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 foxyaardvark27
1.25/5  rDev -54%

Photo of stephens101
1.56/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a murky gold with huge chunks of off-putting sediment floating around. The head wisps away quickly. No lacing is left behind. Smells of honey and malts. Tastes malty and some alcohol in the background. The alcohol becomes hot and pervasive after a few drinks. It's cloying and a bit thin and weak. Can't do this one.

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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 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 Morbo
1.86/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Extra Stout is printed on the label of this one but after holding the bottle up to the light it is apparent they just mean heavy. Pretty corny looking label but it is lacking the sort of silly slogan some of their other beers have.

Dirty golden with a slight tinge of red. Lots of bubbling and a decent but short lived head that left some nice lacing behind.

The smell is sweet and grainy with a medicinal spiciness.

It tastes the same as it smells only in a more aggressive way. Sickeningly sweet with an off-putting herbal/medicinal spice.

The syrupy/oily mouthfeel hides most of the carbonation, I guess if you're looking for a quick buzz it wouldn't be too tough to drink this one pretty quickly.... but watch out, once it warms the alcohol shines through with a vengeance.

It tastes like cheap candy. And not good cheap candy that will lull you into a state of nostalgia. This is "I'm not going to that house next year on Halloween" cheap candy. After a glass what was left in the bottle went down the drain.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.07/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear, pale yellow color, faint fizzy head, soon to dissipate...there goes my notion that the phrase "extra stout beer" on the label might mean what it usually does...

Aroma: empty and acrid, not unpleasant, but fairly faint...a little corny, squeaking alcohol, oily, greasy, ...feels like I'm in for another Eastern European malt liquor in this one...

Taste: blah...blech...bluh...nothin' doin' here...high borne maltitude, but little ballast below it...very lightness of body for such a high amplitude of alcohol, as I'm sure I'm about to encounter...damn, but I had my hopes up for a real and true Lithuanian Stout, such things are possible, after all, but it was not to pass...

This is just a stirring, stinging, but ultimately bereft of character kind of brew...it's a killer diller, with not a grace note of kindness among it's bag...

I guess "extra stout" just means "extra strong" ....9.5% is awfully extra...but I need more flavor...kind of like a malt liquor, but not as bland or as punishing as American versions...

I feel cheated, though...took my bottle home, thinking I had a Lithuanian Imperial Stout waiting for me...alas, and alack...

...can't recommend it... nosirree...

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Photo of snaotheus
2.1/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe, one pint bottle or something? Poured into a pint glass. Not sure how long I've had this in the fridge, but probably a long time.

Pours clear yellow with almost no head. Smell is a spicy lager smell that, for some reason, made me think of fruit loops. Smells a little lemony. Taste is sweet, not terribly exciting, somewhat lemony, at first impression it's not as bad as I was expecting (but also definitely not very good). However, the aftertaste evens out into something rather bad. Gym socks and lemon tea, maybe.

Mouthfeel is flat, thick and sticky. Overall, I think I'm not finishing this beer.

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Photo of Cannoneer
2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer makes sense if you want to get drunk on anything other than cheap wine that you can also drink out of a glass or a mug. It does not represent a good accompaniment to any food, other than, perhaps, a heavily salted dried fish.
It is cloyingly sweet and smells/tastes of burnt rubber. Goes down somewhat easy, though, for its alcohol content. The aftertaste it leaves in one's mouth is quite nasty, however - enough to make you nauseous.
The only quality of this beer that makes it worth trying once is that it captures the spirit of post-Soviet Eastern Europe of the 1990's quite well: rogue, rough, anything-goes, highly alcoholic with the smell of industrial decay (burning factory nearby?).

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Photo of avalon07
2.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had an amber-red color and a cloudy texture. There was a decent amount of head and some OK lacing.

S: What I mainly picked up from the smell on this one is the alcohol, though some of the malt came through a little. Not very pleasant.

T: As with the smell, the alcohol pushes its way to the top. There's a hint of maltiness, but the alcohol is so oppressive it's kind of unbelievable.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I tried this one just for the experience of trying a Lithuanian beer. It seems to exist solely for the purpose of getting the drinker completely wasted, not for the enjoyment of drinking. It's not a nice beer to drink.

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Photo of stoutman
2.15/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Half liter bottle pours out nearly clear copper –gold with thin off white head. The aroma offers up sickly sweet sugary malts, a sweet mead like quality and a cheap maple syrup covered apple and pear slices like sensation. The taste isn’t as sweet like I was expecting. I get a sugary sweetness, a pleasing and trying to be dry yeastiness that cuts the sweetness with a slightly nutty like maltiness, and a strong alcoholic finish, which brings my overall rating of this brew down.

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Photo of kinger
2.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Lithuanian Ghetto Liquor very sweet with an alcohol kick. Sweet candy corn aroma. Nice pour strong carbonation real cool to watch. Sticky sugary mouthfeel. Candy flavor common among the beers I've had from this country, but there is nothing to back the sweet taste. Very one dimensional and definitely a slammer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rich honey with the slightest suggestion of orange when backlit. The two finger cap is a few shades darker than bright white, while staying well away from dingy white. It's reasonably long-lived (given the ABV), but doesn't stick to the glass well at all.

The nose is reminiscent of cheap vodka-soaked grain with a modest amount of stale noble hoppiness. There isn't as much ethanol as there could be, so that's something. While I'm not offended, I'm not impressed in the slightest.

Zaibo is a different soft of Euro strong lager than its 8.0% brother (Birzieciu). It isn't nearly as good from where I sit. This beer is more typical of the style, with its American malt liquor-like pale maltiness and its up-front booziness. Musky hops are as apparent on the palate as they are in the nose. They're still overwhelmed by sweet grain and ethanol, Zaibo's twin towers of terror.

The mouthfeel is full, slick and borderline syrupy. There's quite a bit of carbonation, but it's so fine-bubbled that it doesn't lighten things much at all. Actually, I can't think of any mouthfeel change that would improve this experience. The flavor profile just doesn't have enough going for it.

The brewery's website says that Zaibo 'is often used as a synonym for a strong beer'. That little fact is the most interesting thing about this lager. I can't imagine that anyone (outside of Eastern Europe) loves beer of this style. On the off chance that there are a few, I can think of a handful that are vastly superior to Zaibo. Not recommended under any circumstances.

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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 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 idResponse
2.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sorry lihtuania, you need better beer.

this isn't impressive at all...

pours a gold amber with a thin finger of head that dissipates into pretty lace and smells rather boring as a bog of fermented wheat while tasting like a pretty weak wave of grain and feeling like a regular beer and drinking like a pretty easy going malt liquor... it's not that great. it's pretty boring... it's pretty gross really... but compared to american beer it's awesome...

come on lithuania, get some shit going!

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark corn color with moderate carbonation and head that thins to a lace. Smells like a standard Euro lager that is slightly sweet and somewhat fruity. Tastes pretty much the same as it's smell except the alcohol is definitely more prominent. Goes down pretty smooth, but somewhat bitter. I don't really recommend this beer. For 9.5% it's pretty bland and the aftertaste is the same as a Bud.

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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 nitter
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of LuckyJohn
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bonz696
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 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 gmfessen
2.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, golden orange color with a thin foamy head. The smell is not very apparent but is of grainy malt and spicy phenol. The taste has a grainy sweetness as well with a spiced alcohol finish. Not much of a hop presence. About what I expected from a lager that offers 9.5%. The mouthfeel is light and has little carbonation. This beer's drinkability is damaged by the unbalanced sweetness.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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