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Lobster Lovers Beer - Rinkuškiai

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 24.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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 Nerudamann
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – golden color, clear, with good carbonation and little to no foam that develops.

Smell – very sweet smelling, almost like an apple juice. That’s really all I can get out of it, just a very sweet, syrupy smell.

Taste – very interesting taste, I haven’t tasted anything like it in a while, so it’s hard for me to compare. It’s sweet at first, but then there’s a bitterness that creeps in after a while. But it’s still not really very “bitter”.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but at the same time not extremely intriguing either.

Photo of bluHatter
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy deep orange. Little head that audibly pops down to nothing pretty quick.

S: Apple, cinnamon, light fruits

T: Lingers on the back of the tongue. Lots of sweet followed by a long bitter malty tingle. I'm finding that Rinkuškiai brews tend to have very similar tastes and smells, with only ABV being the variant.

M: Harsh, with very little carbonation to tone it down. Tongue has been numbed.

O: I like the smell and flavor, but I'm much more inclined to prefer Werewolf from the same brewer. It seems that the higher the ABV in this series, the poorer the quality gets.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of kdm1112
4/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

Photo of Skarod
2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

random exotic beer at my little corner grocery store. Maine= Lobster must have been the owners thinking. VERY cherry smell and almost no head on mine. alcohol became more prominent as I drank more and the last sip had allot of alcohol flavor on the mouth. overall very sweet and Malty would not buy again as I prefer hoppy beers but glad I tried it. 1 bottle gave me a buzz ( I must be getting old)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of neorunner
2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Blind #2
Light / High / Pint

Extremely clear golden yellow. This beer is so clear it looks like a lager. Not much going on in the nose, pilsner malt, touch of honey, banana, clove.

EKG and saaz hops. Taste is fairly hot abv, cloylingly sweet as it warms up. Very large estery presence.

Moderately light body with a slight buttery feel on the finish.

Guessing German style lager,maibock or pale bock?

Reveal is Lobster Lover's Beer from Rinkuskiai in Lithuania. Very interesting curve ball.

Photo of csiewert
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, so the appearance has to be discussed, correct? Big half litre bottle with a lobster "comforting" a nude female. Huh? The back label asks "Has life ever snapped at you?" and suggests that you "Grab it by the claws!". Words don't do this justice. The fact that it is odd, coma inducing Lithuanian swill that we're discussing here just adds to the tasty strangeness.

Anyhoo, clear dark yellow hue with no head or bubbles or anything. Nose is sweet and boozy with a touch of dark fruit. Taste is heavily malty and sweet and has all the subtlety of a bazooka. The lesson here is clearly to get blackout drunk as quickly as possible and get some tender stuff from a ruddy crustacean. The texture is thin and the finish is reasonably clean given the metric. Not something to hunt for, but if you find it, feel like getting shitefaced and are in the mood for seafood, you're in luck, or something...

Photo of goblue3509
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden honey like color with a thin head and a decent amount of lace. The aroma is of an unknown sweetness and grains. The taste is of grains with a slight buttery taste at the end. The nouthfeel is creamy and full it is very nice. The drinkability is ehhh its a tough drink and you could only have one.

Photo of Muchosnachos
3.93/5  rDev +36%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.68/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Groucho75
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of SuperSpy
2.52/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Crystal clear, a very dark yellow (almost golden). A nice eggshell head but it dies to nothing incredibly quickly.

S - The aroma is very faint. There is some very light graininess, a hint of bitter hops, but it's all very faint.

S/M - Much sweeter than I expected. An almost apple juice like flavor with a very bitter finish. The finish is a little off putting.

D - This isn't terrible, but not something I would drink again.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a meeger 1/2" head which quickly dissipated to zilch. Hazy raw sienna yellow color. Initially no smell at all (while cold). Both happily and sadly I'd have to say it does NOT taste like lobster. But what I do want to add and which I don't think many others put together is it has a saltiness and richness not unlike a seafood hotpot. Sure it's just a very strong pale ale and/or lager type but I'd say their seafood reference isn't just for the image on the label.

Like so many others I was drawn in by a) the name, b) the lovely naked chick with a lobster superimposed on her back on the label, and c) the fact I'd never had a Lithuanian beer before.

While it doesn't taste like lobster it certainly is rich, sweet, and salty like a seafood hotpot. Plus I swear to you as it fully warmed to room temperature the initial no smell at all blossomed into quite the pungeant aroma. I'd dare say if you shared a case of these at a party and left the empties sitting around until morning you'd really need to air out your home.

Photo of stoutman
2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer started off O.K., as I served it very cold. In the mouth, I thought the alcohol was well blended and nothing really jumped out - slight citrus and sweet flavors. However, the finish, especially as it grew less cold, became more and more offensive. Highly alcoholic finish. However, I won't be getting another.

Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of nniicckkww
2.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had to buy this beer given the most unusual label. I was also amazed at the 9.5% abv when I inspected the fine print on the bottle.

Poured hard into a pint glass. No head and little carbonation. Slightly yellow orangish color surprised me as I was expecting a very pale lager. Smell was sickly sweet and made me dread the first sip.

Medium light body with sweet aftertaste. The first few sips were detestable. I was surprised how the alcohol was masked though. Also, not very bitter. As I got half way through the beer, the drinkability improved drastically. I would say the first sip was a 1.0 and the last sip was around a 3.

Love the label! I think my first Lithuanian beer.

Photo of jsh420
2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Photo of TwinSox33
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange golden with a lacy head.

S: Alcohol and sweet malt.

T: Cloyingly sweet with Banana and clove notes. I cannot detect any hop presence. (likely due to the ABV-boosting adjuncts)

M: Thick and viscous. Hard to drink many. (unless you were already tanked)

D: Nothing too offensive to say no. That's why it gets a 3.5

Lobster Lovers Beer from Rinkuškiai
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