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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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 42
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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Exiled
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 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 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 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 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 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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