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Lobster Lovers Beer - Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje

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68
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130 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 25.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Rickyfiske
5/5  rDev +73.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fist off, I've played a lot of shows around the Cleveland, Ohio area. I get drink tickets and like to try new beers each time. I came across Lobster at my local Rieders here in concord Ohio. It was very cheap for $1.99 us, 9.5%. I have been hooked since only need a couple of these to last all night long.

Yes, I've heard the taste is strong or miserable, tastes like toilet water, bottle drained,for others online. I have to beg the differ. I tell people about lobster lovers all the time, give it away to friends, ect,.

It recently has risen in price to $2.49. (1pt .09oz) I'm hooked and will gladly pay it.

If this is considered an "ok" as far as taste to price for European standards, I'd like to try a better!

Rickyfiske, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of xymyl
4.8/5  rDev +66.7%
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.

xymyl, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of boxer0029
4.5/5  rDev +56.3%

boxer0029, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of letsgopens
4.25/5  rDev +47.6%
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.

letsgopens, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of kdm1112
4/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

kdm1112, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of tard24
4/5  rDev +38.9%

tard24, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +38.2%
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.

Metalmonk, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +38.2%
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.

jdhilt, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Muchosnachos
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
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.

Muchosnachos, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.83/5  rDev +33%
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.

mostpoetsdo, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%

rypkr, May 20, 2014
Photo of Duwey
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%

Duwey, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of NOLANDMAN
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%

NOLANDMAN, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%

mwar, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%

dmorgan310, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of MildlyConnfused
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%

MildlyConnfused, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of joekfsu
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

joekfsu, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of AmitC
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
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

AmitC, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.68/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

ShogoKawada, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.6/5  rDev +25%
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.

JayS2629, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.58/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

OneDropSoup, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.55/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

GilGarp, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
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...

thekevlarkid, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
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Lobster Lovers Beer from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
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