…or, alternatively, new (hideous) brews that we drank so you won’t have to. Or, who brewed it worse. We’re not sure, but we’re pretty pissed at new offerings from Lithuanian breweries Volfas Engelman and Švyturys. One is a supposedly Belgian pale ale called Flandrijos Pinta and the other one is a fruit beer Crimson Cherry. Both sounded good on paper. But in reality? Well, let’s just say that we could go on without them. Let’s start with the less terrible Crimson Cherry by Švyturys.

lithuanian beer

Style: Fruit beer
ABV: 5.5%

Appearance: Clear mahogany body with a rather firm off-white head.

Aroma: Cherries. And a lot of them.

Taste: The sweet cherries hit you first, followed by malts and then… it ends on a baffling bitter note. And not the good bitter, mind you, the bad one, the one you don’t want to repeat, but you kind of have to, because you’re supposed to write a review afterwards and you have to drink at least a bit more to get a better impression… Ugh.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation, but coming from Švyturys it’s not surprising.

Notes: It tastes like those old soviet aspirin pills. You know, the ones that were all bitter and floury and our mothers used to force us to take the medicine by mixing it with sugar. Didn’t help, but at least now we know a referential taste for Crimson Cherry. Yup, the taste of old medicine. We’re not sure what went wrong. Maybe dried cherries did not add the desired cherryness (is that a word?). We’re glad it’s not sweet and sticky, but dear gods of beer, even Ignė, who is a huge cherryhead, could not finish this beer.

And now let’s move on to Flandrijos Pinta by Volfas Engelman… (sad face)

lithuanian beer

Style:  Belgian Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0%

Appearance: Clear body the colour of black tea with a fluffy off-white head.

Aroma: Blech. Some herbs and perfume. It’s sweet, sharp, unpleasantly chemical. Smells like those herbal heart remedies.

Taste: The malts make a brief appearance and then… it’s a perfume fest. It’s sharp, it’s unpleasant, it burns your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated beer with a dry aftertaste.

Notes: It tastes and smells like cheap perfume. We wouldn’t even offer it to our worst enemies! It’s a nonsense beer. Don’t buy it, you can do much better.

Disclaimer: We had these on 03-04-2016 and 01-04-2016 respectively.