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Lobster Lovers Beer - Rinkuškiai

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 140
Avg: 2.88
pDev: 24.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: letsgopens on 12-22-2007

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Photo of Mistofminn
2.52/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a strange beer with a strange label. Seriously I don't get the label. Still, even though I do not like lobster (honestly I don't) I'm curious to see what this is like.

Pours a bright clear gold with hints of copper (must be the lobster pigment...) with a fizzy white head that is gone in seconds. Little disappointing.

Smells of grains and musty malts. It leaves me wondering...where is the lobster?

Taste is the same as the nose, musty earthy malts and grains...and *gasp* no lobster? Extremely boring...but not awful. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a high carbonation that cuts the sweetness and flavorless liquid that is Lobster Lovers. Drinkability is pretty poor.

Overall, not something I enjoyed, but something I'm glad I tried. I was disappointed but glad at the same time that there was no Lobster flavors in this one. A strange name for a beer, but honestly how else would this beer sell. Great marketing technique if you ask me.

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Photo of bum732
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of kegger22
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Soneast
1.58/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear golden color with a fairly thick, white colored head.

Basically smells like a cheap malt liquor. That sickly sweet aroma curdles the stomach and then to top it off there is an overwhelming alcohol presence, this does not bode well.

Wow, the flavor is absolutely horrible. I praise the goodness that is BMC in comparison to this beer. Horribly, cloyingly sweet, with a disgusting husky graininess, that ends with a very hot, alcohol burn.

Just a nasty syrupy texture to the beer, with little to no carbonation. Overall one of the worst beers I've ever had. I hate to do it, but this was a definite drain pour. Too much GOOD beer out there to drink, for me to waste a buzz/calories on this swill.

**** Over a year later (11-23-10). I just threw up in my mouth a little, while thinking about this beer. Whew.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.57/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.99/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of ElGordo
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden color, topped by a half-inch head that quickly recedes to a very thin layer. Aroma of sweet adjunct malt, treacle, and a hint of tropical fruit.
Palate is sweet with fruity, adjunct malt, and a very slight hoppy bitterness. Finish leaves a lingering sweetness, with a touch of warmth. A mild chalky character is not particularly pleasant. While the alcohol is well-integrated, this is not exactly a beer I'd like to try again. Try again, Lithuania.

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Photo of TheBierBand
2.39/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My wife picked this up for me... along with 6 or 7 other beers to try... yeah.... she's a keeper!!

Poured into a pint glass to produce a nice 1" head of off white loose foam.... the beer itself was a clear golden/orange color. The head immediately dwindled to absolutely NOTHING in a couple minutes leaving not a trace of lace on the glass....

The nose was actually rather interesting for this beer. I could pick up a spiciness Like candied cinnemon, that kind of surprised me.... and a bit of a malt back bone. Not too complex.

Taste was... ummmm.... different. I don't think I like this too much. A little spicy.... a little corney.... alcohol is not well hidden.

MF: A little thicker than water... but not nearly as robust as I'd like... but it's a lager, so....

Drinkability: No thanks... I'll choke this one back.... but I'll not be seeking this one out again....

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint. Bottle sports a big red neck hanging label that procliams 9.5% in big huge font. I might be worried.

Pours a pale golden color with a small super fizzy head that dies almost immediately and leaves a little ring and no cap.

Aroma is of boozey light malt, husky and slightly corny. There is a small whiff of floral noble hop, but it so small I'm not sure. Huskey grain smells sweet and very warm.

Flavor is light grain and yes, a smallish amount of noble flavor. The usual euro lager flavors of crackery, husky grain, slightly skunky noble hop flavor like a marginal pils. I know this may be hard to believe but the predominant flavor is alcohol, I know who'd a thunk it? Alcohol is burning and phenolic.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Carbonation is almost too much, but it cuts the sweetness and alcohol. Slightly sticky on the end.

Wow, brutal booze makes this one hard to swallow. If your looking for a malt liquor that kinda tastes like a bad pils..by all means hook it up.


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Photo of froghop
2.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a clear light amber with a thin white head that dissipates rapidly, and okay lacing.

smell is faint, grain, light malt, and earth.

taste is thick, sweet malt, some caramel, grain, slight skunky aftertaste, no taste of alcohol with a 9.5%, ends sweet.

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Photo of donteatpoop
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of lobster... Lets see how this one plays out. (holy crap, 9.5% abv)

Pours a clear golden color with white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells vaguely of hops. Very faint odor.

Doesn;t taste bad at all. You can definately taste the alcohol, the hops hit first followed by the sweet balance of malt which in turn converts to the burn of alcohol. I keep tasting butter but I think that's becaue it keeps making me think of lobster.

Very smooth on the palate, a nice balanced carbonation level and no unpleasant after taste.

It's drinkable. I can't imagine pounding something with an abv this high over and over again, but it's certainly not a beer I'd be opposed to drinking again... though probably not very often.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of ndekke39
2.43/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A friend gave me a bottle of this for Christmas. I have my doubts, but I'll give it a try... Decanted into a pint glass. Lots of foam on the pour, which descends quickly, and leaves the beer a mostly clear pale yellow. Only a very thin white ring of lace left.

Smell is pretty simple: bread, honey, and a musty quality. A little chemical-y, too. Like formaldehyde.

Taste is not good. Starts out with a touch of honey sweet, then quickly becomes a mash-up of sour bitterness. Like a really sharp sourdough bread, but not in a good way. Fortunately, the flavors fade quickly. But they leave a sort of chemical coating on your tongue - at least it feels that way.

Mouthfeel is just really fizzy, but only briefly. Then it's just watery.

I can't really drink much of this beyond the sips it's taking me to review this beer. Just too many bad flavors at work. You can pass on this one.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

here goes nothing...

A: just about a perfect golden color, darn close. Slightly hazy in the glass with tangerine colors in cohorts with the gold. Absolutely no cap or foam, just a few fat bubbles around the rim of the glass. I know the alcohol plays part in diminishing the head/lace but this is bonkers! Nothing at all!

S: surprisingly sweet and tart notes in the nose of apples, lemons and what reminds me of orange soda with floral notes. Pale malts are hidden among the sweets

T: this is by far not as bad as I was thinking after my initial whiffs. Malt and grain profile is kicked up a few notes but still is hidden by the sugary tartness of sour apples and oranges paired with floral and earthy notes. After a few sips the hops push more at bitterness and do tame the sweetness a bit.
Also, the alcohol is masked in the nose as well as on the tongue, however it does make a showing with half my glass gone

M: goes down without difficulty and has a tame feel, body is mild

D: i have become unhinged by this beer and its flavors and bizarre presentation/aesthetics. This beer has a type of stalwartness with a large dose intractably for the drinker

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.51/5  rDev +21.9%
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...

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +35.4%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of erikm25
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of peabody
2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a wheat clear color with one finger of white suds and little to no lacing.
Not a lot of aroma here. Very faint malt and hops here and very little else.
Taste is bland at best. Some caramel and hops and that is it.
This is not very good for a 9.5% but you can 't tell that there is that much alcohol in this stuff.

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Photo of xymyl
4.77/5  rDev +65.6%
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.

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Photo of IPAcraig
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this oddly named brew into my .5L Spaten stange. A bit of foam formed atop this slightly hazy straw colored lager; but after a minute, nary a head was to be found.

It has an odd combination of malt, alcohol, and corn that smells ok despite the unappealing description.

Taste like a big Heineken but with a distinct bitterness. Fairly malty.

Somewhat syrupy.

This beer is not as clean as the last one I had from this brewery; though both are extremely similar. It packs a punch, and despite the subtle flavor, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. It gets tough to finish this one when it warms up

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Lobster Lovers Beer from Rinkuškiai
69 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.