I’m sure we’ve all had this experience: You are walking through the beer aisle sort of aimlessly without a target beer, or even a target beer style in mind. Your eye catches something vaguely intiguing. You’ve never heard of it. You don’t know how it has held up to judgmental tastebuds of beer reviewers. Yet you buy it.
This happened to me a few weeks ago as a walked down the aisle. The kooky label is what drew me in: A bare (no nudity) backside of a woman with a large lobster tattoo on her back. The name of the beer was as kooky as the label: “Lobster Lovers Beer.” The back of the bottle read: “Has life ever snapped at you? Grab it by the claws!” I suddenly became a slave to impulse. I had to buy it.
Lobster Lover beer is brewed by Rinkuškiu Alaus Darykla, a Lithuanian Brewery. It should be classified as perhaps a pale or strong lager. Like I said, it is 9.5% ABV. Here are my thoughts:
Pours a crisp, golden color, slightly darker than a typical American lager with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles swirling as the glass fills. Minimal head and lacing. I was surprised. the pour certainly did not reveal a 9.5% alcohol content. In fact, it looks a good deal like Miller Lite. Hmmm…I wonder if it’s bursting with hop flavor too? Based off the looks of this beer I was expecting it to be a snoozer like a bland corporate lager.
Grain, grain, and grain…not to be confused with malt, although there is a faintly sweet malt aroma. The smell reminded me of fresh pilsner grains right out of the mill. Very slight hop aromas…too insignificant too pick up on a variety. There was an earthy coppery smell as well, and a slight dairy/buttery aroma. A little more complex than I had expected.
Looks can be decieving. There is an initial dirty/sweet confrontation at first swig. That grainy aroma I smelled earlier comes through on the taste buds. It is a sweet, bready flavor with notes of grass, moss, toasted malts, some nuttiness, maybe a little honey flavor. On top of all this there is a salty note that I picked up on after my wife took a sip and pointed it out. Surpsingly, it is a very thin beer. The brewer must have let the yeast go to town on these malts! Also surprisingly is the lack of alcohol flavor. I even wondered if the brewer stretched the truth a bit in his alcohol claim. As it washes down your throat, there is all the flavor combine into a weird, funky bite. It reminds me of a whole wheat cracker with a musky cheese on top that doesn’t tastes as good as it looks, but mixed with a pilsner lager/marzen style beer.
Overall, not bad. It is way better than I had initially expected, but I doubt I’ll go back for more. The biggest question I have is…Why is it called lobster beer?
Among other Strong Lagers
Among other Lobster Beers:
I had an experience like the one that led you to this beer. However, mine was with Moose Drool. I saw the name, and IMMEDIATELY had to have it. I’m sure you know why.
Mine gave me Lobster Flu…Better than swine flu though.
This is how Liz picks out ALL of her beers. Labels and names. Its a good strategy actually – why else would anyone buy it?
Actually its called Lobster beer because the Lobsterus Lithuanius Unolakus species (which is only found in one salt water lake in Lithuania BTW) has a 9.5 lb/sq inch grip in its big claw.
@ Big Tex…I looked for moose drool last night. No luck. I must have to live in the promised land of craft beer to find some!
@ Mike…i shared a glass this past weekend. I may be infected too!
@ Scott…Thanks for the info. I knew it wasn’t because it tastes like lobster. I call mike the ‘beer scientist”…I may have to call you the ‘lobster scientist’
Moose Drool will be easy to find when I go to Andrea’s parents house. I’ll send you some Nate.
Don’t even know if you’re following this thread, but I finally had moosedrool. I liked it quite a bit. More of an english ale, which is up my alley!
Although I’m no connoisseur, I found the Lobster Lovers Beer to be one of the best I’ve ever had the enjoyment of consuming. A beer that seemed similar (and possibly better) was one that was a locally brewed beer I tried while at a bar in western Ukraine. A good friend of mine tried LLB and he too became an immediate fan. I’m going to try to find a distributor in west Michigan where I can purchase them in quantity.
September 29th, 2010 at 4:45 pm
First, thanks for visiting the site. We hope to see you back. Nate could probably interact with you more about the beer…I’ve never actually had it. I’m sure he’ll chime in. I just wanted you to know that your comment and presence on the site is appreciated. Cheers!
This was the WORST BEER EVER! It tastes very similar to a steel reserve that someonw decided to put sweet & low into. It literally reminded me of a king cobra with rapscallion premier mixed in. Honestly, I’d rather have drank yak piss.
May 31st, 2011 at 8:40 am
Thanks for the comment. It’s obvious you have some very distinct impressions of the beer. I’ve not had it but your comment gave me a good chuckle. Maybe Nate will chime in.
Ha, good stuff. It’s been a while, and my palate has changed at least twice since then, I’m sure. I’m going to try and find this odd brew again and see if I can detect the rapscallion. Thanks for the feedback!
I found this beer much more distinctive than other reviewers. I thought the flavor and finish suggested the addition of molasses and other sweet values–with the overall impressions left by a porter. I like this brew very much and would keep a supply on hand year round.
Thanks for leaving a comment. This was a post Nate wrote, so I haven’t had the beer and cannot offer a definitive opinion on it.
I gather the beer is sweet, silky, and molassesy (if I can make up a word) like a porter…but minus the roasted tones that a porter might have.
I personally need to make it a point to try one now that you’ve peeked my curiosity about it. Please feel free to come back any time and thanks for leaving a comment.
Moose drool. fantastic name and label. English ale? Yeah, nut brown ale to be closest. Nice and from Montana but not as good as Newcastle. Been a while since I had a drool. I cant remember the hop flavor but it was sweeter and more carbonated than Newcastle.
Just tested 3 6 packs of Nut Brown.
#1 Newcastle Brown
#2 Hales Nut Brown
#3 Redhook Nut Brown
If you’re convincing a bud/miller person to try a craft beer use #3. Lots of carbonation, light on flavor.
#1 is the standard. Good flavor, sits well. Never really goes flat cuz it’s never been a lively (over carbonated) beer in the first place. Did they have refrigerators in 1879?
#3 Very nice. Will revisit/retest with the blue star winner of the world.
“IF” Newcastle is kind of thin in the mouth and possibly body wise then MAYBE Hales will replace it.
Salentia! Drink Guinness for good health.