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Gubernija Grand 9.5 Beer - Gubernija Brewery

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 2.53
pDev: 26.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: putnam on 05-29-2004

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Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
2.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Didn't realize that there was supposed to be a decimal in the name of the brew....just one of those things I guess. This pours a hazy golden color, much like how unfiltered apple cider looks, with an initial foamy white head that disappears into nothing. It also looks kind of flat. There is really no lacing and yeah not much else to say about the looks of this one.

S- Well the alcohol is definitely not hidden in this one. The smell is different. Herbal and medicinal would best describe this beer. It has a somewhat spicy aroma as well, but in a raw sort of way...I smell some cinnamon, which is about the best thing I notice here.

T- Again, the alcohol is noticeable and there seems to be a medicine/chemical/mineral flavor that comes through here. Underneath these initial flavors, there is some malty sweetness, and little hop presence. There is also some of the same spiciness that was present in the aroma.

M- This has some decent body. The carbonation is fairly low, and there is a creamy character. I would put this in the medium to medium-full category. The best part about this beer.

D- If you're wanting to drink something with the full intention of getting drunk, this will do it...I'm starting to feel it already! The more I drink this, the more it grows on me...however, after one can, I'd be more than happy to be done with this one. I doubt I'll buy this again, but it's not the absolute worst beer I've had, but it's by far not amongst the best!

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
2.31/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It's summer, and the muggy, thirst-inducing kind, so an ice cold Euro-lager seems to be the order of the day...

This strong lager pours an attractive pale golden sheen, with a healthy amount of frothy, soapy white head. The head melts away after a few minutes, leaving a ring around the glass. There is a very grainy, saltine-cracker aroma, with a little malt, consistent for Eastern Euro lagers. The flavor: the glycerine mouthfeel almost overpowers anything else representing flavor that may be there. I had an involuntary shake of my head after my first swig. Good grief. After a few more inadvisable sips, that initial shock wore off, and I could sense some malt, more of that soup cracker essence. The alcohol is, while not overtly influential on the flavor, very present in the weight and finish of this beer. I have to say this beer got mildly tolerable as I masochistically finished it, the alcohol in all likelihood having a big part in that. Not an easy beer to drink, and for the wrong reasons.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - This came is a big can that reminds me of Boddingtons with the yellow and black theme. This pours clear and vibrant "BluBlocker lens" yellow, and puts up a nice two finger fluffy white head. Big sheets of white lace slide down the glass, and a quick swirl brings the head back up to two fingers. Pretty good looking for the style.

S - Fruity, crisp, and cidery. This smells wonderfully fresh and airy for a high octane brew... notes of melon, tropical flowers, and salty sea air bring my thoughts to a springtime garden drenched in rain. Some very gentle caramel and crackers malt notes are there, and the fruity notes are tropical and mild. Nice.

T - Sweet caramel and bread sopped in molasses. This is super-malty and sweet with a hint of saaz hop spice and a good deal of salt. Its odd how the nose is so light, fresh, and floral while the flavor has a heavy (almost oppressive) sweetness and solid malt thickness. This reminds me of some sort of dessert that I've had before...some sort of treacle or something.

M - Full bodied, sweet, and thick as hell with an oddly dry finish. A booze-breath stank comes up from my stomach after drinking this Lithuanian malt liquor.

D - I think that what this is is essentially malt liquor for the ghettos of Lithuania and the Baltic nations. This is boozy, heavy, sugary sweet, and hopped like a Czech pils. This is a pretty dag-nasty brew that I'd never buy again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.34/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's not alot going on in Zhiguly's Grand than it's strength - but 9.5%! Wow!

It pours a crystal-clear deep-gold body beneath a head of bright-white foam that holds quite well considering its strength, and leaves some nice lace as well. The nose offers bready malt, which is nice as these beers are usually more sweet. Is it possible that this is an all-malt beer?

In the nose the alcohol is clearly present, especially as it warms, and that really brings the numbers down on this one. It hurts the nose and the drinkability. But even disregarding the alcohl, there's not much more to it than a touch of generic, "malty beer".

In the mouth it's full-bodied and dextrinous with a light tingle from it's carbonation and a clear indication of the alcohol that it holds.

The flavor is exactly as one might expect, with a mildly sweet and grainy malt that's softened by a touch of fruit and then peppered with some floral and grassy hops as well as a heavy splash of alcohol! And in most cases that would be very bad, but at least here it's clean, without any "off" character from higher alcohols produced in a quick, hot fermentation (I'm mainly thinking of the quickly done and poorly made Russian lagers that seem to put an emphasis on strength over quality - although that is currently changing).

Drinkability... hmmm... this is a tough one. For what it is, it's fairly well done. There are worse American-brewed malt liquors out there with less alcohol, so I guess that says it all. Nice label too.

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to resi for the trade.Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and alcohol. Taste is like the smell, alcohol up front, some malts, a bit sweet. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of goochpunch
2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out looking like strong urine frmo a dehydrated person. There is no head and if I take the patience to stare at the beer, I'll get a rare bubble popping up every now and then. Smell is big on grain, alcohol, and a weird fruitiness. All of this is echoed in the flavor as well as a presence of artificial banana flavor and medicinal bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, sickly, and sticky. Not terribly drinkable.

Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for this hangover in a can.

A: This extra forte biere is clear, a fortified yellow color. A few stray floaties on the first pour quickly settled to the bottom of the glass. An initial head, over three fingers, left lace behind but left town in a hurry.

S: A spicy nose, apple and cinnamon, quickly turns fusel. The strength can't hide behind any number of spices. Pale biscuity malts don't stand a chance.

T: The spices continue, a sharp edge that never softens. The booziness hits square between the eyes, a near blinding blast. The strength lends to the fruity spices, perhaps the big redeeming aspect of the lager. This is a bold, bad beer and caution is advisable.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet upfront and fusel in the rear. It's a mouthful; damned Lietvak pale lagers. The spices are nices; the booze I can't use.

Photo of jsh420
3.47/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours semi hazy gold with a 1 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells like candy carmel little hops and booze

taste is ok - very sweet malts and booze just like the nose - it reminds of some old ale

mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation

drinkability is ok even though i did not finish the whole tall boy

Photo of cabsandking
2.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light golden color with a big airy champagne head that dies quickly. All hops in the nose. Taste is mostly hoppy with a little grass and some yeasty sough dough bread twang. Sweetness balances it out, but it is a dull, characterless sweetness. Highly alcoholic and no effort to hide it. Thin body and a viscous mouth leaving a palate coating that’s not in its best interest...I’d rather it just left me alone after swallowed. As it warms the slim characters presented at the beginning start to meld together but at the same time losses carbonation which was a redeeming quality. I don't think I’ll be pining for another one of these soon but if you’re a fan of this style I guess its a okay.

Photo of scottoale
2.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this 500ml. at a local liquor store for $1.59...a bargain? Pours from the brown glass bottle a light yellow-gold (straw) with a finger of white foam head and decent carbonation. Head disappears quickly leaving only spots of slippery lace and a faint ring around the surface.

Smell is strong and sweet, comprised of malt, corn, other various adjuncts and sugars to the max.

Flavor is typical of a "High Gravity" lager...sweet, syrupy and lacking any kind of balance. Alcohol is fusal and seems to be the highlight intended for this brew.

Watery, medium-light body, cloying sweetness and not so pleasant high alcohol content make this a brew that I cannot recommend, nor spend the money on again.

Photo of HoustonTX
2.15/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My bottle is similar to the one in the picture. However mine says 95, instead of 9.5. Clear glass bottle, labeled Grand 95. From Lithuania.

Pours like a normal fizzy pale lager. Ample carbonation and a lasting head. Smell has a layer of thick corn husk, followed by a tiny amount of malt sweetness.
Taste is sweet to the point of almost being cloying. It does mask the 9.5% well, but turns to the point of being way out of balance. Highly strong and potent flavor will turn a lot of people away instantly. Mild alcohol presence midway, and alcoholic burn going down as a last reminder.

Not awful for the price, but this beer just doesn't do itself justice. I just remember what I said first when trying this beer out.
This is "Schlitz on Steroids."

Photo of IronDjinn
1.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Comes in a yellow and black can, reads Grand 95 on this one, I suppose they couldn't afford the decimal on this import batch. Resembles the colour of apple juice on the pour, thick and sugary sweet, yet with a quick white head that disappears.

Aroma is spicy and cidery, reminds me more of a mead or braggot, I'm picking up apple and cinnamon notes.

Wow, now that's a unique flavour. Spicy, almost candy-like sweetness in places, dusty, with apple-like notes, and a tart, dry cidery aftertaste that tends to turn sour after enough time passes. It could be my mind playing tricks on me, but I still even taste some cinnamon. I'm on sip #5 staring at the remainder in the glass and wondering what did I ever do to deserve this? It's not knock-you-over-the-head unsavoury, it's more subversive than that, it creeps up on you. Your better judgment kicks in and starts to question you whether it's worth it or not, that next sip, finishing the glass. What will happen, will it end in tears?

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but has a cloyingly and sticky sweet texture to it, one can only guess at the sugary adjuncts used to bring this behemoth up to the grand abv% it is.

Halfway down the glass and my stomach is starting to punch out at me in protest, wondering what the heck is going on, and what did it ever do to deserve this? Best to make this a sink pour rather than find out what it's like the second time around on the way back up...

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Must say I was pleasantly surprised. I expected this to be pretty bad seeing as it was priced economically. Color was a light orange almost and there was very little carbonation.

Taste was pretty good considering that there was little head and not very much bitterness. There was some fruitiness that I detected which complimented and hid the high amount of alcohol in this beer. If I had to choose between this and the standard macros, I'd actually pick this over Heineken and the like.

Photo of redmosquito
3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beverage here from Lithuania. Pours a clear golden yellow with high carbonation amounting in a white head. Nice yeasty aroma with a slight malt hint to it. Has a slight cidery aroma as it warms. Taste is sugary and smooth, low bitterness and a cane sugar aftertaste. This is really smooth and hides that 9.5% well. Not a beer I'd drink everyday but worth a taste.

Photo of VoodooBrew
2.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Zhiguly is my first Lithuanian beer, as far as I can recall. It's 9.5% ABV and cost me $1.35. For that price I'm willing to find out if it's any good at all.

This beer pours a hazy light orange with a decent-sized head that does not last very long. The appearance is actually quite nice, especially when held up to the light, with its soft orange glow.

It turns out this beer seems to have a good deal in common with malt liquor besides its high alcohol and low price. There is little in the way of aroma -- perhaps a trace of alcohol and something metallic -- and the flavor is moslty light malt/adjunct and alcohol. The alcohol does not impart much hotness in the way of flavor, but there does seem to be a little extra warming of the stomach going on here. The finish is quite dry, and there is a metallic bitterness in the aftertaste. In spite of the alcohol-dominant nature of this beer -- or perhaps because of it -- drinkability does seem to increase somewhat as you make your way through this beer.

Okay, so Zhiguly is a light-bodied, high-alcohol lager from Lithuania. All that doesn't exactly set expectations too high. But for $1.35 I'd say it's worth picking one up, just for the hell of it. If nothing else you can catch a cheap buzz.

Photo of MTNboy
2.31/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- A very grassy/straw amber hue. The head was very nice at first but dissipated quickly. A lot of carbonation bubbles to the body.

Smell- Smells very artificially sweet and fruity.

Taste- There is no bitterness to this beer at all. It is very malt liquor like, sweet and artificial tasting. There is a strong corn flavor to this beer.

Mouthfeel- Thin and has a lot of carbonation and alcohol bite.

Drinkability- This one is not for me too much like malt liquor for my book .

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden in color, with a large white head, with soon fades to scattered archipelagos of foam. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising. Thin, fine-beaded lacing rings the glass walls, forming unbroken circlets.

Aroma: The strong alcohol (9.5% ABV) is not particularly notable in the aroma, there are notes of grain, cooked vegetables and earthy hops.

Taste: Opens rather sweet, with flavors of overripe apples and pears, with a lot of residual sweetness. The alcohol has a sweet, vinous, and warming characteristic as well. Can you spell "malt liquor"? Sure, I knew you could. Finishes with a lot of sugar, bitter apple rind, earthy hops, and, uh, what was it wait, oh, I remember - alcohol!

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: At something like $2.50 for a half-liter bottle, how can I complain?

Presentation: Packaged in a half-lite euro-style brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of Zorro
2.96/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can I picked up in Chicago, lots of love and hate about this beer.

Clear gold to amber colored beer with basically no head at all.

Smells sweet with a strong cooked vegetable aroma. There is a little herb and grassy hop here, but it does smell like malt liquor.

Starts out sweet and malty with a bread flavor. Quite warming in the chest so not so effective in hiding alcohol. There is a bit of a hop bite here but it is fairly sweet. Not great but not awful either.

Mouthfeel is heavy.

Not bad in drinkability it is better than the average American macro brewed lager out of a can. That said I'm not looking to trade for it either. If this was classified as a Malt Liquor this would rate way up there, as it is it is a pretty OK European Strong Lager.

Out of a can this is at least OK.

Photo of bheilman
3.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pleased with this beer. Found it in a liquor store near O'Hare that must have been run by some people from Eastern Europe because they had lots of polish, czech, lithuanian beers. Golden to orange in color, probably the orangest beer I've ever seen. Corn groats and hop extract are new ingredients to me. Pretty flavorful, I had no idea Lithuania made such a product; similar to a tripel in flavor but priced much more economically and not really up to Belgian standards. Definitely my go to Lithuanian beer, and although it seems like it is just styled to produce high alcohol, it does have a unique taste. Not much after taste but not much of an alcohol presence either.

Photo of woodychandler
2.43/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Here is a case of both the best deed with the best of intentions coupled with unwarranted input. It is well-known that The CANQuest (TM) is as unassuming, unbiased, and all-inclusive as it CAN possibly be. The idea is to taste as many CANned beers as possible and render a review as I/we see fit. I received multiple CANs of this beer and decided to pass them on to like-minded CANnisters as possible. I was pooh-poohed for doing so because it was deemed to be a lesser beer although all of us who had one simply wanted to try either it or a beer from Lithuania, regardless of its effects. Long live The CANQuest (TM)!

Following the Crack & Glug, I was looking at a finger of eggnog-colored head with very good retention. The beer's color was a hazy, orangish-amber. The nose was honey-sweet, actually very pleasant. I took a trepidatious first sip and was pleasantly surprised by its honey-like sweetness on the tongue. A greater mouthful resulted in a feeling of high heat on the palate, revealing its intensity and giving truth to its "Extra Strong Beer" label. Phew! Fusel was the word. This was the stuff that gives The CANQuest (TM) its legendary status - true questers do not DrainPour, although this was a worthy CANdidate. A clue as to its unpleasantness comes from its French verbiage "Biere Extra Forte". Fortified alcohol is the stuff of hangovers! Extra fortified = extra dry = extra-intense hangover. OMFG! The mouthfeel was medium but I just tasted sugar on the tongue. This was evil! I am sure that it topped out at 9.5 because they aborted the mission. It could have been much dryer and much higher in ABV. Oof. Finish was deadly sweet with a cloying sugary taste that cried out for a glass of water. I'm dyin'.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of womencantsail
2.19/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a clear light amber color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells of apple cider and prunes with a fair amount of booze. There is a bit of peppermint aroma, strangely. It's cloyingly sweet and sugary.

T: Same sort of characteristics on the palate. Very sweet, quite sugary, and lots of prunes/prune juice. There is a pretty heavy dose of booze. A touch of malt to it, though.

M: Sort of syrupy for a malt liquor/strong lager. Medium carbonation.

O: The fine country of Lithuania has some work to do on this one.

Photo of Avryle
3.03/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a pale gold fresh from the can. Airy white head dissolves quickly to a small ring around the edge of the glass

S- Not that bad. Apple-smelling yeasts are quite dominant with alternative eastern bloc adjuncts

T- Is strong. Oye. Boozy & spicy with essences of acetone. If I wanted to put hair on my children's chests, this is what I'd put in their bottles.

M- Medium bodied. Has a little too much oomph to be easily consumable but lord knows, I don't want to contemplate life for an hour over this beer.

D- I hope it doesn't kill the plants.

Photo of Smittysguinness
2.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I really thought this was going to be more than it was. I guess I should have gone here first to see that all it really is, is a European malt liquor.

It poured well enough as a pale gold, brilliantly clear lager. It had a 1" vaguely off-white head that dissipated very quickly.

While the Saaz hop smell was there, or something similar, as well as a faint hint of a malt sweetness in the distant background (almost candy-like), really what overshadowed any semblance of true enjoyment was an overpowering alcohol burn and a distinct cornhusk scent.

The taste was not a ton better. Hidden under a heavy fog of alcohol and corn was the outline...the hint...of a by-the-book Bohemian Pilsner. But again, all of those qualities, from the earthy, spicy hops to the complex sweet malt, were honestly destroyed by the alcohol burn and adjunct taste, which took the complexity of the beer and made it into little more than...well...a mlat liquor.

For as high of an abv as this beer has, it was surprisingly not dry. Very light bodied from the adjuncts (and immature, rushed fermentation), and medium carbonation.

It's drinkable, just not that enjoyable. This is a cheap (.99 - $1.50) way to get hammered pretty quick.

To be more honest for the site, I may come back and try to judge this beer as compared to other malt liquors. But I also, in the interest of good craft beer, don't feel that bad about skewing a beer like this towards the bad end of the site.

Photo of Redrover
1.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

16.9 oz can poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a hazy gold/orange with a quickly collapsing off-white head.

The nose is of apple juice (seriously) and a bit of cereal grains.

Crap this is bad, it is sweet with overpowering alcohol. Grainy and solvent like. This may be the worst beer I've had in the past couple of years. ..

The mouth is "enhanced" with very strong carbonation. There is nothing to recommend abut this beer. Sorry but it is a drain pour!

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Gubernija Grand 9.5 Beer from Gubernija Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.