Zhiguly Grande 9,5 | Rinkuškiai

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Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IPAcraig on 03-17-2008

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Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle - more high-test Euro trash jet fuel, I suspect, but gotta try it anyway.

This beer pours a bright medium golden yellow colour (like first thing in the morning, when you - oh, never mind), with two flabby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent subway station map lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and grainy caramel malt, cheap breakfast cereal, stewed apples, metallic alcohol, and very faint earthy, weedy, and musty hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and doughy caramel malt, Corn Pops, some muddled pome fruitiness, crusty honey, estery booze, and a weird earthy minerality.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its barely there frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a thin airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes quite sweet, all mixed malt and loitering wowee sauce.

Overall - this isn't really as bad as I was expecting, but it is seriously unbalanced, in that there is slim to nil off-setting hop character. Not something to seek out, but it does get the job done, if that's what you're looking for. Slightly prettied up malt liquor.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
1.75/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Have you ever wondered what cheap port wine would taste like if it were a cheap lager? If you have, then pick up one of these tall monstrosities. I'd say that the enormous alcohol content would guarantee a hangover, but it's truly impossible to finish this thing, as it bubbles with an awkward acidity.

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Photo of avalon07
2.82/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden brown color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A very aggressive aroma of malt (lots of it), booze, and a grainy quality.

T: Tasted of a lot of pale malt, an unwelcome metallic quality (mostly in the finish), a very pronounced boozy quality, a graininess, a mildly sweet, sugary element, and a little honey. Definitely an unbalanced flavor. It's far too boozy to be likable.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a big, powerful beer that fails for the most part. It's just too unbalanced to be effective.

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Photo of Zazzi82
2.74/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chavinparty
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fusebuddy
2.01/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of simplejj81
2.12/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500mL bottle
A - golden and slightly hazed with a creamy white head that dissipates quickly into a thin layer of foam
S - smells like a plain ol lager with some hints of grass, pale malt, and yeast
T - sweet like a bock but with pale lager flavors of pale malt, lager yeast, slight touch of honey and spicy & grassy hops, not much for barrel flavors if any at all
M - fuller body, would give it higher score but the alcohol is hot and poorly concealed
O - not terrible, but it's nothing I'd recommend to anyone. For the price and it's alcohol content you could buy it for an easy buzz, but that's about it.

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Photo of ordybill
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer was purchased in Smyrna, GA at Mink's liquor store. This beer is a cloudy orangish yellow with a lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass. There is little head and the aroma of alcohol is very prevalent in this beer. It has a strong flavor, not bad but one that is probably acquired from multiple offerings. the beer finishes strong with an oily finish and is lightly carbonated. this is not a bad euro strong lager. I would drink this again.

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Photo of avwrite
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of boxer0029
2/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of jplopez21
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mwar
4.5/5  rDev +45.6%

Photo of lewdwig
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of thomscottson
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of miggy2tone
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of yankeefan287
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle tried 18 Oct 2011. Served in the 0.3 L Spaten mug. Bottle code L.83523.

Medium sized bubbly yellowish head. Moderately carbonated. Color of clear honey. Pale malt aroma, slightly syrupy, some ethanol. Starts syrupy sweet. Sweet and boozy. Not much else. Medium body, ethanol burn in the finish. Lingering ethanol in the aftertaste.

Not much else to say about this, pretty typical for the style.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was bright yellow color with lots of rising carbonation. The retention was so-so and the lacing light. The aroma was of sweet malt, adjunct grains and a strong note of booze. The flavors were similar, boozy and bold with lots of adjunct grains and some sweet malt that tried to blanket the wallop of high-impact ALC content. Punchy, but little more. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation levels about right. Perhaps I’m being a bit strong, but I kept thinking “Euro malt liquor for euro-trash types.”

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zhiguly Grande 9,5
Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykla

Pours a clear deep straw yellow, little head and little retention, to be expected with a beer of such strength. Aroma of toffee, apricot, alcohol, and honeyed breads. In the taste, buttery toffee, mild bitterness, spent grains, light malts. Has a mildy fruity aspect, but mainly buttery, grainy and some booze. Not at all unpleasant, which is quite the achievement for a cheap import malt liqour style lager. Overall, not a bad brew that does its job. A Lithuanian brewer worthy of respect.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.52/5  rDev +46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This shit is awesome! I expected the worst but was pleasantly surprised. Don't hesitate to try this. I paid $1.79 and got a better value and taste and buzz than any kind of American malt liquor. Great beer. Familiar taste that I can't place -- but alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Topping off at a 9.5abv isn't too bad of a eye catcher for someone who likes strong beers. I feel that for the strength that this beer packed that it should be more than just a Lager. The flavors are a little too boozie and there doesn't seem to be much balance in the whole thing. The beer is a golden color with a little bit of head. The taste a little sour, kinda strange. It's not the most refeshing brew out there in my opinion.

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Photo of biggred1
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Honey golden with a fizzy off-white head that quickly shrinks to a film. Odd cinnamon and fermented apple notes in the aroma. Wow you gotta love Lithuanian Malt Liquor to enjoy Zhiguly Grande because that is exactly what it is, a high octane pale lager. "The most heating and famous beer of beer country!" is proudly displayed on the bottle. The flavor is cidery and strong with plenty of fusel alcohol for a decent burn on the way down. Full bodied, borderline syrupy mouthfeel. This one is tough to drink.

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