Lobster Lovers Beer - Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
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3.08/5 rDev +7.3%
"Has life ever snapped at you? Grab it by the claws!"
Slightly more orange than amber with gold edges. At least there are no nasty floating bits, which is frequently the case with beer from this part of the world. The crown is yellowed bone in color and looks decent. Going on appearance alone, this could be an American pale ale. Something tells me this is where the similarities to that style will end.
The nose doesn't impress, but at least it isn't offensive. In addition, the alcohol is fairly well-masked. A whiff of pale malt, a mild earthiness, a little floral fruitiness... yawn. It's probably too much to hope for that the flavor will set off in a new and more interesting direction.
Surprise, surprise, surprise. Lobster Lovers Beer is actually decent, all things considered. As with most beer of this style, it tastes like a more bitter, less corny, less sweet version of American malt liquor. The alcohol is much more noticeable on the palate. This is one of those cases where the heat of the first few mouthfuls fades once the tongue becomes sufficiently anesthetized, making the bottom half of the bottle much smoother sledding.
The flavor profile is the very definition of simple. The pale malt backbone doesn't provide much more than a firm mouthfeel and a moderate amount of sweetness. In addition, the Euro hops contribute more bitterness than flavor. There's no lobster flavor, so that must mean no crustaceans were harmed during the brewing process.
The mouthfeel is granite firm and is as glassy smooth as possible, given the sharpness of the incompletely buried alcohol. No one drinks beer of this sort for the mouthfeel, but it's always nice when it isn't a hindrance to what we on Beeradvocate like to call drinkability.
Lobster Lovers Beer has one of the strangest names and one of the strangest labels that I've ever seen. Even though the contents of the bottle are essentially 'same old, same old', this is one of the best ESLs going. That still doesn't make it good beer.
08-28-2008 13:11:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.35/5 rDev -18.1%
What a creepy-looking label! Someone get that rotten lobster off that person.
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, frothy white head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling pale malts with a faux floral waft of cleaning solution.
Taste: Strongly sweet malt flavor with an odd, industrial-strength astringency and some questionable flowery hints. Pair that with the hot alcohol taste and the whole thing becomes off-putting.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: The kind of beer that just begs to be drank straight from the bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag.
04-07-2008 23:23:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.45/5 rDev -14.6%
This beer poured out with a typical yellow color with a white fizzy head on it. Lots of bubbles rising in this one but the head fades away and doesn't leave much lacing at all. The smell is pretty much like any other lager out there. The taste is stronger than I expected. a decent amount of flavors in there but nothing that really makes it taste good to me. The mouthfeel is pretty light and the ABV will run its course quickly if you let it. I can't see myself drinking these back to back though.
04-25-2011 02:12:12 | More by Knapp85
1.1/5 rDev -61.7%
"Grab it by the claws!" Wow, 2 dollar pint of 9.5% abv let's get fucked up Lithuanian beer. Pours a deep semi viscous golden orange sunrise hue with a bright quickly dwindling white head. Thin scattered lacing between sips. Aroma is sweet honey tones, green apples, mineral water, barley husks with some cooked creamed corn. Flavor this is malt liquor it might as well come in a forty ounce bottle. Super cloying mess of a beer, just not acceptable. More green apple with honey bursts of gag reflux sweetness, cooked veggies and a bit of rust or penny sucking sensations. Mouthfeel is so bad I can't really stand taking a big gulp it's offensive. Medium bodied cloying mess with residual sugars clouding the palate, it's so bad it's making my head twitch with each sip. Drinkability, I don't think so drain pour, but it was worth the fun.
03-25-2010 03:41:00 | More by WVbeergeek
3.3/5 rDev +15%
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.
12-03-2010 23:34:47 | More by smcolw
3.98/5 rDev +38.7%
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.
12-17-2008 23:21:44 | More by jdhilt
3.5/5 rDev +22%
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.
09-26-2011 04:25:46 | More by Stinkypuss
2.45/5 rDev -14.6%
16.9 oz bottle served in pint glass.
A - clear golden color with a frothy white head that quickly disappears.
S - malty lager with high ABV
T -Mostly toasted malt but a bit of metaliic bitter taste too.
High (9.5%) ABV is too obvious and alcohol detracts from flavor.
M - light/medium body; low carbonation.
02-06-2011 22:12:01 | More by chinchill
2.28/5 rDev -20.6%
Served from bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, corn, floral, grain, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, corn, fruit, alcohol, grain, and floral. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty below average brew. I bought this to amuse beeruser and funkydelic at GBX as they laughed when they suggest that I tick it. Phew! I now know why... The manager at Trappe Door described it as 'hot trash'. Not only does this thing not appeal to the palate, it does not do so for the eye either. I didn't know what to expect going into this one and there was honestly no way I could have prepared myself short of pounding a few 40's prior to this one. Just so harsh in flavors like nails on the chalkboard. Yeah guys, you got me good. Based on this one Lithuania should stick to whatever they are good at and leave beer alone in my opinion...
08-07-2012 18:18:02 | More by thagr81us
1.95/5 rDev -32.1%
Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, big alcohol, with small fruitiness mixed in there. In the taste, a small sweetness of fruit and a dry alcohol presence all the way through. An alcohol bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol aftertaste. It took me a minute, but this would compliment lobster and butter really well, but as a beer on it's own, it is struggling.
01-02-2012 14:38:01 | More by OWSLEY069
2.65/5 rDev -7.7%
The label said "Porter" but it's actually a lager. It pours a nice clear medium amber, more like a fine ale than a lager, with a decent off-white head. Aroma is crisp and malty, typical for a lager. Flavor is rather sweet and fruity, just a little malty. Texture is quite smooth and hardly fizzy at all.
05-08-2010 00:11:45 | More by Cyberkedi
3.03/5 rDev +5.6%
I tried both this and its 5% ABV brother, and didn't like either of them. This beer was a gold color with a small white head that disappeared quickly. It had an aroma of grain, and that was pretty much it. I thought the alcohol was very noticeable, but despite that, the beer was pretty bland. I finished this 500ml bottle and couldn't imagine having another one.
09-03-2008 00:48:57 | More by lordofthewiens
3.98/5 rDev +38.7%
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.
12-31-2008 23:25:42 | More by Metalmonk
3.73/5 rDev +30%
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.
01-11-2011 18:13:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
Lobster Lovers Beer from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
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