Kalnapilis 7.30 | Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
Lithuania
kalnapilis.lt

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:
58
Reviews:
42
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between a Bohemian Lager and a Witbier, this beer offers as much intrigue as confusion.

A hazy straw color (actually canary yellow) with stark white foamstance, light lacing and nice retention. The beer has a good amount of wheat, contributing to the appearance.

Aromas are much like most Bohemian Pisners with the hop aroma a bit subdued but also allowing more hop sweetness to rise. Acidic fruits of lemons, lime, crabapples, and berries help to decorate the beer in a moderately estery fashion.

Flavors are crisp, clean and forward with citrus fruit flavors but not the bitterness associated with American hops. These seem to come from yeast and malt. Bready with wheat and barley throughout.

Moderate-heavy texture carries a lot of creaminess (again eluding to wheat). But finishes with a crisp cracker-like dryness.

A good beer as long as you don't get offended by style definitions.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev -38.1%
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 ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of russpowell
2.72/5  rDev -6.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.76/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Slatetank
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle w/out freshness date into a standard ale glass.

A - Golden with a fluffy white 2 finger head w/ a sheet of lace that coats the glass. The carbonation level appears high, steady streams of bubbles stream up from the center.

S - The scent of fruit-apples? and spice w/ a light woodiness. The scent of corn or alcohol in the background.

M - Nutty dry, medium body w/ slightly sweet finish that leaves a bitter/alchol flavor.

T - Tastes like a Euro version of malt liquor. The creamy sweetness is pleasant along with a hint of spice. The alcohol dry flavors seem to march in quickly. Malts are more pronounced than some other Euro strong lagers, but there is a metallic taste that distracts. An adjunct flavor is the major flavor with subtle corn flavors.

D - An average strong Euro lager, not bad, not good. I would probably choose to not drink this again.

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Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale, light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is grains, some malts, a bit of an off taste, lacks the breadiness I expect from the style. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Following a Baltic porter, this isn’t as bad as the scores and reviews would lead you to believe. Grain sweetness prevails, aroma is wheat and some citrus. Taste is mostly white bread, with a hint of citrus. No alcohol burn as would be expected. Better than rated.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of sweemzander
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright orange with a thin frothy white capping that quickly collapsed with no visible lacing.

S: fresh lemon peels, faint oranges, and overall was very faint in nature.

T: light sour oranges, lemon peels, with a touch of musky grains and a dash of pepper. A mild spicy lemony hopping a very faint fresh grassiness lingers in the background. There is some spicy fruitiness (warm apples) and a noticeable spicy alcohol detection from the 7.5% abv.

M: light fullness, smooth in texture with hardly a trace of carbonation to be found. Some sour fruitiness upon warming and on the swallow.

D: Average drinkability, and definitely one of the better beers out of Lithuania, though wouldn't rush out and buy a sixer. Won gold in the world beer cup 2004.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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 akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500 mL bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The strong lager is a pale yellow color that is completely translucent. Two fingers of white head didn't last long but left legs in their wake.

S: The nose has a strong whiff of alcohol up front, followed by grass, citrus and malts o' plenty.

T: The lager's first sip isn't as harsh as you'd think. Booze is present but not overwhelming. The malts are bready, paired with grassy hops. The sweetness of the malts, based on the concentrated body, is evident and quite heavy. The booze hits like a hammer; a tough beer to get through.

M: The lager is full and strong, packing a wallop. The malt sweetness is a pleasant distraction from the weight of the booze.

D: If I stuck with this beer all night long. I'd suffer through the worst hangover in the history of mankind tomorrow. I'll be thankful that this is my only bottle and I'll pray that my Lithuanian brothers embrace the craft movement.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden straw with medocire bubbling and a sub-par head. The aroma is like adjuncty corn on the cob with some hints of rice and some pale malts. A little earthy overall. The flavor was mostly pale malt, sunflower, adjuncts, and alcohol. Not brow furrowing at all. Just pretty run of the mill.

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Photo of drpimento
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first I was about ready to write this one off - but after a few more sips I found myself liking it a bit more. Poured with a nice off white medium head that quickly subsides to a thin cover and no lace. Color is a clear straw yellow. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of hop. Flavor at first is like aroma, but then gives way to a slight bitterness in the end. Mouth is decent and so is carbonation. Finsih is on the short side, clean, and fair. I could drink a few more with no problems if there wasn't something with a little more character available.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.03/5  rDev -30.2%
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 RochefortChris
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They call it a Bock, but they must only be talking about its strength.
Personally, I vote for putting this is the strong Euro lager style.
It looks light like one, it has an undistinguished nose and lots of carbonation.
It is malty, for which I give it some points.
And we should encourage Baltic brewers to make Bock beer, but this is not one.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Festival de las Naciones. In Paulaner glass. Watching Vikings 3x10. Nice and very drinkable, although it doesnt have any resemblance to what I thought it was a bock (Im thinking in La Trappe's one) Its more like a strong euro lager.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Pens1967
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of matjack85
1/5  rDev -65.6%

Photo of GilGarp
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up for three reasons:

1. never had a beer from Lithuania
2. never had a euro strong lager
3. only cost $2.49

Pours into an imperial pint glass with good head formation, average pale golden yellow color, and a slight bit of haze. Head diminishes quickly but leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is big in a malty, yeasty, corny kind of way. Not pleasant but probably about right for a strong lager.

Flavor seems to be mostly composed of crap grains like corn and rice. It's sweet and fairly mild considering the ABV. Alcohol is evident on the finish with a drying sensation.

Mouthfeel is fine in that it isn't too much of anything and it's nicely carbonated.

Hopefully Lithuania keeps the good stuff to themselves because this export is mediocre at best.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.62/5  rDev -10%
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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Kalnapilis 7.30 from Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
2.91 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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