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Lobster Lovers Beer - Rinkuškiai

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70
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78 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 140
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Lithuania

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: letsgopens on 12-22-2007

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Photo of Knapp85
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (499 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Has life ever snapped at you? Grab it by the claws!"

--rear label

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. (2,020 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (586 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.12/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

"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. (838 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (314 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +34.8%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (303 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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... (1,017 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.96/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (417 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (363 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got a bottle of Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje's Lobster Lovers Beer that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I have had a couple different Lithuanian beers a while ago but they never turned out good and since I'm half Lithuanian I feel like I need to give their beers another chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 16.9oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it looks good and it's really eye catching, nicely done. It poured a pretty clear golden yellow color that took on a bright orange tint when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of foam that faded to nothing pretty fast. This was a goof looking beer, but I would have liked better head retention.

S- Wow this is one sweet smelling beer. It starts out with tons of sweetness followed by a very apple juice like aroma. I also get some candied sugar and some more apples that smell tart and sour. At the end I picked up some alcohol that when combined with the apple cider aspect gives this beer an aroma that is very similar to a hard cider. I'm not impressed with the aroma, way too sweet and it smells more like a Hard Cider then a beer.

T- Unfortunately the taste is similar to the aroma. It starts off with a little bit of booze to greet you then right after that comes a large amount of very sweet malts that impart a thick molasses like flavor and an apple cider like flavor followed by a little more chemical like alcohol. The finish has a lighter amount of bitterness with a slight sweet and tangy taste and a sweet malt and slightly boozy aftertaste. I didn't enjoy the flavors of this beer, it was way to sweet and boozy with those flavors sticking out the most, not a fan.

M- Not too smooth, cloying, slightly dry, on the fuller side of being medium bodied, and it had a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it was a little too cloying.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought it was a below average to average Euron Strong Lager, I haven't had this style before so I can't say for sure, but Beeradvocate says that the style is the European version of Malt Liquor, so I think this is right around average and tastes similar to some shitty Malt Liquors I have had. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it went down a little rough and it was boozy, I am glad I am splitting this bottle, I don't think I could drink it all by myself. What I liked most about this beer was the way it looked, it looked pretty nice in a Pilsener glass, the only flaw was the head retention. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma and taste, they wen't that good and were overly sweet and boozy. I wouldn't buy this beer again, if I wanted a beer that tasted like this I would save some money and just a buy a shitty can of Malt Liquor, I don't recommend this beer to anyone even Lithuanians. This was my first beer from this brewery and I wasn't a fan which didn't make for a good first impression. I have yet to find a decent tasting Lithuanian beer, but I haven't given up hope just yet... the search continues. (3,107 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours semi hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of sweet fruity malt and nail polish remover

taste is way too sweet and boozy and there is also some funky metal flavors

mouthfeel is nice - medium body good carbonation that gives it a smooth creamy finish

drinkability - another drain pour for the night i wouldnt buy this beer again even if i was wanting to catch a cheap buzz (425 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.51/5  rDev +19.8%
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 (542 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +33.1%
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. (1,428 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The name made me curious. Label art seems to insinaute that a Lithuanian "lobster lover" is similiar to an American "camel toe," or the famed Canandian "mooseknuckle." Maybe I'm just reading too much into this.

Bright gold with a fizzy head that fizzes out. Boo hiss.

Smells like Steel Reserve -- which smells like rugby practice. Tastes lightly spicey with a buttery chalk alcoholic confusion.

So if this is the Lithuanian equivalent of malt liquor it's good in the sense that it's cheap, alcoholic and could lead to questionable desicion making at social gatherings. Sucess! (580 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium orange with no true head. Thee is a steady stream of bubbles, faint but there, rising. No lace.

Light sweet alcoholic malt in the nose. The booze is here.

Alcohol up front and stays there. Sweet thick maltiness, cut by chemical alcohol, with a light bitterness in the finish. I'm looking for the buttery edge to this one -- not really finding it. There is some creamy bready bit to this, but that is it.

Medium to medium full in the mouth, with the alcohol and light bubbles cutting through everything. It works.

I don't mind boozy brew with some real character. This is what it is. Sweet and boozy, this is beer to get wasted on. I cannot see this with food, nor can I see having more than one. Structure and quality are there -- no bitching here about that -- I just had a hard time getting this down. (821 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.51/5  rDev +19.8%
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... (943 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.55/5  rDev +21.2%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a small brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber, capped by a fast-fading, nearly white head of poor retention but that still somehow manages to leave huge swaths of nice lacing and a big, thick, sticky, solid collar. The carbonation is plentiful, fine, and very, very fast, indicative of a thin beer, unfortunately.

Aroma: Heavy, sticky, candied fruits dominate, traditional of the style, though not particularly pleasant. Those slightly roasted, syrupy, heavy malt notes don't add much to it either.

Taste: Incredibly sweet malts dominate, honey-like and pale, though very light. Heavy candied sugar notes, pears, green apple. Slight nutty overtones, strangely enough. And, oh yes, a fair amount of warming, chemically alcohol. Average.

Mouthfeel: Thick, cloying, heavy, sticky, but still somehow uneven.

Drinkability: Very average, even for the style, which I'm trying to rate to very hard here. Just not a terribly good beer, with a lot of strange, yeasty, "off" note, and a little too much alcohol to be too terribly drinkable. (1,101 characters)

Photo of bum732
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grassiness with some floral notes, corn like sweetness. Tastes of sweet syrupy like malt with just a touch of bitterness. Alcohol fairly overwhelms this beer finishing fairly sweet and corny.

A pretty bad beer, doesn't bring much to the table besides corn like sweetness. Just a touch of grassiness saves this from being truly terrible, but just barely. Alcohol is pretty strong as well (456 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
2.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drinking this beer makes me ask a few questions. Why did I buy this? Why did they make a lager this strong that tastes like horrible cheap American booze beer? How can I help prevent others from making this error?

What also worries me is that I bought something else by this brewer. I will make sure I have had several others before I try it (to dull the pain). This was a bad purchase.

I think it is the nasty malty flavor not balanced by decent hops that makes this taste so bad. I don't get the almost sexy label (or name, for that matter) either. (553 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a giant snifter, and now I'm stuck with the prospect of finishing it.

Bright golden with medium head -- doesn't look bad. However, it smells like Budweiser concentrate + everclear.

Taste is sweet and lagery with an alcohol and unpleasant sour aftertaste. It seems to get worse as I drink it, which is directly opposite of most beers I drink.

Mouthfeel is OK, slightly filmy, very light and effervescent.

Not very drinkable -- I'm not looking forward to finishing it, but it's not so bad I feel I should dump it out.

They're very proud of how strong it is. It has a big hanging tag on it advertising 9.5% ABV. Good for them. (655 characters)

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Lobster Lovers Beer from Rinkuškiai
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