Svyturys Ekstra | UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2004

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Ratings: 241 |  Reviews: 133
Reviews by Kulrak:
Photo of Kulrak
2.45/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden straw color with plenty of foamy white head that sticks around for a while and clings to the glass. Smells like noble hops and yeast and light malt. Not much spicyness or floral scents, but it's still pleasant. Tastes dry and a bit sour at the same time, not a whole lot of sweetness of any kind, but there's hop flavor there. Finishes sour/dry as well. Mouthfeel is foamy and a little creamy. Overall, it's fairly drinkable as it's not too strong in any one area, but it's not a real enjoyable beer for me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cokes
1.18/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a neon yellow with a fat, lumpy, white foam. Though it's obscured by a noticable smog.
Reeks of granite mines, sulfur, powdered sugar, and corn or rice.
Starts with a sugary, adjuncted sweetness. Then onto burnt plastics, and rippingly harsh minerality. Concludes with a cabbage-like vegetable sense. Sandstone at the close. No hops to speak about, aside from a pseudo lemon cleaner note of unknown origin.
Light bodied, but it's waterly, fizzy texture manages to carry an assortment of atrocities.
However, it did flow smoothly down my kitchen sink.
This is the worst thing I've had recently.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.26/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A surprisingly average (I expected garbage for the price) Dortmunder style lager from Lithuania. Pours piss yellow with outstanding carbonation streaming and a generous white cloud that dissipates to a ¼ inch. Minimal lacing. Aroma is quarried rock, dust, lime, corn, powdered sugar, and iron. Taste is biting but quickly turns to corn sweetness with attached rice notes. Metallic and rock notes persist. Body is very light. Drinkability is pretty low. After a few gulps my stomach is becoming queasy. It’s not as bad as some of the reviews would make it sound but how on Earth did this win a gold at the world beer cup?

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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Dmann
2.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Your average lager beer at best. Poured a clear golden color with a great pillowy head that lasted. Smelt of grain and gym socks. Tasted thick and malty with a slight ammount of grain in there. Not that bad of a lager but nothing that stands out too much either.

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Photo of vinivini
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of innominat
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of pat61
2.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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 fionn13
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of stephenlee
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Robertas
4.23/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Beer_Rabbit66
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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 Brenden
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pour out of the gold labeled and foiled brown bottle produces a soft pale yellow brew with just a slight opaqueness to it. On top of it sits a white head, initially just over a finger, which offers a fair amount of retention before receding to a foam that leaves a light touch of thin lacing here and there.
Grassy and earthy hops are present on the nose, perhaps just under a grains presence. A bit of zesty lemon is evident as well. Some hay and an adjunct touch linger as well. This aroma is light, but not unpleasant and could simply be improved by the removal of the rice in place of a pale malt.
The taste follows suit, with lemon zest remaining throughout and a more mentionable hops flavor than most Euro imports of the like. Otherwise, mostly grainy and grassy.
This beer starts crisp but gets quite smooth, with a fuller body than I expect, more on the light side of medium. Carbonation is moderate and adds to a somewhat thicker feeling as well as the initial crisp nip.
Take it or leave it, this is one of the better mass-produced overseas EPLs I've had.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.96/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Why our province's royal liquor bureacracy bring this in over 500 better beers. Its cheap to import? There is a demand? The brochure said it won some Eastern Europe medals? Pale, serviceable, drinkable. Foaming pour. Lemon, sugary malt. Burning alcohol.
2.5 years later, watery.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This golden clear brew would be pretty boring and average looking if it weren't topped with a big fluffy bone-white head. This monstrosity of white fluff reduces to a bubbly finger after a moment, and leaves a little bit of soapy lace on the glass.

S - Mild toffee and yeast mingle with some grassy hops. Smells fresh, like laundry hung outside in the spring air.

T - More assertive than the nose, this is fresh and malty with some nice grassy hop accents. Reminds me a bit of Worther's Original candies, topped with some spicy mustard.

M - Light bodied, firm, crisp, and tight. Carbonation is easy going, and it finishes fairly dry. Nice.

D - Drinkable, if a little bit forgettable. Not a bad basic lager by any means. I wish our macro lagers were even slightly this tasty here in the US.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.2/5  rDev +40.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, Lithuanians know how to make beer! Who knew! The Ekstra pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body with yellow highlights beneath a full head of bright white foam that holds really well and leaves some very nice, wide rings of lace about the glass. The nose is clean and bright with sweet, adjunct malt and grassy hops. It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a moderate carbonation and dextrinous, medium body. The flavor delivers a semi-grainy, obviously adjunct enhanced, semi-sweet maltiness; backed by a solid bitterness; and peppered with lemony, grassy, and herbal hop flavors. It finishes dry, hoppy, and refreshing. This is actually a great beer for a summer BBQ; and it also pairs well with a wide variety of foods including some Indian and Thai foods.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.21/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; production code UE 03, but no clear dating.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden color with robust head formation and clearing, leaving a greater than one inch white head, good retention, but limited lacing.
S: Floral. Aromas of corn, banana, honeysuckle, and cloves predominate.
T: Flavors follow the nose largely. Bitterness strong in the context of the flavor profile and finish sharp consistent with the style.
M: Light bodied with light, persistent champagne bubble effervescence.
O: Svyturys Ekstra is a nice, non-central European example of a Euro Pale Lager. Refreshing, crisp, enjoyable. I thought the score were really much too low.

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Photo of tempest
2.72/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Bugs318
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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