Kalnapilis Export
Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis

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Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
3.01 | pDev: 18.94%
Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
Retired (no longer brewed)
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budgood1 from Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from lithuania. clear straw in color. thin foamy head. slightest euro malt aroma and a discernible adjunct aroma. although a slightly sturdier body for a lager/pils, it's lacking in flavor. no wonder this is an "export" because i'm assuming european drinkers find this too thin in taste. a baby step above domestic lagers of the U.S.

Jun 01, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Faintly hazed yellow hue, looks like iced green tea. Lacing is fine but nothing special.

Smell: Not much in the aroma, a touch lemony with an underlying grain huskiness.

Taste: Big lemony hop, hay like bitter bite with and herbal flavour that is quite rustic … harsh in a way. Lean in the malt department, just a whole bunch of husky grain and a dash of vague dextrins. Harshness stays as the dry finish comes around.

Mouthfeel: Trademark lager crispness and smoothness, light bodied and dry.

Drinkability & Notes: Flavours are a bit of a problem for the taste buds as the harshness kicks in, the off flavours are just enough to be noticed but not enough to be unbearable. Sort of like that milk that is past expiration but you still pour it on your cereal any way.

Jan 13, 2003
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lazy golden yellow color with a decent lager head, fairly carbonated. Not much in the aroma, clean, and a bit grainy. My intial taste detected the hops more so then the maltiness. Fairly bitter with a clean, crisp finish. Pretty decent beer, but not one I would be actively seeking out. As good as any American macro I think.

May 30, 2004
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable export, little carbonation and head. Light golden color. 500ml bottle, brewer has been brewing for 100 years.

Apr 21, 2002
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's comforting to know that one can get a twist off bottle of beer in Lithuania. Appropriate nose for style, nice German hops aroma, with slight malt backing. Big full white head. Pale gold and clear. Taste weighted more towards hoppy bitterness, but with some balancing from the malt. Leaves dry finish, but rather short. Has nice lager crispness, providing a refreshing quality. Thinner mouthfeel with a bit of a watery quality. Not a bad beer, but there many as good or better.

Oct 18, 2002
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ADR from Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw, uniformly semi-hazy, almost a greenish cast. Head is very white and rises to only 1/4 of an inch briefly. Delicate small dots for lace. Papery aroma, slight sense of hop oils and lemon. Light body and fizzy in mouthfeel. Malt profile is weak, showing aspects of wet cardboard and old walnut skins. Finishes with a green tea-type of impression, bitter but drawn out and not helped by the continued abundant carbonation -- slightly unsettling in the swallow. Eh, can't say this one is a favorite of mine.

Oct 03, 2004
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jackndan from Illinois

3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kalnapilis: what a name. I wrote a huge review that my computer just ate, any how: citrus aromas, skunk ( not offensive but there) typical eastern euro-macro-lager taste. Not bad, beats the macros, but there's lots better.

Nov 01, 2002
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light yellow body. Head pours out to almost nothing, just a thin skin of bubbles on top of the beer. Smell is crisp with grassy malt and a light breadiness. Taste is also full and pleasing, malt is all very crisp, grassy malts are present, but in check. This is the way a euro lager should taste, no biting acidity, no skunky off flavors, just a crisp and very drinkable lager. Very sessionable.

Sep 26, 2005
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Suds from Missouri

2.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a light gold color with a puffy white head. It’s an average-looking brew, but has a nice head. The aroma is sweet and soft, with a mix of cereal grains, grass, and light malt. There’s very little hops in the aroma, which was also the case with much of the taste. It’s sweet and grainy, with a little herbal hops in the finish. It really didn’t have much balance, and had a notable adjunct quality. Medium mouthfeel. Simple and uninspiring.

Nov 12, 2006
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BeerBob from Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Export by Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis pours a nice amber from a brown twist off cap 12oz bottle. Head forms to about one finger then fades to a wisp of a ring.

Nose is of damp grain with some sweet malt. Palate is a nice toasted malt, a fair amount of bittering from the hops, and the bite of carbonation.

Export “Premium Beer” is a good all around Beer that would be nice with food, friends, or just by its self

Sep 20, 2002
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Kalnapilis brewery in Panevezys is one of Lithuania's biggest breweries and has it's own maltings. Her major brands are the Dvaro and Ekstra.

The Export pours a hazy yellow-gold with a full and frothy bright-white head that holds well and keeps a thin surface covering throughout the glass, as well as leaving some thin lace. The bouquet is surprisingly pleasant with a floral hop aroma that's similar to Hallertau- very nice, and not normally found in "euro-lagers". It's medium bodied with a very fine and moderate carbonation that leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor offers a good combination of lightly-acidic and mildly-fruity sweet malt, a mild floral and even citrusy hop flavor, and a firm but well-balanced bitterness. It finishes dry with a lingering sweet maltiness that dissolves into a chalky bitterness. The gentle citrusy character probably derives from hops, and adds a refreshing character to it; as well as boosting its drinkability. It's interesting, and surprisingly complex for the style.

Jan 29, 2003
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bditty187 from Nebraska

2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Export pours a hazy pale-gold with a white head of about a half an inch. The nose was practically the exact same as a Foster’s (is that a good thing? (No)). The taste was very mild, pleasant, and there wasn’t any skunkiness to interfere with the overall enjoyment. It is very smooth to drink and amazingly creamy. It also produces a lovely spiciness on the back of your tongue after you swallow. Overall it is a very simple tasting beer, but that is okay. Uncomplicated but refreshing and agreeable.

Sep 15, 2002
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Gusler from Arizona

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

The quintessential lager golden yellow color with a modest white head and fair lace. Malt is the nose, light and fresh, not altogether unpleasant. Sweet start, skinny top, finish is lightly carbonated, lightly hopped, dry lingering aftertaste, drinkable as beer goes, but not a real hit or loss with me for that matter.

Jan 07, 2003
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mschofield from Massachusetts

2.91/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden body, with a two finger white head. Enthusiastically carbonated, leaves very thin sparse bits of lace.
Aroma shows apricot, sulfur, and lightly toasted malt.
Lemon and spice in the taste, lightly toasted malt, earty and grassy, a little buttery. The buttery character grows with warming.
Light and crisp, quite dry

Apr 05, 2004
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JohnnyDuvel from Florida

3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being part Lithuanian, I'm glad to say that this is a good lager. Maltier and creamier than most beers of this style, with a pretty good boot to go with it. In the end, maybe could use a little more hoppiness and crispness, but this is a very drinkable lager, and just different enough to have once in awhile for a change.

Mar 20, 2003
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AudioGilz from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty much clear yellow golden in color with a moderate white head. I didn't find this very exciting, but it is highly drinkable and refreshing. A little hoppy and lemony in the aroma and flavor. The finish is crisp and refreshing. Pretty average beer.

Feb 23, 2003
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Redrover from Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz brown botle with nice graphics

Beer pours a light yellow with some haze. Large initial head with a little foam that stays for the duration. Hardly any lacing.

Beer smells like an unskunked Heineken, which is not bad. Noticeable hops and spice.

Beer starts out tasting ok, but it does get sour after a while. Some grain type taste, but the sourness is over riding. Beer also seems to lack some crispness. Perhaps this an old sample, but there is no freshness dating so its hard to tell.

The sourness affects both the mouthfeel and the drinkability.

Jul 26, 2003
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly clear golden hay color with a small white cap wavering down quickly to a thin collaring. Lacing is minimal to none.

Clean aroma of light bready pils malts. Slightly doughy with a rounded bread crust and carries a softly paled sweetness from the malts.

Taste is fairly mild here. Average at best with low riding malts lending a pilsner-like malting lending only the smallest favor to breadyness and sweetness. Partially fluffy on the palate and tongue with very easy going low ended carbonation. Clean and quick with an adequate lager base and dryish finish floating off with a very light enducing white bread crust. Mild and average all around for this one. I wouldn't call it light, but its definately not medium or weak. Not bad really. Clean and a touch frothy on the malts adding a bit of character to its standard tastes. A good drinking lager that easily could hit the spot after a long day or perhaps before moving on to more brain bashing brews.

Aug 04, 2005
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Globetrotter from Virginia

2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tall brown half liter bottle with foil around the neck and a gold and white label dominated by writing. There's just a little pyramid above the name, with a bottle inside the pyramid. Ingredients include "beer products" (huh?). Best before 5/13/04, I opened it on 3/8/04.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold under a 1.5 finger white head with a good bit of body and very nice lacing. The nose is very mild, with just a touch of smooth malt. The mouth is medium carbonated and light in texture. There's not enough flavor here - a touch of malt to start, a hint of hops to close, but an utterly watery aftertaste. There is nothing at all bad here, but it is much too thin - glorified water.

Mar 09, 2004
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TripelJ from Florida

3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Kalnapilis

This beer pours a clear straw yellow, with good clarity and a thick white head that lasts for several minutes. There is little lacing as the head recedes to a thin clumpy layer. Nose is sweet with little hops to be found. Taste is a little sweet with some grains and a light bitter/dry aftertaste. Overall a very enjoyable offering from Lithuania.

Aug 26, 2003
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moulefrite from Massachusetts

1.4/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a gloomy looking dirty golden. Its aromas are sweet and exhibit a malty raisiny odour that is not that pleasant. The mouthfeel is flabby and lacking in zip. This beer tastes sweet, raisiny, metallic and even vegetal. I may have an off bottle, but I don't even want to fool with retrying this stuff. I made it past five sips, and now to the sink. Nasty stuff.

Jan 22, 2004
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chaduvel from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm Lithuanian beer. This one pours a semi-clear yellow-orange, almost peach color. Not much head to speak of, and not much of a smell either. I detect some grains and some lawn clippings. Taste is smooth, some cereal flavors and some hops, I detect a very subtle hint of apple. This beer really coats the mouth for a lager. Not bad, but not great either. Worth a try.

Aug 26, 2003
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

2.54/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am drinking a 500 mL bottle, served chilled, in a Three Philosophers goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a light yellow color, clear with no visible sediments. It has no head and little carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is very light, almost nonexistent. There is no discernible malt or hop presence (although I am guessing that they are there).

Taste: The beer has a slightly sweet taste, maybe as a result of corn or other adjunct. The malt character imparts a moderately full flavor that lingers in the mouth. Overall, it is very inoffensive on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The beer sits nicely on the palate, nothing good nothing bad to say. Unfortunately for this beer, water sits on my palate in the same way.

Drinkability: The abv is low (5.4%), so it is a good beer for sessioning.

Feb 26, 2006
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lemony gold with sheets of fine bubbles that have now slowed to a few vigorous streams. Given all the carbonation, I'd expected a bigger head (two fingers) and more persistence (only minutes). The dirty white cap is now a lumpy disk and has graced the glass with almost no lace.

The nose is just okay. It's mostly sweet and grainy with a minimum of stale mustiness. While it isn't a particularly inviting aroma, it's one that I can live with.

This is actually okay beer that manages to distinguish itself from most of what comes out of Eastern Europe. It does so in the simplest way possible: ingredients. In particular, by using enough of them. The beer is well-malted and has a pale malty sweetness that is all the more agreeable because there's enough weight on the hoppy side of the scale to balance things out.

The flavor is more bold than anticipated, with a great interplay between sweet and bitter. I'd even go so far as to say that it's firmly bitter, a definite plus in my book. Most beer from this neck of the woods is on the bland, uninteresting side. Kalnapils Export is anything but. There are no accessory flavors to be had, just lightly toasted grain and bitter noble hops (with spicy and grassy notes most prominent).

The body/mouthfeel is a good match for the flavor. The generous quantity of malt ensures that flavor delivery occurs all the way through each mouthful and beyond. In addition, the abundant carbonation (why such a lousy head?) is welcome in this case since it livens up an already lively flavor profile.

After pouring and smelling Kalnapils Export I was less than impressed and figured that it was just another lousy European Lager. I was wrong. It's the best of the three Lithuanian beers that I've had to date. Not a hugely impressive accomplishment, I know, but try this on for size. It's one of the few former Soviet bloc beers that I'd actually consider drinking again.

May 07, 2006
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Zorro from California

2.67/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow beer with a bit of white head.

Smell is a bit of malt and some spicy hops and the scent of a Belgian pale ale, coriander and a hint of orange peel.

Taste is malty and a little sweet with a creamy mouthfeel at the beginning. Fairly bitter herbal hops kick in after a while. Very quickly become a very herbal and bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is just average.

Drinkability depends on whether you like strong brews towards the harsh end or refined balanced beers, this one is harsh. I can't see myself buying this again, just not that great.

Nov 27, 2005
Kalnapilis Export from Alaus Darykla Kalnapilis
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 29 ratings