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Baltas - UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus visit their website
Lithuania

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-18-2005)
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kajerm

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 02:58:58 | More by kajerm
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Holy sweet foam. My entire .5L weizen glass was foam. It eventually settles out to reveal a hazy pale yellow liquid with a still massive fluffy head.

S-black pepper, cloves and biscuity malt.

T-Pepper, cloves and slight bananas. Not too sweet but a good deal of proper esters from the yeast. There is a hint of alcohol there that should not be there for a beer of this style/%. The aftertaste offers hints of acidity and bubblegum.

M-on the lighter side for a weizen, the nice head props it up.

D-Definitely not a stellar hefeweizen but interesting enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 05:07:38 | More by sleazo
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-13-2013 15:59:52 | More by mrfrancis
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Spain

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy to milky shining yellow body with a perfect head and a banana-nose. Looks and smells great but I had my doubts due to the rice listed among the ingredients, which finally passes unnoticed. Actually the whole keeps a rather low profile except for it's looks: Not very malty or yeasty, drinkability is smooth as is the finish.

An easy wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 20:30:39 | More by stoepsel
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Mexico

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 23:52:59 | More by atomicbeer
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a thick, uniform whitish head which left some lace at the top of my sample glass (an antique 4 oz PBR taster : D The nose surprised me -- very aromatic, and more than I was expecting from a wheat beer from this far afield: slightly citric but with loads of with yeast, banana, and clove notes (in succession), plus a touch of bubblegum. The head settles after a minute or so and the resulting liquid is a hazy, yeast-filled golden broth, as murky as the Mississippi on a warm summer day. More bubblegum straightaway in the taste area, with a welcome twinge of sharp phenolic clove. Slightly buttery/diacetyl, yeasty, and with more of that citric tang held over from the nose (the label says "A hint of lime gives it a refined and unforgettable taste" - odd for a Hefe Weizen, no?)

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly bubbly carbonation, and seems a little thin, but not too far off-style for some of the softer examples othe Bavarian style (Ayinger . . .) Flavor brightens and becomes more fruity as this warms, making it seem even lighter. Fruity and dry in the finish, very low bitterness, soft on the palate, and with that lime kicking away in the background like a footballer that lost his way to the meet. Not bad at all, in fact I like this should make for a great summer wheat - I'm about to put this up to the test with some Neapolitan pizza, a greek salad, and a side of anchovies.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 20:38:33 | More by Chaz
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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...

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 09:12:14 | More by mdagnew
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Weizen glass

A: Pours a pale hazy yellow, 3 finger soapy head with little lacing. Very carbonated by the look of it.

S: Hoppy, grassy smells, very fruity with citrus and hints of banana, also a hint of bubblegum.

T: Banana, citrus and clove on the tongue. A definite bubblegum finish, and a nice bready, nutty aftertaste.

M: A bit watery - light to medium bodied. A bit fizzy on the tongue, but quite drinkable.

Overall: Not a bad Hefe at all, better than I thought it would be. However, the thin mouthfeel is always a negative for me, and that's what brought this beer down. Otherwise, a beer worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 20:49:57 | More by killianf
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Dentist666

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours utterly cloudy milky-amber beer with good, resistant white head. Nice aroma of wheat malts, banana and cloves, partially bready, not very clean, but convincing. Taste is smooth, citrus with banana. Intense carbonation. The beer poises between hefeweizen and witbier, leaning to weizen. The body is light and fizzy. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 11:17:00 | More by Dentist666
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Faintly foggy maize with carbonation more fitting for a Belgian beer than a Lithuanian one. The off-white cap was huge to start... and looks pretty damn good. It has a soft creaminess that gives it a bit of character and it isn't too shabby in the lace deposition department either. Still, the world's best hefe weizens needn't be worried.

The nose is appropriate for the style, even if it's a little rough around the edges. Ground clove is easily appreciated; banana esters are less so. A hint of alcohol is unforgivable in a wheat beer with an ABV of only 5.2%, but isn't prominent enough to ruin things.

Although Baltas isn't great beer by any means, it is great beer when compared to the other dreck brewed by AB Svyturys. Let's just say that my extremely low hopes have been met and then some. The flavor profile, like the nose, is a little less than refined... but gains some composure as it warms.

The key is that the brewery acquired a genuine hefe weizen yeast strain. At least it tastes like it. Strangely enough, banana is now more upfront than clove, earning the beer a 3.0/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter. Also strangely, there's no hint of alcohol on the palate. Perhaps my nose imagined it. Softly sweet and tart coexist, with bitter nowhere to be found.

It tastes and feels like the wheat:barley ratio is fairy high. The beer is super soft in the mouth and is gently carbonated (despite the louder than usual 'pffft' on crown cracking). There are certainly no 'mouthfeel roadblocks' that would prevent sessioning if one was so inclined.

Baltos (translated as 'white' or 'clean') is a pleasant surprise. It isn't a beer that I'll go back to, even at $1.89 per bottle, but it's the best of this brewery's offerings by a country kilometer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 12:23:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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augustgarage

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 01:19:57 | More by augustgarage
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emerge077

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Finland

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite Weizen glass. If nothing else, Svyturys has one heck of a nice art glass bottle. The best by date is 05/10, so I better hurry up and drink all four before the month is out.

Appropriately cloudy gold with a fair amount of carbonation. A fairly dense white cap has a strong start. It stuck for a little while before settling to a patchwork film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: A fair amount of clove, plus quite a bit of lemon and orange make up the nose. Dry biscuit makes up the rest.

T: Light and mild. Dry biscuits start things out. Bitterness is mild, but well balanced with a comfortable dose of lemon and clove. Finishes dry and tart, with a nit of lingering orange.

M: The medium light body is slightly doughy. A little more prickly carbonation would be appreciated.

D: Seems closer to a Wit than a Hefe with its orange flavors and lack of banana. A miscategorized beer perhaps? Either way, this beer is a nice compliment to a hot late spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 05:08:18 | More by Rayek
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flagmantho

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 00:50:22 | More by flagmantho
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Baltas from UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.