5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours pale yellow, slightly hazy, large white foamy head, soft carbonation, with spotty lacing.   Grains, hay, & oats on the nose.   Minor apple/pear notes as well.   Slight sourness up front, minor malts, sweet grass, and light fruits.   Clean, fairly crisp, with a medium body.   Finishes quickly, with a slight maltiness.   Not half bad...
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yawn. Drinkable, but youíre basically paying import price for american macro-swill. Pale yellow, almost no head. Sweet, some noticeable hops and rice aspects.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 02-Sep-04 (500 ml bottle: Trader Joeís in Pacific Beach, CA) #400 for Ratebeer. Being one-quarter Lithuanian, I really was hoping Iíd like this, my first beer from the "homeland", but while I certainly prefer it to mass produced swill from the global conglomerates, and Iíve had several European beers that were worse (for example, Spaten Premium Lager in this very tasting), this is still a little disappointing. Švyturys Ekstra has a fairly mild flavor. Itís sweet, grainy maltiness is balanced by a light bitterness that becomes more dominant in the finish. Sweet grain and very mild citrusy aromas dominate the mild nose. Its light to medium body is heavier on the palate than many pale lagers. Pale yellow in color and just slightly hazy. Pure white head is of medium size on the pour and has average retention. Some fancy lacing here and there. Iím proud to be 1/4 Lithuanian, but not especially proud of this beer. (6, 2, 4, 3, 9, total: 2.4)
25-Sep-05 (500 ml bottle: Trader Joeís in Pacific Beach, CA) Using this as a baseline for mediocre Helles beers in this ratings session for beers of this style, itís still better than some, but worse than most. The sweet grainy malt isnít bad, but Iím actually kind of enjoying the spicy hops character. The white head is really maintaining a 1/4 inch topping very well, and leaving a fair amount of lacing, and so Iím upping the appearance rating by 1 point. Otherwise, nothing else more to add.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not much to say about this beer. Mild sweetish hop aroma. Light golden appearance with adiquate head. Initial alcohol taste. Sweet Fosters like flavor with minimal hop bitterness but is drinkable.
Sammy (8398) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Why does the LCBO, our provinceís royal liquor bureacracy bring this in over 500 better beers. Its cheap to import? There is a demand? The brochure said it won some Eastern Europe medals? Pale, serviceable, drinkable. Foaming pour. Lemon, sugary malt. Burning
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very light colour. Grainy and thin. Som citrus but mostly corn flavours are dominant. Not bad malt bottom. Nothing special.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mmm - "A thick scum of glaring whiteness" - sounds delicious. They could use a better translator methinks. A rather anaemic lager with a very pale gold colour and high carbonation. Adjuncty aroma. Lots of dull malt in the flavour, with a sweetish edge and, though it ends up reasonably dry, thereís not much in the way of hop presence to lend interest. Although the taste is quite clean, overall the beer is a bit bland and uninteresting. Not really anything to distinguish it from other eastern European lagers. Something of a disappointment. Bottle at GBBF 2004.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Tastes like a lot of Russian lagers iíve had (i.e Baltika Classic). Fizzy, corny and dry, but with some nice grassy edges, crisp finish, pretty boring, but drinkable.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent Eurolager. Clear cider-gold with little head. Nose sweet, a bit malty, adjuncty. Flavor is quite sweet, malts are corny, limited hops. Not offensive and reasonably refreshing, but nothing particularly fascinating going on.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very light yellow gold color. Medium sized white fizzy head. Aroma is corn, grainy and sweet. A light to medium bodied Dort/helles. Malts are cornish, touch of fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly floral. Very mild tasting. Kind of thin and watery, but since its flavor is only slightly that above water I guess its ok. No real objectionable flavors, but then no real flavor either. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is neutral. Aftertaste is mostly neutral.