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


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
Grande 12 has a nice clear amber color and little white head. Smell of malt and barley. On the tongue and in the mouth, the beer is crisp and refreshing. A mild herbal bitterness helps balance some of the sweetness, but still quite sweet and sticky. Alcohol is very well concealed. A good amount of malts and barley give the beer a sweet taste and a full body. Naturally fermented.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PRUCK (21) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Bottles of this are $1.50 and its 12% booooze!!!! A little thick, with some bockey sweetness. But it really isn’t gross at all. Surprisingly palatable for the alcohol content. This is a perfect beer for sneaking into the movie theater. A nice posi drunk that’s really good for makin’ out. Lithuanian beers are undisputed kings of the ’tons of booze for dirt cheap with a touch of class’ category. Baltika 9 is worthless compared to this shit.

BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours clear orange with a small, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is moderate cereal and biscuit malt with spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet honey and biscuit malt with light alcohol and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

Travlr (25185) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle from a Russian grocery store in Charlotte. Clear golden amber color, thin white head. Aroma of boozy caramel. Taste is sweet and sticky boozy toasted caramel.

milewide (2260) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Sweet and sticky is accurate deScription. Much too sweet, and 12% ABV is excessive. $0.99/500 ml is a justified close out.

mansquito (6488) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2014
The Beer Store, Southampton PA 50cl: Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is apples, sugar, and booze. Taste is the same. In honesty, this was far from as bad as I thought it would be. Granted, this is not good, but it is way better than much other malt liquor. One would be hard-pressed to realize that this was a 12 percenter.

hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle ... thanks Mike, I guess. Poured an amberish color with a smaller sized head. Grainy, alcohol, caramel, and a honey sweetness .... blah.

andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Purchased at Fresh Farms in Niles, IL; enjoyed at home prior to the Super Bowl. Why did I decide to buy this? I don’t think I can finish this. Pale yellow, slightly bubbly, with a taste of the bottom of a lager yeast vial. It’s not good man, not good at all. Not the worst beer ever, but relatively close.

dwyerpg (6214) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2013
A less aromatic but similar aroma to the 9.5%. Definitely stronger in alcohol flavor and lower in other flavors. It’s almost like and Icebock version of the 9.5. Much worse though.

BillWyce (1092) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
From notes: Poured hazy golden amber, with a touch of orange and a 1-finger white head. Deep, malty sweet aroma, with a lighter note, possibly citrus, underneath. Full body with a mild syrupy thickness. Flavor of caramel malt, perhaps with a touch of honey, giving way to a touch of lemon at the back. The honey and lemon become more pronounced as it warms. Not "boozy", but there is an astringent dryness to the finish.

boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
This may be the worst beer i’ve ever had. Half liter bottle that pours a medium, clear brown with no head and excessive carbonation. There is a funky caramel note in the nose followed by a rush of booze. The taste is a little sweet followed by a lot of alcohol. Watery. I’ve had some great Lithuanian beers. This one will never be bought again.

Frank (4208) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2012
I am something of an aficionado of terrible Eastern European strong lagers and I can assure you w/o a doubt that this is one of them. However, I can say this does have am advantage over most of its ilk in that my body does not react to it as if I am slowly drinking a hemlock potion in order to hopefully experience some delirious effects before I die. It pours a headless golden and tastes more or less like some sort of bubblegum flavored syrup mixed w/ a generous shot of grain alcohol. This actually floats in the same general vicinity of some lighter-colored extra-strong bock beers like Samiclaus Helles. It is sticky sweet and while it is not completely clean, it is at least not aggressively foul until you are halfway through the glass and it starts getting warm. Its main purpose, I assume, is to liberate brain cells from the harrowing effects of sobriety and for this reason I salute it. People on this site sometimes forget that the primary purposes of beer are nutrition and inebriation. Many of us sit around drinking thimblefuls of adjective beers, taking notes and generally looking like a bunch of fat neckbeards at a Battlestar Gallactica convention. Frankly, I think this is something of a shame and people who engage in that sort of beer-related behaviors should be thoroughly humiliated in front of non-beer people in public. If you are going to go around all day cruising eBay for deals buy something awesome like a Hammond organ or a replica Civil War rifle, not a $150 bottle of Dark Lord. People are really losing sight of the basics when it comes to beer. You drink it. You can take notes but don’t get hung up on it. Don’t be a dork and don’t bitch and moan on the internet. (Yes, I realize I am bitching and moaning currently. It’s ironic. I’m an artist.) Quite frankly, you learn more about the world drinking international malt liquor than any kind of craft beer. You drink Heady Topper or some annoying shit like that and you know what six crabby nerds with boring jobs like to drink. Drink this garbage and you enter the world of a Lithuanian homeless person wholeheartedly and really understand something about how they live over there. I know now, for example, that the homeless in Lithuania are prone to rambling about completely unrelated subjects while writing beer reviews. In summation, I highly recommend not bringing this to some tasting where you don’t drink the whole, awful thing and instead keeping an entire bottle to yourself. Drink it and just type, type, type to see what comes out. That’s what I did.

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