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


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.4/5   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.

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ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer was purchased in Smyrna, GA at Mink’s liquor store. This beer is a cloudy orangish yellow with a lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass. There is little head and the aroma of alcohol is very prevalent in this beer. It has a strong flavor, not bad but one that is probably acquired from multiple offerings. the beer finishes strong with an oily finish and is lightly carbonated. this is not a bad euro strong lager. I would drink this again.

Salmoniform (1281) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Golden hue with creamy white head. Aroma is cloves, straw, banana, fresh bread, cereal, mango. Mouthfeel is ok with a moderate body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an ethanol finish and slight CO2 to help round things out. Overall this is a very sweet and estery beer...think of an extra-imperial full-bodied hefeweizen. Not had but not a "go to" either.

Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to frank. Pouts a fairly clear orange-ish yellow. Small white head dies quickly. Nose is honey sweet with some corny notes. Taste is initially sweet then the booze kicks in with some fusels and chest burn. Some nice crackery, toasty notes behind the sweetness. I really wish this beer wasn’t full of the harsh alcohol because otherwise it would be a very solid beer.

DrewFace (970) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. brilliantly clear golden color, no head. Lightly sweet, crisp corn adjunct aroma. Very sweet, malty, astringent, big alcohol character, slight burning.

Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Taste is straw, fruit, yeast, funk and fizziness. Not the best beer in the world but not a total mess either. Hell, I’d drink this again.

Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Gold Yellow, Big Head, Decent Lacing. Not much of aroma. Sweet, Malt, Syrupy, slight Alcohol Burn. Medium Body, well hidden ABV. Smoother and easier to drink than expected. Drinkable, OK for what it is but no sentimental value for Zhiguly. Pass it.

EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2013
The aroma is reminiscent of molasses, honey, toasted malts, dates, and sweet bread yeast, and the appearance combines an orangeish golden with a large white head that dissipates quickly to a ring. The taste is mildly sweet, slightly sour, slightly umami, and a touch bitter; also, the palate fuses a medium body, soft carbonation, long finish, and a thick texture.

hotstuff (5279) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2013
Backlog rating 2-26-2009 (Bottle) The Appearance is a white medium sized fizzy head with poor retention, transparent body, visible carbonation, one ring of lacing and a yellow hue. The Aroma is corn, alcohol and reminds me of iodine. The Flavor is alcohol and medicine. The Palate is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, the ABV comes through in the Aroma and the Flavor and this beer simply reminded me of medicine and iodine. Obviously, this is a beer I will not drink again.

Randhurst (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013 does not count
Nice golden color ith tints of gren from the hops i’d believe. Tastes of quality barely, wheat, and decent hops. The 9.4% alc. is masked very well and takes effect smoothly. Goes down nicely. There’s nothing really wrong with this beer.

ccex (1390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2012
I’m not sure why I’m such a fan of cheap high gravity beers from Eastern Europe, but I had to try this one, expecting something as horrible as the same brewery’s Before and After "Triple Bock":. This one has a boring label, though. 500ml bottle (which cost $2) pours a clear deep golden color with a decent white head but practically no lacing. Smells of alcohol, grass and bread. Aroma is not skunky, but includes caramel, butterscotch, and a bit of fruits but no hops. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste is sweet, but not sickeningly sweet. This one is easy to drink slowly, and you don’t even have to sip it. I’m ironically disappointed that this is not as horrible as I thought it might be (after trying their 12% ABV version). It serves its purpose well, and I’d much rather try another one of these than an another American 40 oz malt liquor for the same price and same effect.

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