Utenos Pilsener | Utenos Alus

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Utenos Alus

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Chaz on 10-30-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by LagerCognoscenti:
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.34/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still available in my neighbourhood despite being listed as retired.

Fantastic head and retention! Light straw colour with medium carbonation.

Aroma is mild but suggests herbs and malt.

The taste is a bit harsh but reminiscent of a German pils. Sweet malt is present and it is quite bitter - perhaps in a slightly too tart way. The flavour is not a million miles away from a German pils like Krombacher in being herbal with something in the maltiness that reminded me of Staropramen (Czech pils)

Overall this is quite a good beer and not a bad copy of a czezh pils (which it likens itself to on the can)

My mark out of one hundred would be 75.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, bought at Ole Simon, Sandnes, Norway. ABV is 4.6%. Pale golden colour, large and lasting head. Flowery and sweetish aroma, okay. Fairly hoppy flavour. Deserves the name "pilsener" - I’ve had many a "pils" that was far worse than this one. This is a quite good one, actually.

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Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of surcorx
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its appearance is traditional. Medium golden-yellow in color with medium creamy head that quickly dissipates. Leaves little lacing. Mild carbonation lacking any bite.

The smell and taste is a mild vague malt with a difficult to discern hop profile.
Its taste is watery semi sweet sour in character. It tastes very clean. Nothing off--nothing unusual. But then again, for the same reason fairly boring. It has little hops or bitterness whatsoever and disappoints in this area. Overall very thin in its flavor. The sourness stands out for me above all else. Almost tastes salty.

Its mouthful is a thin smooth brew. It lacks body. With its flat like carbonation is drinks like water. Which is why at first it appears very refreshing, but the lingering sourness takes over and disappoints.

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Photo of flyingpig
1.79/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (500ml from Eastern European Foods, Glasgow - £1.59)::
Pale straw colour with some bubbles rising to the surface and a rather large looking, foamy white head on top that stays for well over five minutes without movement.

Offensive, cheap lager aroma that attacks the nostrils right off the bat. There is a sort of skunky corn aroma and some cheap, basic malts following them. It is a slight bit sour with a metallic aroma and a floral, hoppy aroma that isn't the freshest.

A slightly unpleasant mixture of corn, malts and some grassy hops but none of these are particularly appealing. This one ranks up there with the worst tasting beers I've had in some time.

Rather light and grainy with moderate carbonation and a sort of skunky, cheap feel to the beer.

Another truly awful beer, up there with the worst I have tried and not much in the way of redeeming features really. It tasted cheap, unbalanced and it didn't seem to sit right in the stomach; that and the flavours themselves were pretty basic and not very adventurous.

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Photo of Chaz
3.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden-straw in color, with an impressive white head and minimal lacing. Clear to brilliant, with evidently ample carbonation, and a nose which promises an honest, on-style attempt: faintly grainy aroma along with hops that want to bite a bit harder than they do but just won’t (remember: this isn’t a craft brewery reclaiming a style ala Prima Pils, so I’m calling the hop use "on-style".) Light and crisp on the tongue, with a not-unpleasant maltiness (a touch sweeter than it is sour) preceding a commendably bitter and aromatic hop quality. Flavor and texture suggests a grain bill and water quality that pegs this as a product of the Svyturus brewery (Utenos was merged with Svyturys some years back), but I could be wrong, as this brew has enough individual characteristic – nice work in this case. Body is light, and with the alcohol under 5% ABV this is quite drinkable. Overall this is a more convincing effort than many of the macro attempts at the pilsener style that I’ve tried over the years. If this brew was available in a 12 pack of 330’s at a decent price, I’d prefer it to most of the pale export lagers out there. Come to think of it, if any brewer anywhere can consistently brew a pilsener of this quality it’s worth a try and a second try as well.
(500 mL bottle with proprietary batch / bottling code)

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Photo of rockwell
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle.

Pours a clean yellow with chunky carbonation and huge bubbles that stick throughout.

The hay on the nose explodes immediately after pouring. Some soft malt biscuits are also on the nose. Very clean smell to it.

Initially it is a bit cloying on the tongue with its sweetness, but it opens up to a become a more appealing beer. More maltiness on the palate, absolutely no hops on the finish which is pretty disappointing.

Overall a nice beer, not what I have in mind for a pilsner, but a good beer none the less. A bit more cloying & viscous than I want. If you're looking for a "clean" pilsner I don't think this is what you want.

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Utenos Pilsener from Utenos Alus
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 7 ratings