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


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2010
Deep gold pour, white head. Sweet aroma. Some apple juice, canned fruit, honey. Flavor is sweet as hell. Tastes kind of like fruit punch sweetened with sweet n low. Weird as hell.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4675) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Big 17 oz bottle poured into a big glass mug. Alarming neck ring paper on this brags about its 9.5%. Slight haze on an otherwise slightly darker than pale yellow beer. No visible signs of CO2. Smell is a little malt liquor sweet. Taste is rather rude and I immediately suspect this is the same beer as their lobster lover beer, very similar if not the same. One bottle of this and I’m sure to get a little dizzy. Nasty malt liquor attributes overwhelm the senses. Certainly the lithu equivilent of american cheap high gravity lager. On the label it says traditional and I want to think, who’s tradition? American cheap buzz beer or is it the tradition to make you forget about lithu’s russian ruined economy? Nasty roto-tilling palate all across the mouth. Difficult and barely any carbonation makes this even a little ruder. Long rude medicine finish leaves me reminicing about some of the worst lagers I’ve had from the states.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
From bottle. Light sweet nose, a bit musky with some grain undertones. A bit of hops character, light carbonic gassy smell. Some butterscotch. Dull amber-orange hazy, with thin off-white head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with a bit of alcohol and light grain sweetness. Fairly dull overall, with mild bitter hoppy character, smoothed out with some fortification of alcohol and extra sugar taste. Light metallic tang and some oxidation notes. Finishes sweet and flat. OK cold, but worsens as it warms.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2010
menacingly slight haze in pour, not the typical drug test sample expected from an ESL. aroma is very grainy malt and some alcohol esters of rock candy and lemon. quite spirity, you can nearly feel it on your face emanating from the glass. flavor is of chemical sourness, big booze. some slight banana like ester in the long, sloppy finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
6ROW (458) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2009
orange pour with a two finger white head. sweet malt taste, not as warming as i would expect for 9.4 % abv. this was fun to try.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jaymobrown (1771) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Funny. Very grainy. Just a wet sock. Not really good, but didn’t notice the alcohol. i guess that’s the point. Tasted sugary, maybe some malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hombrepalo (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Bigo 550ml bottle, given to me by a buddy of mine for my bachlors party. Poured clear amber with nice head. Smell of grains, malts, dirt, and grass. Taste is sweet, lots of alcohol presence with carbonation, similar tastes to the deScription of the smell. Drinkable but not a beer I would buy. Don’t really know where he got this from.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle I got this because I am Lithuanian Pours a clear amber with a decent white head. The head is bubbly and lasting. Produces decent lacing. Aroma is very sweet. touches of cinnamon and fruit. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is sweet and slightly grainy. Has a medium body. Hides the alcohol very well. Has a watery texture. The finish is okay but the aftertaste is a touch sweet. Surprisingly pretty good.

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