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Werewolf - Rinkuškiai

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 125
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 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 liveandletdie
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, can't taste the alcohol much. Was disapointed on the suds, not much abd they faded quick. Color is very red, and you can see through it but its kinda foggy though no sediment. Tastes very fruity, tangy, a little different then some beers- tasts of possibly sour apples. Medium thickness on the mouth feel, leaves you a little tart. (347 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pretty brownish amber color with a small head. Smell is of alcohol, some fruits. Taste is alcohol up front, some fruits and malts, not overly flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a decent brew but nothing great. (291 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 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 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 CHILLINDYLAN
3.17/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear vibrant orange. Offwhite head without much rentention. no laces.

Metallic Cotton Candy. some citrus and floral notes. Light toast. Pear. Plus a weird smell I cant put my finger on.

Sweet candi sugar, metallic cotton candy. Toasted bread and brown sugar. Floral and lemon hop character. Fruity pear yeast esters.

Rich, sticky, med body. refreshing steady carbonation.

Refreshing and drinkable, but a bit on the sweet side. Not one i'd really revisit, but it was ok. Not sure what style this is like most here, quite a unique brew. (539 characters)

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like many of you who've come across this hairy son of a bitch, it was by complete coincidence. You saw a beer called Werewolf, and you being a fan of werewolf movies just had to buy it. So the bottom line here is this beer akin to American Werewolf in London as being an unbelievable piece of work, or is it some Underworld hollywood cash in type of film that barely brings anything to the table?

Well, unfortunately, it definitely leans closer to Underworld. Actually, it closer resembles the American sequel, American Werewolf in Paris. Though, are we now supposed to refer to this beer as "insert country you belong to" Werewolf in Lithuania? I think so!!

With a head that disappears almost as soon as it arrives, you're left with not much to look at. But get this, since I'm such a poor bum, I have this American Werewolf in Lithuania sitting in a Margarita glass. And would you know, it sits beautifully. With a amber/copper top, the bottom exhibits a golden/tequila like glow. It's quite nice.

The fragrance quite simply is really nothing. It's nice, but not memorable. Truthfully, I'm having a difficult time picking apart what I'm smelling. I wanna say there was a caramel hint.

The taste is where The American Werewolf in Lithuania makes it mark....at being average. It's not bad, in fact it has a nodding factor that will possibly have you asking for another bottle. But probably just so you can say you got hammered off Werewolves. I know I am. A slight ting, a bit sour, and not bad at all.

The after effect is pretty easy, and won't really have any say on why you like or dislike this beer. Noticeable, occasionally impolite but not a nuisance.

Besides the look of this fur-covered mangy jerk, the beer goes down. It goes down the gullet. Remember in Bad Moon when Uncle Ted and Thor had that showdown? How awesome was that? It was a totally drinkable moment in werewolf history....and this beer would have been quite a fine choice to drink to that moment.

Overall, the main reason to drink this beer is to say you drank a beer called Werewolf. And not only that, it has a rather high ABV% @ 8.2%. So you won't be having to toss down that many to get your howl on. Damn...I think they should hire me for their marketing department. - Don't be afraid to get bit by this werewolf. - I hear drinking Coors Light (Silver Bullet) after drinking Werewolf can kill you. (2,388 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 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 jsh420
3.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear redish amber with a 1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells like sour apples and not much else

taste has the same sour apples flavor but also with grapes and some alcohol

mouthfeel - has a medium body with little carbonation almost flat

drinkability is ok the flavors are decent i just wish there was more carbonation (349 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Two fingers of tan head, loose & sudsy, that drops to a finger. Burnt orange body with bright, golden-orange highlights.

Smell changes a little quickly: started off like apples & nuts, soon turns to a kind of grape-flavoring, like cough syrup but not so medicinal. Or grape lollipop, just this sort of synthetic grape smell. Further whiffs reveal mild nutmeg, maybe some licorice, & diapers(!) -- not DIRTY diapers, mind you, but the kind of weird smell from the plastic you get from diapers. Hmmm.

And the taste follows suit: grape "drink," with some apple sauce & a hovering nuttiness in the background. In almost exact reverse order: grape, apple, nuts. Luckily no diaper taste. There's that kind of muddling with alcohol heat that I get from a lot of Belgian strong darks (which is really what this should be classified as, at 8.2%, don't you think?) -- a bunch of interweaving flavors that add up to kind of a mess.

On the full side with the mouthfeel, but with a kind of metallic deadening, like zinc. Double hmmm. Also, the booze is little too sharp & hot for my liking, given that the flavors don't measure up, IMO.

My expectations weren't high, but this limboed right under them nonetheless. Not great, for sure -- any time the words "synthetic" and "mess" appear in a review, you know it's not good. (1,343 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 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 myrtlebeachbums
4.59/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For an inexpensive been purchased on the goofy name and price alone, I am impressed! As for the style, I have a hard time calling this a Belgian dark, but I absolutely love it on its own merits.

As others have noted, it pours a wonderful copper color with a minimal head.

The aroma is almost pumpkin pie spice-like. I swear I could sit here just smelling it all night!

The taste is slightly spiced with caramel overtones. It has a wonderful caramel and malt finish that makes me want to go back for more.

Overall, I'm shocked at how much I enjoyed this beer. I will definitely be purchasing more of this beer. (616 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I'm not sure this really a Belgian style brew, but what the hell. My review is going to be short because I'm not really sure where this guy fits. The beer was a clear copper-gold color with a medium white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The brew had a sweet scent, with a noticeable alcohol aroma. The beer had a flavor of caramel and alcohol. The body was thin and sticky. Drinkabilty was OK, but I might have to try it again to get a handle on it. Overall, not a bad beer, just different than most any other beer I've tried. Certainly worth a shot if you see it. (578 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is essentially red with a dark orange hue. A fluffy white head pours and remains at about one finger for a short time, leaving light to moderate lacing behind.
The smell is malt, a light caramel sweetness, something just slightly musty, and a mix of tart and citric fruits. It's a little light with a funk to it.
The taste is to par with the exception of a stronger hops presence and a light sourness lingering that seems to complement the sweetness and makes me think it's some mix of fruits that produces it.
The body shifts between seeming a little thin and filling out with a creamy thickness. I don't know when that's happened before. I'd say the light side of medium is where this one sits. Carbonation is moderate.
I think this loses points in some score because no one really knows how to classify it and it seems some people want more alcohol in the flavor. I think well-masked is a good thing, and I;ve certainly had worse than this. It's an above-average brew. (981 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the cellar of the one and only Degarth.

A: Pours a nice copper hue with a small white head. No real retention or lace.

S: Tons and tons of sweet malt. Caramel, toffee, and molasses. Light sweet fruit notes round things out.

T: Flavor matches the aroma with the addition of yeasty bread. Tons of malt sweetness. Layer after layer with no real depth though.

M: On the lighter side of medium... sweet from start to finish.

D: Just okay, not a favorite of mine. (467 characters)

Photo of aaronh
3.14/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reddish orange body topped by a moderate head of cream foam comprises of a balanced mix of fine and coarse bubbles. Aroma - not much there, but what is present reminds me of a slight buttermilk note. Flavor is mostly malt up front with some dark fruit - exactly what I'd expect from this type of beer just a little restrained. Tastes remarkably like a lighter flavored Corsendonk Christmas Ale. A slight medicinal bitterness gradually arises as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is very good with a slight silkiness that is lifted from the palate by the fine carbonation. Drinkability is OK. There are too many really good beers to have this one very often. But hey - how many Lithuanian beers are you going to find in the states? I'd love to taste this in its home country - I can only imagine the abuse it has taken before getting to me via a store in TN. (849 characters)

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 jrallen34
3.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a medium to dark gold with a huge light tan head that rises about 3 fingers but doesn't have great retention. Tons of carbonation. Lacing is ok.

The aroma is light mostly some skunk with a little sweetness at the end.

The taste is light get a little sweetness but mostly weak hops and skunky.

The feel is terrible its very light, almsot water-like.

The beer is pretty drinkable.

Overall, this isn't very taste but I can't believe its got 8.2% abv. You wouldn't think it for a second. If you just want to drink something watery and get cracked this is the beer for you. (639 characters)

Photo of skeetermoses
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Eh, Not expecting too much out of this one, since I design things for a living, the label was pretty corny so I was not expecting it to be a great brew. Overall it hid the 8.5% alchohol well, don't think I am going to be buying this one again. Not horrible, okay beer for just drinking maybe a good dry dish would be good. (322 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took a chance on this despite the little tag hanging off the bottle proclaiming its high ABV, usually a sign of a bad thinks to come (think Tenents Super for instance). But the Wolf-man was my favorite old school movie monster, so let's give this a flutter..

Pours copper colored with 3 fingers of sand colored head. No head retention & only a bit of lacing

S: Breadyness, fruittyness, plus some leafy hops once warm

T: Breadyness, plus metallic hops (not a lot) & apple peels up front. Some leafy hops as this warms, along with sweet apple flavor. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation

Drink okay, the ABV is well hidden, but this just not that good a beer or a representation of the style. I am happy that I had a better experience than some prior reviewers, beware the Werewolf!! (824 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)

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