Baltijos | UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

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UAB Švyturys - Utenos alus

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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.

Added by mdagnew on 07-17-2006

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Reviews by LumpyGuitar:
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of mrquartetman
4.57/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours with a decent head, is dark reddish brown in color
S: Good malt aroma that grows as the beer warms in the glass
T: A real surprise. A very malty, beer with a nice balance to it, with good sweetness.
M: The malt and sweetness stayed on the palate and were most satisfying. This is a substantial beer.
D: I bought this and the Svyturys white ale at the same time - each in 50 cl bottles for $1.89. Figured I wouldn't be losing much. In fact, this turned out to be a most drinkable beer at a great price.

I'm guessing they changed their packaging, since the only paper label now wraps around the neck of the bottle and tells us it's a "Dark Red" beer "Made With Caramel Malt". The body of the bottle is glass-embossed with an elaborate Svyturys logo and printing.

The BA description calls it Märzen/Octoberfest, which it is not. A nit: it's 5.8% according to the bottle (and the web site), not 6.0%..

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Photo of vinivini
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of fionn13
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Robertas
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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 tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Svytury's Baltijos pours a clear, deep amber-crimson body with cestnut-orange highlights beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head steadily declines to a velvety, thin surface covering. The lacing left about the glass is quite nice with wide swatches of craggy rings. Beautiful lacing!

The nose expresses a sprinkling of brown sugar, and perhaps a dusting of light cocoa, over a solidly caramelish base.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth; medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a restrained, fine bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is not as sweet as the nose suggests, as it's backed by a solid bitterness. It's nutty, caramelish, and lightly toasty with a drizzle of light fruit (green melon?); and a subtle touch of cocoa does appear in the finish, but not before some floral and herbal hops make their appearance. It lingers, mostly dry, with a splash of alcohol across some honey and fruit, a smudge of herbal hops, and a dull bitterness.

Baltijos is an interesting and enjoyable beer! I think that the alcohol is a bit too prevalent considering that it's only 6% abv, but it's clean and satisfying otherwise. Worth trying.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber with 4+ fingers of sand colored lacing. Good head retention & above average lacing at the top of my pils glass, not much on the bottom & middle

S: Slightly musty smell, metallic hops & some cereal notes

T: Fruitty with some caramel & a whisper of diathechyl (sic). As this warms leafy hops, cereal notes, butterscotch on the edge my throat along with dryness. Finishes with caramel & hops like a Marzen should

MF: Fairly chewy with low carbonation

Drank so-so, so flaws here, not sure if they're inherent to the beer or the handling, would try again if freshness could be assured, otherwise; pass

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Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Mirrorkisser
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Light caramel aroma. Tastes malty with caramel and a tad bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and drinkability is good. Overall this is a fairly good quality beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright marzen-orange with a 2 finger foamy, beige head that displayed an incredible retention but left a stingy lacing behind. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: a light dried fruitiness of apples with some dried caramel.

T: sweet caramel and brown sugar with a nice fruitiness of apples and some alcohol. A dry flowery hopping balances the initial sweetness quit nicely in the middle of the palate before finishing with a touch of residual sour caramel malting. There was some spicy alcohol fusels (cinnamon) as well detected providing a subtle warming. An interesting blend of styles.

M: light, oily slick on the tongue with almost nil carbonation detected.

D: Respectable drinkability, sweet with a dry flowery hopping and somewhat interesting.

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Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle.

A: The beer is listed as a dark beer on the label but really is just an amber color. There is a thick head to the beer.

S: The beer has a malty caramel nose and little hop presence.

T: The beer has a firm, malty flavor that is primarily caramel with hints of toffee. The flavor is strong, but not concentrated enough to be an oktoberfestbier.

M: The mouthfeel is good, with a nice malty presence. The carbonation is a little rough on the mouth though, adding an astringent taste.

D: The beer is very drinkable, even a little high in alcohol, just don't look for a traditional oktoberfestbier taste.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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 GrandpaGeorg
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't sure what to expect. The Ekstra is great, but this said "dark," so I figured I'd give it a try. The "Marzen" label makes sense now. Dark to medium brown (with gold highlights) in the glass, with a soft foamy head; nice body; sweet caramel malt in the nose and in the taste. A bit spicy (hops? spices?) in the taste, but not to extreme. A bit on the sweet side, so that along with the spice makes it a bit less than easy drinking. Nice flavor, however; and surprisingly fresh for something that came halfway around the world to Perfect Pour.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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 tommy5
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of EPortJake
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +13%
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 BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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 mdlb44
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a nice coppery amber colour with a slight brown tinge... Slightly off white head poured big and rocky then faded to quite thick layer... no real lacing... fair amount of fizzy carbonation...

Aroma - Biscuity / toffee malts, nice spicy fruits (raisins, prunes and figs), peppery, brown sugar sweetness, nutty hints, some spicy / peppery hops, rum notes...

Taste – Strong spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes), caramel maltiness, biscuity, toasted bread notes, light treacle sweetness, warming alcohol comes through, nice peppery hops, some nuttiness...

Feel - Quite sharp and spritzy. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable for its strength...

Overall - A pretty good example of a marzen - a nice surprise... definitely worth a try...

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