Aiko | Rinkuškiai

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Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dhilltop2000 on 09-17-2006

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by sommersb:
Photo of sommersb
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-05-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Grace's, Nashville

A: Clear, light amber color, with a few bubbles seen in the glass. The head is off-white, standing a couple of fingers high. Retention is low, with a good amount of lacing.

S: Aromas include some spicy pilsner hop profiles, sweet pale malts, with caramel and woody/oak smells.

T: Taste is malty sweet, fruity, with some supporting spices like cinnamon and ginger.

M: Moderately carbonated on a body between thin and medium. Aftertaste is balanced with toffee sweetness and a slight earthy bitterness.

O: Very easy drinking, this beer does well at hiding the 9.5% alcohol. Not overly complex, but a good enjoyable lager. This doesn't get much love on BA but I can recommend it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting and enjoyable beer (for some). Deep-gold/amber body beneath a creamy head of gently off-white. Fair head retention, and average lacing. The aroma is floral and fruity with a waft of alcohol over a sweetish malt base, and it at times seems a bit fruit-candy-ish. That carries over into the finish, and it ends with a sweet note of fruit candy, as well as a bit of grassy, gently spicy, and mildly herbal hops that fade to leave behind a note of sweet licorice. There's a pretty good deal of malt to it as well, and it's like candy-coated caramel. Full bodied, but also strong (9.5%), and backed by a stiff bitterness that cuts through the middle but just can't hold on. Sweetish? Yes! But not too unlike many Russian/eastern European strong ales. It's done in that vein. The difference is that there's a bit more caramel malt here, and the hops are not as herbal as usual. So, OK, onwards to drinkability. Well, for this style it's pretty good. The beers from this part of the world are pretty 'different', but at the same time, we're not all from there, and to a lot of us it seems sweetish-malty. It actually tastes a little like there was some propylene glycol added to it to give it a little bit of a kick! Yeah, I guess it's got a hint of a medicinal edge too. Not enough to kill you though ;) If you're familiar with beers done in this vein you'll know what you're getting into. If you're not, and you're used to more focused and balanced beers stay away.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a slightly murky golden orange color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is alcohol, malt and biscuits. The taste is matches the smell.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring from the bottle, the glass was filled with an amber color with very little head. The first smell I detected was that of malt and barley, this was later verified upon first taste. On the tongue and in the mouth, the beer was crisp and refreshing. As mentioned before, there was a good amount of malts and barley which gave the beer a sweet taste that did an excellent job of masking the 9.5 abv. I was very impressed with this find.

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Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of redjameskidd
1/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First off, just let me start off by saying that I cannot believe--CANNOT BELIEVE--that this beer has thusfar obtained a C+ rating on this site. It almost makes me lose faith in the system completely. It makes me wonder if those people giving this beer B's were somehow tricked by it's absurd alcoholic content.

I picked up this beer for exactly $1 at the local liquor depot. A buck. A dollar for a 9.5% abv. beer. That does not bode well in any language.

Appearance: A frothy golden color that surprisingly doesn't clear. The color of cloudy urine in the toliet bowl.

Smell: Indescribable. My friend compared it to the smell of toe fungus.

Taste: I wouldn't know, but presumably also close to the taste of toe fungus. Upon drinking an american lager later in the evening, it occured to me that if you magnified the funky taste of say, an MGD about a dozen times, this is probably what it would taste like.

Mouthfeel: It invaded my mouth like a Lithuainian army. The aftertaste was even worse than the present-taste.

Drinkability: Drain-pour.

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Photo of larsee01
2.12/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A--Apple juice in color and clarity. Lots of carbonation, but not a ton of head. Keg draft head retention.

S--Soft, sweet apple. Malty sweetness. Mild spices

T--Strong and astringent! 9.5% ABV doesn't hide itself. Buttery sourdough then mildly metallic, quickly followed by bitter. Bitter and medicinal...that part really holds on. Ugh. Fortunately, aftertaste returns to mercifully bland.

M--Medicinal. A bit oily/slick.

D--I'll pass. Ok...maybe as a mid-party 3am desperation beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this at a local Russian supermarket. It had an average head with good lace. It was bubbly and gold. The scent was of roasted malt.

True to the scent, it had a very malty taste. Solid is about the best way I can describe it. Much better than an American Macro Lager, but leaves a strange taste in the back of the mouth. While it has many of the elements of a Macro, the malts separate this beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.12/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aiko Stiprus (Strong) has a medium-to-thick, off-white head and a somewhat hazy, orange-gold appearance, with streaming bubbles and respectable lacing left behind. The aroma is sharp, rich, biscuit, of slight alcohol, rich, and full. The taste is the same, with a distinctive barley aspect and even a mentholated character as one exhales. Mouthfeel is medium to full, chewy, and candied. Aiko Stiprus finishes semi-dry, very rich, super sweet, and sip-able. Overall, this is a fantastic and exquisite beer, and we rate it as most excellent!


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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Smell: Subtle malty sweetness with a tinge of fruit and spices. The brew smells kinda pretty, actually.

Taste: Rich malty sweetness is used to hide the alcohol and it seems to do it pretty well. The alcohol does come through a bit at the end and the warming bitterness lingers on for a bit then dissipates.

Moutfeel: Thick and viscous.

Drinkability: It really isn't a bad beer but I have most definitely had better. I am not real familiar with the this caliber of brews so I have nothing really too compare it to, though I felt it closely resembles a poorly made dubbel or bock. I think I'll buy again but not really to enjoy. It'll my backup when the SN: Torpedo and Big Foot Ale run out.



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Photo of biggred1
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly murky butterscotch with blonde highlights on the edges of the glass and a fluffy eggshell head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. The nose is pure candy, maybe banana Airheads or something with fruity esters and a touch of grain alcohol. Sweet and fruity with some juicy-fruit and a touch of herbal hops but not really enough to balance, this is a high alcohol malt bomb for sure with a distinct caramel apple finish. Medium bodied and with sharp carbonation and alcoholic heat. Better than some of these crazy high octane Euro Malt Liquors and not entirely unpleasant, but don't ever drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Cindirene
4.03/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kept this one around for awhile before drinking - Kept thinking of some of the other strong European lagers that I have had and figuring it would be the same - Not quite the case - Poured a nice clear amber with little head - Aroma was quite bready with hints of bubble gum - Taste was quite similar with maybe a bit of banana thrown in - Tended toward the sweet which covered the alcohol well - Not sessionable but quite worth the effort

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Photo of MerkinMan
2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a dark straw color. While the head was nice at the start, it died fast. The smell is mostly of alcohol, as is the taste, which may be expected of a lager of this strength. This admittedly is not my style.

Mouthfeel is average, I suppose. I do not see myself drinking many of these. I have another warm on in storage, and I will be in no big hurry to get it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aiko (Stiprus)

Appearance: Orangeish gold in color, and cloudy with a chill haze. Soapy white head retains decently well but leaves no lace.

Smell: Lofty alcohol, slightly fruity and sweet fusel aromas billow.

Taste: For a lager, this tastes alot like a Barleywine style ale. Sweet toffee like malt, suggestions of honeydew melon, and some alcohol. Somehow manages to be crisp, and surprisingly light for the ABV. Alittle bit of spent grain is there too, no noticable hop character, but everything is pretty much balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, alittle warming alcohol.

Overall: Strong lager with some deceptiveness and good character.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
2.62/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with semi-light sudsy foam which dissipates quickly. First taste is that of grape kool-aid, a hint of root beer, malt and barley. A bit on the sweeter side but brought back into balance with a good dose of malted barley. Lists a 9.5%abv but it is covered extremely well. Only a slight note of alcohol is detected.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came out of the dollar bin. A dollar and a half for 9.5% beer its got to be awful! The beer was served in a pint glass well chilled.

Appearance: The body of the beer is golden colored with a frothy white head noted. Very little in the way of head retention.

Smell: A nice caramel floral and vaguely fruity aroma rises out of my glass. A whiff of alcohol rises but is not noxious as I expected it to be.

Taste: Sweet malty caramel flavors all the way. A bit of alcohol peaks its head out but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel : The beer is full bodied. The alcohol reminds me of drinking a strong mixed drink. The carbonation is medium and works well with the beer.

Overall: In spite of my earlier trepidation I am enjoying this strong lager. This is a malty alcoholic monster that will reappear in place of malt liquor.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked it up on a whim in Arizona at AJ's in Scottsdale. An employee mentioned it was a decent brew, and having never tasted a brew from Lithuania I decided to pick it up.

Poured from the bottle a light copper, with weak head that dissipates quickly and does not linger on the glass or top of the brew.

Smell is strong malt and alcohol.

Taste is bitter malt and alcohol, with strong honey tones.

Mouthfeel is bitter and tough to handle to much of, glad i shared this one.

Drinkability is not great, a good beer to try and expand your palate, but not a brew I would like to have more than a small glass of.

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Photo of Brewsed
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Foxman
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours an absolutely clear straw yellow. A thin finger of limp white head disassembles to mist. Lacing is minimal and inconsequential.

In the aroma, a trace of mildly sweet pale malt is joined by an indistinct adjunct note. Hops are steely, peppery, and short lived.

Upon tasting, the pale malt is moderately sweet, but a canned corn presence sours things slightly. The hops are more generally spicy here, metallic, and mildly skunky. A yeasty doughiness and distant residual grain sweetness are crisped away by a finish that bitters in a shallow way, then drops off promptly. It's light, which is the one real asset.

Light bodied, it flows, disappears, and leaves almost no trace.

It comes from my homeland, but the truth is, I kind of wish it stayed there. It's thin, with little true character, and it seems to be the equivalent of a Lithuanian macro. It is drinkable? Well, sure, you could say that, but so is brackish water, in a pinch. So I'll finish this bottle and consider it a lesson learned.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hazy dark straw pour fooled me, donno why, but I expected an oaken color. Nice white head and lacing.

Strong aroma of malted veggies, no euro skunk. Surprisingly sweetish brew, quaff reminds me off a weak honey mead. No hint of any alcohol here, this is a sneak up and kick in the sack brew.

For $1.70 a 500ml, put one in your tasting club, they’ll be surprised with it. I was.

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Photo of Drew966
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aiko pours a light orange color with a white head from a half liter brown bottle. The aroma is quite malty in a typical Eastern European way. Also quite malty in the flavor which is on the sweet end. There is a bit of fruitiness in the flavor. Alcohol is fairly well concealed. Not bad for what it is. Worth a try if you like Eastern European lagers.

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Photo of drpimento
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a thick foamy, frothy, cream colored, sudsy head and some lace. Color is a clear medium amber with some chunky bit of sediment. Aroma is beery, sweet malt, and a bit of soap. Flavor is heavy malt, sweet, with a little hop bitterness. Body is malt heavy and good carbonation; good for the style. Finish is like flavor and like boozer's beer. Not for me.

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Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2011 vintage.

Aroma is lightly metallic, but very heavy on caramel malt, with date, prune, fig notes.

Flavor is a touch deep in the sherry department, and somewhat devoid of character, elsewise.

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Photo of Conrad
2.15/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up on my travels to Ky in October. There are several Lithuaniab beers to be had, so I picked up one each of: Werewolf, Ousto Pale, Baro Pale, Miezinis Ale, Bierjue Dark Beer, Zaibo Extra Stout, and this one, the Aiko Pale. Reviews of the others will follow.

Pretty lable. Bad beer.
It poured a light honey-copper, with no head, no lacing, no fizz.
Smell is faint alcohol, a bit of sour malt.

Taste is the same: alcohol and bitter malt with medicinal overtones.

Mouthfeel is thin, bitter, and not pleasant.
Dinkability is not really awful, so I finished it, but I will not buy another. It is maybe two points above being a sink pour. Glad for the experience. Be warned. If you have an extra couple of bucks to experiment on new beer, try something else first.

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Photo of djrn2
2.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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