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Utenos Beer - Utenos Alus

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61 Ratings

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 17.79%

Brewed by:
Utenos Alus visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 02-18-2002)
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Reviews by CRJMellor:
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3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin amber, red caramel color with a minor light tan head that is not retained. Somewhat thin for style.
Aroma has toffee, hazel nuts with a hint of burnt coffee.
Falvor mirrors the aroma with the addition of some buttery diacteyl notes. Little bit off for style again.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet with a hint of roasty charcoal. Again a tad too thin for style.
Drinkability is decent, not outstanding but solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 16:35:09 | More by CRJMellor
More User Reviews:
Photo of Weli


2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A real disappointment for Lithuanian Beer

A-Looks perfect in a beer stein, beautiful gold color nice tight head
S-Not much going on, generic beer smell, like miller or bud
T- Pretty bad, bitter in a harsh way but not at all hoppy, like yeast bite or a bad funky bitterness. Malt was really lost by this off flavor
M-Acceptable, light bodied with high carbonation
O-One to avoid

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 10:39:41 | More by Weli
Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Utenos has a thick, white, soapy head, a clear, yellow-golden appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet grain and some odd black pepper smell. Taste is of sweet malt, white corn, unusual bitterness, corn starch, and some other resin-like undertaste. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Utenos finishes semi-dry, unpleasantly bitter, and somewhat harsh. Overall, this is inferior to, say, Keystone Premium, for example, so I would score it low average. Avoid it, or try it just to see what I mean.


Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 14:01:11 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of mrfrancis


3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

07-13-2013 16:00:39 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of anaids


3/5  rDev +6.8%

06-29-2013 23:10:19 | More by anaids
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2.5/5  rDev -11%

06-17-2013 01:34:15 | More by Sparty55
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2.5/5  rDev -11%

03-04-2013 17:46:43 | More by t0rin0
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1/5  rDev -64.4%

02-12-2013 15:46:53 | More by alugeris
Photo of rorjets


2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

02-10-2013 15:18:56 | More by rorjets
Photo of rderedin


2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-05-2013 20:44:05 | More by rderedin
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet flavor up front and a grainy finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is quite drinkable but nothing very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 03:29:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

09-23-2012 12:11:27 | More by Heminoolo
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Incredibly light straw coloured yellow with a massive, foamy white head about an inch and a half tall and with decent retention staying quite well. There is tonnes of bubbles aggressively making their way to the top of the glass as well.

Quite sweet with a lot of sugary syrup and a strong lemon aroma coming through. There is a strange, almost skunky aroma but not quite skunk and also some basic lager malts and hops coming through as I've come to expect from this type of beer. There is some grain, corn and yeast but the smell is not a particularly nice one and comes across quite strong and offensive, although it does settle down ever so slightly after a few minutes.

Basic lager malts, a little grassy hops and a touch of sugary syrup in there that all match the nose without being quite so offensive. It was sweet in parts with some corn and bread plus a little grain.

Light but not quite watery, there is a slightly grainy feel but for the most part it's smooth and with a wet, very light bitter finish. Basic but what you would expect really for the style.

Not a great introduction to Lithuanian beer at all and not a drink that I'll be seeking out again, this one started really strong and was quite harsh on both the nose and taste buds and although it did settle down some what, it was still miles off being a good beer.

Serving type: can

09-14-2012 21:38:33 | More by flyingpig


3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Pokal glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Crystal clear & yellow in color. White froth. Close, slowly dissipated crown. Aromas of sugar, malts & lemon syrup. Sweet maltiness at first sip & vey smooth palate. Very subtle citric hop follows. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Hinst of ripe fruit –apples & pears- in the middle lingers into a dry sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 21:52:23 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

07-21-2012 18:06:00 | More by harpus
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2.5/5  rDev -11%

01-26-2012 01:22:46 | More by AndrewMichael
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1.83/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My frequent local trader, tone77, laid this on me in a recent trade. I am always curious as to where he finds some of these beers, but bottles make a suitable alternative to The CANQuest (TM) until I CAN lay in some more CANned beers.

From the bottle: "Alus-Piwo-Bier-Cerveza-[Cyrillic lettering]"; "Premium Lager"; "Crystal clear water from 615 feet depths, a delicate combination of carefully slected malt, premium hop products, and the traditional recipe that has been developed over the years flavors the beer with an exceptionally refreshing taste Utenos brewers are really proud of. Obviously refreshing. UTENOS BEER."

I went with a heavy-handed pour which resulted in two-plus fingers of dense bone-white head that evinced decent retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, slight skunkiness to it, but not unheard of in the style. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight sourness to its bitterness. I understood the presence of Noble hops, but there was something off about the beer's flavor on the tongue. Finish was kind of grainy and kind of tart in a lemon-citrus way. It was not totally awful, but neither is it getting any kind of high marks from me.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 20:28:30 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tone77


3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a touch of skunk. Taste is crisp, malts and grains, a touch of sweetness to it. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 14:32:44 | More by tone77
Photo of womencantsail


2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a short lived white head.

S: Smells of corn and straw. Not much going on here in terms of malt, maybe a bit of cracker malts. A light yeast aroma and fruit esters and apple juice.

T: A weird creaminess/sweetness with lots of corn. A light malt/bread note with some hints of bitterness and skunk. Somewhat watery with a bit of grass.

M: Light in body, slightly watery, with a medium carbonation.

O: Watery and bland for the most part, but just offensive enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:18:11 | More by womencantsail
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2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Great carbonation this beer does not have. But the pale greenish yellow is kind of cool in my opinion. Not sure if it should look like that, but there definitely is a green tint to this. Good lacing and foam.

Smell: Basically a lighter version of Golden Pheasant. Kinda weird.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste starts out refreshing. Sweet and lemony. Then it gets warm and gross. Mouthfeel overall is not good. Really watery and a bit slimy.

Drinkability: It's pretty obvious the water IS pure as advertised. Many rougher water would have hidden the imperfections in this.

Overall: Definitely not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 00:10:52 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of kojevergas


2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on November 14th, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow. Interesting downward-force bubble show as the head quickly recedes. Two finger head of moderate thickness and a little cream. Pretty standard fare for a lager.

Smell: Hint of cream, malt, and barley. Nothing special.

Taste: Bit of cream on the open, a very smooth and clean barley body (which is one note but well built for what it is), and a crisp smack-your-lips finish. I love how the finish subtly counterbalances the body, but it just doesn't aspire to be anything bold.

Mouthfeel: Too smooth and too wet, but luckily not watery. The finish is the highlight of this beer, but that isn't saying much.

Drinkability: There is better beer to be had at this price range, but I'd like to try more Lithuanian brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 19:00:58 | More by kojevergas
Photo of beveritt


3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 500ml clear bottle into a standard Shaker pint. My mother in law got this for me in a pack of beers from around the world. Label is foiled blue, gold, and white. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of pure white head. This settles to a thin layer of foam and eventually to nothing. The beer itself is bright yellow and perfectly clear with moderate activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of lemon grassiness.

Taste: Very sweet malt upfront with a very slight citrusy finish. Long lingering sweetness in the finish, no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Not too bad. An easy drinking beer, mainly because of its relatively across the board lack of anything too strong or stand out, Probably won't revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:21:04 | More by beveritt
Photo of DoctorDog


3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz bottle into a large nonic. Thanks to beveritt for passing this one along to help feed the disease.

A- Pours a very pale golden, with ~1 finger of white head. Head fades gradually into a thin island of bubbles.

S- Sweet and grainy/corny. A slight hint of metallic aroma, and some very muted biscuit notes.

T- Grainy, and quite sweet. Slight lemon hint. Bitterness is very subdued. Not much to this, but at least it isn't unpleasant.

M- Surprisingly low carbonation. Moderately light feel.

D- OK. Inoffensive and easy to drink. Could easily down several pints if I were so inclined.

Future outlook: Not terrible...better than the staple BMC brews, but not worth repeat business.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:35:09 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet adjunct and a slight grassy hop.

The taste consited of a nearly cloyingly sweet adjunct and light utilitarian hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a below average euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:48:25 | More by plaid75
Photo of drizzam


3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lithuanian beer, eh? I can't believe I'm trying this but here goes...

A - Poured from the clear bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a clear pale straw color topped by a one finger white bubbly head. Head retention wasn't terrible at first, but it quickly receded to a thin cap which didn't leave much in terms of lacing.

S - Smells grainy with just a hint of lemon lingering in the background.

T & M - Sweet grainy taste with just a hint of lemon. There is a touch of diacetyl in there, and pretty much no hop character to note. Thin watery mouthfeel, finishes crisp but with a bit of a sweet aftertaste.

D - Pretty easy to drink, but there are better brews out there. I just had to give a Lithuanian brew a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:13:39 | More by drizzam
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Utenos Beer from Utenos Alus
68 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.