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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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of mrquartetman
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours hazy golden color, very nice head.
S: Grassy, citrusy, strong aroma
T: A very good weizen-style beer that is most satisfying. It has a rich flavor, malty, full-bodied, spicy.
M: Good complexity across the palate, dry-ish, but not anywhere near astringent.
D: Excellent. I bought this together with the Svyturys Baltijos Dark Red, each for $1.89 at a local Whole Foods (which seems to be the best outlet around here for the Svyturys line). Great price for a most drinkable, surprisingly tasty couple of beers.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 500 ML bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.99...
Front logo sticker specifically states "ALC. 5.0% / VOL."...
A hefty pour yielded a teriffic, cloudy, hazy, murky, straw-colored hue with a gigantic foamy head and a copious amount of lacing...
Sweet, enticing, wheaten-aroma replete with fresh fruits, and ripe citrus...
Taste was fantastic - a true-to-the-style Hefeweizen rendolent of ripe, green apples, fresh pears, canteloupe, melons, green grapes, fresh citrus essences...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel and a superb level of drinkability...
Would definitely rate this as one of the top depicitions of the style...
Excellent stuff...
Highly recommended...

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I think this is the right beer even though the bottle looks very different. Slim glass 500mL bottle with the Svyturys logo molded into it, white and light blue foil label on the neck that says WHITE in big letters and BALTAS in smaller letters underneath. Small vertical clear plastic label on the side with gov't alcohol warnings.

Picked this up for $1.99 at Amity Wine & Spirits, New Haven, CT. Best before 06LJ (?). Served cold in a chilled weizen glass.

Moderate pour gives a huge foamy white head, like a good 6" of foam on top of 2" of beer. It has great retention, takes a while to get the glass half full. Smell is pretty true to the style, smooth, and very potent. Loads of soft banana, some wheat spices, yeast, and maybe a bit of muted citrus. Feel is a little flat, as if it lost all it's carbo during the pour, but it also has a fizzy spritz like tonic. Taste is semi-sweet, earth/yeast funk, a great bit of fresh/ sharp wheat spices (no muddy stale stuff here), some banana, again some citrus hiding in the background... pretty light and a bit thin, but very tasty and even more drinkable.

A bit sweeter and thinner than a typical German offering, but I enjoyed it immensely. It goes down VERY smooth and was gone before I knew it. I'd call it some kind of a hybrid between a hefeweizen and a wit.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow with an orange hue and a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving some patches. Decent lacing.
Smell is fruity yeast and lightly sweet malts, with some notes of orange, lemon, and grape. Bubblegum and spices as well.
Taste is more lightly sweet malts with yeast and spices. Orange, lemon, grape, as well as some melon. Finishes with some more spices.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet smooth, with a nice clean, slightly dry finish. Light body.
Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this all night. Tasty.

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Photo of searsclone
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a hefe glass, was a mottled yellowish brown color with wheat floating through it

S: spicy and sweet bubblegum at the same time

T: it starts spicy then goes sweet as it is swallowed with a bit of a bitter aftertaste

M: Sharp on the tip of the tongue but creamy in the back of the throat then sharp again on the way down with a bit of a warming.

D: I could drink this all night.

This is not the absolute best hefe I have ever had, but it is definitely a great beer. It's as good or better than a lot of German brewed hefs and is a fair bit better than most of the American versions I have tried. This beer is worth a try, the only thing that would make me like this beer more is if it had more of a bubblegum taste.

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

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

One of my wife's co-workers that is Russian brought this over for me. She told me she got it at a Russian specialty market in Seattle.
A: 500 ml bottle allowed me to share a little with my wife. The unfiltered light hue poured a 1/4" head that quickly dissipated to a thin bead of foam.
S: The nose held a fruity aroma of banana and orange.

T: At first taste is the banana to carbonation and orange peel, turning into a slight toffee finish.
M: Very smooth "wit-bier"

D: This beer has a complex array of flavors that you should enjoy.

Elbows Up,

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

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a Baltic food and drink shop in Lewisham, SE London. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, "unfiltered" as stated on the label. BB 10/12/2006(oops!), served chilled in a proper weizen glass on 28/12/2006.

A: very dark yellowish in colour, cloudy, coming with an ever-lasting, rocky, tight white frothy head that simply refuses to budge for a good five minutes, then settles to a thin white cap staying throughout the drink; lively carbonation below.
S: a dusty note comes through the thick foam, on top of sour mangos and sweet bananas hand in hand with cloves and exotic yeast-esters typical of a hefe-weizen; the rich yeasty note sits comfortably with an equally firm bedrock of mildly sweet caramel and bready wheat-malts... Overall the aroma is almost in harmony, not particularly complex but well-balanced.
T: sour-sweet bready malts prevail upfront, followed closely by a dryish tinge of spicy yeasts, a tart edge of fresh lemonade, and more bready wheats... The palate turns slightly dryish-bitter and tangy, until it hits a rather clean finish, where the dryish-spicy and mildly fruit-estery aftertaste never vanishes.
M&D: very soft and smooth in carbonation, medium-bodied, with a palate remaining firm from the beginning to the end, without falling thin or sour as many other hefe-weizens do. The firm-bodied wheat-malts and dry-ish spiciness make up for the relatively muted fruitiness on the palate, rendering a consistently firm mouthfeel and enjoyably dry aftertaste that is surprisingly rare for most hefe-weizens. A well-balanced product this is~~

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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 drpimento
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good! Poured with a nice sized, off white, head that faded after a bit and some lace. Color is a lightly cloudy amber. Aroma is like a classic Bavarian Weiss - spicey, wheat, malt, yeast, citurs. Flavor is the same way, lemon stands out and a just right balance between sweet and tart. Body is full and carbonation is just right. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Thirst quenching satisfying beer that nevertheless leaves me wanting another swallow.

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Photo of kplooki
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

This beer took me by surprise, kind of thought is was going to suck. I was first impressed with the big frothy pour, spicey smell, then a sweet tasty taste. This has a very celan finish to it, not so much on the clovey/banana notes but somewhat watered down which makes this very drinkable, but not the best heffe.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Pretty much a standard Bavarian-style hefeweizen but a touch lighter. Good appearance. Good head retention. Lacing could, and should, be better though. Both the aroma and the flavor express banana and a touch of lemon, as well as wheaty malt. It's a touch acidic, and that works with its citrus side; and that cuts through it leaving it fairly dry in the finish. Of course that also makes the flavor appear as if it's a bit thinner. I've had several hefeweizens from Germany that were pretty similar though, and it is really drinkable. Overall, except for the limited lacing I'd say it's pretty damned good.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. "The highest quality beer."

Big time cloudiness, pale yellow appearance, big, bone white head, stays a spell. A busy crumbler, leaving little lace.

Nice aromatics, fairly beaming out of the glass. Fresh and alert, lightly lemony. Minor spice far off on the horizon. Quite nice hefe smell.

Little tart bite up front, then smooth. Full bodied, crisp, tasty, easy drinking, but more considerable in body and texture than other weizens.

I wouldn't compare this to a Wehenstephaner's or the like, but it's not bad in the slightest. Hands down, the top ranking Lithuanian hefe weizen in my experience.

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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 Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after it’s departing and decanting the 500ml brown bottle resides in the glass a yellow-orange color, chill hazed to the max, the head a mountain of creamy white, and after its dissipation, the lace forms a tight concealing curtain upon the glass. Nose has a nice aroma of wheat, bread dough if you so choose, fresh and crisp, also hints of bananas, spicy sweet, and start is lightly sweet, the grain presence pleasant and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is benign in its acidity, the hops barely discernable, the aftertaste dry, all in all a nice refreshing beer on this 90 degree day in Arizona. I’m I mistaken or wheat style beers a bit rare in this part of the world as in Lithuania?

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top...dude, I had no idea Svyturys made a wheat beer

Appearance: Hazy golden brown with a rich white fluffy whipped cream head...dead on for the style

Smell: Big banana esters up front with a little sweet caramel

Taste: Big banana, CRISP wheat flavors, with light lemon and just a touch of clove on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light (a bit too light) but nicely crisp

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: A really nice hefeweizen, if a little bit light on the mouthfeel (even for the style)

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Photo of mattmaples
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Now everyone knows I am a full-fledged Beer Geek and have tried a lot of beers in my day but I can safely say that this is the first Lithuanian Hefe-Weisen I have ever had. Big fluffy head, tart wheat character, nice fruity banana ester, and a slight spiciness at the finish. It is everything one would expect out of a Hefe and a tarter flavor than most of the Germans.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered wheat.

A: Poured a hazy lemonade color with a huge, billowy 3 finger eggshell white head that displayed great retention pitting to a slight rocky structure all the while leaving huge clumps of lacing behind sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: A very nice aroma filled the nose full of bananas, wheat and spicy cloves.

T: starts out with some creamy bananas and spicy cloves with faint hints of peppery notes found on the finish. There was some fresh bright lemons as well while the wheat palate definitely stands out here providing a great foundation for flavor. Overall definitely one of the best beers ive had by them.

M: light, creamy with a soft carbonation touch around the edges of the tongue. Really nice feel.

D: Drinkability was solid, a good wheat beer that wont disappoint and definitely worth checking out. A bargain considering the cost per bottle vs. flavor/enjoyability factor ($1.49 per pounder).

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Photo of thekanna
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Russia House near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

A: Cloudy yellow with a thick, foamy head.

S: Mostly wheat malts and nothing else.

T: Lots of wheat malt, some tanginess in the form of peppery spices and citrus fruits, and a slight sourness.

M: Somewhat thin; not as full-bodied as i'd like for a hefe.

D: Very drinkable, especially from a country that's not renowned for brewing beer.

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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 flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. My bottle reads 5.0% ABV rather than the above-noted 5.2%.

Appearance: cloudy orangeish yellow hue with several thick fingers of foamy white head. Pretty solid looking to me.

Aroma: nice hefeweizeney aroma with a little clove, a little malt, and a little banana. Actually, pretty well balanced.

Taste: light wheat malt and a little light citrusy tartness. Not as much of the clove and banana as the aroma, which I find a little disappointing. It's still pretty good, though.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with an OK level of carbonation and creaminess. Not great, but not bad.

Drinkability: pretty refreshing and tasty. Despite some of its flaws, I find it very drinkable. For the money, Lithuania makes some pretty decent beer.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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