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Baltas - UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.54%
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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Photo of atis
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

atis, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top...dude, I had no idea Svyturys made a wheat beer

Appearance: Hazy golden brown with a rich white fluffy whipped cream head...dead on for the style

Smell: Big banana esters up front with a little sweet caramel

Taste: Big banana, CRISP wheat flavors, with light lemon and just a touch of clove on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light (a bit too light) but nicely crisp

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: A really nice hefeweizen, if a little bit light on the mouthfeel (even for the style)

BedetheVenerable, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 500ml brown bottle into a tall Erdinger hefe glass.

A= This wheat beer poured a very pale straw yellow color that was fairly clear until I added the yeast from the bottle. Then it became appropriately cloudy but remained very pale. The white head was huge at first, easily 3" and made me pour the beer very slowly. The head then dropped quickly to a 1/4" cap and left zero lacing.

S= Very muted, almost lager-like aroma. Seriously, I could barely detect the banana-clove notes common to the style.

T= Taste was better than the aroma indicated. Nice soft flavors of mild citrus (lemons, oranges) and sweet wheat malts. Small and faint hop presence. Mildly tart finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a soft carbonation feel.

D= Not the best example of a hefeweizen out there, but a very drinkable and refreshing beer. I will definitely be drinking more of this in the warm summer months!

spointon, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

BlackHaddock, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of searsclone
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a hefe glass, was a mottled yellowish brown color with wheat floating through it

S: spicy and sweet bubblegum at the same time

T: it starts spicy then goes sweet as it is swallowed with a bit of a bitter aftertaste

M: Sharp on the tip of the tongue but creamy in the back of the throat then sharp again on the way down with a bit of a warming.

D: I could drink this all night.

This is not the absolute best hefe I have ever had, but it is definitely a great beer. It's as good or better than a lot of German brewed hefs and is a fair bit better than most of the American versions I have tried. This beer is worth a try, the only thing that would make me like this beer more is if it had more of a bubblegum taste.

searsclone, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

beerthulhu, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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...

dsa7783, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

jwc215, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

illidurit, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

sleazo, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

shadow1961, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

kajerm, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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~~

wl0307, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of bodybyadam
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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,
Adam

bodybyadam, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

emerge077, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of shertzogovina
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

shertzogovina, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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...

mdagnew, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Chaz
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Chaz, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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?

Gusler, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of mattmaples
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

mattmaples, May 18, 2005
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Baltas from UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus
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