Baltijos - UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 07-17-2006

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Svyturys-Utenos Alus, Lithuania
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Svyturys Baltijos

Svyturys Baltijos is dark beer with a proud history. It is famous for it's extra thick foam and it's rich, sweet, long lasting caramel taste.

Baltijos is the oldest beer in the Švyturys beer family made since 1964. It is based on old, traditional brewing methods, and the taste is as close as you can get to the beer Svyturys founding father brewed 200 years ago.

Svyturys Baltijos was awarded the bronze medal in the World Beer Championship 2002.
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Reviews by LumpyGuitar:
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle is solid brown glass with only a blue label around the neck stating "Baltijos Dark Red". Pours a light amber with a frothy white head. Lacing is minor but head retention is very good.

Smells of mild spice, strong buttery malt.

Taste is very balanced. Warm spice and malt dominate, hop is a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth. Carbonation is a bit much.

Drinkability is good. For a beer that I'd never heard of I'm really impressed. I could drink plenty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mrquartetman
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours with a decent head, is dark reddish brown in color
S: Good malt aroma that grows as the beer warms in the glass
T: A real surprise. A very malty, beer with a nice balance to it, with good sweetness.
M: The malt and sweetness stayed on the palate and were most satisfying. This is a substantial beer.
D: I bought this and the Svyturys white ale at the same time - each in 50 cl bottles for $1.89. Figured I wouldn't be losing much. In fact, this turned out to be a most drinkable beer at a great price.

I'm guessing they changed their packaging, since the only paper label now wraps around the neck of the bottle and tells us it's a "Dark Red" beer "Made With Caramel Malt". The body of the bottle is glass-embossed with an elaborate Svyturys logo and printing.

The BA description calls it Märzen/Octoberfest, which it is not. A nit: it's 5.8% according to the bottle (and the web site), not 6.0%..

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml, Michelob-esque bottle - an Oktoberfest brew from Lithuania? Why the hell not.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent crumbling cliff lace around the glass as things quickly recede.

It smells of bready pale malt, syrupy caramel, musty dark fruit, i.e. Welch's grape juice, and a bit of dank grassy hops. The taste is more bready, lightly biscuity malt, a sort of tacked-on, but not unpleasant caramel sundae sweetness, sugary purple grape juice, and slightly perfumed leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly thorough in its zingy frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and a bit tacky (perhaps from the well-hidden alcohol?) in its no-brainer smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the caramel continuing its rash wane, the fruitiness going stale, and the grassy hops gaining a flinty, steely edge.

Not a bad tipple, especially given its Euro lager brethren's underwhelming stature. More of a pleasantly innocuous, sauced-up amber ale, than anything reminiscent of Munich's seasonal brewing prowess, and those around the world that succeed in aping it. Worth a try, if only to bone up on your Slavic letter combinations.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Svytury's Baltijos pours a clear, deep amber-crimson body with cestnut-orange highlights beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head steadily declines to a velvety, thin surface covering. The lacing left about the glass is quite nice with wide swatches of craggy rings. Beautiful lacing!

The nose expresses a sprinkling of brown sugar, and perhaps a dusting of light cocoa, over a solidly caramelish base.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth; medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a restrained, fine bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is not as sweet as the nose suggests, as it's backed by a solid bitterness. It's nutty, caramelish, and lightly toasty with a drizzle of light fruit (green melon?); and a subtle touch of cocoa does appear in the finish, but not before some floral and herbal hops make their appearance. It lingers, mostly dry, with a splash of alcohol across some honey and fruit, a smudge of herbal hops, and a dull bitterness.

Baltijos is an interesting and enjoyable beer! I think that the alcohol is a bit too prevalent considering that it's only 6% abv, but it's clean and satisfying otherwise. Worth trying.

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber with 4+ fingers of sand colored lacing. Good head retention & above average lacing at the top of my pils glass, not much on the bottom & middle

S: Slightly musty smell, metallic hops & some cereal notes

T: Fruitty with some caramel & a whisper of diathechyl (sic). As this warms leafy hops, cereal notes, butterscotch on the edge my throat along with dryness. Finishes with caramel & hops like a Marzen should

MF: Fairly chewy with low carbonation

Drank so-so, so flaws here, not sure if they're inherent to the beer or the handling, would try again if freshness could be assured, otherwise; pass

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Light caramel aroma. Tastes malty with caramel and a tad bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and drinkability is good. Overall this is a fairly good quality beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright marzen-orange with a 2 finger foamy, beige head that displayed an incredible retention but left a stingy lacing behind. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: a light dried fruitiness of apples with some dried caramel.

T: sweet caramel and brown sugar with a nice fruitiness of apples and some alcohol. A dry flowery hopping balances the initial sweetness quit nicely in the middle of the palate before finishing with a touch of residual sour caramel malting. There was some spicy alcohol fusels (cinnamon) as well detected providing a subtle warming. An interesting blend of styles.

M: light, oily slick on the tongue with almost nil carbonation detected.

D: Respectable drinkability, sweet with a dry flowery hopping and somewhat interesting.

Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle.

A: The beer is listed as a dark beer on the label but really is just an amber color. There is a thick head to the beer.

S: The beer has a malty caramel nose and little hop presence.

T: The beer has a firm, malty flavor that is primarily caramel with hints of toffee. The flavor is strong, but not concentrated enough to be an oktoberfestbier.

M: The mouthfeel is good, with a nice malty presence. The carbonation is a little rough on the mouth though, adding an astringent taste.

D: The beer is very drinkable, even a little high in alcohol, just don't look for a traditional oktoberfestbier taste.

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Old Vilnius Cafe in Darien, IL. No freshness date on the bottle.

Pours with a creamy light tan head of foam that billows up to the rim of the glass. Dark amber color, ever present rising bubbles. Head retention is surprisingly very good. Random lacing here and there.

Smells mild and bready, a little bit of lager yeast funkiness.

Slight cardboard in the taste, but otherwise dry and bready. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Ample carbonation at first, becoming smooth and slightly sweet towards the end of the glass. Overall it was decent, a Lithuanian Oktoberfest was definitely a novelty.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't sure what to expect. The Ekstra is great, but this said "dark," so I figured I'd give it a try. The "Marzen" label makes sense now. Dark to medium brown (with gold highlights) in the glass, with a soft foamy head; nice body; sweet caramel malt in the nose and in the taste. A bit spicy (hops? spices?) in the taste, but not to extreme. A bit on the sweet side, so that along with the spice makes it a bit less than easy drinking. Nice flavor, however; and surprisingly fresh for something that came halfway around the world to Perfect Pour.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at the Lithunanian embassy during DC's shortcut to Europe embassy open house week.

A very yellow/light brown head that is foamy and frothy forms off the pour about a good solid finger. Body seems to be a simple amber. Head has some good staying power.

Pretty solid smell on this beer, big and malty toffee sense. Hints of banana too. Very thick and syrupy it seems.

Taste feels like a big mix between a doppelbock and a dunkelweizen. Huge tastes of malt thickness and syrup mixed with banana flavors. Mid palate seems a bit syrupy, swallow has huge malt sugar rush with fruit banana and hint of clove. Beers seems to be bigger than the low abv indicates.

Overall though still pretty solid, kind of ambushed and surprised how good this was even if it was a bit thick,

Photo of EPortJake
4.26/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - reddy/brown, clear with a tiny ring of bubbles
S - heavy scents of bread with caramel
T - sweet caramel, brown sugar, some berry fruits , bread with a light grassy hop kick on the farewell
M - light bodied with a moderate carbonation
O - an interesting red ale with a fair amount of flavours in the mix, but it's all put together really well. Recommended.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cask: and here is why, this is the official blurb.

Dzuljeta Armoniene has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery, in Kent, to collaborate in re-creating this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This red-coloured beer has an aroma which strikes a good balance of caramel, malt and hops, while the flavour is full bodied, with notes of toast, malt and sweetness, balanced by a subtle, low-hop bitterness. Hops used: Magnum

My review is here:

Hand-pulled pint 27th Oct 2012 in the Wetherspoons pub in Telford town centre, Shropshire.

Reddy brown in colour with a white/off-white foaming head of bubbles.

Strange blend of smells and flavours within this brew: malty molasses lead the way in aroma and taste but there is also a distinct hop presence throughout as well. Couldn't get to grips with the beer really: not rich enough to carry the 5.5%ABV but not watery either. A little to sweet for its own good and although interesting it failed to excite me.

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a nice coppery amber colour with a slight brown tinge... Slightly off white head poured big and rocky then faded to quite thick layer... no real lacing... fair amount of fizzy carbonation...

Aroma - Biscuity / toffee malts, nice spicy fruits (raisins, prunes and figs), peppery, brown sugar sweetness, nutty hints, some spicy / peppery hops, rum notes...

Taste – Strong spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes), caramel maltiness, biscuity, toasted bread notes, light treacle sweetness, warming alcohol comes through, nice peppery hops, some nuttiness...

Feel - Quite sharp and spritzy. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable for its strength...

Overall - A pretty good example of a marzen - a nice surprise... definitely worth a try...

Photo of mytireisfat
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: 500ml tall brown bottle. Cool bottle with logo imprinted on glass. Says best before: 06LF

A: One finger head, retains ok. amber color.

S: Sweet caramel smell. some grassy notes. and maybe a biscuit smell also.

T: Sweet caramel taste. Still has that grassy taste too. a little bit bitter.

M: Light body, and well carbonated.

D: Nice flavor, good beer, but i couldn't drink these all night. Would buy again tho.

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to my local trader, tone77, who dropped this off last night along with a buncha other beers.

I have submitted a couple of change requests for this beer, one to have it listed as an Amber/Red Ale and also to list the ABV as 5.8%, both of which are indicated by the neck label. I will be reviewing it as a Red, not a Marzen.

My pour created two fizzy fingers of tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep coppery-red, the shade that when it occurs naturally in a woman's hair reduces me to Lennie status, making me want to touch it at any cost. I had a former G/F whose hair was not only this color, but hers had the coarseness of wire. My my my. The head fell completely, leaving some nice lacing in its wake as I woolgathered. Nose was fairly rich with the caramel malt, but it also had a pleasant grassiness underlying the sweetness. Mouthfeel was full, very carbonated, with a big caramel sweetness up front on the tongue. Finish remained very sweet and on the extreme finish, it evidenced a slight grassy hoppiness. It was just a bit too sweet for this self-avowed hophead, sorry.

Photo of crossovert
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle.

It pours a pale amber/orange with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates with no head.

The smell is fruity, there is a bit of spiciness, perhaps form the hops, and some caramel sweetness.

The flavor is sweet, with hints of oxidized apple, some nuttiness, alcohol, and a huge hit of caramel. There is also some hint of golden raisin. It is interesting for the style, but it could be better.

Overall it is interesting, but maybe not worth a second try, it was cheap though.

Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly, leaving traces lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Flavor is biscuity malt, some caramel. Good value at $1.89 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

Photo of sauron681
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an extremely surprising and satisfying beer.
Its been in my fridge for almost a year, no freshness date or year on it.

Pours an attractive clear, deep amber color. A slight off white head that lasts decently, with a nice sticky lacing that lasts fairly long. It is quickly regained again with a swirl of the glass. Has a roasted nutty, toffee aroma. Just the right amount of carbonation.
Tastes of a light toasted malt, with a hint of caramel. Aftertaste of coffee and possibly a hint of cocoa. Very fullfiling taste.

Photo of ruckus232
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Semi clear amber in color with a good amount of head.

Smell: Toasted malty smell with with little bit of a caramel scent.

Taste: Toasted malted caramel flavor with a slight citrus taste as well.

Photo of Damian
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 500 ml bottle purchased at Saint Andrew's Church, New Britain, CT
Thanks to my sister Vanessa for buying me a four pack of this beer.

Deep orangey-amber in appearance. Slightly hazy. The liquid was topped by a two-plus finger head of khaki colored foam.

The aroma was surprisingly rich and robust. Sweet and toffee-like. Caramel malts dominated. A touch woody. Some brown sugar notes came through as well.

Sweet caramel malts were quite apparent in the flavor profile. Toasty. Fruity and somewhat nutty in the center. Apples and pears were noticeable. The beer finished in typical lager fashion. Crisp, smooth and dry with notes of grassy, German-style hops. There were slight metallic notes initially but they subsided as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a spritzy, lively effervescence.

I never would have expected a Lithuanian brewery to do such an impressive job emulating an Oktoberfest-style beer. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML heavy dark brown bottle with freshness dating. I can’t read Lithuanian, so I’m not sure what the label is telling me….

The beer pours a nice orange/brown. Decent tan head and ok lacing.

The nose is of lightly toasted grains, honey and fresh caramel.

The taste is slightly sweet with caramel, sugars, toasted crackers. There is a bit of alcohol in in aftertaste which is the only (minor) flaw in this beer. Since its only 6%, they should have been able to hide it a bit better. While labeled a dark beer, this one lands squarely in the Marzen/Ofest camp. I like the bit of bittering hops that emerge late. This would be a great beer to pair with sausages, stews & roasts.

The mouth, while initially creamy, becomes a bit more brittle in the end. Easy enough drinker here. If they could mask the alcohol a bit , you would have a top flight beer. Well worth a try and well worth the $1.59 from Sal’s liquors in Elmhurst, IL.

Photo of kojevergas
2.05/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Paulaner pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin-but-mildly creamy head. Excellent retention. Appealing.

Sm: Musty malt and barley. Standard fare, but appealing.

T: Very quick body. Opens into overdone malt with a bit of barley and an empty finish. Built poorly. Undercarbonated. Way too much malt; incredibly unbalanced.

Mf: Thin. Empty. Watery. Crap.

Dr: I will say that in spite of its poor taste, it hides its alcohol surprisingly well. For the style, however, this beer is garbage. These Lithuanians should have left ze Oktoberfest bier to the Germans. Look elsewhere, lads.

This is embarassing for Lithuanian beer; I hope to try other beers from the country that are better. It could be just a fluke for the style, which admittedly isn't easy to do.

Photo of Herrbrokt
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized glass snifter.

Pours hazy amber brown. Sexy tan hued head stays around forever eventually fading off a top ring. Impressive looking beer!

Smells initially like sweet Bourbon? Heavy malt caramel, candied apples. This is fairly different than what I had expected, but most certainly not in a negative way.

Taste is good but perhaps not as appealing as the first several aspects. More sugary than I would care for, yet flavorful. Sweet bread and caramel. Mild hint of hop bitterness despite being overpowered by sweets. Cinnamon saves the aftertaste in conjunction with a surprising alcohol warmth.

Texture manages to remain crisp enough. The flavors seem to foreshadow a syrupy mouthfeel that never really manifest on the tongue.

I wouldn't session this regularly, but this fairly unique brew has retained my interest long enough to session tonight.
*Only available in singles*

Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love it when you are trying to learn about a beer and the best the lable gives you is "Dark Beer". Cute, but useless.

The beer pours a rusty brown and mohogany with significant haze. A thin, lightly tanned head settles ontop of the beer and holds firm through the session.

A definate malt forward beer that show signs of aged malts, aged fruits, and a complex grain bill. Much like a lighter Dopplebock, the dates, plumbs, figs, grapes come part as esters, part as dark malts for a rich, sweet, and alcoholic taste. Hops add an herbal not but stop shy of balancing the beer. Though sweet and fruity, the dark grains give a hint of toast, melanoidins, and toffee that gives a complex taste.

Definately not a Dunkel or Bock, but the alcohols amplify the sweetness making this one one-and-done for me. Somewhere between a watery Dopplebock and a well-aged Old English Ale, this beer fares quite well. Would like to see better carbonaiton and head formation though.

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Baltijos from UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus
80 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.