Kalnapilis 7.30 - Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
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2.75/5 rDev -4.5%
Bold marigold with a hint of orange peel orange. Large bubbles gather on the bottom of the glass, then break off periodically to smack into the underside of a pretty good looking cotton white cap. Very little lace is seen. At least the beer has a bright, clean look.
The nose is clean as well. I get tired of smelling stale, musty lagers from Eastern Europe, so it's a pleasure to find one that lacks any nastiness whatsoever. Of course, positives are in short supply too, so my enthusiasm is limited. I'm amazed that alcohol is nowhere to be found.
Kanalpilis 7.30, while not horrible, doesn't qualify as good beer. I actually had modestly high hopes for it since I thought Kanalpilis Export (a dortmunder/export lager) was decent and drinkable. For whatever reason, this beer isn't in that beer's league. Just as in the nose, the biggest positive is a lack of offensiveness.
It isn't quite as sweet as most Euro strong lagers. I've always thought that beer of this style should simply be a higher-ABV version of a Euro pale lager... which 7.30 pretty much is. A respectable amount of spicy noble hoppiness keeps the flavor score from falling even lower. I'm still impressed with the brewer's ability to hide the alcohol.
The mouthfeel is the beer's second best characteristic (after the appearance). It's slightly more full than medium with a polished granite smoothness. The subdued carbonation still manages to keep things semi-lively.
Kalnapilis 7.30 is roughly equivalent to a better than average American malt liquor in terms of quality and drinkability. Even though I'll never be a fan of this style, I can see how Lithuanians looking to get blitzed might find this to be a better alcohol delivery system than most.
02-16-2007 16:46:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.55/5 rDev +23.3%
Caught somewhere between a Bohemian Lager and a Witbier, this beer offers as much intrigue as confusion.
A hazy straw color (actually canary yellow) with stark white foamstance, light lacing and nice retention. The beer has a good amount of wheat, contributing to the appearance.
Aromas are much like most Bohemian Pisners with the hop aroma a bit subdued but also allowing more hop sweetness to rise. Acidic fruits of lemons, lime, crabapples, and berries help to decorate the beer in a moderately estery fashion.
Flavors are crisp, clean and forward with citrus fruit flavors but not the bitterness associated with American hops. These seem to come from yeast and malt. Bready with wheat and barley throughout.
Moderate-heavy texture carries a lot of creaminess (again eluding to wheat). But finishes with a crisp cracker-like dryness.
A good beer as long as you don't get offended by style definitions.
02-17-2010 03:17:48 | More by BEERchitect
2.7/5 rDev -6.2%
pours golden with a 2 fingers white fluffy head that drops off to zero....
smell: Corny, sweet and malty
Taste: Sweet, corny and husky grain notes
MF: Undercarbonated & a nasty astringent feel, drink cold!!
Actually drinks okay despite all that, worse beers out there, Keep this ice cold it will hold up for a few, better cheap baltic beers out there! But who knows? if you get this fresher like globetrotter; might be a different animal. Just didn't migrae to CO very well...
03-23-2006 04:35:19 | More by russpowell
2.88/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle w/out freshness date into a standard ale glass.
A - Golden with a fluffy white 2 finger head w/ a sheet of lace that coats the glass. The carbonation level appears high, steady streams of bubbles stream up from the center.
S - The scent of fruit-apples? and spice w/ a light woodiness. The scent of corn or alcohol in the background.
M - Nutty dry, medium body w/ slightly sweet finish that leaves a bitter/alchol flavor.
T - Tastes like a Euro version of malt liquor. The creamy sweetness is pleasant along with a hint of spice. The alcohol dry flavors seem to march in quickly. Malts are more pronounced than some other Euro strong lagers, but there is a metallic taste that distracts. An adjunct flavor is the major flavor with subtle corn flavors.
D - An average strong Euro lager, not bad, not good. I would probably choose to not drink this again.
07-18-2007 13:15:44 | More by Slatetank
3.75/5 rDev +30.2%
A 500 mL bottle from Liquid Solutions.
A: The strong lager is a pale yellow color that is completely translucent. Two fingers of white head didn't last long but left legs in their wake.
S: The nose has a strong whiff of alcohol up front, followed by grass, citrus and malts o' plenty.
T: The lager's first sip isn't as harsh as you'd think. Booze is present but not overwhelming. The malts are bready, paired with grassy hops. The sweetness of the malts, based on the concentrated body, is evident and quite heavy. The booze hits like a hammer; a tough beer to get through.
M: The lager is full and strong, packing a wallop. The malt sweetness is a pleasant distraction from the weight of the booze.
D: If I stuck with this beer all night long. I'd suffer through the worst hangover in the history of mankind tomorrow. I'll be thankful that this is my only bottle and I'll pray that my Lithuanian brothers embrace the craft movement.
09-05-2009 21:53:38 | More by akorsak
2.53/5 rDev -12.2%
(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a warm golden yellow crystal clear body with a rigorous carbonation. The head is a pure white rocky mat that last for a good while.
S- The smooth smell of slightly sweet pale malt with a hint of cooked corn is balanced by a soft green hops note in the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth soft pale malt note at the beginning with some soft hops and carbonic bite in the finish. In the malt flavor there is a soft brightness like lemon flavor but not pronounced enough to taste citrusy.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some fizz in the texture that makes the body feel more full.
D- This is a very smooth light beer. It really lacks good flavors of malt and hops. There is no character or depth to this beer. The label says it is a 2004 World Beer Cup Gold mentalist but I can't get excited about any of the flavors or more specific the lack of flavor.
01-28-2006 23:19:49 | More by rhoadsrage
3.23/5 rDev +12.2%
A: Poured a bright orange with a thin frothy white capping that quickly collapsed with no visible lacing.
S: fresh lemon peels, faint oranges, and overall was very faint in nature.
T: light sour oranges, lemon peels, with a touch of musky grains and a dash of pepper. A mild spicy lemony hopping a very faint fresh grassiness lingers in the background. There is some spicy fruitiness (warm apples) and a noticeable spicy alcohol detection from the 7.5% abv.
M: light fullness, smooth in texture with hardly a trace of carbonation to be found. Some sour fruitiness upon warming and on the swallow.
D: Average drinkability, and definitely one of the better beers out of Lithuania, though wouldn't rush out and buy a sixer. Won gold in the world beer cup 2004.
09-06-2008 19:04:18 | More by beerthulhu
3/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a medium golden straw with medocire bubbling and a sub-par head. The aroma is like adjuncty corn on the cob with some hints of rice and some pale malts. A little earthy overall. The flavor was mostly pale malt, sunflower, adjuncts, and alcohol. Not brow furrowing at all. Just pretty run of the mill.
08-12-2006 01:57:18 | More by scruffwhor
2.03/5 rDev -29.5%
Appearance This is a clear, sickly-looking orange in color with not much of a head.
Smell The grain here is light but the cheap sugars are going bonkos.
Taste Yep, its the Pixie Stix monster at its worst. Its just stale sugar with a boozy bite.
Mouthfeel This Gummi Bear bomb was almost light-bodied with no carbonation to boot.
Sinkability I hate to pour the 2004 World Beer Cup Gold Award winner down the pipes, but I just couldnt finish it.
09-03-2005 01:40:20 | More by RoyalT
3.05/5 rDev +5.9%
At first I was about ready to write this one off - but after a few more sips I found myself liking it a bit more. Poured with a nice off white medium head that quickly subsides to a thin cover and no lace. Color is a clear straw yellow. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of hop. Flavor at first is like aroma, but then gives way to a slight bitterness in the end. Mouth is decent and so is carbonation. Finsih is on the short side, clean, and fair. I could drink a few more with no problems if there wasn't something with a little more character available.
06-02-2010 00:30:24 | More by drpimento
2.85/5 rDev -1%
This beer was highly recommended to me by the (idiot) at the beer store. It's not that bad, but it is not one to 'highly recommend'.
A: Normal looking lager, with a clear, pale yellow color. One inch of white head, but little retention.
S: It smells like an average euro lager, but a bit 'hot' in the booze dept.
T: Initially smooth lager flavors and crisp effervescence suggest a refreshing beer, but then a flood of sweet boozy malt liquor taste trainwrecks the brew.
M: Drinks hot, and is the kind of beer you swallow a gulp at a time so as to minimize exposure to the unpleasant finish.
D: It would make a lovely gift to your alcoholic uncle, if you can wrest that bottle of Steel Reserve from his soused clutches.
12-26-2009 01:42:47 | More by ktrillionaire
2.28/5 rDev -20.8%
A: Cloudy gold with swirling carbonation from minuscule bubbles. Firm white cap has excellent retention, but only leaves small bits of lace in its wake.
S: Slightly musty, with aromas of cut grass, lemon, straw and lettuce.
T: Starts out fine cold, but gets progressively worse as the beer warms. Straw like malt comes on first. A moderate bitterness provides nice balance with a pronounced lemon and pepper bite. Toward the finish, the beer starts becoming very metallic. Steamed veggies creep into the metallic finish. As the beer warms, the metal and vegetative flavors become more and more pronounced. When all is said and done, an odd lemon, pepper, metal and vegetable flavor combination lingers in the mouth.
M: Medium body is grainy and has just about the right amount of fizz.
D: This beer started out OK. The odd metal and veggie flavors aren't that present while this beer is cold. As it warms; however, the beer becomes rather unpleasant. It's not wince inducing, but it's still not enjoyable. In the end, this is another mediocre Euro Lager.
05-09-2009 16:31:55 | More by Rayek
2.85/5 rDev -1%
A: Pours a pale golden color with 2 fingers of quickly vanishing head. No lacing.
S: Sweet malt smell. Not much of a nose at all. Some alcohol.
T: Corn. I can taste all the adjuncts. I agree with the previous reviewer about a "gourmet malt liquor"
M: Light body but very crisp. Light carbonation.
D: For what it is it is a very drinkable beer. Not sure I would ever buy it again but I would totally house this during an open bar. Much better options out there.
01-20-2008 22:47:41 | More by aerozeppl
3.8/5 rDev +31.9%
Tall dark brown half liter bottle with a black and gold label featuring little more than writing. Ingredients: malt, filtered water and "beer products." Beats me. Best before 4/4/4, I opened it on 3/22/04.
Pours an attractive clear deep copper-tinted gold under a one finger white head with very good retention and some pretty nice lacing. The nose is all sweet barley. The mouth is medium-bodied and quite prickly. The tongue is greeted by a good smooth malt opening, followed by a pleasant if slightly metallic hoppy bite and just a hint of alcohol. The finish emphasizes the bitter, which has already mellowed considerably. The aftertaste consists of a slight bite at the back of the jowls. Not harsh, not overly alcoholic, not sour - this is a very good rendition of the style.
03-23-2004 04:11:44 | More by Globetrotter
2.65/5 rDev -8%
Kalnapilis 7.30 pours a pale yellow with a very minimal white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is inoffensive, a bit malty I'd say. The taste is on the malty side, alcohol is strongly noticeable. This is on par with an American malt liquor. There really is no reason to recommend this beer, your money would be better spent elsewhere. Average at best.
11-18-2006 00:52:00 | More by Drew966
2.9/5 rDev +0.7%
Picked this one up for three reasons:
1. never had a beer from Lithuania
2. never had a euro strong lager
3. only cost $2.49
Pours into an imperial pint glass with good head formation, average pale golden yellow color, and a slight bit of haze. Head diminishes quickly but leaves some lacing behind.
Aroma is big in a malty, yeasty, corny kind of way. Not pleasant but probably about right for a strong lager.
Flavor seems to be mostly composed of crap grains like corn and rice. It's sweet and fairly mild considering the ABV. Alcohol is evident on the finish with a drying sensation.
Mouthfeel is fine in that it isn't too much of anything and it's nicely carbonated.
Hopefully Lithuania keeps the good stuff to themselves because this export is mediocre at best.
11-19-2008 21:46:37 | More by GilGarp
1.9/5 rDev -34%
Poured from a 17oz brown bottle with no freshness date into an imperial pint glass. Nice appearance. Frothy white head that left lots of lacing. Gold colored beverage with plenty of carbonation action. Crystal clear.
Downhill from there. Smell is corn and sugar. Not too bad aroma. Slight hop aroma as well as a slight skunky smell. But I find that skunky smell common in most european lagers (in my experience).
Taste is pretty bad. Sickly sweet. Corn. Alcohol. Tastes almost like beer with grain alcohol tossed in for extra ABV. Not pleasant.
Sticky mouthfeel with little carbonation. I drank just enough (about 6oz) to do this review; and now I will dump the rest. If I were drunk and needed to get drunker, this may work. Otherwise, no thanks Kalnapilis.
03-23-2006 19:25:16 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.03/5 rDev +5.2%
A friend recently gave me some Lithuanian beers to try, and this was the second one I tried. Poured into a tall pilsener glass. It's a brown bottle, but pours with a very pale yellow color for a 7.3% beer. Lots of champagne-like carbonation. Decent sized head, and moderate amounts of lacing. Smell was boozy. Taste was like a macro lager, with lots of corn and malt. There was a lot more alcohol ester up front on this one. Also, this beer was sticky sweet on the palate. The combination of the sweetness and the alcohol were not overly pleasurable. This beer is drinkable, but I would not opt for a second bottle in a row. I preferred the Kalnapilis Grand over this one.
11-25-2010 05:25:54 | More by morebeergood
2.7/5 rDev -6.2%
Picke this up at Sam's Blue Light in Durham last Sunday; found on a back shelf with a bunch of Russian and German beers next to its lager cousin and figured I'd go with the strong lager for an extra dime ($2.29 v $2.19).
Classic gold medal color with a quarter inch cap of head that hangs on for dear life followed by a nose of unpleasant malt with some adjuncts thrown in. Not as overpoweringly sweet as a lot of strong Euro lagers I've tried but still not very good.
Sweet malt is the major player in the taste, and although the hops are present, they're no great shakes either. Somewhat cloying initially and kind of astringent at the finish, there's really no point at which I enjoy the taste of this beer. Alcohol is present but not abundantly so.
Honestly, this is about what I was expecting from this beer: drinkable but not real good.
11-08-2006 03:23:26 | More by daliandragon
2.88/5 rDev 0%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It had a pale, light golden yellow color with a tall foamy head. The head is just off white in color and it fades quickly, leaving some lace behind.
Smell: The aroma is strong and full of floral and some grassy hops. Also in the nose there are light grainy adjunct notes.
Taste/Mouth feel: Hop and malt flavors are light but there is a decent bitterness and a noticeable grain alcohol presence. It had a light body with a thin watery texture and its carbonation was light to average.
Notes: This is a very basic or average strong Euro Lager.
08-15-2008 21:56:00 | More by generallee
Kalnapilis 7.30 from Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
70 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.