Baltas | UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mattmaples on 05-18-2005

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Photo of shelby415
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spoony
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a hefe glass. No date that I noticed.

A-The beer is typical for a hefe, cloudy with rusty orange hues and a nearly white head. Carbonation isn't terribly active and the head doesn't' last as long as I would like. The one and one-half finger of foam dies off after about a minute.

S-The beer smells pretty good. I'm picking up lots of lemon and orange notes, light wheat funkiness that is more musty than funky, and hints of dough and banana. This brew smells a little more sharp and acidic than many hefes, with less of the spice and mushy fruit flavors than normal.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. Orange and lemon notes border on zesty and the beer is not as complex as some, but it packs a refreshing, almost-crisp flavor.

M-The body is medium in heft. Neither creamy nor crisp, it splits the middle ground and drinks easily.

O-This may be my first Lithuanian beer and it is a winner for me. The beer leans more towards citrus than many wheat beers, but that is OK in my book. I would definitely buy more of this if I could find it fresh.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Listed on the "1001" and I will review if I ever have again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught in Vilnius.


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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Robertas
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dryndantheman
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vinivini
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bird_soul
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Onerby
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with a thick head with medium retention and keeping a constant plate.
Aroma with notes of bubblegum, oranges, banana and cloves.
Flavor with notes of fresh oranges, mild cloves, white bread, lemon, some banana and green apple. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. Slightly tart, this makes it more interesting.
Flavorful and yeasty Hefeweizen, still very easy to drink. I found it very pleasant and balanced, meaning it does not focus in just one of the common esters to this style.

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Photo of kplooki
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of stephenlee
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of JSuperman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Svyturys30
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Svyturys Baltas is very similar to a Goose Island 312, if you have never had it before.

A- It has a pale golden color, like a dull, dirty gold coin.

S- Has the smell of wheat and grains

T- It tastes like a wheat beer with a minor pear taste in the middle. It is also an unfiltered beer, so you get the "uncensored" so to speak flavor of all the grains that are used to brew this beer.

M- This beer has more carbonation than its sister beer "Ekstra". It is a frothy delight!

I would say this is one of my favorite beers to drink in the fall and into the winter. If you like unfiltered wheat beers, you can't go wrong with this one. Cheers!

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Dentist666
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours utterly cloudy milky-amber beer with good, resistant white head. Nice aroma of wheat malts, banana and cloves, partially bready, not very clean, but convincing. Taste is smooth, citrus with banana. Intense carbonation. The beer poises between hefeweizen and witbier, leaning to weizen. The body is light and fizzy. Solid brew.

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Photo of killianf
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Weizen glass

A: Pours a pale hazy yellow, 3 finger soapy head with little lacing. Very carbonated by the look of it.

S: Hoppy, grassy smells, very fruity with citrus and hints of banana, also a hint of bubblegum.

T: Banana, citrus and clove on the tongue. A definite bubblegum finish, and a nice bready, nutty aftertaste.

M: A bit watery - light to medium bodied. A bit fizzy on the tongue, but quite drinkable.

Overall: Not a bad Hefe at all, better than I thought it would be. However, the thin mouthfeel is always a negative for me, and that's what brought this beer down. Otherwise, a beer worth trying out.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slim 500 ml bottle with the label around the bottle top. Yes, the presentation is different than what is currently shown in the database. On to the beer:

The pour generates a lot of foam, which eventually delievers a large, foamy head that lasts for some time. Its color is most resmeblant to "witbier pale yellow" than anything else. The cloudiness adds extra texture to the body. Quite sweet in the nose, to be specific, kisses of banana, a pinch of lemon, a small dose of bubblegum, and a hint of cake batter. Who knows where this will take us.

Is this a witbier or a hefeweizen? Even tasting it, it is hard to decide which. The most noticable flavor is lemon by a country mile. There is a little banana found eventually. A kiss of vanilla rounds it out. Body is light and a little watery at times, carbonation provides a little buzz. Lemon sticks around in the aftertaste.

It was from Lithuania and $1.99 for the half-liter of a style I love, so it seemed like a fun purchase at the time. Unfortunately, the novelty wears out halfway through the bottle. Too one dimensional to make it worth a second purchase.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a hefe glass - poured about 3/4 then swirled several times to get the yeast and poured again. Result is opaque yellow-brown with a large chunky white head that settles to a small covering. The aroma is great: bananas on Wheaties with coriander. Taste leaves something to be desired. A little dry, the taste is watery earthy browned apple with a lemon tang. Somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of stoepsel
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy to milky shining yellow body with a perfect head and a banana-nose. Looks and smells great but I had my doubts due to the rice listed among the ingredients, which finally passes unnoticed. Actually the whole keeps a rather low profile except for it's looks: Not very malty or yeasty, drinkability is smooth as is the finish.

An easy wheat beer.

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