassy. It’s more sweet than not. Difficult to integrate into my perception.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
500mL bottle. Poured clear, medium golden with a fairly uniform white head. The aroma picked up sweet corn and honey with spicy raw alcohol and light vegetal notes around.. prickly and hot on the back of the nose. The flavor found honey and corn again on the sugary core.. hot all around with alcohol burn.. hard-to-place bitterness joined more boozage on the sharp finish. Medium-bodied, prickly, and hot on the palate.. not an enjoyable drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bought at vintage estates in boardman ohio for the low price of like $2.50 for a larger size bottle. Poured bright clear gold with fizzy white head. Aroma is very sweet, corn base, with some honey and booziness. Flavor is pretty reflective. Base is sweet and corny with a few lite fruit notes and a strong warming boozy factor - tastes medicinal. Overall, worth the try but not great by any means. This is the kind of beer that is probably sold out of 2 liter bottles in eastern europe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2010
A: snifter. pours a nice vibrant yellow color, with a solid white head. moderate retention level and mild lacing. S: very fruity aroma, some berries with a hint of honey. light citrus hop aroma, but very faint. T: not as sweet as I expected, but there are some serious honey tones to this. light citrus flavors, along with some fruitness, like bananas and berries. nice lingering aftertaste. M: a little thick, with a very crisp palate. carbonation level is moderate, but this beer is just really easy to drink. D: very drinkable for 9.4% but I think one will do the trick for me. very interesting and enjoyable. the best euro strong lager I have had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle: Pours golden with a white thin sparkly head. The nose is grassy with husky grains, alcohol and corn esters. Sweet flavor with a rrough slavic mouthfeel and a tainted finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Half-litre bottle from Michael’s Fresh market, Downers Grove. Yes, that’s what the importer’s English back label says: "The most heating and famous beer…" Guess that the opposite of being "frost brewed." Yellow beer pour in glass, nice thick layer of white foam. Smell is lots of alcohol and solvent, though. Taste matches, with fermented corn syrup, solvents, and sweeteners. Rather obviously made just for getting hammered. Slight notes of spearmint, or is that Vicks Vapo Rub? I find little in the way of malts, just a slight off-setting hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2010
smells strongly of clove, or some other similiar spice that i cannot name at the moment. It is very sweet, with a finish that reminds you this is 9.5%. There isn’t a place for this beer on my menu. To sweet and thick to be a refreshing lager, and not a very interesting flavor. Seems to be high octane only as a novelty.

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