Žaibo | Rinkuškiai

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Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TastyTaste on 09-17-2005

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a thick, heavy-looking orange in color with a good, strong white head.

Smell – The malts here aren't too bad, at least not as bad as I thought. I was expecting booze-soaked grain, but it’s more malty almost like a dark beer like a stout but without the dark character, if that makes any sense. There’s a nice easy sweetness and not a lot of alcohol.

Taste – The malt is quite tasty believe it or not. There is a little vegetal medicine cabinet at the end but it’s not bad. The sweets are big here as well and they do a good job of balancing out the heavy malt.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied lager is especially thick and smooth in the mouth. The carbonation is light and appropriate.

Drinkability – This one surprised me. It’s definitely big and bold but respectful at the same time.

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Photo of merlin48
1.73/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottle pours a clear, golden orange body with a small, large bubbled head that quickly vanishes. Scattered wisps of lace are left behind. Aroma is golden delicious apples and booze. Light medium body is well carbonated but has a sickly sweetness. Taste has fruity apple notes, lots of alcohol, and a very bready maltiness. No hop presence. Syrupy sweetness grows sickly after a couple of sips. Most of this one goes down the drain.

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Photo of magictrokini
1.76/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Umm, why does the label say this beer is "Extra Stout?" My guess is because people will think it is a stout... until a stream of clear yellow-gold comes flowing out. Average white head, some lacing. Non-descript chunks in the bottom. Hard-candy sugary nose with some banana, kind of medicinal. The taste is, well, bad. Sweet, to a sickening level. Hay/straw flavors, if they were dipped in sugar. Here is where the nasty, over-sweet grape candy flavor punches you. Its identical to the taste of a super-cheap purple jellybean. I hope this isn't the best Lithuania has to offer.

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Photo of brewQ
3.15/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Lithuanian Extra Stout?

By style, I guess this is basically Malt Liquor.
Given that, it has a bit more gold color than most American macros.

The carboantion and head are vey fine, good.

Taste, alas, is much like AB's High Gravity. Thin and oily.

For a European malt liquor this brew drinks alright and cerainly carries a kick. Not exactly a laying down beer unless you mean that is what you will do after a few.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.56/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Zaibo pours a deep-golden that borders on amber. It's creamy bright white head drops readily to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Very fine bubbles can be clearly seen rising quickly toward the surface. Large spots are left behind on the glass, but no real lace.

The nose reveals a sweetish and grainy, almost caramel-and-candy-like aroma with a clear note of alcohol, some ethyl acetate, and perhaps, dimethyl sulphate. It becomes quite "hot" as it warms.

In the mouth it's full bodied and dextrinous with a gently caress of the tongue due to its fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is initially softly sweet with a ceral-like side, but as it warms it becomes more candyish as the alcohol appears. Once warm, notes of light caramel emerge, but by that point the alcohol leaves a bit of spice that rounds it off. Bitterness is present, and clearly shows at the swallow, lingering in the semi-dry finish with some residual candyish notes and alcohol.

Fermented properly to avoid all of the excess alcohol, this might be interesting, but as it is it's flawed.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev +21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L bottle has a freshness label but no dates stamped, here goes....

Pours an effervesent bronze with 2 fingers of white head. Bubbles continue to rise from the bottom throughout, but no head retention or lacing

S: Breadyness& a little iron

T: Fruitty (apricot), butterscotch & alcohol up front. Honey & apple skins follow. Finishes with some citric hops, apricots, & warming alcohol that verges on hot

MF: Chewy with low carbonation

Drinks slow, waming/alcohol heat shines through once this sucker warms up, shows every bit of the 9% alcohol. Worse euro strong lagers out there, but this this would be plan c or d. Better than your basic malt liqour options

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright orange color, thin white head.

S: Big fruity aroma, apples, pears and alcohol on nose. Nice slight malt and oranges as well.

T: Flavor is starts out with apples, and is a tad thin with big sweet orange flavor in the middle. It finishes with some carbonation fizzle going down with some malt lacing. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 9.5%. there is a slight spicy hop presence in the end as well. Decent Lithuanian beer.

M: moderate, decent amount of carbonation, a little rough around the edges though

D: Moderate drinkablilty some sweet (honey) alcohol upon warming. overall not bad, a step above mediocre.

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Photo of akorsak
2.83/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 500 mL bottle. A portion went into the chili and the remainder into my glass.

A: The lager has a fortified color, looking more like a hefeweizen than a pale lager. A thin white head never amounted to much.

S: The nose is strong, full of alcohol. Sweetness, including apples and creamed corn, is equally strong. The sweetness gradually evolves into a tropical aroma, interesting do doubt.

T: Sickly sweet with cinnamon sweetness alongside candied apples. Plenty of booze to go around. Definitely in line with a Euro strong lager, so much so that I'd call it a hangover in a bottle.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and fusel, boozy with lots of fruit. That's not the good kind of fruit though.

D: The lager has an alcoholic flavor, like mouthwash without the peppermint. On the upside, it's cheap and provides a near-instant buzz.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

500 ml bottle, no discernible freshness date.

Clear copper with a fluffy white, short lived head.

Sweet grainy aroma, dough, cooked banana.

Taste is ultra grainy, a little bitterness in the finish. Alcohol warms the belly.
Wasn’t too bad cold but it got progressivly worse as it warmed up. Could not finish bottle, and would not try again.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.21/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this I felt somewhat cheated, since it said "stout" on it. Now that I look on here & find out it's a lager (just like I said to myself: "no, this is a lager"), my feeling proves right. I guess truth in advertizing is alien to lithuanians. Yellowish-orange w/ an inch an a half of head, carbonation goes away quick.

Smell? Hops & alcohol.

The taste was pretty good, for what it really was. Not very rich, but not nonexistant either.

Mouthfeel was somewhat dry, but not annoyingly so.

Drinkability was great considering the strength. This does not go down as strong as it is, which is weird because it damn sure smells it...

If a domestic that had these same characteristics came in 40 oz size at a gas station for 2 bucks & was called "raging rhino" or something I'd feel like I struck gold. In the malt liquor category this'd kill all competition. As it is though, it's good but not worthy of the price I paid.

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Photo of Beejay
2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A:Looks like a traditional golden amber, low carbonation, and a good bit of foamy head.

S: Hard to characterize. Sweet and artificial.

T: Whoa... tastes like it smells, very sweet, and artificial. It tastes like a juice that went horribly wrong.. Not offensive.. not undrinkable... just.. not good.

M: Really hard to judge with the taste bitch slapping you around..

D: Um.. no.. This is one of those beers you convince your friends to buy (once) because they locked you out of your phone, or killed your pet hampster when you were in 5th grade... "naw man it's totally awesome, and 9.5% alcohol! How can it be bad?!?"

Ah revenge..

I feel like it should get some points for originality, but it would loose on plating and taste.

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Photo of foxyaardvark27
1.25/5  rDev -54%

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer renounces the 500ml brown bottle a clear deep gold with the head semi-creamy and bright white in color, the size average, as it fades, the lace forms a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is the prototypical lager malt, somewhat sweet with the start slightly sweet and the grain profile adequate for the style, top is relatively thin. Finish is customary in its acidity, the hops archetypal, aftertaste normal and dry, the high alcohol tends to warm the tummy a bit, so all I can say is that its average for the style.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
2.87/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this a few months ago at Springhill Liquor. Looked interesting and foreign so I thought I would give it a try. Honestly, the biggest attraction for me was the $3 price tag and 9.5% ABV! A cheap drunk is a good drunk when your like me and on a budget. I bought it in conjunction with an Aiko.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a white head that quickly dissipated. No real retention here.

Smell: Rich malty sweetness, very big sweetness.

Taste: Malty sweetness and...alcohol. That's about it. There are some other hidden flavors but they are very difficult to pick out. The malty sweetness is far too overpowering, along with the alcohol content of this brew.

Moutfeel: Ruined my palate for the rest of the night, with a the taste of rubbing alcohol, so kinda hard to judge.

Drinkability: If I'm homeless and looking for a cheap drunk, I'd pick this. It's a lot like a European hooker, cheap, loaded with alcohol, and no character.

Again, this reminds me of a poorly concocted Bock or Dubbel.



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Photo of nitter
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Schneic8
1.81/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a beer mug. It has an amber red tint with a small white foamy head.

Smell: Slightly sweet with an alcohol smell. Doesn't smell like a great beer. Smell is not very appealing.

Taste: Strong fruity taste. I can taste apple and honey. Alcohol is strong and beer is not complex. I do not like the taste, it is hard to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that seems kind of syrupy. Seems smooth and easy.

Taste: I bought it because it was a Lithuanian beer, thought it would be interesting to try. It is unbalanced and seems too sweet for a beer. Not what I was expecting. It is kind of boring and not complex. Not very good and probably won't try again.

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Photo of soupyman10
2.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Well I'm confused. When I bought the "Extra Strong Stout" I for some reason was expecting some in the vein of a Russian Imperial, but this would be...not that. It is not good, however, so that's something there.

Don't really know what to say. It looks sort of like pee, smells like alcohol and sweetness and grain, and tastes the same. Feel is okay. Haven't been too impressed with anything I've gotten from Eastern Europe so far (I'm talking about beer here people).

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Photo of Duwey
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%

Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold body, head is small, with only small islands of bubbles on top of the beer. Smell is strong graininess, lots of grassiness, alcohol, and skunk. Smells like malt liquor. Taste is strong in alcohol, there is no hiding that. Does not have the same syrupiness as many other strong euros do, though. Also the skunk is not very present. Doesn’t make the same mistakes as many other strong pale euro lagers do. Good, well carbonated mouthfeel and a predictable mouthfeel.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.14/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that vanishes to a ring leaving no lace. Barely cloudy pale amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts with some sweetness/hoppiness sweet and sour finish, high ABV is not noticeable, very drinkable. $2.49 for a 500ml bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn. Brew date was not marked - numbers are there but no tick marks.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So. Zaibo. We finally meet. Do your worst!

This "extra stout beer" from Lithuania caught my eye the other day at the beer store and I decided I had to give it a try. I mean, seriously, how many chances do you get to drink extra stout Lithuanian beers here in the States. I liked the label too. Very Eastern block circa 1972 meets Greek Olympiad. Cool.

The Zaibo appears a pretty, clear copper/gold color with a light fluffy white head on top. Not much lace to speak of. It smells of light fruit scents. Mostly apple, pear, and strawberry. Some malt scents, as well as a noticeable alcohol presence. The taste is sweet and tart on the intake. But man, does this sucker pack a whallop with a boozy finish and a funky fermented banana aftertaste. Seriously, this is a weird tasting beer. And yet, it draws me back for more, repeatedly. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and unexpectedly firm.

The Zaibo is an acquired taste for sure. It doesn't really match up with most American craft beers, or old world Euro brews either. It's kind of in its own little niche, as far as beers go. The brewers of Zaibo haven't really mastered the art of malt/hop balance yet, as this could definitely use a heavy dose of the latter. But I'm not so sure they haven't done exactly what they set out to do either, which is create a mildly drinkable strong beer. All that said, it's not that bad, and I'd be more than willing to experiment with the Rinkuskiu brewery again in the future. The Zaibo is worth trying if you're looking for something different.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.46/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm... Lithuanian malt liquor? Pours out to a syrupy golden orange color wiht nearly no head of foam. Aroma of alcohol and sweet grains mixed with corn. Taste is not enjoyable; strong notes of booze, a touch of malty and a astringent like flavor attacks the taste buds. Mouthfeel was uneventful. Drinkability is poor. This one is goin' down the drain... Pass

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange color, small white head forms. Smell is clean, mildly sweet, and alittle lager-like. In the taste, lemony twang of spent hops, sweet grains mimicking dirty, raw honey. Theee is an odd somewhat sour twang of hops, and super sweet malt. These factors hide the alcohol well, which is a much needed success. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat crisp. Overall, an interesting brew, Lithuanian Premium Malt Liquor? Hows that for a new beer style.

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Photo of craftbeerasian
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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