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Baltas - UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Lithuania

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-18-2005)
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

3.35/5  rDev -9%

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a hefe glass - poured about 3/4 then swirled several times to get the yeast and poured again. Result is opaque yellow-brown with a large chunky white head that settles to a small covering. The aroma is great: bananas on Wheaties with coriander. Taste leaves something to be desired. A little dry, the taste is watery earthy browned apple with a lemon tang. Somewhat disappointing.

04-27-2011 23:52:59 | More by atomicbeer
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mrquartetman

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +25%

A: Pours hazy golden color, very nice head.
S: Grassy, citrusy, strong aroma
T: A very good weizen-style beer that is most satisfying. It has a rich flavor, malty, full-bodied, spicy.
M: Good complexity across the palate, dry-ish, but not anywhere near astringent.
D: Excellent. I bought this together with the Svyturys Baltijos Dark Red, each for $1.89 at a local Whole Foods (which seems to be the best outlet around here for the Svyturys line). Great price for a most drinkable, surprisingly tasty couple of beers.

02-10-2010 02:02:23 | More by mrquartetman
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augustgarage

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger weizen glass. Unsure of the age.

Lightly hazy, pale straw liquid with a large thick white head which recedes to a modest creamy layer. Hieroglyphic lacing.

Nose is fairly flat and lacking enough intensity to identify specific aromas. Stale spice, white bread. Perhaps this sample is past its prime?

Quite tart on the palate, with loads of fresh lemon. Pronounced wheat, with (pilsner?) malt adding sweetness. Banana and bubble-gum notes make a solid appearance in the finish. Hint of pepper as well, though this is more suggested at by the carbonation than it is produced by phenolics.

Exceedingly crisp, refreshing, and light bodied - yet still creamy. A great beer for summer.

A solid albeit imperfect take on the style.

09-22-2009 01:19:57 | More by augustgarage
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Interesting beer. Pretty much a standard Bavarian-style hefeweizen but a touch lighter. Good appearance. Good head retention. Lacing could, and should, be better though. Both the aroma and the flavor express banana and a touch of lemon, as well as wheaty malt. It's a touch acidic, and that works with its citrus side; and that cuts through it leaving it fairly dry in the finish. Of course that also makes the flavor appear as if it's a bit thinner. I've had several hefeweizens from Germany that were pretty similar though, and it is really drinkable. Overall, except for the limited lacing I'd say it's pretty damned good.

06-04-2009 21:23:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

Thanks to my Lithuanian friend Sue for sharing. I wasn't expecting much, but this was a pretty decent beer on par with Shocktop Wheat, maybe a little better. The flavor focused on the spicy clove character of a hefe, with smooth, slightly wheat bread backing the yeast up. It's not a bad beer for a hot day, or for getting Lithuania checked off your countries list.

09-30-2010 19:28:04 | More by tempest
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some spices. Taste is good, fruits and spices well blended. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

02-19-2010 11:28:15 | More by tone77
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Unfiltered wheat.

A: Poured a hazy lemonade color with a huge, billowy 3 finger eggshell white head that displayed great retention pitting to a slight rocky structure all the while leaving huge clumps of lacing behind sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: A very nice aroma filled the nose full of bananas, wheat and spicy cloves.

T: starts out with some creamy bananas and spicy cloves with faint hints of peppery notes found on the finish. There was some fresh bright lemons as well while the wheat palate definitely stands out here providing a great foundation for flavor. Overall definitely one of the best beers ive had by them.

M: light, creamy with a soft carbonation touch around the edges of the tongue. Really nice feel.

D: Drinkability was solid, a good wheat beer that wont disappoint and definitely worth checking out. A bargain considering the cost per bottle vs. flavor/enjoyability factor ($1.49 per pounder).

07-01-2008 00:09:18 | More by beerthulhu
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emerge077

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Not a bad take on the style, a bit rough around the edges, but solid overall.

Pours a cloudy, opaque yellow. Smell is light yeast esters and minerals.
Taste is tart citrus and banana from the yeast. Creamy mouthfeel, easy to drink. Suprisingly good for the style, better than a few 2nd rate German hefes.

Worth trying if you see it, the price is right...

08-19-2006 03:00:05 | More by emerge077
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thekanna

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Had at The Russia House near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

A: Cloudy yellow with a thick, foamy head.

S: Mostly wheat malts and nothing else.

T: Lots of wheat malt, some tanginess in the form of peppery spices and citrus fruits, and a slight sourness.

M: Somewhat thin; not as full-bodied as i'd like for a hefe.

D: Very drinkable, especially from a country that's not renowned for brewing beer.

03-14-2010 03:22:26 | More by thekanna
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

The beer after it’s departing and decanting the 500ml brown bottle resides in the glass a yellow-orange color, chill hazed to the max, the head a mountain of creamy white, and after its dissipation, the lace forms a tight concealing curtain upon the glass. Nose has a nice aroma of wheat, bread dough if you so choose, fresh and crisp, also hints of bananas, spicy sweet, and start is lightly sweet, the grain presence pleasant and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is benign in its acidity, the hops barely discernable, the aftertaste dry, all in all a nice refreshing beer on this 90 degree day in Arizona. I’m I mistaken or wheat style beers a bit rare in this part of the world as in Lithuania?

04-22-2006 21:43:07 | More by Gusler
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

Same brown 500ml bottle that everyone else seems to have had, it claims 5.0% though, not 5.2% as stated on the site, the label is also a little different maybe. Mine says "Wheat Baltas" as a heading.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass. Managed to get the whole bottle into the glass in one pour, great huge white head and a cloudy yellow body. This beer looked like a good Hefeweizen to me.

All Hefeweizen have wonderful aromas, I like the strong vanilla and banana smelling type. This beer had the vanilla, but no banana. There was a weak sour citrus note to the smell which fitted in well with the vanilla, so missing my bananas wasn't a problem.

Regular Hefeweizen flavours, but without the 'umph'.

A little on the watery side for a true champion of this style.

Having tried (and reviewed) plenty of Hefeweizen, this looked the part, but fell away once I got under the skin of its looks and smells.

08-21-2008 20:57:19 | More by BlackHaddock
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mattmaples

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Now everyone knows I am a full-fledged Beer Geek and have tried a lot of beers in my day but I can safely say that this is the first Lithuanian Hefe-Weisen I have ever had. Big fluffy head, tart wheat character, nice fruity banana ester, and a slight spiciness at the finish. It is everything one would expect out of a Hefe and a tarter flavor than most of the Germans.

05-18-2005 00:26:17 | More by mattmaples
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%

Single, 500 ML bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.99...
Front logo sticker specifically states "ALC. 5.0% / VOL."...
A hefty pour yielded a teriffic, cloudy, hazy, murky, straw-colored hue with a gigantic foamy head and a copious amount of lacing...
Sweet, enticing, wheaten-aroma replete with fresh fruits, and ripe citrus...
Taste was fantastic - a true-to-the-style Hefeweizen rendolent of ripe, green apples, fresh pears, canteloupe, melons, green grapes, fresh citrus essences...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel and a superb level of drinkability...
Would definitely rate this as one of the top depicitions of the style...
Excellent stuff...
Highly recommended...

06-24-2008 23:51:39 | More by dsa7783
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

Freshness label has no notching. Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours hazed light yellow with a large head that descends to a rocky thin covering pretty rapidly. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of a spicy wheat tang, clove and a hint of banana.

The taste is pretty weak - almost washed out. There is a wheat tang with a sweet malty touch. Vague banana/clove. Crisp, pretty abrupt, finish.

Pretty fizzy and light, this is more of a pedestrian American Pale Wheat Ale than a Hefeweizen. Nothing "off", just weak and pretty uninteresting.

02-10-2008 02:57:08 | More by jwc215
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy golden straw colour... White head poured with typical hefe foaminess and a nice thickish layer lasted until near the end... lots of carbonation races to the surface... some sticky lacing...

Aroma - Clove spiciness, lemon, some vanilla notes, nice light wheatiness, light biscuity malts, some definite banana fruitiness, grapefruit hints, slight salty notes, peppery, little to no hops...

Taste – Light cloves, faint biscuity malts, watered down lemon and grapefruit notes, salty, peppery hints, again no real hops.... flavours are all a bit washed out - no real depth...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light body... Very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An ok hefe - probably worth a try. As i said earlier this just lacks depth - needs some oomph.... there are loads of better examples out there...

07-17-2006 09:12:14 | More by mdagnew
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

Svyturys Baltas, a Lithuanian wheat beer, pours a big creamy head over a
cloudy sherbet colored brew. The nose is yeasty with a bit of clove ester, and
carbonation is pretty active. The flavor is clove and citrus, with a very light and
soft mouthfeel. There's just a bit of grain in the aftertaste. A good, decent wheat
beer- again, just the thing for a hot day.

07-12-2007 07:54:38 | More by shadow1961
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shertzogovina

New York

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

500ml bottle, expiration date on the back label. One cant tell that this is a hefeweizen until the pour, which reveals a bright golden and cloudy drink with a massive white head and lots of tiny bubbles floating around. The beer is unfiltered but pasteurized.
Aroma is on the sweet side and very yeasty.
Taste is full of bananas and lemons, but has an acidity in higher levels than the usual hefe. It bothers me some. faint hops at the end.
Mouthfell is a little puckering and very lively. light body.
Kind of easy to drink, would be much easier if it wasnt for that tartness.

08-04-2006 11:39:57 | More by shertzogovina
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-06-2014 16:37:10 | More by endless1408
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atis

Finland

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours hazy light yellow with extremely large white dense head that does not fade till the end of the glass and dense generous lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus, bits of banana and yeast.

Taste is not so good, sweetish citrus, banana, mild sourness with light spice in the finish, it feels slightly thin and watery. Mild alcohol warming sets in towards the end of the glass.

Overall, not bad, but could be better. Taking into account that there are just a few Hefeweizens produced around, this one is quite acceptable.

08-15-2009 17:51:13 | More by atis
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

I tasted this 500 ml bottle on 19.10.2008 (best by 07.12.2008). Listed as 5% ABV. I poured into a Hoegaarden glass, and it did not look out of place; very cloudy pale yellow brew (almost murky!), with a decent white head. Looked the real deal.

I was expecting a serious aroma, but found the smell very subdued. Not the classic "hefe" aroma of banana, but some thin citrus element to it.

It tasted as it smelled; a bit subdued, although in fairness it improves as it warmed and aired. I did enjoy drinking this beer (and that is the bottom line), but it was a tad "thin".

Overall; a reasonably good and drinkable wheat beer. Maybe it is brewed as it is intended and not brewed to fit the classic hefe style.

10-20-2008 09:13:21 | More by JohnfromDublin
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flagmantho

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. My bottle reads 5.0% ABV rather than the above-noted 5.2%.

Appearance: cloudy orangeish yellow hue with several thick fingers of foamy white head. Pretty solid looking to me.

Aroma: nice hefeweizeney aroma with a little clove, a little malt, and a little banana. Actually, pretty well balanced.

Taste: light wheat malt and a little light citrusy tartness. Not as much of the clove and banana as the aroma, which I find a little disappointing. It's still pretty good, though.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with an OK level of carbonation and creaminess. Not great, but not bad.

Drinkability: pretty refreshing and tasty. Despite some of its flaws, I find it very drinkable. For the money, Lithuania makes some pretty decent beer.

07-28-2010 00:50:22 | More by flagmantho
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bodybyadam

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

One of my wife's co-workers that is Russian brought this over for me. She told me she got it at a Russian specialty market in Seattle.
A: 500 ml bottle allowed me to share a little with my wife. The unfiltered light hue poured a 1/4" head that quickly dissipated to a thin bead of foam.
S: The nose held a fruity aroma of banana and orange.

T: At first taste is the banana to carbonation and orange peel, turning into a slight toffee finish.
M: Very smooth "wit-bier"

D: This beer has a complex array of flavors that you should enjoy.

Elbows Up,
Adam

10-08-2006 19:55:47 | More by bodybyadam
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured into a weizen glass. Pale straw yellow color, very hazy, huge white head. Not much lacing or retention however.

Very average hefe smell. Banana and clove phenols completely dominate.

The taste here is also quite standard. The banana and clove flavors are unsubtle and overbearing.

Mouthfeel is on the watery side, but the carbonation is very good.

Pretty easy to drink this beer, since it's light and sweet.

12-09-2007 00:08:04 | More by illidurit
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DoubleJ

California

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%

Slim 500 ml bottle with the label around the bottle top. Yes, the presentation is different than what is currently shown in the database. On to the beer:

The pour generates a lot of foam, which eventually delievers a large, foamy head that lasts for some time. Its color is most resmeblant to "witbier pale yellow" than anything else. The cloudiness adds extra texture to the body. Quite sweet in the nose, to be specific, kisses of banana, a pinch of lemon, a small dose of bubblegum, and a hint of cake batter. Who knows where this will take us.

Is this a witbier or a hefeweizen? Even tasting it, it is hard to decide which. The most noticable flavor is lemon by a country mile. There is a little banana found eventually. A kiss of vanilla rounds it out. Body is light and a little watery at times, carbonation provides a little buzz. Lemon sticks around in the aftertaste.

It was from Lithuania and $1.99 for the half-liter of a style I love, so it seemed like a fun purchase at the time. Unfortunately, the novelty wears out halfway through the bottle. Too one dimensional to make it worth a second purchase.

05-22-2011 05:40:55 | More by DoubleJ
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kajerm

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.5%

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours yellow and pretty clear for a hefeweizen. Smells yeasty and slightly estery, pretty standard for a hefe but also pretty light.

Tastes like it smells. Light on the palate, it's a standard (or slightly substandard) hefe that's still head and shoulders above the three other godawful svyturys beers I had to taste.

04-09-2007 02:58:58 | More by kajerm
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