Kalnapilis 7.30 | Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis

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Brewed by:
Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Kalnapilis Bock

Added by Globetrotter on 03-23-2004

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of matjack85
1/5  rDev -65.8%

Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

500ml aluminum can purchased at an Eki supermarket in Vilnius. They call this a "premium quality bock beer." Brewed with magnum hops. Best before date is on the underside of the can.

A: Pours a straw yellow body and a creamy beige cap. Head is frothy and retains well (for ~6 minutes). The beer looks like any cheap pale lager...not like a bock. So far, so bad.

Sm: Creamed wheat. Cheap malted barley. Off-puttingly stale floral hop character. Buttery notes.

Seems too sweet, and the alcohol is poorly disguised. This one isn't so inviting, unfortunately.

T & Mf: Artificial - has that classic "cheap beer" taste comprised of cheap malt extract and generic malted barley. I wouldn't be surprised if some maize adjunct crept into the malt bill. Hop profile is nonexistant. Has a coating buttery feel to it, which emphasizes the off-putting sweetness that makes this beer so poor. Overcarbonated, and artificially thick and hefty on the palate, flirting with syrupy. The flavour profile is as shallow and simple as they come, but alcohol warmth is obvious.

Is there even a need to talk about things like balance and nuance? This could be the poster child for the phrase "cheap beer" - and when I say "cheap," I don't mean merely inexpensive.

O: Meconium. Don't bother.

Perhaps it's called 7.30 in reference to the average time of day its intended demographic tends to start consuming it...

Low D- (1.80) / AVOID

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
1.96/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 17oz brown bottle with no freshness date into an imperial pint glass. Nice appearance. Frothy white head that left lots of lacing. Gold colored beverage with plenty of carbonation action. Crystal clear.

Downhill from there. Smell is corn and sugar. Not too bad aroma. Slight hop aroma as well as a slight skunky smell. But I find that skunky smell common in most european lagers (in my experience).

Taste is pretty bad. Sickly sweet. Corn. Alcohol. Tastes almost like beer with grain alcohol tossed in for extra ABV. Not pleasant.

Sticky mouthfeel with little carbonation. I drank just enough (about 6oz) to do this review; and now I will dump the rest. If I were drunk and needed to get drunker, this may work. Otherwise, no thanks Kalnapilis.

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Photo of SetarconeX
1.98/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks like your typical lager. Maybe ever so slightly cloudy, but for the most part clear. Smells ever so slightly sweet, almost rum-like, but not particularly strong.

Tastes....egad! Ever been into an outhouse on a particularly hot and humid day? There's a heavy, highly astringent flavor when you first sip it, which is almost immediately overtaken by an overwhelming bitterness. This isn't your standard hop bitterness either, but something more akin to the bitterness you get from eating a jar of marmite straight.

This is simply a terrible, terrible beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.03/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This is a clear, sickly-looking orange in color with not much of a head.

Smell – The grain here is light but the cheap sugars are going bonkos.

Taste – Yep, it’s the Pixie Stix monster at its worst. It’s just stale sugar with a boozy bite.

Mouthfeel – This Gummi Bear bomb was almost light-bodied with no carbonation to boot.

Sinkability – I hate to pour the 2004 World Beer Cup Gold Award winner down the pipes, but I just couldn’t finish it.

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Photo of Rayek
2.31/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy gold with swirling carbonation from minuscule bubbles. Firm white cap has excellent retention, but only leaves small bits of lace in its wake.

S: Slightly musty, with aromas of cut grass, lemon, straw and lettuce.

T: Starts out fine cold, but gets progressively worse as the beer warms. Straw like malt comes on first. A moderate bitterness provides nice balance with a pronounced lemon and pepper bite. Toward the finish, the beer starts becoming very metallic. Steamed veggies creep into the metallic finish. As the beer warms, the metal and vegetative flavors become more and more pronounced. When all is said and done, an odd lemon, pepper, metal and vegetable flavor combination lingers in the mouth.

M: Medium body is grainy and has just about the right amount of fizz.

D: This beer started out OK. The odd metal and veggie flavors aren't that present while this beer is cold. As it warms; however, the beer becomes rather unpleasant. It's not wince inducing, but it's still not enjoyable. In the end, this is another mediocre Euro Lager.

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Photo of thecheese86
2.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out in a light yellow color with a thin head. Has a slight tin taste and a mild but lingering after taste. I chose this beer because I enjoy lagers and have not had a Lithuanian. Was not impressed, but it was cold and crisp. Could use a more difinitive taste that doesn't hang around as long.

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Photo of EvilKeith
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is my first time trying a Euro Strong Lager. 16.9 ounce brown bottle. No freshness date or best by date.
2004 World beer cup Gold Award? I'm hoping not to find the silver or bronze award winners. LOL!!

Pours a crystal clear dark golden color. Head is two fingers of dense white foam you could cut with a knife. The lace hangs in sheets (it looked good).

Smell is somewhat hay-like with a sweet graininess and a subtle skunkiness.

I don't really know my Euro Strong Lagers too well, I can only hope the others are better than this offering from our Lithuanian friends.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of sweemzander
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Robertas
2.53/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a warm golden yellow crystal clear body with a rigorous carbonation. The head is a pure white rocky mat that last for a good while.

S- The smooth smell of slightly sweet pale malt with a hint of cooked corn is balanced by a soft green hops note in the finish.

T- This beer has a smooth soft pale malt note at the beginning with some soft hops and carbonic bite in the finish. In the malt flavor there is a soft brightness like lemon flavor but not pronounced enough to taste citrusy.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some fizz in the texture that makes the body feel more full.

D- This is a very smooth light beer. It really lacks good flavors of malt and hops. There is no character or depth to this beer. The label says it is a 2004 World Beer Cup Gold mentalist but I can't get excited about any of the flavors or more specific the lack of flavor.

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Photo of shirfan
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Faintly cloudy gold with a little lace.

Sweet, slightly adjuncty aroma. Hints of honey and orange.

Taste: I agree with the majority of previous reviews -- this is basically a "gourmet" Eastern European malt liquor. Compared to something like Dad's Little Helper from Rogue, it holds its own. Sweet but not cloying, corn and malt are offset by a moderate dose of noble hops in the finish.

However, there's a distinct note of cheap vodka or perhaps fusel alcohol, detrimental to a beer that would otherwise be palatable if not good.

Kalnapilis Original is a better beer, but this one is worth at least a try.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.62/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Light goldish yellow color. Looks more like a pilsner or a helles. Active carbonation but not an overly large head. Light and bubbly white head disappears fast leaving little lacing.

S - Good amount of vegetal and maize/DMS aroma on the nose. Some light grain notes with a hay-like smell. Hint of grassy herbal aroma.

T - Follows the nose with slightly less vegetal and slightly more grainy flavor. Musty grain flavor with subtle notes of grassy/herbal hops. Fairly sweet with a bit of an off flavor.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, and pretty watery. Slightly dry on the finish.

D - Alcohol is fairly well hidden. A bit on the sweet side. Easy to drink but I'm not exactly reaching for it due to the vegetal flavor.

Notes: More or less what you would expect from a 7.3% ABV lager from the Baltics. Has some off flavors, particularly vegetal/corn/DMS but overall is sweet. Not worth getting, but not too off for the style.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color with a crisp white head that fades quickly leaving very little lace.

Smell is faint hay, maybe some thin hop notes

Taste is sweet corn through to the end when a mild bit of hops is present in the aftertaste. Some metallic notes up front.

Light bodied beer that taste cheap, I'm not really impressed with this beer but it is cold and does quench my thirst, although it leaves some unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Drew966
2.67/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kalnapilis 7.30 pours a pale yellow with a very minimal white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is inoffensive, a bit malty I'd say. The taste is on the malty side, alcohol is strongly noticeable. This is on par with an American malt liquor. There really is no reason to recommend this beer, your money would be better spent elsewhere. Average at best.

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Photo of atuite
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this from a local small time wine/beer distributor.
16.9 oz brown bottle ($1.99) poured a deeper gold color into glass mug but rest of appearance similar to other US macrobrews - large white bubbles make up a one inch head that quickly dissipates. Smell is nonspecific malty smell with a harsh undertone. Taste follows smell in this one and flavor is malty with a background bitterness that hangs around too long on the palate and alcohol seems to come through too much due to lack of competing flavors. With the amount of medium-low amount of carbonation and the flavor, i agree with past reviews that this should be served cold. Overall, this beer drinks easily cold and gives you more ounce per ounce alcohol, but the bland malty flavor and bitter aftertaste will not have me returning.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.71/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picke this up at Sam's Blue Light in Durham last Sunday; found on a back shelf with a bunch of Russian and German beers next to its lager cousin and figured I'd go with the strong lager for an extra dime ($2.29 v $2.19).

Classic gold medal color with a quarter inch cap of head that hangs on for dear life followed by a nose of unpleasant malt with some adjuncts thrown in. Not as overpoweringly sweet as a lot of strong Euro lagers I've tried but still not very good.

Sweet malt is the major player in the taste, and although the hops are present, they're no great shakes either. Somewhat cloying initially and kind of astringent at the finish, there's really no point at which I enjoy the taste of this beer. Alcohol is present but not abundantly so.

Honestly, this is about what I was expecting from this beer: drinkable but not real good.

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Photo of russpowell
2.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours golden with a 2 fingers white fluffy head that drops off to zero....

smell: Corny, sweet and malty

Taste: Sweet, corny and husky grain notes

MF: Undercarbonated & a nasty astringent feel, drink cold!!

Actually drinks okay despite all that, worse beers out there, Keep this ice cold it will hold up for a few, better cheap baltic beers out there! But who knows? if you get this fresher like globetrotter; might be a different animal. Just didn't migrae to CO very well...

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Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bold marigold with a hint of orange peel orange. Large bubbles gather on the bottom of the glass, then break off periodically to smack into the underside of a pretty good looking cotton white cap. Very little lace is seen. At least the beer has a bright, clean look.

The nose is clean as well. I get tired of smelling stale, musty lagers from Eastern Europe, so it's a pleasure to find one that lacks any nastiness whatsoever. Of course, positives are in short supply too, so my enthusiasm is limited. I'm amazed that alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Kanalpilis 7.30, while not horrible, doesn't qualify as good beer. I actually had modestly high hopes for it since I thought Kanalpilis Export (a dortmunder/export lager) was decent and drinkable. For whatever reason, this beer isn't in that beer's league. Just as in the nose, the biggest positive is a lack of offensiveness.

It isn't quite as sweet as most Euro strong lagers. I've always thought that beer of this style should simply be a higher-ABV version of a Euro pale lager... which 7.30 pretty much is. A respectable amount of spicy noble hoppiness keeps the flavor score from falling even lower. I'm still impressed with the brewer's ability to hide the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is the beer's second best characteristic (after the appearance). It's slightly more full than medium with a polished granite smoothness. The subdued carbonation still manages to keep things semi-lively.

Kalnapilis 7.30 is roughly equivalent to a better than average American malt liquor in terms of quality and drinkability. Even though I'll never be a fan of this style, I can see how Lithuanians looking to get blitzed might find this to be a better alcohol delivery system than most.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was highly recommended to me by the (idiot) at the beer store. It's not that bad, but it is not one to 'highly recommend'.

A: Normal looking lager, with a clear, pale yellow color. One inch of white head, but little retention.

S: It smells like an average euro lager, but a bit 'hot' in the booze dept.

T: Initially smooth lager flavors and crisp effervescence suggest a refreshing beer, but then a flood of sweet boozy malt liquor taste trainwrecks the brew.

M: Drinks hot, and is the kind of beer you swallow a gulp at a time so as to minimize exposure to the unpleasant finish.

D: It would make a lovely gift to your alcoholic uncle, if you can wrest that bottle of Steel Reserve from his soused clutches.

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Photo of Pens1967
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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Kalnapilis 7.30 from Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 59 ratings