Zhiguly Ekstra Alus

Gubernija Brewery


Zhiguly is the name of a local mountain range in Lithuania, in addition to being the name of a car made by the former Soviet Union. There, now you can't say I didn't say anything nice in this review. I realize most of you have never drank beer out of a rusty iron drain pipe, nor have I. However, imagine what that would taste like, and you would have this trainwreck of a beer. At 5.5% ABV, it's no slouch, but you'd have to have 2 or 3 in quick succession to be able to forget you're drinking this stuff (comes in a half liter bottle, of which I poured half out). This had a STRONG metallic taste, like licking a penny or the aforementioned rusty pipe. And it stunk. A strong smell is usually nature's way of telling you to stay away. It works for Indian food, the smelly kids in school, Sandusky Ohio, my daughter's Diaper Genie, and this beer. Stay away. Considering Atlanta is not the hotbed of Lithuanian beers, it probably went bad, but I think I'll actually have to be in downtown Vilnius before I try this again.

Reviewed: October 13, 2002

Rating: 1/10

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