Kalnapilis Original | Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis

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Kalnapilis OriginalKalnapilis Original

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Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 70
Photo of stevoj
2.37/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Musty, citrusy aroma, slightly sour, hazy golden body with small thick but creamy head. Taste is slightly better than the smell, with some of the malt coming through the funk. Aftertaste is more of the sour musty taste, but fades quickly. Not sure if this is supposed to taste like this, or the bottle is slightly skunked.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bought this one from my good old local "east block shop" smart lgreen bottle with simple appealing labelling

Look; Pours Pale gold,good thick head and nice carbonation, plenty of bubbles! the head sticks around nicely with the carbonation.
Smell; nice grainy hints and hops
Taste; fresh crisp grainy cereal taste with a light short hint of sweet but a great light bitterness finish. nice.
Feel; smooth, goes down nicely leaving a crisp fresh palate ready for the next sip or to complement a nice meal going with it.

Overall a real nice lager, can't fault it, looks great, smell is nothing special, taste is great and feel is fabulous. can only recommend.

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1.73/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

500ml bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Pale gold in color., crystal appearance & white froth. Quickly dissipated crown. Hints of honey, flowers & lemon zest hues to the nose. Slightly metallic odor. Lemon juice at first sip. Spicy touch & fizzy sensation.Light body, high carbonation. Underneath bitterness in the middle. Watery texture. Lemony long finish.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having never sampled a Lithuanian beer before, I decided to give this one a try. To my knowledge, Lithuania is indeed a beer drinking country but I've never come across an offering from the country before. I picked this up in a town that has a decent amount of Eastern European immigrants (mostly Polish though) and decided that a review is in order (naturally!).

Kalnapilis pours a light straw color with a foam head that measures slightly more than a finger. The head thins out in short fashion, but leaves a very nice lacing effect on the glass. The aroma was of a standard Euro lager. A little musty, and some grains with a grassy and slight medicinal hop smell Missing the "Euro skunk", most likely because this was bottled in brown glass. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth, with a low-moderate amount of carbonation. As for the taste, typical for the style. Some sweet grain flavors, a little husky tasting. A medicinal/grassy hop bitterness present. Although not really skunky, I get the sense that the husky adjunct taste tries to impart a "faux-skunk" quality to it. The finish is somewhat dry, but the effect doesn't last too long. The husky grain flavors linger for awhile and the brew does not finish with any alcoholic warmth.

At the risk of repeating myself, this is a bit "typical", but it is a drinkable brew and probably be refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of drpimento
1.86/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this cold with an average sized, foamy, off-white head that settles after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear yellow with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is beery, a little sweet and mild. Flavor isn't so good - sweet, corn, lots of carbonic tang, almost no hop or malt. Body is a bit watery and carbonation is fizzy. Finish is dominated by the tang, is burpy, and a little sweet. Won't finish the glass.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a pale golden color with a thin finger of off-white head. The retention was not much to speak of and the lacing spotty. The aroma was of pale malt, cereal grains, a bit of adjunct grains and a hint of earthiness. The flavors were exactly like the aroma. Simple and clean, pale malts and a light refreshing finish. The mouthfeel was average, the body light and the carbonation average too. Probably good by Lithuanian standards but sub par given the immense variety available in the US market.

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Photo of afoltz2
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this lager, which I know, is pretty standard. It has a nice aftertaste to it, not sour or overly bitter like a lot of lighter beers, not too sweet like a lot of stouts. My expectations for this weren't very high, I was expecting to be disappointed, but enjoyed it enough to buy it again. And again.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with good but somewhat slow carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – very Pilsner-like in smell, and with that more of a German pilsner-like smell. There are hints of cereal grains.

Taste – very much like any other pilsner. Nothing terribly unique-tasting about it. The grains used may not be cereals, at least not from what I can tell. Somewhat musky taste in the middle, but with a teeny tiny bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel – About average in Mouthfeel too. Not fully on the side of wateriness, but very close.

Overall – not very interesting at all, but not bad-tasting either.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had very low expectations of this, given that a bottle shop owner just tossed it in my box for free, saying that "it's not very good"

Poured 16.9oz into pint glass at about 40 degrees. Very low head over fairly clear yellow body, with decent carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are faint - soft biscuit and hay, and maybe a hint of lemon zest.

Pretty smooth on the palate, with nice flavors of light British hops, but mostly malt and grain. Touch of butter, touch of citrus, and nothing offensive. Mouthfeel had less carbonation than expected, but fairly crisp with a tangy kiss in the finish.

Pretty refreshing and easy-drinking overall.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste also is grainy up front, a slight sweetness, some malts are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a decent beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.86/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

My local bottle shop had a number of single bottles of various Eruo lagers during a recent visit and I decided that they might be a way to realign my bottle numbers with my CAN numbers.

My pour initially netted better than two fingers' worth of bone white head with good retention. As it slowly fell, it left some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a straw yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a big cooked corn/DMS presence along with a light lager sweetness. I am still unsure about its designation as an EPL, but so be it. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an odd combination of cooked corn, mild malty lager sweetness and a metallic flavor on the tongue. Finish was initially more corn-like than anything, but the lingering aftertaste was metallic. I am glad that I only bought one of these and even gladder that I only expended $3.00 in doing so. I would not recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours white gold with a loose frothy head that's gone fast and leaves just a few trailers. Nose is macro-lager grainy sourness and maybe a hint of flinty hops. Sweet cut hay malts and a hint of melon, then a noble hops presence, though nothing like a pilsener. Dry finish, linger just dies. Crisp, light, fizzy, soft, very thin.

I remember this being nicer on tap in Vilnius, but here it's pretty indistinct. Have said that, there are far worse lagers - Eastern Europe seems to do the style just a tad better. Would do fine as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

50cl brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a crystal clear pale blond color, sudsy sea foam white head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Spicy hops meets a light biscuity bready malt nose. Crispness and smoothness are where they should be for a lager. Industrial beer-i-ness gives a big dishing of cooked hops, creamed corn (DMS) and dried grass. Hint of alcohol and lemony hops in the dry end.

Not a bad beer, just your typical Euro lager.

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Photo of Cresant
1.99/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this .5L can into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was hazy pale gold and had what looked like fish food floating in it. Dark brown chunks of yeast (I hope) floated around. The nucleation in the glass did not help them settle. The white head faded at a moderate pace.

The smell was lightly lemony. That is all.

The taste was smooth light malts with some faint sourness. Some faded/stale hops were present. Not vegetal. I presume this is an old can. It tastes far from fresh. I'd give it another try under better circumstances.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Maybe a little light on carbonation.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 500mL bottle for a mere $2.29 at Johnstown Beverage, Johnstown NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A moderate pour gives about an inch of frothy white head that settles to a thick resilient layer. The brew itself is a mostly clear golden yellow. Smell is pretty robust and unusual- white grape juice, light malt, hint of licorice. Taste is an interesting blend of typical EPL light malts with a separate a darker raisin kinda thing going on alongside it. The two parts are pretty separate with nothing in the middle, interesting. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately thick. On the second glass the head maintains a frothy 1/2" layer for quite a while. Decent brew.

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Photo of HellDuke
4.8/5  rDev +62.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best beers out there. I've been drinking various beers, from various countries to find something that could be my new favorite, but to this day this beer is still undisputed.

I will start with the best:

The taste is something to die for. The bitterness is just perfect and leaves a good aftertaste though not too much to not allow you to enjoy every single sip of it.

The smell is good, however it doesn't stand out much from the rest of good beers.

Another good thing, that unlike a lot of other beers that I really like this one isn't just available in some certain bars, but you can get bottles or cans of it in the stores.

To sum up I must say that this is a very good beer for your evening drink. It's not top notch, however if you are going to watch a game of football (those from US call it soccer I think) on the TV this is the thing you are looking for. You might not get it outside of Europe, but if you come across it definitely try it out. At the very least you will not be disapointed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.2/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I picked this out of curiosity the other day. Purported to have won the gold medal in the helles lager category at the 2004 WBC, this can't be all bad, right?

Pouring a crystal clear light yellow with a dense, pillowy head that's pure white, this is a good looking beer. Lacing is decent as well. The nose, however, is rather awful. A blend of drywall and turpentine, this definitely is not brewed to style. Some composting vegetables are also present. Wow, just disgusting.

This beer is disgustingly medicinal and solventy, this is so bad that comparisons to awful, bitter cough syrup are in order. Opening with awful flavors, there's a little sweetness mid-palate before a turpentine-like finish. Just awful. Carbonation and body are appropriate, but taste? Nope. This deserves a 0 for drinkability. One of the worst beers I've had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain, adjuncts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with an adjunct and light malt sweetness that is followed by a mildly bready grain flavor. The hops presence is very mild but provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a beer that is ok to pound down for a while because it's light and has a little flavor to it but overall it's just a mediocre beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.76/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into my glass to an ample white, fluffy head. It is pale yellow in color. It looks like Lithuania's attempt at a macro lager. The smell is sweet, not good. The taste actually has some bitterness to it. It has a clean finish. It is not a stellar beer, but not the worst either. I think I'll stick to mail order brides from Lithuania and not the beer.

I sveikas!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.59/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty standard German Lager. Unfortunate that there's nothing about the beer making it memorable as it was quite pleasant to drink.

Standard straw colors lead to a medium white but lasting head. Light on lacing... it's the standard German beer to the eye.

Pungent, earthy, and spicy aromas that only Saaz hop can bring. But after that, the part-grain, part-malt aroma only provides a back drop to the beer and never gives big marks toward aroma.

Flavors however take on a more pronounced malt character, and follows with moderate grain, apple, and lemon notes (lightly acidic). Hop flavor and bitterness carry on the noble hop profile as it grows in intensity toward the finish and as the malt sweetness fades.

Medium weight on the mouth with ample carbonaiton to lift the beer off of the tongue. Light acids help to crispen the beer as do a light mineral profile.

A good beer to wash down most European dishes, but there's really nothing there to make me want it more than dozens of other European Lagers.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, apple juice gold with thin white head.

S: Earthy lemon grains, grassy

T: Earthy hops, nonchalant pale lager...Some citrus, but dominated by earthy tones.

M: Crisp, but felt watered down for a euro lager

D: It is a safe euro pale, not my favorite style but this one was easy to drink.

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Photo of Florida9
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw to light yellow in color. Clear. A small, airy, white head appears quickly after pouring, but recedes rather quickly to nothing more than a surface coating.

S: Light grains and rice.

T: Very simplistic. Light grains, rice, white bread. Cream.

M: Thin with medium carbonation. A creamy, round, mouthfeel.

D: Meh, nothing too exciting here. About as simple and bland as you get without being a light beer and really no better than your standard American adjunct lager, though I imagine Euro Pale Lager sounds a lot better.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A moderate pour left a 1/2-finger whitish head which dropped to a decent lace. The body was a hazy golden-yellow with moderate carbonation. There were some really nice, sticky rings left on the glass.

S- Initially, it was pretty clean with some doughy/grainy malts and light, floral hopping. Fairly unassuming in terms of aroma.

T- Pretty much like a pale Euro. Some doughy malts that get lost in a corn-like flavor (possibly from adjuncts). Hopping is light, but nicely cleans up the finish. Overall, a light flavored lager.

M- Pretty basic. A little grainy with light-moderate carbonation. Pretty light on the palate.

D- Easy enough to drink a couple when in search of refreshment. Not something that I would seek out. It just didn't have anything to set itself apart from any of the other import lagers that are more readily available.

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Photo of kkipple
3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dumped a 16oz can into my tall glass and was rewarded with a crackling, fizzy white head that leaves lots of lace down the sides as it falls. The brew is a not-quite filtered pale straw. Pretty in a Euro Lager sort of way.

Smell is dominated by Saaz hops and kissed with green, unripe apples. Reminds me of cider. Crisp and dry with just a touch of tart-sweetness in the nose. Light, mildly grassy, and refreshing.

Kalnapilis is a medium dry, hoppy (for the style) damp lager. It's one-note but it does it well. Clean, slightly sweet and grainy, with a fine body and more than adequate hop bitterness to keep you coming back for more.

I think constricting anus 100 times and denting navel 100 times in succession everyday is effective to good-bye depression and take back youth. You can do so at a boring meeting or in a subway. I have known 70-year-old man who has practiced it for 20 years. As a result, he has good complexion and has grown 20 years younger.

Mouthfeel here is nice, bountiful carbonation aids the wet, thin beer as it slides down to your happy stomach. Body is more full than a lot of beers in this style. I drank this with a tuna melt lunch and it was nice.

Kalnapilis is no Czechvar, but it's a very solid drink and well worth the $2 a can. Six of these for a day at the beach would be money well spent. Recommended.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color, crowned by a thin finger's worth of light, creamy white head that vanishes almost instantly. Aroma of crisp pilsner malt and a touch of adjunct, with just a hint of bready sweetness. Palate is clean pilsner malt balanced by a light fruitiness from the hops. Body is nice, crisp and light with very nice carbonation. A thirst-quenching lager that's a bit light on the flavor, but is perfectly serviceable.

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