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Werewolf - Rinkuškiai

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 124
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 23.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Lithuania

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Vvall on 02-01-2008

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.26/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dec 25, 2009
16 oz bottle, lager glass.
Rich amber with a fleeting tan head. Very little lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is sweet malt, almost bublegum, and wet grain.
Flavor is sugary sweet, cloying, with a metallic middle and an astringent finish.
If you are a fan of high alcohol sugar bombs this one's for you. I could not even finish a glass. (349 characters)

Photo of Hunter
1.51/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance: Tan head of large, light bubbles atop a cloudy apricot colored brew. No lacing, burt head sticks around for an admirable amount of time.

smell: candi sugar, malt, bread, floral notes

taste: ugh. Not very good at all. Bitter as it hits the palate, it develops into something too sweet, too simple. Like drinking fermented sweet iced tea.

mouthfeel: cloying.

drinkability: Never again. (399 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
1.61/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Werewolves should be avoided (it is easy to do because they are mythical). Unfortunately, this werewolf is real, and I paid $3 to have it attach my senses.

Like the other beer I bought from this brewery, it is a vile concoction. There really isn't anything I can say that is good about it.

I knew it wouldn't be any good based on it's origin. I should have trusted my instincts and avoided the beast. (403 characters)

Photo of Zorro
1.65/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Severely hazed amber colored ale with basically no head.

Smell is sweet malt syrup and nothing else. Yeah it is that lame.

Starts out sweet and noticeably alcoholic. Malt with some fusel alcohol tastes and a slight bitterness. Frankly though this doesn't get quite to the level of St. Ides Malt Liquor for taste.

Mouthfeel is average or so.

Overall this is a big bottle full of crap. There is nothing to recommend this beer at all. AVOID! (442 characters)

Photo of chumba526
1.66/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It appears an orange red color with almost no head. There is just a thin lining of off colored white foam.
Smells strongly of nutty caramel malts. There is also a strange cinnamon smell to the beer. It smells similar to a strong double bock. There is something weird about the smell.
After the weird smell I am a bit afraid to actually taste this. The strange cinnamon taste dominates the taste there is a bit of caramel malt flavor. This is not as sweet as I thought from the smell. It's very weird tasting. Only malts are noticeable in the taste. There is a slight metallic taste to the beer as well. I am not sure I want to drink all of this.
The carbonation I guess is very low because it has the mouth feel of water. The mouth feel just makes the flavors seem nastier.
Due to the nasty mouth feel and weird flavor its drinkability is not very good.
Overall a weird malty beer that is quite repulsive. It was quite cheap but it is still quite nasty. I might be able to finish this but it will be a struggle. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Natural510
1.87/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an attractive sunset-orange color with thick head. Head dissipates fairly quickly into a light ring of lacing along the sides.
Scent is odd; fruit such as plum and apricot with an overall musty aroma. Somewhat like fruit which is going rotten. Off-putting.
Flavor isn't any better. Begins with dried dark fruit and tangerine and kicks in with a yeast which tastes dry and dusty. Finishes hot, isopropyl-style alcohol and a sweet fruity aftertaste. Interesting, but not necessarily tasty, mixture.
Thin, hot and dry in the mouth.
Whew. This one attempts to be a Belgian strong ale with the fruitiness and high ABV, but they got the elements all wrong. I'd rather have a malt liquor.
Drain-pour. (699 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I found this 500ml bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $2.99. Cool label but no freshness date.

The beer poured a murky apple cider color with a 1-finger white head. Short lived retention and almost no lacing.

The aroma was on the sweet side Toffee/maple syrup smell with bready malt and a good dose of alcohol.

Very sweet caramel and bready malt flavor with a lot lot lot of alcohol. Huge and unpleasant alcoholic aftertaste as well. Yuk!

Medium bodied with medium high carbonation.

Not very drinkable. A waste at any price. (537 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Never moon a werewolf."

--Mike Binder

Crystal clear kumquat with amber colored trim. The upper half of the pint glass is filled with a pretty good looking chunk of peanut shell colored foam that lasts and lasts. A serrated collar of lace turns into tattered sheets... that don't last. Not a bad look.

The aroma is no great shakes. The beer smells toasted malty, musty and bruised apple fruity. Amazingly enough, almost no alcohol is appreciated. That's almost unheard of with high-ABV Eastern European beer. Maybe things will be different on the taste buds. Here's hoping.

Werewolf is definitely not a Belgian dark ale. As far as I can determine, Rinkuskiu Alaus Darykla only brews lagers. Trouble is, I have no idea what style it fits best. Although it isn't that dark, it isn't pale either. How about Euro dark lager or even Euro strong lager? Lithuanian strong amber lager (LSAL) probably won't be a recognized style on this site any time soon.

I'm as unimpressed with this higher octane, darker lager as I was with the worse than average Werewolf (Green Label). The flavor profile consists of sugary toasted barley, wood, alcohol and a small splash of turpentine. My tongue is burning and is starting to grow numb... and I can feel my liver cringe after each mouthful. Gack!

It's safe to say that this is one of the thinnest 8.2% lagers in existence. It feels like water with a few drops of cooking oil added for a barely perceptible viscosity. The carbonation is borderline flat, adding no mouth excitement whatsoever. Since I can imagine worse, the lowest score won't be granted.

The tagline for Werewolf is "you must be sure you wanna taste it". I wasn't sure at all and now I'm sorry I did. This is ghastly, flea-bitten, baying-at-the-moon beer. If you dare, make sure you've had your rabies shots. (1,814 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
2.16/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a lot like a citrus soda, very fizzy. Absolutely no head after about fifteen seconds; not even any residual foam clinging to the edge of the glass. Belgian dark ale? Only in color...dark amber with ruby notes.

Smell: Not too shabby. Very sweet yeasty/malty banana/plum smell. Lots of fruit. Not-so-faint ester quality to it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: WAY too watery...no lasting carbonation. Very malty, very cloying. Sour, like bad fruit. Like their "Before-After" but diluted with old juice and water. *Shudders*

Drinkability: Slightly better than the aforementioned brew, but not good enough to recommend to anyone. Sorry I wasted the money on this one, but now I know. (736 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is similar to, but less pleasant and enjoyable than, the same brewer's Before-After. I do not understanbd why this is listed as a Belgian Dark Ale as this seems like a doppelbock or maybe maibock or strong lager of some sort.

Amber-copper, it has a medium tan head soon shrinking to a few bubbles, not very good and in fact rather ugly.

Aroma is strong fermented grain, wet rusty metal, old raisins. It is very strongly malty-sweet, simple, and not pleasant at all. In fact, it smells quite bad to me.

Taste is much better but not enough to save it. It is spicey-sweet fruit juice, raisin, a hint of toast and cheap brandy. It is lightly sweet with hint of faint spicey bitterness underneath. It is simple but tastes reasonably good but in the end is mostly fermented, alcoholic fruit juice and fails to maintain any interest in the face of the off-putting aroma. It is also very heavy for what you get. Drinkability thus fades fast. (942 characters)

Photo of jmunsters
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber color with almost no carbonation and absolutely no lacing. Smells like what you would imagine an artificial lager syrup smelling like. Incredibly sweet and malty with a lot of cheap alcohol. Leaves a metallic aftertaste. Overall about on the equivalent of any generic malt liquor in the States. Absolutely nothing about this is Belgian in style. Drinkable, but only for a purpose other than enjoyment. (422 characters)

Photo of Francepants06
2.36/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is very red, smelled of maple syrup, the taste was overly sweet with fruit. it was slightly acidic . It didn't seem like it was high in alcohol but it gave me a headache after drinking half of the bottle. Very bad to average beer, I will never try this beer again period. (282 characters)

Photo of ChaserBD04
2.37/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber hue, nothing special. Didn't get much lacing.

S - Sweeter, malty scent. Made me moderately excited for the taste.

T - Extremely metallic up front!!! Others have said this but before I even read the reviews this was the first thought that came to mind. The metallic taste is there at the beginning and especially strong in the end. Yuck.

M - I felt this beer to be very flat and metallic. It's a pretty difficult beer to get through.

O - I have realized over time that this company makes a lot of coin off high alcohol content beers. Maybe the fact that I was paying three bucks should have tipped me off and although this isn't worse than Before After, it's still extremely difficult to get through a bottle. (722 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok, so I went to Maine and found this oddity from LITHUANIA (!?) and had to buy one. Out of the bottle this "Belgian Style Dark Ale" was a murky amber color with a frothy tan head. Moderate retention and some les than impressive lacing. The aroma was musty malt, slightly stale hop bitterness and hints of sweetness in the alcohol esters. The flavors started a little on the musty barley side, this then gave way to sweeter flavors of caramel malt but these too were a little odd. The aftertaste however was distinctly unpleasant, like tannins in wine - twiggy. The body was medium and watery, the carbonation too soft and as it warmed up the alcohol came right through it. I have trouble classifying it as a Belgian Dark Ale and really would not recommend anyone try it even for the novelty. Too bad. (801 characters)

Photo of justinp444
2.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smell of raw sweet malt, peach, apple, dried, fruit, and candi sugar. Taste of candi sugar, sweet malt, apple, prunes, figs, dried fruit, and syrup. It is overly sweet with a moderate to full mouth feel. (246 characters)

Photo of Derranged
2.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a Palm tulip.

A- Pours a nice dark amber color with a thin white head. So far so good.

S- This is where it takes a bad turn. Very malty. Sugar, toffee mixed in with cheap lager. I'm also getting a metallic solvent like aroma.

T- A little better than the smell but not by much. There isn't much to the flavor other than malt and artificial sweetener. Solvent like flavor at the end. But overall pretty bland.

M- Medium carbonation and thickness, numbs lips a little.

O- A Belgian Dark Ale? Meh, I guess. Not really sure what the brewery was trying to accomplish with this one. I have another bottle which of course I will drink. (662 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.57/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Strange fruit, strong ale.

Looks nice, dark amber in the glass. First taste is kind of shocking. Actually it gets better after your taste buds get used to the idea. Aroma is like a powerful doppelbock but with a big dose of caramel apple. It is so reminiscent of mixed drinks, like Long Island Iced Tea or maybe Captain Morgan and Diet Coke. Odd mix of fruity and spicy flavors-- pumpkin pie, applejack, dried pears. Quite woody and astringent in the mouth, mixed with that funky sweetness. Then a shuddering bitterness hinting at almond pits.

A true oddity, or maybe a new strain of Belgian beer yeast mixed with Lithuanian rocket fuel. It seems clean enough, so maybe the brewers meant for it to taste like this. (716 characters)

Photo of mscudder
2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've seen this on the shelves a number of times and I finally bit the bullet and grabbed a bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours an amber hued copper with a thin off-white head, despite my best efforts to force a head out of the bottle.

S - Some bread and sweet malts. Pretty boring.

T - I get some metallic hops up front, kind of painful to be honest, alongside some fruits and apple. The metallic note sort of lingers on throughout the taste making this a rough experience. As the beer warms the fruit becomes more dominant and the metallic notes recede. This is still far from desirable, although a sharp jump from its cold counterpart.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some strong carbonation. Bottom line this is hurting my mouth a bit.

O - There are few beers that I refuse to finish until it warms, otherwise it is unbearable. (834 characters)

Photo of gopens44
2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear and copper in color. Barely a thin little head.

S - Mostly cherries with a malty backdrop.

T - Cherries, watery and slightly sour with a bitter finish

M - Highly carbonated with an aftertaste reminiscent of an artificial sweetener.

No. Can't see myself trying to drink this one again. (298 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark purple and brown with a little white head. I like the color.

S - Woozy boozy alcohol and grape flavored Tootsie Roll Pops. Smells potent.

T - Heavy on the grainy cereal flavors with some molasses on the back end.

M - Heavy and thick. This is a beast!

Not so good. I found all of these Lithuanian beers at a really low price so I had to pick them up, but none of theme have been anything special. They are all REALLY high ABV too. (443 characters)

Photo of GordonQuid
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured Werewolf into a 22oz bomber glass one solid pour. Light brown with a slight amber hue, half inch head disapated to a constant ring with some legs in the lacing.

Smell was sweet carapil and roasted malts. Perhaps some Saaz hop; slight spicy note.

Taste is smooth/sweet caramel-candy and spicy saaz with an alcohol bite in the finish. The alcohol note lingers. Perhaps too long? However not a horrible thing...

Mouth feel is medium and moderately drinkable.

I'm not sure I would classify this as a Belgian Dark... There is a sweet malt characteristic however the appearance is more of a strong ale and the taste profile is more of a Lager. (648 characters)

Photo of jczn
2.67/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rinkuskiai Werewolf 8/20/10
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very clear, rich, golden-orange color. Fine white head that disappeared very quickly. (3.0)

S: Aroma is not particularly strong. Has a touch of sweet, almost caramel aroma, but what is most apparent is another, off-putting, smell that I can't identify. (1.0)

F: A touch of fruit is evident, along with a bit of spiciness. Overall, the flavors are a bit muddled and lack complexity. There is some alcoholic warmth that comes through, and the beer finishes with a green apple yeast flavor that is reminiscent of certain Belgian style ales, as well as a particular US macrobrew. (3.0)

M: Medium-thick body with a healthy level of carbonation. The mouthfeel may be this beer's best characteristic, and helps a good deal with it's overall drinkability. (3.5)

D: Despite the generally unimpressive characteristics, this is a beer that is easy to drink. The unsettling aromas disappear quickly with the head, and the flavor, while forgettable, is not offensive. Overall, while I wouldn't buy this beer again, it is easy enough to drink that I will still enjoy it. (3.5) (1,140 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 7-4-10
L.77249 printed on the label.

Pours a clear amber/red color with almost no head at all. The bubbles that are there quickly dissipate, leaving a clean surface with no lacing.

Smell is all sweet malt and booze, with subtle caramel aromas much like a doppelbock. Not any more complex than this, and clearly for one purpose.

Taste is exactly what you'd expect, very sweet with a sizable alcohol kick. The caramel flavor adds a surprising redeeming quality, but can only do so much.

Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and almost flat. Fitting.

Drinkability is okay, but it's really just malt liquor.

Overall, at $2.50 for 16oz, I got my money out of it. (665 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up to check "Lithuania" off my list of countries. Bought at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a stagnant reddish copper with a two finger head that quickly faded to leave minimal halo.

S - Some sweet malts and some cherries. Not digging it, smells very sweet and fake, and metallic.

T - Not digging the taste either. Mor eof the same with super sticky sweet fruit easters. Metallic is still slightly there.

M - Only halfway decent quality about this brew. Somewhat crisp, but, still syrupy.

O - Overall, really didnt care for this beer at all. So many, hell, "average" examples of this style, not this junk. Still, go Lithuania! (656 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Oddly reddish brown in color with a murky complexion. There's a trace of beige head mostly present around the rim of the glass and barely elsewhere. The aroma is rather off putting with loads of malt and alcohol. The flavor is packed with loads of malt and the alcohol is detectable. The mouth is sticky and chewy. (318 characters)

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Werewolf from Rinkuškiai
71 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.