Lobster Lovers Beer

I spotted this beer while visiting an international food market in my neighborhood and was intrigued both by the name and by the image of a woman with a giant lobster on her back.

Further research reveals that it's a Lithuanian beer, and it receives pretty bad reviews on beeradvocate.com, such as the following:

The taste is of sweet grain. The 9.5% abv shows. It tastes like a mediocre cheap malt liquor (at best).

Somewhat creamy despite noticeable alcohol and rather unpleasant character,

I don't see any connection to lobster. Whatever.,,,

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 25, 2020
     Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants | Alcohol

Lots of funny beer names here:
I couldn't see why a beer would be named “Circum Session Ale”, but then I saw it's a cut above the rest, and it's kosher -- from from Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 08/25/20 at 07:12 AM
In that list is “Kilt Lifter” Scotch-style ale, which should work pretty well with 8% alcohol.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 08/25/20 at 07:23 AM
Mediocre cheap malt liquors have a long history of silly names. The high alcohol content must need unusual names to keep the beer memorable the next day.

My favorite name malt liquor is not trying to be clever but the randomness makes the name a delight: Old Monk 10000. It is not very good but different enough that having one every once in a while makes sense.
Posted by Floormaster Squeeze on 08/25/20 at 08:19 AM
My BIL lives in Lithuania, he says it tastes like piss.
Posted by F.U.D in Stockholm on 08/25/20 at 10:33 AM
Over the years, and I am a senior citizen, I have heard many people say that something, usually beer, "tastes like piss". I wonder how many of these people have actually tasted urine. I have never asked, though maybe I should start. So, F.U.D., if you would as a favor to me, ask your brother in law if he has actually tasted urine, so that he knows for sure that this beer does taste like that. 😊
Posted by Patrick98 on 08/25/20 at 10:46 AM
Whenever someone gives me the "tastes like piss" comment, I usually just ask them "so, you drink a lot of piss do you?" Not much of a response...
Posted by Steve E. on 08/25/20 at 10:51 AM
I always say beer tastes like pee. My husband says, “How do you know what pee tastes like?” I always reply that it tastes like I imagine pee would taste.
Posted by Judy on 08/25/20 at 12:29 PM
The expression "it tastes like piss" is just a way of saying something tastes awful. If anyone thinks it is meant to be taken literally then they´re a fool.
Posted by F.U.D in Stockholm on 08/25/20 at 01:57 PM
Anyone who's changed a baby boy's diaper without being warned of the 'special danger' has either tasted pee or been very, very lucky.

Anyone who has performed cunnilingus or fellatio has probably had a faint taste of pee because a drop or two in the urethra can be expelled during preliminary muscle contractions.

Posted by Phideaux on 08/25/20 at 02:55 PM
Wow, it always interests me to see which WU articles generate comments, and which do not. This one sure did! I apologize that my teasing touched a nerve with you, F.U.D. It was meant in gentle fun, not to pick a fight.
Posted by Patrick on 08/25/20 at 03:39 PM
As for the artwork: haven't I seen that somewhere, involving Dali or so? There's certainly that Man Ray photograph, but that's a cello; and there's a lobster phone, not woman; but I'm sure that somewhere there is an absurdist or surrealist work involving a woman's back and an arthropod.

Never mind. Beer's more important.

I've had some pretty good beers with 9.5% ABV, but most of them were Belgian. (You gonna argue with Corsendonk?) And Anchor's Old Foghorn is 10%, quite drinkable, and would you believe it, American. Of course, none of those would be called "malt liquor", whatever that really is, in Europe. Nor would we be superficial enough to believe high alcohol content means bad quality. The inverse, yes, sometimes; but that's wrong, as well.

The correlation between silly names and bad beers holds up, but isn't a guaranteed predictor. Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' isn't bad, nor are many of the beers of the Dutch Bird brewery all of which have punny bird names (which, sorry, only work in Dutch); on the other hand, Piedboeuf Triple is a perfectly ordinary name for a disgustingly nothing-ish pseudo-beer.

I've tasted piss. Raise hands any male who hasn't been a teenager and not as meticulous with bathroom hygiene (spec., hand-washing) as he should've been. No show? Thought not.

But I've never had a beer that tasted like that. Like rotten wood, yes (bad bottle, probably). Like over-ripe lemons, more than once (bad, often semi-amateur brewers). Like nothing much or at all, certainly - looking at you, Boodweezer who is a disgrace to the name of Budvar! But never actually like piss.

The more general European insult is that a beer tastes like horse piss. I have to admit I cannot authoritatively compare anything to that, but I suspect it's meant to imply a lack of taste, horses being notorious for urinating copiously but colourlessly. But I can't prove that.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/29/20 at 09:01 AM
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