Baltijos | UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Svyturys-Utenos Alus, Lithuania
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Svyturys Baltijos

Svyturys Baltijos is dark beer with a proud history. It is famous for it's extra thick foam and it's rich, sweet, long lasting caramel taste.

Baltijos is the oldest beer in the Švyturys beer family made since 1964. It is based on old, traditional brewing methods, and the taste is as close as you can get to the beer Svyturys founding father brewed 200 years ago.

Svyturys Baltijos was awarded the bronze medal in the World Beer Championship 2002.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltijos has a thick, off-white head, an initially clear, rust-red appearance, with lots of bubbles and minimal lacing. The beer clouds up, when the bottom sediment is swished loose and poured in. Aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is of sweet, syrupy, bready malts, with low-level hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Balitjos finishes crisp and drinkable. RJT

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle for $ 2.76 (including tax) ($ 0.164/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma - malt
Head average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), light amber, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular zero to one mm ring and a single bubble thickness layer. Forget the propaganda about the “Extra thick foam”.
Lacing - none
Body – Medium amber, hazy
Flavor – sweet caramel malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

No worse than any other marzen/octoberfest style except for the total lack of hops flavor. But for the price, not a bad deal if you love the taste of malt. One and done.

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a 500ml bottle.

Appearance: Pours amber with minimal haze and a nice tan head that does not dissipate too quickly.

Smell: Smells of caramel and bread.

Taste: Sweet malty taste with strong alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall this is a solid Oktoberfest style, a bit overly carbonated and a bit too much chill haze for the style. For a macro brew it's very respectable.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into lager glass.
Pour clear copper, with thin beige head.
Smell - intense malty, bready, a bit smoked, caramel.
Taste - plain malty without any prominent traits.
Medium body and carbonation.
Made average for average macro consumer.

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Photo of Skaimante
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Great beer considering the fact it is for mass production.
Lovely bitter taste with caramel notes. Amazing with wild animals meat. Good for cooking as well.
Couls drink warm or cold, perfect for any season.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/6/14

A clear amber, bubbles everywhere, tight thumbs width of tan foam hangs around for a few sips leaving some random lace

S dark bread, wet leaves, orchard ground after harvest with bruised apples all over the place, hard dark toffee, pie spice I can't place

T reminds me of apple sauce and caramel, malty, almost nutty, hay, metallic notes, not bad really and I wasn't expecting much

M medium bodied, creams up from the bubbles, slick on the palate, lots of malt on the finish

O nothing worth looking for but respectable beer at the end of the day, enough going on to prevent boredom

much better then I was expecting but still nothing amazing, something I'd drink if I was on its home turf

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml, Michelob-esque bottle - an Oktoberfest brew from Lithuania? Why the hell not.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent crumbling cliff lace around the glass as things quickly recede.

It smells of bready pale malt, syrupy caramel, musty dark fruit, i.e. Welch's grape juice, and a bit of dank grassy hops. The taste is more bready, lightly biscuity malt, a sort of tacked-on, but not unpleasant caramel sundae sweetness, sugary purple grape juice, and slightly perfumed leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly thorough in its zingy frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and a bit tacky (perhaps from the well-hidden alcohol?) in its no-brainer smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the caramel continuing its rash wane, the fruitiness going stale, and the grassy hops gaining a flinty, steely edge.

Not a bad tipple, especially given its Euro lager brethren's underwhelming stature. More of a pleasantly innocuous, sauced-up amber ale, than anything reminiscent of Munich's seasonal brewing prowess, and those around the world that succeed in aping it. Worth a try, if only to bone up on your Slavic letter combinations.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Old Vilnius Cafe in Darien, IL. No freshness date on the bottle.

Pours with a creamy light tan head of foam that billows up to the rim of the glass. Dark amber color, ever present rising bubbles. Head retention is surprisingly very good. Random lacing here and there.

Smells mild and bready, a little bit of lager yeast funkiness.

Slight cardboard in the taste, but otherwise dry and bready. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Ample carbonation at first, becoming smooth and slightly sweet towards the end of the glass. Overall it was decent, a Lithuanian Oktoberfest was definitely a novelty.

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Photo of FLima
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color with a thin head with low retention.
Light aroma of caramel and slightly toasted malts. Hints of raisins.
Flavor is much more intense than the aroma, malty notes with earthy hops, guaraná soda and caramels. Hints of wine, oxidized apples with cinnamon, and syrup.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very decent beer, flavorful and pleasant. Drinkability without being bored.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish, amber; medium, beige head, long lasting

Aroma: Malty; citrusy; slightly roasted grains; slightly vinous

Taste: Syrupy; malty; bitterness up front to balance the sweetness; very similar to a doppelbock; a little sweet, but not bad

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cask: and here is why, this is the official blurb.

Dzuljeta Armoniene has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery, in Kent, to collaborate in re-creating this beer especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This red-coloured beer has an aroma which strikes a good balance of caramel, malt and hops, while the flavour is full bodied, with notes of toast, malt and sweetness, balanced by a subtle, low-hop bitterness. Hops used: Magnum

My review is here:

Hand-pulled pint 27th Oct 2012 in the Wetherspoons pub in Telford town centre, Shropshire.

Reddy brown in colour with a white/off-white foaming head of bubbles.

Strange blend of smells and flavours within this brew: malty molasses lead the way in aroma and taste but there is also a distinct hop presence throughout as well. Couldn't get to grips with the beer really: not rich enough to carry the 5.5%ABV but not watery either. A little to sweet for its own good and although interesting it failed to excite me.

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Photo of jonb5
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint from JDW real ale festival. Bronze colour, haze rose slowly, didn't quite clear. One finger head, well retained. Aroma was mainly malt with notes of hop. Tasted roasted malt and caramel, finish long and roasted. Normal body, slight carbonation, fairly smooth. It was similar to a Doppelbock, but with less character, ok winter beer.

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Photo of EPortJake
4.26/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - reddy/brown, clear with a tiny ring of bubbles
S - heavy scents of bread with caramel
T - sweet caramel, brown sugar, some berry fruits , bread with a light grassy hop kick on the farewell
M - light bodied with a moderate carbonation
O - an interesting red ale with a fair amount of flavours in the mix, but it's all put together really well. Recommended.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another curiosity pick from the local Russian market. Part of the fun with these is I don’t really know what to expect most of the time.

This pours a light caramel color with noticeable bubbles & a creamy foam head that dissipates rapidly. There’s not much aroma in the least. The flavor is sharply malty-sweet with a light thin body. Amp it up and it would be cloyingly sweet if it had more body to match. As it is, its just at that point where I can still enjoy it without feeling like I’m drinking malt syrup.

Whatever generosity I was willing to extend this brew is gone by the time I get to the finish—it’s boozy, almost, without the ABV to back it. The beer starts up light and crisp but finishes sharply sweet. Not sour, but it has a cherry juice sweetness to it—a cherried candy finish, not too far removed from being akin to cough-syrup. I’ll pass on another.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Seems closer to a Baltic Porter than an Marzen. Lots of nice roast grain flavor that leaves a bitterness on the palate. The label I had states "Dark Red", and it has a nice reddish color to it, and is much darker than your standard Marzen. A nice darkish beer, but closer to a to a schwarzbier or porter

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber red with a 2 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a small cap and then disappears eventually. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of some malt, grass, and a grape juice aroma. Taste is of sweet malt/grains, some grassy notes, and some fruity grape-like flavors. There is a very slight bitterness that quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level but it is a bit thick in the mouth. Overall, this is a good beer that I was expecting to be somewhat disappointing. When I saw it was from Lithuania I knew I had to pick one up to add it to my list of countries.

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Photo of LeathChuinn
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 500ml brown bottle with blue label around the neck reading "dark red" poured into a 1 pint glass tankard branded with Svyturys logo.

A - Not a dark red as described on the bottle but neither an amber colour as described by some here. A Clear red colour with a bubbly white head that fizzes away a bit too quickly.

S - Slight malty scent. Sweet aroma. Slight hint of alcohol.

T - Malty and sweet with caramelized brown sugar and alcohol tastes predominating.

M - Well carbonated to begin with but loses carbonation halfway.

O - Drinkable, but not all night. Would pick it up again on occasions.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to my local trader, tone77, who dropped this off last night along with a buncha other beers.

I have submitted a couple of change requests for this beer, one to have it listed as an Amber/Red Ale and also to list the ABV as 5.8%, both of which are indicated by the neck label. I will be reviewing it as a Red, not a Marzen.

My pour created two fizzy fingers of tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep coppery-red, the shade that when it occurs naturally in a woman's hair reduces me to Lennie status, making me want to touch it at any cost. I had a former G/F whose hair was not only this color, but hers had the coarseness of wire. My my my. The head fell completely, leaving some nice lacing in its wake as I woolgathered. Nose was fairly rich with the caramel malt, but it also had a pleasant grassiness underlying the sweetness. Mouthfeel was full, very carbonated, with a big caramel sweetness up front on the tongue. Finish remained very sweet and on the extreme finish, it evidenced a slight grassy hoppiness. It was just a bit too sweet for this self-avowed hophead, sorry.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with some lively carbonation, the head is yellowish white with a dark red body. The head settles quickly not leaving much lacing. The smell is semi-sweet caramel and some earthy notes. The taste is malty, has a natural type of sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is very drinkable and light carbonated despite the head at first. Overall its actually a pretty damn good red ale. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant in Vilnius alongside some wild boar goulash. From notes.

A - Served in a snifter. Poured a dark brown colour with a three and a half finger yellowy eggshell head. Bright. Strong carbonation. Head gone to ice cream scoop quite fast and leaves medium lacing.

S - Not altogether inviting to be honest. Sweet malts, graininess, and a whole lot of nothing else. Not much to look forward to.

T - Not too bad. A little fruity with some spice and earthiness. Better than the aroma. Some toffee is there too.

M - Mild tingly carbonation and amedium body. Quite refreshing.

O/D - I could have another but I would switch after that one. Not too shabby and worth a try but not worth seeking out. Easy to drink and inoffensive.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at the Lithunanian embassy during DC's shortcut to Europe embassy open house week.

A very yellow/light brown head that is foamy and frothy forms off the pour about a good solid finger. Body seems to be a simple amber. Head has some good staying power.

Pretty solid smell on this beer, big and malty toffee sense. Hints of banana too. Very thick and syrupy it seems.

Taste feels like a big mix between a doppelbock and a dunkelweizen. Huge tastes of malt thickness and syrup mixed with banana flavors. Mid palate seems a bit syrupy, swallow has huge malt sugar rush with fruit banana and hint of clove. Beers seems to be bigger than the low abv indicates.

Overall though still pretty solid, kind of ambushed and surprised how good this was even if it was a bit thick,

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Photo of Damian
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 500 ml bottle purchased at Saint Andrew's Church, New Britain, CT
Thanks to my sister Vanessa for buying me a four pack of this beer.

Deep orangey-amber in appearance. Slightly hazy. The liquid was topped by a two-plus finger head of khaki colored foam.

The aroma was surprisingly rich and robust. Sweet and toffee-like. Caramel malts dominated. A touch woody. Some brown sugar notes came through as well.

Sweet caramel malts were quite apparent in the flavor profile. Toasty. Fruity and somewhat nutty in the center. Apples and pears were noticeable. The beer finished in typical lager fashion. Crisp, smooth and dry with notes of grassy, German-style hops. There were slight metallic notes initially but they subsided as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a spritzy, lively effervescence.

I never would have expected a Lithuanian brewery to do such an impressive job emulating an Oktoberfest-style beer. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.05/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Paulaner pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin-but-mildly creamy head. Excellent retention. Appealing.

Sm: Musty malt and barley. Standard fare, but appealing.

T: Very quick body. Opens into overdone malt with a bit of barley and an empty finish. Built poorly. Undercarbonated. Way too much malt; incredibly unbalanced.

Mf: Thin. Empty. Watery. Crap.

Dr: I will say that in spite of its poor taste, it hides its alcohol surprisingly well. For the style, however, this beer is garbage. These Lithuanians should have left ze Oktoberfest bier to the Germans. Look elsewhere, lads.

This is embarassing for Lithuanian beer; I hope to try other beers from the country that are better. It could be just a fluke for the style, which admittedly isn't easy to do.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle is solid brown glass with only a blue label around the neck stating "Baltijos Dark Red". Pours a light amber with a frothy white head. Lacing is minor but head retention is very good.

Smells of mild spice, strong buttery malt.

Taste is very balanced. Warm spice and malt dominate, hop is a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth. Carbonation is a bit much.

Drinkability is good. For a beer that I'd never heard of I'm really impressed. I could drink plenty.

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Photo of crossovert
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle.

It pours a pale amber/orange with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates with no head.

The smell is fruity, there is a bit of spiciness, perhaps form the hops, and some caramel sweetness.

The flavor is sweet, with hints of oxidized apple, some nuttiness, alcohol, and a huge hit of caramel. There is also some hint of golden raisin. It is interesting for the style, but it could be better.

Overall it is interesting, but maybe not worth a second try, it was cheap though.

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