Kalnapilis Original
Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #246
ABV:
5%
Score:
69
Ranked #48,726
Avg:
2.99 | pDev: 21.07%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
73
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Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
 
Lithuania
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  7
SCORE
69
Poor
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.74/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kalnapilis Original pours a clear, deep golden body beneath a short head of creamy bright white foam. The head retention is fairly good, and it slowly drops to a wide collar and almost completely solid, cottony surface covering. Initially, it also leaves some solid rings of lace that are quite nice. The aroma is straightforwardly malty, and just lightly grainy, but nothing else apart from some fermentation esters. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. The flavor offers more of the same maltiness (there's obviously some adjunct in use here), and a smear of leafy and herbal hops. Again, some fermentation esters and phenols are present with a touch of higher alcohols (high fermentation temp or poor yeast maintenance), but it's not off-putting. The bitterness is harsh, but not overly bitter; and appears midway across the palate, rises at the swallow, and then lingers in the finish. Not the best beer out there.

Dec 10, 2006
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bmaggot from Lithuania

3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Apr 06, 2019
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Nofoba

3.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle. It has a bright, clear, golden body, with visible carbonation. Small white head, with nice lacing.

It has a light, kind of a buttery aroma of malts and grass.

Light taste of bready malts, with slight sweetness and bitterness. Medium carbonation. Light bodied. Dry aftertaste.

An easy drinking pale lager.

Oct 24, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev +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.

Jan 04, 2011
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oberon from North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To my knowledge this is the first Lithuanian beer I have had to date,poured into a pilsner a clear sptritzey light golden with a blooming,sticky white head a very nice pour it went down hill from there sad to say.Semi skunked profile really hinders the nose its a dark bottle so it seems to me it would be hard for a lotta light to get thru but I cant imagine this beer being having that kind of aroma on purpose hints of sweeter corn and mineral show up as well.Somewhat sweet on the palate but at least not skunky with a touch of mineral, a herbal sharpness comes thru nicely in the finish giving it just a little character.Somewhat grainy and sturdy in the mouth,eh kinda boring and the aromas are off but its not offensive and it comes cheap.

Mar 06, 2007
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shirfan from New York

3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with just a hint of haze, thin but sticky head.

Aroma is ok, grassy pilsner hops and clean bready malt.

Taste: Soft, moderate euro-lager flavor with a bit more grassy hops than average and less metallic sharpness than something like Heiny or Beck's.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but does lend a touch of extra drinkability. At the incredible price of 2 for 1.19, I'll simply enjoy the fact that it's better than most American macros.

Good, simple quaffability on a hot summer day. If there are lawns to mow in Lithuania, this is the beer for the job.

Jul 09, 2008
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stcules from Italy

2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow, very carbonated in appearance. Decent whiter foam, not really compact, but quite persistent.
At the smell is malty, classic, with light notes of hop, light, but present. Quite fresh.
Even the taste, malty, it is not bad, but it is less fresh, and there is a strange note of "green", not really pleasant.
Light body, but noy too much.
Malty-hopped aftertaste, but the "green" is more evident.

Dec 04, 2005
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Beastdog75 from New Jersey

2.69/5  rDev -10%
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.

Oct 13, 2012
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Sep 13, 2008
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 650 mL bottle poured into an Old Stein Inn earthenware mug. The beer is cold.

Appearance: The beer is a pale yellow color. There is no hint of sediment, however the beer did have an acceptable head that retained itself nicely.

Smell: The lager has a earthy hop aroma that adds a pleasant character. I also detect a fruity aroma that comes close to resembling orange.

Taste: The lager is very soft on the palate. The hops emerge as a dry, smooth taste in the beer. The malt character is relaxed, most likely softened by corn or other adjunct. Overal, the lager is smooth tasting and easy on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The lager is very smooth on the palate. It has a nice balance of dry hops and sweet malt.

Drinkability: I think that this is high on the drinkability scale, gimme several of these and good company anytime.

Mar 26, 2006
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, fuzzy white head with pretty good retention

Smell, some light malt, little bit of grass on the nose

Taste, fairly crisp although slightly grainy mouthfeel

A fair lager, nothing special, the dark is much better

Dec 03, 2005
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

1.86/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Apr 17, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

1.86/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

May 31, 2012
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. The head is a white rocky head that deflates quickly.

S- The soft note of pale malt and bitter hops is very light and there is no depth or freshness to them.

T- The taste is very light even for a euro pale lager. The first sip reminds me of fresh snow. Then as it warms that taste goes away and I get nothing but a faint hint of hops in the finish. There is a carbonic bite at the finish that boost the hops but it is not enough. The finish is pretty dry.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz texture that makes it feel a bit more full.

D- I was intrigued by the label and the World Beer Cup 2004 Gold Winner Award on it. It has no noticeable taste of grain or malt and the hops taste very weak. It is a let down, indeed.

Jan 28, 2006
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.59/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Feb 17, 2010
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wl0307 from England

2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at a Baltic food and drink shop in Lewisham, SE London. Coming in a short-neck brown bottle, "pasteurized" as stated on the back label. BB 25/09/2007, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: straw hue, coming with a fluffy white head dissipating fast to a thin carpet; lively carbonation full of medium and large bubbles.
S: sweet malts and a faint touch of grassy hops (the label says it's made with Saaz, well, sort of...); it seems the sweet, almost corn-ish edge has taken up the space of supposedly sour element a good lager should have... but as it goes, the sour lemony edge gradually reveals itself.
T: mildly grassy and dry hoppyness follows the initial mouthful of corn-ish malts, followed by a faint aroma of honey drink, a weird plastic touch of pheonol, and more pleasant, straw-ish bitterness... finished clean with little aftertaste, apart from the lingering dryness down the sides of the tongue.
M&D: the mouthfeel is pretty clean and pleasantly spritzy, light-bodied, without undesirable sugary aftertaste that happens often to mass-produced European lagers... Overall the taste is better than the aroma makes one believe, and the hop profile and impacts on the balance of this beer makes it in my opinion a German-style pilsner. But still the malt and hop entries are both insufficient to make it an interesting, quaffable lager. Trying it once is quite enough.

Dec 30, 2006
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BeerNinja007 from New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Aug 28, 2010
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DogFood11 from California

3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it forms a very loose white head. Bit of a chill hazed watered down orange body. Carbonation clings to the glass and there is ring lacing. Not much to look at but the aroma was very inviting.

Soft malted brew that has a very nice hop presence. Hops are herbal and drying and the body of this brew is very grassy with some dry hay and soft sweet malts. A style I rarely enjoy but this one has my attention. Later on the malts have more of a sweetened presence but it doesn't ever get out of balance.

Notes: A decent drinker w/ sessionability. Rarely have I seen this brew around so its far from being an every day beer for me.

Apr 12, 2007
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tempest from New York

3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a nice Euro lager. Came off to me a bit like a cream ale in that it had some mouthfeel to it. It wasn't just all water. I've been on a pilsner and pale Euro lager kick recently, don't ask me why. This fits in with the rest of them. A bit sweet, nothing special or any hops flavor. Its just very easy to drink like so many pale Euro lagers. I guess I'd say its good for the style.

Apr 01, 2007
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kkipple from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Oct 02, 2008
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

May 09, 2010
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Latarnik from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -8%

May 25, 2014
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Drew966 from Florida

3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kalnapilis Original pours a light golden yellow with a fluffy white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma is grainy, frankly it smells like cheap beer. The flavor is inoffensive and mostly grainy. This isn't the worst Euro lager I've had and actually is better than some in that it doesn't have that nasty skunk taste that many are known for. Nothing special, I probably wouldn't turn one down if offered to me, on the other hand I wont be buying it again.

Feb 11, 2007
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +8%
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.

Jun 22, 2011
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Cresant from Kentucky

1.99/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Dec 02, 2010
Kalnapilis Original from Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 73 ratings