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 Nerudamann
3.89/5  rDev +43%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - somewhat dark golden in color, a little murky, with about a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - very spicy smelling, as in herbs and spices. Very interesting smell. It smells like a type of Mexican candy I've had before.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very interesting taste too! It also tastes like the Mexican candy that I've had before. I don't particularly love it, but it's very interesting. Not much to be noticed at the beginning, but the middle has a dulling sensation at the back of the palate, and then the finish is a bit musky. Texture is pretty well and even balanced.

Overall - again, I don't love the taste, but maybe just because it's different, but because it's different is why I like it as a beer.

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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 Thanby
3.52/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: 1pt bottle decanted into tumbler

A: Pours like a slightly rosy apple juice or cider. Thin head from high carbonation disperses quickly. Lots of bubbles. Very small amount of lacing. Clear.

S: Spicy citrus. Beginning to wonder if it actually IS cider. Very sweet, not terribly complex. Can smell the malt, with a hint of what I think is cinnamon.

T: Light and spicy citrus right up front, disperses into a very sweet caramel with a small amount of citrus. Highly carbonated, slightly viscous. Hops and caramel linger lightly in the aftertaste. A tiny hint of lemon slips in when everything else is gone. Can't taste the ABV at all.

M: Light and spicy from the carbonation, but with enough body to not be watery. Plenty of potent flavor. Again, a little viscous probably from the sweet caramel.

D: Easy to drink without having to think about it. Fairly potent flavors but not overly so. Malt balance is decent, hops could be a little more present, though maybe that's the the Great Lakes fan in me. I'm not sure if the high carbonation is good or bad though.

This is my first "Euro-lager," and while it doesn't exactly stand out as an amazing drink, it certainly isn't as bad as some people have rated it. Definitely worth a try if you want a unique flavor.

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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 86sportster883
3.32/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In Lithuania, Extra Stout must be code for Malt Liquor.

The Zaibo Extra Stout poured a light golden yellow, without much of a head.

Smells sweet; of pale malt and corn husks. Becomes aggressively phenolic as it warms.

When cold, the taste is that of a well balanced malt liquor, with sweet malt flavors overrun by bitter hops. It finishes semi-dry, a little bitter and slightly metallic.

The carbonation was low and the mouthfeel was a touch oily.

I found this to be a mediocre beer. The taste did a fairly good job of masking the high abv, but I found it to be much more drinkable when very cold.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.31/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*did not mind would not buy*

app: kinda bland and yucky colored yellow, white head that was here and then suds. I am worried.

smell: twany port mild though.. dark fruits. not much hops. actually smells nice!. does the smell and appearance dont match..

taste: odd, the twany type flavors are there right up front .. then its almost like an uninformed belgian. sharp booze flavor, then back to the kinda alomst heavier chewy malts.

2nd gulp, much more pleasing. more malts, more warming smoother flavors. It really reminds me of a dark/gold belgian hybrid. but without the over the top sweetness and with more of a sharpness on the finish from carbonation hops and the type of booze flavor.

kinda has the finish of an "imperial heineken"

mf: feels creamy in then middle of the gulp but thins and bite on the way down, spritzy.

drinkable?: yep. not to sweet, not to many abusive hops, not to many spritzers.... but not to good either. but it is drinkable, THATS GOTTA STAND FOR SOMETHING!

all n all: strange rouge bandit beer, identity issues, and lacks the least bit of class, but it is not bad. AND IS WORTH A TRY!! I am serious, try it! you may love it.. I am about 4 taste buds away from being a fan.

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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 barczar
3.27/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2012 vintage.

Aroma is malty, with big caramel notes and a touch of dates and raisins.

Flavor reveals more dark fruit character. Prunes, plums, dates, accent a fairly sweet caramel malt backbone. The alcohol is still slightly fusel, but has definitely mellowed.

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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 thekevlarkid
3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber bottle all the way from Lithuania this beer (which I sampled at The Russian House in Washington D.C.) was a dark golden/nearly copper color with an off-white head (lighting?). The retention was so-so; the lacing scattered. The aroma was punchy, lots of booze and dry grains. It was also served to me in a pint glass which did little for the aroma. The flavors were very much like a spiked Lager beer; imagine a Corona spiked with vodka. I tasted dry grains, alcohol heat and little else beyond hints of wood. But otherwise it tasted just as it smelled. It wasn’t unpleasant, and certainly if one wanted to get F’ed up it would be efficient AND superior to most American malt liquors which sport similar percentages. However, I wouldn’t quickly recommend it, especially to beer-lovers who tend to be snobs (what happened to you people?)! But, doubtless, one can give it props for rarity! The mouthfeel was frothy, the body medium and the carbonation light.

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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 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 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 nukem5
3.12/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly copper cloudy with virtually no head. Not what I expected for an extra stout.

S: Slightly boozey smell and a bit of fruitiness in there as well.

T: Malts and fruity tastes are everywhere.Slightly skunky taste.

M: Thich and rich a bit chewy with some clensing action on the bubbles.

D: Decent allthough not what I expected from the labelExtra Stout...And at 9 % could not do many of these. but the taste is not a bad one if I wanted to get pissed drunk could drink about 4 and would be very much on my way.

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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 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 Exiled
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of colts9016
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: An amber color with a 2 finger head.
Nose: Wheat, sweet malt, and yeast.
Taste: Slightly bitter with a sweet malty yeasty, with a hint of hops.
Body: Medium
Finish: Slightly bitter finish.
A buddy of mine that I worked with suggested that I give this beer a try. I did, it was an okay beer that tasted kinda like malt liquor.

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Photo of Mississippi
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
2.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle.

Appearance- Pours a bright eggshell colored head with quick evaporation. Color is a a mix of light copper and a general amber hue. Sort of claylike. Very light lacing, or gas evacuation.

Smell- Very watery, but an unmistakeable metallic alkaline aroma, not overpowering, but something I don't enjoy smelling in my beer.

Taste- Pretty bland for the most part, but the alcohol makes it presence known. This doesn't make the beer taste bad, but that is the most noticeable flavor in this brew. Very light mix of general malt flavor and hop bitterness. Or is that the alcohol, Im not sure with this beer.

Mouthfeel- The alcohol does offer a warming quality to the palate. But is quickly washed away by hoppy sugar water. Pretty and a little metallic tasting.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mmm. I haven't had a nice Euro Strong Lager in a while. Thanks to AndoBrew for sharing this one with me!

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow straw-colored body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: A nose full of sweet lager malts, corn/vegetable notes, and fusel alcohol. Particularly malt liquorish.

Taste: Sweet and all out grainy with a light lemon flavor and bitterness in the dry, warming finish. Still particularly malt liquorish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, but very warming. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: To be honest, I was thankful I only had half of a bottle to finish.

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