Švyturys Ekstra
UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus
 
Lithuania
Style:
European / Dortmunder Export Lager
Ranked #73
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
70
Ranked #29,854
Avg:
3 | pDev: 19.67%
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
265
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 12, 2022
Added:
Jun 19, 2004
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  26
SCORE
70
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Å vyturys EkstraÅ vyturys Ekstra
Notes: The first Lithuanian beer, brewed since 1995, which has received international recognition along with a number of top awards. Bright gold in colour and with a thick foam on the glass Ekstra has gained its wide popularity for its balanced flavour which is enlivened with slight bitterness of hops. Once introduced, Švyturio Ekstra has become the most popular draft beer in Lithuanian restaurants and pubs as it is delivered to bars unpasteurized or live.
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Ratings by krantul:
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Reviewed by krantul from Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev +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.
Jul 03, 2011
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.98 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Nov 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.12 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.42 by Eman17 from Illinois

Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
From Lithuania, 1784...brewed with barley and rice. English on the label, which is great.

Beautiful light hoppy, ricey aroma...perfect for a hot day I reckon...even though it isn't.

Light and refreshing...easy to drink fast. Hot a huge amount of hops, but well balanced and a subtle dry bitterness.

Not a huge amount of flavour, but I like the dry balanced bitterness and the pure refreshing taste.
Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 2.86 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Nov 20, 2021
 
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A simply gorgeous beer; clear, golden body; excellent carbonation; thick and rocky head, white and dense. Sweet and gently toasted malt nose; mild spicy hop note. The taste mixes a gentle malt sweetness with a somewhat bold hop bitterness; light herbal notes. Medium body; crisp; a soft dryness throughout.

Here's a beer where one would love to have a fresh sample of. As an import, who knows how long its been bottled or under what conditions, yet it is extremely drinkable.

Poured at 57.4 °F; no decipherable bottling date uncovered on the label.
Sep 07, 2021
 
Rated: 2.77 by balizz

Jun 09, 2021
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Reviewed by fuzzywarren from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: always liked the look of pale lagers. This one looks very refreshing.
S: grain sweet corn a little skunk about what is should be.
T: first swallow is skunk but it gives way to some really firm bitterness that submarines the sweetness in the smell. I gulped it. I like it.
F: much better than anticipated. I did not discern it as too watery but still very thirst quenching.
O: seems the scores are polarized. I’m on the high end. It has to be ice cold on a hot day and it works really well. Goes with a slickness. I think it is really well done. Would definitely revisit if the mood strikes me. In fact, I wish I had another right now.
Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a crystal clear straw color. Thin one to two finger white head forms on the beer before quickly dissipating leaving just a thin residual layer of bubbly foam on top of the beer. It appears rather effervescent giving it a nice crisp appearance.

The aroma upon opening is initially rather skunky, but that settles down and notes of sweet doughy malts come through. There are some notes of tangy yeast, and very subtle light herbal hoppy notes.

Taste has notes of sweet bread, yeasty notes, but kind of watery. A strong earthy bitterness comes through on the back end. Kind of sweet, with some light grainy notes.

Feel is medium bodied, somewhat, for lack of a better term, syrupy? Bright carbonation, but not particularly bright or crisp.

Overall its a mediocre euro lager - the flavors are cleary muted and there is too much sweetness to it. I didn't particularly find it all that enjoyable to drink, and probably wouldn't again.
Apr 21, 2021
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Reviewed by lmaduells from Spain

2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
A beer without a definite, loose character, a product to quench thirst. There is no need to look for anything special or from the country of origin. A disappointment
Mar 25, 2021
 
Rated: 2.8 by milest303 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2021
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

1.72/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5
Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is wheat with medicinal and earthy hops. Light bodied, slightly bitter, moderate carbonation. Couple sips and I am good. Not a clean lager. Cannot get past medicinal taste. A hard pass--reminds me of Baltika Extra 9 without the alcohol punch.
Feb 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by NastyNorseman from New York

Feb 18, 2021
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.82/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Brilliantly clear gold, white head, nice retention and lace
Light herbal/floral hops, honey and bread malt aromas
Sweet bready malt, a touch of fruitiness, herbal and spicy hops, firm malt and bitterness
Medium light bodied, appropriate carbonation
I like it.
Feb 12, 2021
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Appearance:
Pours a straw yellow and displays a sheet white head that's as tiny as it is temporary.

Bouquet:
A dainty aroma of wheat coupled with an equally delicate scent of dried hay.

Feel:
A light body that's crisp and airy but has enough gravity to avoid feeling like a diet beer. Harbors a fleet of cotton soft bubbles that caress the tongue with a shy, feather-light touch.

Taste:
Wheat cracker with a restrained drizzle of clover honey.

Overall:
A light lager that's marginally better than ok, and could be nice on a hot summer day.

Despite its demure simplicity, Ekstra is notably better than most run-of-the-mill muck like Natty Boh, Blue Moon, and other disgraceful, corporate garbage that occupies the same tier.
May 17, 2020
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Rated by Captain68 from Russian Federation

3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
86,5
May 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.37 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Apr 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.33 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Jan 07, 2020
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Pours a golden-amber color with a smaller head.

Smells of wheat, together with a little straw and nothing else.

Has a light, but fitting and refreshing mouthfeel, with a higher, slightly effervescent finish.

Tastes of white bread dough, straw and a note of caramel. Its sweetness becomes a bit more apparent then, while the grainy impression adds a little bit of complexity, countered by the present, slightly metallic carbonation. Finishes a tad fizzy with nothing to really balance the sweet malt foundation in this.

Pretty much what you‘d expect from an industrial lager with no surprises included.
Oct 20, 2019
 
Rated: 2.89 by misteil from Ireland

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 2.75 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Quite a bit of a nice dark bodied brew. Deep brass color with a nearly bronze like finish, and classic crystal quality. Fine amounts of linear and a random odd large bubble carbonation, meeting to a fairly steep rocky bleach white two finger head. Small island puck and some spider vein lacing. Very neat looking lager.

Aroma is classic lager, relatively clean. A small touch of bakery bread malts, a little on the flour for the nose instead of dough. Faint amount of malt sensing sweetness, and minimal hop herbality.

Palate is pretty much on the level. Slightly thick bodied, but stays away from classic syrupy mass market sweetness. Clean finish is a little heavy, but some decent bakery malt sensing quality. Light touch of honey and mild hop bitterness, slightly herbal in flavor.

There's a bit of sugar to this, but not terribly, but this comes off as a real nice solid lager.
Mar 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GrumpyGas from Illinois

2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
16oz draft pour into a chilled Stein shows a clear, bubbling yellow body floating a robust 1in white fluffy head and leaving staggard lacing.

Aroma of cracker malt and that's just it and the flavor matches. A refreshing, cold, bubbly beer.

Mouthfeel is clean and light.

Overall no one will be hurt by this as long as it is cold.
Dec 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jun 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev +40.3%
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.
May 14, 2018
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Reviewed by MKV from Belgium

3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
There's nothing to recommend this beer. There's very little discernible flavor, and while there's nothing horrid or awfully unpleasant, there's also very little that you'll get out of drinking it.
May 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.08 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 2.75 by TheBeerbarian from California

Feb 25, 2018
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Rated by dimwit_flathead from California

1.82/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
The disgusting aftertaste takes a while before it hits you.
Feb 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.04 by Tomesco from Canada (ON)

Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Dec 05, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
On-tap at Karčema, Plunge, Lithuania

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a collar around the edge of glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little amount of sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is nice and clean and smooth. It isn't that adjuncty.

Serving type: on-tap
Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.1 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

May 30, 2017
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Rated by Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear golden color with white head with tastes of honey, malt, and grain. sweet flavor, medium body, very smooth.
Dec 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.29 by BlueSpader from Washington

Sep 27, 2016
 
Rated: 2.75 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Sep 26, 2016
Švyturys Ekstra from UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 265 ratings