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Lobster Lovers Beer - Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje

Lobster Lovers BeerLobster Lovers Beer

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BA SCORE
68
poor

121 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 25.26%


Brewed by:
Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje visit their website
Lithuania

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Red Label

(Beer added by: letsgopens on 12-22-2007)
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xymyl

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thin white head atop a golden beer with little floaty bits in it.

The smell is a strong malty sweetness that enhances the gigantic floral noble hops. There is an almost winey quality to the nose (and I would love to see what would happen if they amped this up to about 12 percent).

Taste is has a forward bitterness to stand up to the latent sweetness in this beer + the sweetness is very much in harmony with the strength of this beer. This beer certainly has the bitterness and complexity & balance to approximate a strong version of Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar). Due to strength it's a bit more bready, and perhaps was fermented at a slightly warmer temperature because it is very fruity, but the fruitiness is not out of line with that that could have been achieved with generous late hop additions and not readily apparent as anything other than the natural apple esters you might get from a cold lager fermentation.

This is my first time trying it and I'll be getting more at my earliest convenience. I've never been disappointed in any Lithuanian beer that has made the journey to the U.S. - A truly great beer in my arrogant opinion.

And a note to all of you with a glass full who can't properly review a beer... Drink less, drink better, think more... please.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 19:08:22 | More by xymyl
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This interesting selection pours a very clear, brilliant gold with tons of tight rising carbonation. The soapy, egg shell white head holds well and leaves some decent, spotty lace. Certainly characteristic of a quality lager.

The aroma is primarily of yeasty malted grain and some coriander. Clean and bright but not terribly pronounced initially. Some honey and mild citrus really develop after a few whiffs and once the brew warms a bit. Very well pronounced eventually with some buttery, doughy, biscuit character. Not too shabby.

Wow, much sweeter and fruitier than expected. I though it would be a yeasty dim flavor but I must admit I'm pleasantly surprised. Lots of sweet honey and toasty malt. Definitely still yeasty but I think it really helps to mask the booze. It’s tough to believe its 9.5% abv. Citrus, apple, and a bit of sour cherry is detectable. Lots of character and a hint of booze induced warmth. Smooth, mellow, and very well balanced. The caramel/honey sweetness really lingers too. I can see where this brew could go well with lobster; there’s a definite buttery character in the flavor and the texture. Well done.

Clean but with a nice lingering buttery texture. The booze it well hidden and palatable. Moderate carbonation mellows the whole experience out a bit. Slick and a bit creamy in the finish. Extremely well crafted. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 00:03:09 | More by letsgopens
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kdm1112

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer for the first time today. The beer had a pleasant aroma and went down smoothly. The ABV of this beer at 9.5 is better than average for what can be found locally and provides a nice kick even after one serving. I also liked the extra volume of beer in the bottle with 16.9 oz instead of the traditional 12 oz that you get with most beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:11:29 | More by kdm1112
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear, amber color. Malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet malty, caramel finish. The high ABV is hidden. Decent strong lager, big improvement over their 5% version. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 23:21:44 | More by jdhilt
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A last-minute "what the heck" purchase from Brawley's in Charlotte, NC. Pours out a thin head despite a strong pour. Pale gold color, and the thin head is a wispy crown that holds on for awhile.

Aroma is straw, faint honey, candy corns (yeah, those Halloween candies), apple, white grape. All incredibly faint, but nothing awful either. I would've expected more alcohol, but I'm not getting it.

Flavor is thankfully all the things I like about this style and none of the bad. The 9.5% alcohol is kept in check, only providing a slightly boozy warming, not at all a detriment to the other flavors. And those mirror the nose--love the white grape aspect, the apple (red and green) and honey. Birthday cake frosting too. Barely any detectable hops but they're clearly here offsetting the interesting malt elements--otherwise this would probably be too sweet.

Mouthfeel has a syrupy edge, although the carbonation and thinner character of a lager are here.

Gotta give it to this one, the flavor is completely enjoyable. I've always liked this idea of this style but never found a decent representative until now. It may not look the business, and the smell is dull, but it performs where it matters most. Euro Strong Lagers could be the next thing for U.S. brewers to mess with--I'd love to see it. The strange name and weirdly sexy/disturbing label probably don't do it justice. I'd buy it again, as $2.99 a bottle seems fair.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 23:25:42 | More by Metalmonk
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Muchosnachos

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty for it's affordability. If you are an every day drinker that can't afford $6 for every pint size bottle you purchase then take advantage of this bargain from eastern Europe. Lithuania's marketing strategies are confusing especially with Werewolf's slogan and this unexplained title, but I would drink this everyday.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 04:27:15 | More by Muchosnachos
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep honey color, and looks like the same consistency. A nice bright white head on top dissipates to a film, nice lacing.

S: Not much going on here, smells kind of like rice and cheap malt, with a little sweetness to it.

T: Wow, so much better than I expected. Some tasty malts with a honey sweetness to it, caramel malty, and slightly boozy flavor at the end. A hint of fruit in there as well, and even a biscuity quality.

M: Very smooth, medium body. Sticking to the "honey" theme, carbonated honey, if that makes sense. ABV hidden very well.

D: This stuff is easy to put down, especially for almost 10% ABV. It was pretty cheap too, about $2.50-$3.00 for a pint. Will definitely purchase again.

EDIT: I don't know why this beer is so unpopular. Normally I would be the first to bash import lagers, but to me, this one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 20:54:16 | More by mostpoetsdo
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Brilliantly clear golden color with a creamy white head. Hints of cherry, white chocolate and rose water in the nose ... seems the alcohol wants to take over even in a subtle manner. Creamy body with a struggling crispness. Maltiness is pretty sweet with some vague fruit and buttery flavors. Warmth from the alcohol is of a clean solvent and peppery likeness. More malt sweetness in the end, though the beer does move forward. Surprisingly good, and for its hefty strength, it does not stray too far. The name says it all ... this would be good with a fresh lobster and drawn butter.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 18:13:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
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joekfsu

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Pours golden with 1.5 cm white, mostly diminishing head. Aroma is sweet, mostly apple, a little yeasty. Initial flavor is sweet, balanced citrus and apple. Flavor ends on slight yeasty and apple notes and the alcohol catches up at this point. The aftertaste is dominated by the alcohol content. A thinner body, moderate carbonation, alcohol is noticeable as it warms. The flavor of cherry cola only comes out for the aftertaste once the beer warms. Stronger alcohol aroma when the beer warms. Drinkable beer and a nice change of pace from other beers I generally take home.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 03:45:24 | More by joekfsu
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AmitC

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from its 16.9 FL oz bottle with a nice and catchy wrapper into Weihenstephan Hefe glass. One more Lithuanian beer that deserted me just because i went for some exotic brew.

Pure golden color that is very clear. About one finger thick white colored head that fades very quickly to a thin layer. Decent lacing. Huge sized bubbles that are vigorously rising up.

I have little cold. Nose is less grain like and more malty. A lot of sweetness due to heavy malt effect. Apparent alcohol as well. Some booze that does come through. A very poor smell overall.

Taste has a lot more booze in it that is not welcome. Some malt sweetness as suggested by nose. May be some noble hop usage. A strong punching beer. Want to get drunk. Try this and drink it with your nose closed. Some minute grains are subdued by malt. Finish is slightly sweet to semi dry.

Light to slightly medium bodied. Moderate to slightly high carbonation. A little bit of astringency due to alcohol.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 23:46:52 | More by AmitC
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to finewinemike for this one.

A- Bright yellow/gold, active fizzy head that settles out quickly.

S- sweet undefined fruits... grainy as well.

T- big sweet wave with a more drying, malty finish. Alcohol is noticable... but not overbearing. Not bad.

M- no off-flavors... a bit too sweet in an attempt to mask the ABV. doesn`t totally work... but it`s still pretty good.

D- Moderately high. Cleaner than most of its stateside cousins, this is a pretty good beer. Lacks the vegetal grainy off notes of malt liquors. I`d buy it if I had it alailable locally.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:12:38 | More by ShogoKawada
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale yellow with thin white head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing. The smell is a sweet malty bomb of pilsner malt, honey, caramel, banana, and spice. The taste is malty, honey sweet, fruity, a bit cloying but the alcohol was hidden well. Creamy, full bodied and slightly syrupy. Interesting beer. Almost like a lighter version of Samiclaus. Too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 15:38:25 | More by JayS2629
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An impulse buy at Vintage Estate, bought at the recommendation/egging on of Sick Puppy.

Poured into a large tulip pint: Clear pale gold body with 2 fingers of creamy that retains well, dropping to 1 finger. Just a few stray bubbles rising. Maybe it's just the power of suggestion, but the head looks like melted butter with the lipids floating on the top.

Smells of a strong, slightly toasty sweet malt, mild toffee, very subtle earthy hop.

Taste of sugar & a sweet, artificial lemon flavor, like lemon cream pie. Turns to a weizenbock kind of rich sweetness. Mild grape tartness shows up later, alcohol creeps in very gently.

For its strength & sweetness, pretty light-bodied. Leaves a stickiness that I'm not a huge fan of.

Not bad overall, but the unchallenged sweetness was a little much after a bit. High ABV is hardly even noticeable. Not great, but I can see this compliment sweet lobster meat & butter well.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 13:59:59 | More by OneDropSoup
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 500ml brown bottle into a tall 22oz pilsner glass. It has a hazy golden orange color with a decent 3/4" of head. The head wanes but leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with just a hint of hops. There is some similarity to a pilsner, possibly due to the hops that were used. It's new to my local beer store and smells fairly fresh so that's a plus.

Flavor is impressive in that it is easily the strongest lager that I've had that still tastes like a traditional German lager. Strong malt backbone gives it sweetness while a healthy dose of hops gives it a certain spicy citrus taste. Pretty well balanced and better than I expected.

Mouthfeel is solid, not too heavy and good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is alright but would be better if not so strong.

Overall better than expected and a steal at $2.50. I'm relieved there's no lobster taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 00:30:36 | More by GilGarp
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK. Another Lithuanian oddity found in Topsham, Maine, this one being 9.5%. Seriously? Madness. Out of the bottle this Euro Strong Lager was a deep gold color with a thin, off-white head. The retention was decent but the lacing was actually quite good in thin sheets. The aroma was of musty and earthy malt with some sweetness of adjunct grain mash and a light spiciness. The flavors were at first quite spicy and rather sweet from the caramel and toffee-like malt along with some artificial tasting sweetener probably being used to cover up the alcohol. The middle of the beer was grainy and after a while I began to taste the ALC in that part. The finish was a little musty. The mouthfeel was smooth but a bit slick, the carbonation soft and the body medium. I didn't really care for the taste but it was almost exactly like their blue label, only twice as strong. If you're not going to enjoy the flavors you might as well enjoy the buzz...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 19:30:21 | More by thekevlarkid
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erikm25

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a crisp copper and tanned gold color with very slight crimson shading. The head was small and dissipated quickly leaving zero lacing. Sat in the glass transparent and unassuming.

S: Picked up some initial pepper and spiced aromas. Some herbs and caramel malts as well. The most surprising thing about the nose was the lack of alcohol (considering the ABV).

T: Decent but there are no hard hitting tastes popping out which makes it tough to put into words. Relatively sweet and sharp with a nice honey quality. There is a bitterness here as well. Regardless, I find the taste enjoyable and even more pronounced as it warms to room temperature.

M: Slick mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Just a tad thin.

D: There were four reasons I picked up this beer: the country, the price, the huge red tag that said 9.5% ABV, and the intriguing, arousing, and yet disturbing label. As someone who loves both lobster and the female form I can't complain about the bottle graphics while strange, even for me. I would drink more of this beer and maybe even give it a spin with lobster.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:10:54 | More by erikm25
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lobster Lovers Beer

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a bit of white soapy head. Smell of pale malt and a small malt sweetness. In the taste, big presence of euro pale malts, just a slight sweetness to a smooth creamy malt finish and some honey. Alcohol is pretty well hidden between a very euro pale malt flavor and mild herbal hops providing little bitterness. Deceptive in its strength, smooth, easy drinking, and rather light for a beer 9.5% ABV. Would have again, a very nice place to start.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:25:46 | More by Stinkypuss
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lobster Lovers Beer has a thick, foamy, yellowish-white head, lots of thick lacing, an enormous amount of bubbles, and a hazy, orange-gold appearance. The aroma is very strong and bracing- one gets super-sweet, alcohilic barley malt and candi sugar. Taste is of sickly-sweet barley malt, melted hard candy, alcohol, barley malt, and bread. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Lobster Lovers Beer finishes sweet, harsh, and minimally drinkable. But, even with all the harshness and the jarring experience, it is a good one, and I score it excellent.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 14:18:38 | More by RonaldTheriot
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was surprisingly better than I anticipated. With an ABV of 9;5%, I expected more of a sweeter taste. Not to say this beer is not sweet, but it is decent. It has a golden rich yellow color, minimal head, A sweet aroma and a nice slight aftertaste. The first Lithuanian beer I have ever had, probably will not be the last.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 00:17:02 | More by ronniebruner
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Groucho75

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up on a lark after a store marked them down to $2 a pop, poured into a nonic glass.

Rich transparent gold color with one finger of foam that dissipates after about a minute. Not a lot of bubbles to be had here.

Plummy mouthfeel. Hint of raisins and chewy toffee. The finish is a bit short and sharp. The alcohol sits on the throat nicely and isn't overwhelming. Surprisingly drinkable but nowhere near sessionable. You could pair it with food or enjoy it on it's own.

It's fortified, it's big, it empties pretty quickly. At $2 each, it'd be great to get a load of these in a bucket of ice water for a weekend party. It's not nuanced, and it won't win you points with the hop snobs, but I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:53:50 | More by Groucho75
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, 9.5% ABV, and a $2.49 price tag? That, my friends, is a recipe for success. (If we're defining success as 'getting drunk on the cheep'.)

Kudos on the nekkid chick, always a classy addition to any beer label. Once out of the bottle, though, looks pretty much like your standard fizzy yellow brew. Light gold with a fizzy, short-lived head and a steady bubbling of carbonation from underneath. A stray bubble or 2 sticks to the glass here and there.

Underneath the expected blast of alcohol and rough husky aromas are some surprising sweetly floral notes. Huge alcohol and sweetness- let this stuff warm at your peril- but it ain't half bad, really. Just keep in mind that this is basically a fancier Euro version of our malt liquor. Peppery and husky with a touch of honey to the malt profile. A touch more carbonation might improve drinkability a bit. For the price point, you could certainly do worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 18:16:19 | More by PDXHops
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kegger22

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lobster is a hazy, amber-orange in color with a half inch, white head that quickly fades to nothing. The aroma is a combination of sweet and sour. Wow, the taste! Impossibly strong alcohol taste right out of the barrel. It doesn't even taste like beer, more like a weak whiskey sour. But hold on, as Lobster warms the bite of the alcohol is tamed and out come some of the other flavors. The promise of the aroma is realized, malty sweetness and sour peach in a nice balance. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability is reasonably good.

Lobster Lovers certainly does not taste like a lager, Euro strong or any other, but it's not bad as a novelty beer. I enjoyed it, I just don't want to enjoy it that often.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 20:10:41 | More by kegger22
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csiewert

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden color with little head, no lacing or retention. The aroma has notes of floral hops and honey. The taste is strong with honey and also floral hops. The mouthfeel is average with some over carbonation. Overall worth a try... It may be your thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:42:28 | More by csiewert
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a decent, large-bubbled head. Settles quickly but with some texture. Light spotty lace. Golden color with a very mild chill haze.

Slightly sour smell with a decent whiff of hop bitterness. Light raw graininess in the background. For the style, pretty good.

The taste is relatively bland. There's honey-like sweetness on the initial sip. The body is similar to skim milk--not bad. The carbonation is quite high. Very little bitterness. The swallow features the sourness I described above in the smell. The aftertaste is mild and short lived. Interestingly, the alcohol is quite hidden, which, given the abv percentage and the style, is stunning.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 23:34:47 | More by smcolw
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Definitely your darker gold, almost no bubbles on the body. The head is white maybe 1/4" and before I took a sip it settled to nothing.

Smell: It smells like nada, with a touch of hops.

Taste: You have a strong lager taste alright, with a strong alcohol feel right after each sip. Like a shot of vodka with it's taste, it is definitely likeable.

Mouth: Little sticky but easily memorable.

Overall: This beer will please everyone, yes i know it doesn't the greatest reviews but it is above satisfaction. Have one on me, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 05:33:50 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Lobster Lovers Beer from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
68 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.