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Missing Elf - Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 32.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Lithuania

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yemenmocha on 12-21-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Eastern Europe tasting at the Tops Tasting Room in Tempe. Light in taste, big in booze. Above average mouthfeel, but offset by the booziness. Other taste, some malting. Mix between a malt liquor and a dopplebock.Nothing I would recommend or try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 19:15:47 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

12-11-2013 04:26:35 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sunny haystack gold with lemonade colored trim. This has to be the lightest doppelbock in the history of doppelbocks. The crown is several fingers of yellowed ivory foam that looks decent enough. More lace would be nice, but it wouldn't have resulted in a higher score.

The nose is exactly as expected for a primarily malty beer that is yellow in color. In other words, there isn't much to go on. A hint of musty Euro hoppiness is about it. Almost no alcohol and no overt nastiness are surprising.

Missing Elf tastes like every other Euro strong lager that has ever come down the pike. Who knows what the brewers were thinking when they called this beer a Double Bock. Then again, they probably don't subscribe to Beer Advocate style nomenclature.

Flavors include barley soaked in grain alcohol and bitter grasses. That's pretty much it. This big lager is close to hot and harsh, but tails off just enough on the finish to avoid offending (if you have a forgiving palate and a strong stomach). Time will probably take the edge off the bitterness and might soften the solvent-like alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel is firm (thanks to alpha acids and ethanol), but manages to avoid being ragged or loose. Proper carbonation is the reason why, though it can only do so much.

It's a shame that a picture isn't present as of this review. The label shows Santa nailing a 'Missing Elf' poster on a tree, while the elf in question is wedged between his butt cheeks. Too bad the beer isn't even one-tenth as imaginative.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 13:37:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this interesting looking guy on the shelf at Julios. A 9.5% doppelbock from Lithuania, how can you go wrong... Poured into my La Chouffe tulip since the missing elf on the label reminded me of the Chouffe gnome.

A: Wow, brilliantly crystal clear so much so I can easily watch the game through it, except upside down. It's a golden honey color with little bubbles floating up. A light creamy head forms at first, then fades to small clumps of bubbles around.

N: Starts with a light crisp lager like nose, with hints of honey and sweet malts. Digger deeper reveals the slightest hints of European malts, touches of alcohol sweetness, almost Belgian candi sugar, and quite a bit like a Belgian tripel.

T: Starts pretty sweet, as one would expect. More European/Belgian like malt. Some bitterness starts to come through a bit and it starts to dry off very fast long before the sip is even finished. Some honey flavors come out, and fermented honey dryness. Some interesting earthy flavors come out as well that I can't really say where they are from, perhaps the yeast, and adds almost the faintest hint of metal. It hides the alcohol pretty well with the initial sweetness, and I only get the slightest alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Very dry but still slightly sticky. It leaves your mouth fresh feeling like mouthwash even though there was no initial alcohol burn your mouth feels it after, with a touch of stickiness. It also has that earthy bitterness lingering a bit as well. The honey flavor seems to linger as well for a while and presents that dry feel and even dry flavor. It's also pretty dangerous as halfway through the beer I can already feel it getting on top of me being 9.5% and doesn't feel like it at all.

Not bad for I think my first beer from Lithuania. They did a pretty good version of a doppelbock, a little too much honey, and not enough carbonation, but otherwise pretty drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 19:39:58 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev +18.1%

11-16-2011 03:15:34 | More by oline73
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
#27-29 scratched on date of bottle

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a bubbly thin cream head that last a bit. There is a slow carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The soft light melanoidin note has hints of pot caramel and a soft diacetyl finish that grows as the beer opens up.

T- The slightly sweet pot caramel flavor is light and clean with a alcohol bite in the finish that leads to a melanoidin note that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz and a soft alcohol bite that grows with each sip.

O- The caramel flavors are a bit artificial tasting and the only other support is the alcohol and the fizz. It starts off ok but as it opens up it really gets an alcohol burn and fake caramel flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 15:51:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that that vanishes without a trace of lace. Crystal clear almost light amber color, unusual for a DB. Malt/nut nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet nutty malt. High ABV is hidden. Better as it warms. Cool label. $3.20 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 23:56:38 | More by jdhilt
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -21.3%

05-27-2014 15:01:51 | More by Latarnik
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a light, clear amber with visible carbonation. Only a small head is produced with a moderate pour, and this has poor retention.

Aroma: Sweet odor, mainly of light malt.

Taste: Taste follows the aroma, with a flavor that, to me, is mildly too sweet. Clearly, there are rather minimal, and insufficient, hops here. Another complaint is labelling: this is not a standard dopplebock. It does have fairly high ABV, like most dopplebocks. The high ABV is somewhat evident in both the aroma and, more so, the taste, but not such as I'd complain about it.

M: medium body, yet with a trace of wateryness; some alcohol warming.

O: no a bad beer. OK as a holiday gift, with the fun labelling, high ABV and all, but not a beer that

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:09:28 | More by chinchill
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GraduatedCashew

California

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

06-11-2013 17:11:46 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Malty aroma is of average strength with a fruity note and a hint of caramel. It pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick, if not persistent, pale golden-tan head. Flavor is malty, about average, with licks of caramel and pear, nothing special but still palatable. There is an appreciable, if not strong, alcohol kick. Texture is rather fizzy, but finish is rather wan. Overall, fair to middlin' but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:55:05 | More by Cyberkedi
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 17, 2012.

The pour is orange amber and on the murky side. The white fizzy heads erupts then disappears quickly.

The aroma is malty with a hint of banana and black licorice but more of a hard liquor character.

The body is smooth and around medium.

The taste is also malty at first but it has a lingering, acidic bitterness at the end that is kind of off-putting. I don't think this would be high on my annual selection of Christmas ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 23:53:03 | More by puboflyons
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a Christmas Present. Poured into a pint glass.

A: this is far and away the lightest Double Bock I have ever seen. I was convinced upon the pour that the beer was in the wrong bottle. Pale gold/straw color with good clarity. Thin head with minimal lacing. This scores really low since it is not to style.

S: the nose quickly confirms that this beer is in fact a double bock. Deep sweet malts up front with grainy, corn like notes in the middle.

T: sweet malts up front, candied dark fruits, bready grains, notes of caramel. Many flavors I associate with a double bock, but also an adjunct lager-like character that throws things off a bit.

MF: medium body, relatively light for the style. Medium to high carbonation.

D: this beer represents the Double Bock style in a very interesting way. The taste comes close to representing the style, but the appearance and body are much more similar to an adjunct lager. I would not try this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 07:30:15 | More by homebrew311
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DarthKostrizer

California

2.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Translucent orange in color no head or lace

Smell: Caramel malts and almost a whisky note and peat

Taste: Very malty beer. Lots of caramel and a bit of dark fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. The carbonation bubbles feel like they are lifting right off your tongue

Overall: Interesting doppelbock very sweet and malty had an almost whisky character to it. I will not drink this again

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 20:22:50 | More by DarthKostrizer
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nrbw23

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy, light golden amber color with pretty much no head. A handful of bubbles pop up and no lacing.

S- Quite a bit of sweet malts, maybe clove and a ton of alcohol.

T- Not digging this at all. Pretty sweet, a ton of bready malts, and alcohol.

M- Pretty thin in body and carbonation was above average.

O- Drain pour on this one. Not at all what I expected and those expectation were pretty low.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 21:12:16 | More by nrbw23
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New doppelbock arrival here in the U.S, half litre bottle.

It pours a rather pale gold in color with thin white head that dissipates to nothing rather quickly.

Nose is on the lighter side with some cereal grain and honey. On the palate the malt sweetness comes through nicely, perhaps with some light honey sweetness, and finishes with a kiss of alcohol warmth. More like a single bock than double in both flavor and appearance.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:27:57 | More by yemenmocha
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this one up on a whim at a store in Knoxville, Tennessee. The beer was only $2.99 for a pint so I figured "why the hell not". As the mantra goes, "You get what you pay for". Lets see how this one turns out.

As far as doppelbocks go, this one is as pale as they come. Not a good sign. Looks like a typical lager a la Sam Adams.

A sneezing fit has beseiged me and my olfactory senses have been dulled, but I do smell sweet malts and probably some sort of adjunct.

Alls I taste is liquor in this one. Even with a couple of beers under my belt tonight, this one is barely drinkable. I cant believe the guy at the liquor store said this was an awesome beer.

The best thing about this beer is the label. I love the label. Otherwise, dont bother. I was suckered into buying two bottles of this shite; luckily they were only $2.99 each. Lithuania may be awesome at basketball, but they suck at making beer. I guess if people believe Christopher Columbus "discovered" America, then people can believe this is a doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 01:59:58 | More by SaCkErZ9
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

12-03-2011 17:25:10 | More by bacher468
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -21.3%

01-03-2012 02:02:15 | More by jrohrbacher
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AltBock

Ohio

2.16/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

16.9 oz. bottle with a rather disturbing label. The label depicts a very jolly St. Nick posting a missing elf poster to a tree. What little does Santa know is that his missing elf is stuck in his butt crack. How Santa does not know that a little man with a pointy hat and pointy shoes is up his butt is beyond me. We won't go there. I'm not even going to talk about the creepy elf with the deer in the headlight look on his face that appears on the neck label. The back label has a paragraph about the brewery, the US mandatory info, a bottle code, and numbers and Roman numerals on the side. Nothing was notched so I don't know what those numbers mean. 

I poured this so called Doppelbock into a Pilsner glass. This has to be one of the palest Doppelbock that I've ever seen. I'm talking sick as a dog pale skin color. It was a pale and clear lemon yellow. Nothing special about the color at all. At least the head of foam was nice. It was about 1/2 an inch in height, nice and fluffy, and pearl white in color. Great retention that left behind a long lasting fluffy skim of foam. They spent more money on the head of foam then the color of the beer. Looks like a European Pale Lager.

The aroma was very faint. It takes a lot of swirling to get any kind of aroma to come out. I got some sweet grainy malt, a pinch of lemon, a drop of caramel, and a subtle whiff of grassy hops. Nice European Pale Lager aroma.

The taste was a little too sweet and grainy. The taste of stale grassy hops comes in to try to wash away the sweet grains. Long story short. It doesn't achieve that. In between the sweet grains and the stale grassy hops was a little lemon and caramel. There wasn't much going on in the taste. Decent European Pale Lager taste.

Despite the high alcohol ABV%, it was medium bodied. The sweet grainy and grassy hop aftertaste masked the high ABV%. I couldn't tell it was almost a 10% ABV beer. Looks like a pale Lager, smells like a pale Lager, tastes like a pale Lager, but it's a Doppelbock? Huh? What? How did that happen?

If you can get it cheap enough, go ahead and try it for yourself.I'm talking 50% off bottom shelf cheap. In case you don't like it, it has a high proof ABV% you can get drunk off of.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 22:08:55 | More by AltBock
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MacStinson

Michigan

2/5  rDev -21.3%

04-04-2013 00:29:17 | More by MacStinson
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beer2day

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got talked into buying this last winter at a bottle shop I frequent in Richmond. Got it mainly for the stupid novelty of the label. Spent the summer in the beer fridge and just unearthed it during a recent excavation.

Hazy orange gold pour with 2-fingers of light beige foam. No retention. No lace. Bubbles clinging like crazy to the outside of the glass, though.

This is no doppelbock. This is straight alcohol. Light banana/clove nose, with extra emphasis on abv. A bit of earthy depth shows up, but mainly malt liquor.

Taste is all malt liquor too. Strong alcohol. light clove and a bready malt backbone define what is there. This beer is all about delivering a punch. Doesn't taste bad, but doesn't have much character either.

Feel is very thin for a doppel. Also very uninteresting.

Overall I bought it for the label for 3 bucks, got some laughs out of it for our holiday party, but wished I'd left the cap on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:03:14 | More by beer2day
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a .5 L brown bottle with a batch code. The website says all of their beers are all-malt and "naturally fermented," and this one isn't even listed - wonder if it's a US-only release. Pours a chill-hazed golden, with low carbonation and a thin whitish head that leaves a few bits of lacing. Smells of sweet malt, lagery yeast, floral alcohol and a bit of hops. Tastes fairly similar, with light ethyl acetate and a mild bitterness. I thought it would get too full and sweet when warming, but thankfully it doesn't. It has a medium to full body, with medium yet tingly carbonation and a lightish finish. I knew from the color when I bought this that it wasn't really a dopplebock, and I was actually expecting much worse. It is hard to judge this one as it is labeled as a double bock but it's really more of a simple European malt liquor. And while it fails at the former, it excels at the latter, and is quite enjoyable (I'm actually craving another) and well-worth the $.99 I paid for this one. I rated it according to the label, but if it were called "malt liquor," the score would have been: A-4, S-3, T-4, M-4, O-4.5; Overall - 3.9. Definitely worth a try if you see it, but don't expect anything close to a dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 20:04:22 | More by mmmbeer
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leinie13

Ohio

2/5  rDev -21.3%

12-04-2011 22:46:31 | More by leinie13
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samie85

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear golden orange color with two fingers of white head.

S-Huge honey notes with some pale malt and with some bock-ish dark fruit notes.

T-Dark fruits and notes of honey with some floral hops on the finish.

M-Medium bodied and sticky with very, very low carbonation; almost flat.

D-This actually pretty drinkable, based on other reviews I was expecting the worst, and I think this helped this beer's cause. The low level of carbonation is a little distracting though.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 21:40:32 | More by samie85
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Missing Elf from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
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