Kalnapilis 7.30 | Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis

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Brewed by:
Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
Lithuania | website

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 03-23-2004

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Photo of atuite
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this from a local small time wine/beer distributor.
16.9 oz brown bottle ($1.99) poured a deeper gold color into glass mug but rest of appearance similar to other US macrobrews - large white bubbles make up a one inch head that quickly dissipates. Smell is nonspecific malty smell with a harsh undertone. Taste follows smell in this one and flavor is malty with a background bitterness that hangs around too long on the palate and alcohol seems to come through too much due to lack of competing flavors. With the amount of medium-low amount of carbonation and the flavor, i agree with past reviews that this should be served cold. Overall, this beer drinks easily cold and gives you more ounce per ounce alcohol, but the bland malty flavor and bitter aftertaste will not have me returning.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Drew966
2.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.71/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of EvilKeith
2.46/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is my first time trying a Euro Strong Lager. 16.9 ounce brown bottle. No freshness date or best by date.
2004 World beer cup Gold Award? I'm hoping not to find the silver or bronze award winners. LOL!!

Pours a crystal clear dark golden color. Head is two fingers of dense white foam you could cut with a knife. The lace hangs in sheets (it looked good).

Smell is somewhat hay-like with a sweet graininess and a subtle skunkiness.

I don't really know my Euro Strong Lagers too well, I can only hope the others are better than this offering from our Lithuanian friends.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
1.96/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
2.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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...

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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, it’s the Pixie Stix monster at its worst. It’s 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 couldn’t finish it.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.78/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Kalnapilis 7.30 from Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
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