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

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 thomscottson
4/5  rDev +29.4%

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 peabody
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out Budweiser style with just a tad of foam.
Smell is strong grain alcohol with just a tad of wheat.
Taste is a bit more bitter than Bud and at twice the alcohol level.
I really don't get a lot of flavor here but what flavor I do get is very grainy and just a little caramel malty . You really can't taste the alcohol here so this must be a pretty good beer.

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

Photo of lewdwig
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

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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Photo of miggy2tone
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Psilo707
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up expecting it to be fairly mediocre-average, as I usually feel Zhiguly brands are. Luckily, I was totally wrong about it and I'm very happy to be reviewing it right now.

Appearance is very much like most american lagers actually. Medium/low head, lacing that is thin and dissipates kinda quickly. The smell is the worst part of the brew, although not that bad. It's sort of metallic and stale. Not sure why the aroma is much less quality than the taste...

... which is fairly good, especially for a 9.5% abv. There is absolutely no indication that the ABV is this high, and the alcohol taste isn't prominent at all. There is a slight citrus ring to the beer and a pleasant aftertaste as the liquid fades out of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty nice overall. Drinkability is on par with most. The 9.5% really gets you after one, but relative to other brews this strong, it really is a winner.

Overall, I believe I like this beer a lot more than any other reviewer so far. I was absolutely surprised and it was truly unexpected. Would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of crossovert
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. "Traditionally Aged" Lithuanian beer.

Pours a bright orange/gold with tons of tiny bubbles racing towards the top to a creamy white head that lasts awhile.

The smell is odd. t is ultra sweet and boozy, it has an almost perfume-like booze character and light fruitiness and various sugars.

The taste is super sweet,barelywine flavor with no sign of hops. Theres thick caramel, butterscotch, and fruit flavors. The alcohol is highly noticeable.

It is a bit cloying but not quite over the edge.

It is a high octane brew, it seems like a strong ale in a lager's suit.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 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 flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yellowish gold with a little haze and a thin white head. I'm going with average here.

Smell: the aroma I get is of sweet malt and cinnamon. This may just be the huge alcohol coming through, but this thing smells like a box of Hot Tamales. Not sure how to rate this; I'll call it average as well, because it's so darn interesting.

Taste: taste is not too bad, it's deceptively mild. Quite sweet and with just a hint of sweet-spice tang (the cinnamon again) and big, sweet alcohol aftertaste. There is some fruit in there as well ... cidery apples and pears.

Mouthfeel: pretty good body and relatively low carbonation. I kind of like it, although if this thing were bottle-conditioned it could be a wonder of creaminess.

Drinkability: highly drinkable for its ABV. This is kind of the Night Train of beer: relatively sweet and mostly inoffensive with a felony-inducing alcohol kick. Am I weird for rating this above average?

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this baby up in Nashville at Frugal's. It is a self proclaimed "traditionally aged Lithuanian Beer" that ranks in at 9.4% abv, despite being called Zhiguly Grande 9,5. It further claims that is the most heating and famous beer of beer country, Lithuania.

Looks like a perfect euro lager (or american macro lager for that matter). Pale straw gold body that is perfectly transparent. It had a nice head that lasted about 1/2 a second.

Smells like a bigger heineken, a canned heineken. It has a nice light faint sweetness that is quite pleasant. I can swear I almost get a slight banana aroma with a bit of corn.

It has a nice sharp bitterness yet not a speck of hop aroma or flavor. Finishes light-sweet with the same lingering bitterness that has been with me since the beginning along with a very warming finish. I am surprised that that the alcohol is not bigger in this soviet satellite.

It has a slightly syrupy mouthfeel despite still feeling like a light lager.

Very drinkable beer and quite enjoyable. I was expecting the taste of a macro lager with a shot of vodka, but this beer is actually very refreshing and refined. Within this style of beers, in ranks near the top for me.

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Photo of yankeefan287
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jplopez21
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mwar
4.5/5  rDev +45.6%

Photo of boxer0029
2/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of avwrite
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%

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 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 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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