Svyturys Baltijos Dark Red
is one of the oldest beers in Lithuania, dark amber in colour, has a rich caramel taste and a long finish. This award winner is based on a 200 year old recipe and it really is truly distinctive. Baltijos, which is a dark amber colour , stands out for its brownish and particularly thick foam, rich and sweetish taste of caramel and long finish.
Švyturys is a Lithuanian brewer, now owned by the Carlsberg group. Their Baltijos Dark Red is made in the Oktoberfest style, and is a bit of an unexpected find, given that it comes from much further afield (physically and culturally) than the usual German ex-pat suspects.
This 500ml, Michelob-esque bottle 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.