Svyturys Ekstra | UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Dentist666
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice appearance, clear golden with solid white head, but too dusty , vegetably & corny aroma.
Taste - rather sweet, malty, honey, metallic, hop is forgotten.
Medium body and carbonation. Nothing interesting.

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Photo of stevoj
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Mix Markt in Kaiserslautern. Nice, smooth helles. Aroma is on the faint side, but taste is good and overall presentation is good. Decent lager, more dortmunder than pale.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Continuing the process of gradually going back and reviewing beers in full for beers I had previously designated as a "had". 500 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a rich golden colored beer with amber hues. Thin half finger of white head is poured, compensated by decent retention and some sparse lacing left behind. Carbonation appears minimal.

Smell - Plenty of grassy hop aroma, some general graininess and a light floral bouquet. Pretty respectable for the style.

Taste - Clean and fairly grain dominate, there's definitely some caramel like sweetness that comes through, moreso than other EPL's. Still it works nicely. The sweetness does become unwelcome by the second half of the bottle though.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is low, although body has a certain syrupy characteristic to it, aided by that carbonation. Body and mouthfeel is moderate.

Overall - Quite honestly one of the best of the sty;le that I've tried, falvor is good and filling and the body works well with the flavor profiles. Consider this a go-to if you need something a half step up from a lawn mower type of beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.89/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: mostly DMS;

T: very little flavor; grainy, corn, DMS; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: even with out the DMS, this isn't very good;

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look; pours typical golden pils but slightly cloudier, single finger grass which disappears pretty much immediately.

Smell; dull, light hoppy and tiny sent of malt, grainy touch included.

Taste; refreshing slightly sweet hoppy taste, dry crisp aftertaste, grainy but refreshing!

Feel; smooth and dry light bitter finish

Overall a nice crisp Euro later, pleasant.

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Photo of pat61
2.81/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: One of the hazier pale lagers I have seen with a thin white film of a head.
S: nose is very light, DMS, hint of earthy hops
T: Hints of creamed corn on the palate with a little vegetable tartness and astringency on the finish. The finish and aftertaste are disagreeable.
F: Light, fully carbonated, a little slickness on the tongue.
O: Barely drinkable.

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Photo of Burgz
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Pours cloudy golden with a Very small half finger head. Aromas of grass, citrus and slight skunk. Tastes malty but not overpowering. Earthy grass taste also present. Overall a slightly above average lager.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4/5  rDev +37.5%

Baltic Lager that has a nice malt character. Hops head need not try this, but those who like to expand give it a shot. It goes great with Central/ Eastern Euro meals.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you first pour this Lithuanian staple into your glass, you notice the pale golden beer culminating into a small head of carbonation that builds up, softly clinging to the glass. It isn't filtered, so you get some of the malty thicker sediment in each bottle. It tastes of corn with a hint of barley right before the leafy finish. It doesn't have a very unique feel to it, but it's a beer I would drink while I'm socializing. Not the best beer in the world, but one I enjoy and will continue to drink. Cheers!

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Photo of biboergosum
2.96/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml, more or less unique slope-shaped bottle. This stuff is crazy popular with Lithuanian ex-pats, so time to see what that's really all about.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, and rather thinly foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, flaked corn, grassy, leafy, and weedy hops, and a faint whiff of gasohol. The taste is more mixed pale malt and corny graininess, a further, weird as shit corn flakes soaked in cheap vodka essence, warm musty, leafy, and dead grassy hops, and an ethereal stale citrus fruitiness.

The bubbles are somewhat tight, yet generally frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, kind of sticky, and smooth enough, a slightly weedy astringency nipping at its heels. It finishes well off-dry, the dumbed-down malt still doing well, not exactly bumping into walls, or anything, as those indeterminate petrol-like boozy esters start to finally waft off.

Another so-so, half-assed national corporate lager, trotted out as the best a country has to offer (like a Budweiser screed), once again. There are real malt lager tendencies here, but the corners that have been cut almost glow with precision and obviousness. As far as I'm concerned, if this engenders good feelings about the land that you bailed on, then the rest of our provincial complement is all yours.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.74/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While scouting the aisles of his local liquor store, Bucky met a man filling his cart with the last of the store's Svyturys Ekstra ("Ekstra"), a Lithuanian beer. Seeing that Bucky was looking for new beers to try, he recommended his favourite brew and kindly handed Bucky a bottle from his cart. Ekstra came in a brown 500 ml bottle, with a production date of January 12, 2013 printed on the label. Ekstra was 5.2% alcohol by volume.

Ekstra is brewed by Švyturys-Utenos Alus UAB, which traces its origins to 1784 when Johann Wilhelm Reincke founded Klaipeda's first industrial brewery in the suburbs of Friedrich. The Reincke family emblem sported the sea eagle, a seafaring symbol which can be seen in the coat of arms of Švyturys to this day. Rebuilt after the war, brewery Švyturys started making beer again in 1946, initially, only in barrels and shipped to pubs in the region of Klaipeda. In 1950, the company installed a bottling line, which was frequently upgraded as the demand for Klaipeda's beer grew.

Once Lithuania was freed from the dark empire, it was reorganized as a public limited company. In spring of 1999, the company was acquired by the Danish firm Carlsberg A/S, which shared its years of experience, renovated the company, boosted its output and provided training for its employees. In December 2001, the breweries of Švyturys and Utenos Alus were merged to become Švyturys-Utenos Alus AB. Currently, Carlsberg controls Švyturys-Utenos Alus UAB through the holding company Baltic Beverages Holding, the shares of which are owned 50%/50% by Carlsberg Breweries and Scottish & Newcastle, a leader in the UK beer market.

Ekstra poured a clear golden yellow colour with about 1" of short-lived fluffy white head which left some minor spotting down the glass. Its aroma was simple but satisfying, being dominated by sweet malts with undertones of grassy hops. The beer's flavour very much followed its aroma, beginning with a strong, pleasant malty sweetness which gives way to a very mild hop bitterness, with a clean, dry finish. Ekstra had a soft mouthfeel and I would describe it as fairly light bodied. There's nothing complex about this is simply a solid, enjoyable brew, especially for those like myself who lean towards sweet, malty tastes. At $2.35 per 500 ml bottle, the beer is reasonably priced, and that Lithuanian gent in the liquor store did not steer me wrong!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with a corn flakes flavor on the finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing very exciting.

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

Light golden straw colour with a large, two fingers tall head that is very foamy and leaves great lacing on the sides whilst managing to only reduce very slightly over the course of a couple minutes.

Grassy hops and some light but sweet lager malts to follow this up. There is a slightly musty aroma and some bread and very light citrus aroma.

Sweet grassy hops and a little bit of light citrus that is quickly followed by a mix of bread and basic lager malts and a little bit of grain too. Most things in this beer are slightly subdued but noticeable nonetheless.

Light and very smooth with a sort of creamy feel to it although there is a touch of grain towards the end and slightly lighter carbonation than I was expecting.

A nice lager to begin with, it's well balanced although it is quite basic and the flavours are all pretty light with the exception of the grassy hops and lager malts . Not a classic export lager but a nice one and one that I might be inclined to try again.

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Photo of Samljer
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours incredibly well, makes your mouth water.
Two finger head in a lager glass poured from a 500ml bottle.
dissipated after 30 seconds, light lacing.

Skunky smell, not good. cant detect much past the skunk.
taste is tart, bitter, but sweet. and skunky.

mouthfeel is perfect, beyond all else, all beers should have that
mouthfeel. but i couldnt get past the skunky.

Goes down really well, very smooth. but skunky aftertaste
lingered in my throat. with each breath i take, the skunk
remained for minutes. It was pretty unpleasant but i couldnt
stop drinking it, the mouthfeel was just phenomenal.

While its going down and actually on your lips (the glass)
the carbonation hides the skunk, but as soon as you breath
or swallow, there it is slapping you in your mouth.
this is reason two i pretty much didnt stop till it was gone.
I wont be drinking this again.

And no the beer wasnt bad.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a large, white head.
Nose shows hay and bready malt. Also some faint vegetal notes in the background.
Similar flavours; hay, sweet vegetal notes some light spicy hops. A faint industrial note appears in the finish.
Could us more carbonation.

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Photo of rangerred
3.85/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a fluffy one finger head. Really good lacing that is atypical for the style.

Aroma of bready malt, some cereal grain and hay/grass from the hops. Really smells appealing.

Light bread and grass on the taste along with a pleasant sweetness. A little bit of adjunct grain taste but is is kept well in check. A light bitterness towards the finish with a soft mouthfeel.

Really a better than average Euro pale lager. There are countless examples of the style out there with little to set them apart. This beer, however, has no off flavors at all and is quite refreshing. Something I will seek out again.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You'll have to forgive this for being a short and shallow review, it dates back to when I just started recording my tastings and I hadn't quite gotten a feel for things yet ;)

Appearance: golden colour; decent carbonation but the head fades fast leaving little to no lace

Aroma: slightly sweet and very light, floral if anything

Taste & Mouthfeel: somewhat metallic, sweet, a very short finish; light body, feels under-carbonated

Overall: a very average lager that feels like it would get tired fast

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

While the clear golden sunshine hue is stunning, it’s missing pretty much all of the head that was there. Fresh-cut hay and cracker-like maltiness in the aroma. Uniform smoothness does well to add a huge refreshing quality. Lots of pale malt flavor, with hints of baked apple and delicate floral hoppiness. Perhaps the slightest suggestion of sulphur here, but it’s really not something that pops out. Very clean throughout, with a finish that lands dry. The label notes that it is unpasteurized, which is certainly noticed. A standup lager—worth a go.

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Photo of tapman
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this one for under $2 in a 500ml can. Best by 9-1-2012.

Pours a dark golden straw. The light, meringue-like head is insubstantial yet retains well enough. Lacing is splotchy. Sweet bread dough aroma and a good portion of earthy, woody hop aroma. A little bit of apple sweetness in the nose distracts from the soft malts and hops and, when combined, gives off a horseblanket-like twang. Tastes like a very old apple pie; malts are sweet and smooth, but does not finish clean. Maybe too much sulphur, but a slight earthy/mushroomy taste in the middle. Hops are not as aggressive as in the nose. Feels almost too smooth and could use some soluble carbonation. Not as dull as others of its ilk.

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Photo of biggred1
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a foil wrapped, hour glass shaped bottle with raised bottle imprints.

Hazy, pale straw colored with a decent looking head of shock white fizz that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Lemon zest, herbal hops and untoasted grain make for a pleasant nose on this one. Well balanced but a bit more Pils than EPL, hay and raw grain with just the right amount of hop bitterness and carbonation to clean the palate. Ekstra is on the leaner side of medium bodied with a seltzery, tongue scrubbing carbonation. An above average import lager.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.26/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never had Lithuanian beer before, so this is another country to scratch off the list, but I also haven't reviewed an EPL in a while which was my main reason for picking up this 500 mL bottle. This isn't my favourite style but I do enjoy a refreshing pale lager every now and then.

Pours a pale straw yellow topped with 2 fingers of foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. A sizeable collar of lacing remains around the edge of the glass. Smell is of barley malt, and extremely faint. I would be forced to use my imagination if I wanted to use any other terms to describe the smell... not off-putting but not very enticing either.

Taste is very similar - grainy barley malts, with some mild adjunct flavor. It's very clean-tasting, but that's basically all there is to it. Slightly sweet finish; not much hop presence. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sticky in the mouth afterward.

This is easy to throw back and quite refreshing, but I'd be lying if I said it was interesting. If EPLs are your thing, there's no reason not to try this one - it's at least above average.

[Updated Dec. 22. 2013]

I picked up another bottle for no reason in particular (ok, maybe it was the cool embossed cap on top). As far as Eastern European national lager brands go, Svyturys Ekstra is one of the better ones, with a decent backbone of pale, bready malts and a light, grassy finish that ends dry. Reminds me of some of my preferred Polish lager brands.

Final Grade: 3.26, a C+.

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

In the category of "it is what it is." Basic euro lager, clean and crisp. I can easily imagine this beer in bad condition, skunked and foul, but my bottle was fine. Fair's fair!

I've certainly had American craft lager at similar quality and a worse price point. Bottom line, worth a try... if you trust your retailer, give it a whirl.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another of these peculiar fruity, skunky euro beers.

Head on the golden pour at first, dissipates leaving some carbonation to prickle the tongue. Quite sweet. Big aroma of flowery hops is the best feature. Kind of a shortbread flavor with that winey, perfumey nose. Would make a good malt liquor, nothing to offend and some alcohol might do this stuff some good. Hops do provide a modest bitterness. Light body, ends with a bitter fruity tang.

There must be some good examples out there, assuming this is a real style. Seems to me more of a lowest common denominator manufactured products.

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Photo of tempest
2.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket. The skunking was a bit rough on the aroma, but after about 20 minutes it let up and there was a touch of toasty grains. The beer reminded me of other northern Euro lagers, like Okocim, as it has a little more character than Heineken, but is still no pilsner. You can actually taste the barley and feel a balancing hops bitterness. However, given the bad condition of the beer, I probably wouldn't drink this unless I were actually in Lithuania.

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Photo of Long813
2.05/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dated: 08.01.12 JD

A: Pours a clear gold body loads of white head. It was overflowing, not a nice mess to clean up.

S: Faint notes of some grains, nothing else.

T: Some grainy hops, very faint, not so pleasing.

M: Light bodied no alcohol presence, lackluster aftertaste.

D: Decent attempt at a brew, nothing more.

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