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Baltas - UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus


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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.78%

Brewed by:
UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus visit their website

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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Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

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


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
Photo of illidurit


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
Photo of 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
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of shadow1961


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
Photo of kajerm


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
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a Baltic food and drink shop in Lewisham, SE London. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, "unfiltered" as stated on the label. BB 10/12/2006(oops!), served chilled in a proper weizen glass on 28/12/2006.

A: very dark yellowish in colour, cloudy, coming with an ever-lasting, rocky, tight white frothy head that simply refuses to budge for a good five minutes, then settles to a thin white cap staying throughout the drink; lively carbonation below.
S: a dusty note comes through the thick foam, on top of sour mangos and sweet bananas hand in hand with cloves and exotic yeast-esters typical of a hefe-weizen; the rich yeasty note sits comfortably with an equally firm bedrock of mildly sweet caramel and bready wheat-malts... Overall the aroma is almost in harmony, not particularly complex but well-balanced.
T: sour-sweet bready malts prevail upfront, followed closely by a dryish tinge of spicy yeasts, a tart edge of fresh lemonade, and more bready wheats... The palate turns slightly dryish-bitter and tangy, until it hits a rather clean finish, where the dryish-spicy and mildly fruit-estery aftertaste never vanishes.
M&D: very soft and smooth in carbonation, medium-bodied, with a palate remaining firm from the beginning to the end, without falling thin or sour as many other hefe-weizens do. The firm-bodied wheat-malts and dry-ish spiciness make up for the relatively muted fruitiness on the palate, rendering a consistently firm mouthfeel and enjoyably dry aftertaste that is surprisingly rare for most hefe-weizens. A well-balanced product this is~~

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 20:10:01 | More by wl0307
Photo of bodybyadam


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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,

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 19:55:47 | More by bodybyadam
Photo of emerge077


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
Photo of 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
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. "The highest quality beer."

Big time cloudiness, pale yellow appearance, big, bone white head, stays a spell. A busy crumbler, leaving little lace.

Nice aromatics, fairly beaming out of the glass. Fresh and alert, lightly lemony. Minor spice far off on the horizon. Quite nice hefe smell.

Little tart bite up front, then smooth. Full bodied, crisp, tasty, easy drinking, but more considerable in body and texture than other weizens.

I wouldn't compare this to a Wehenstephaner's or the like, but it's not bad in the slightest. Hands down, the top ranking Lithuanian hefe weizen in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 23:26:22 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of 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
Photo of Chaz


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
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 21:43:07 | More by Gusler
Photo of mattmaples


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 00:26:17 | More by mattmaples
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Baltas from UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus
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