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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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