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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:
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(Beer added by: yemenmocha on 12-21-2009)
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N8DAGR8

Maine

2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

03-09-2012 05:16:48 | More by N8DAGR8
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EddieJoe

Illinois

3/5  rDev +18.1%

03-03-2012 18:44:16 | More by EddieJoe
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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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jsisko01

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a very hazy, light yellow-orangish color almost no head at all.

Smell - Very strong alcohol aroma, like whiskey. Maybe some butterscotch, caramel, and breadiness.

Taste - VERY strong alcohol flavor followed by roasted malts, strong toffee, coffee, caramel, bread, and a pretty bitter aftertaste..

Mouthfeel - Pretty light body with medium carbonation. It starts foaming in the mouth and begins to feel somewhat creamy.

Overall - Definitely not my style of beer.. too much like coffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:16:23 | More by jsisko01
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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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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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Josiah2729

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -21.3%

12-22-2011 03:41:57 | More by Josiah2729
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bschinelli

Illinois

1.33/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can anyone say Colt 45? I bought this because I had 2 seconds in our groceries beer dept. and thought at a glance that it was a variation of the Ridgeway Brewing Company's "elf" series. I was sadly mistaken. It poured a clear gold into the glass with an off white head that disappeared as I put the bottle down. No lacing, but some effervescent bubbling the entire time it's in the glass. The first sniff gives off banana and light clove, and some alcohol. Are there any hops in here? Taste wise, lots of malt sweetness with nothing to balance it. Banana dominates, with the boozy flavor strong in the finish. This beer is light in the mouth, no complex flavors. If you want to get there quick, this is the bus to take.

Overall, I'm unimpressed. It's not a bock, or even a good barley wine. This is alchohol served up in a palatable form.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 18:42:42 | More by bschinelli
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leinie13

Ohio

2/5  rDev -21.3%

12-04-2011 22:46:31 | More by leinie13
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Mario61Aler

Ohio

4/5  rDev +57.5%

12-04-2011 15:15:41 | More by Mario61Aler
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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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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev +18.1%

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

Ohio

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

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange, next to no head
S: Sweet malt, buttterscotch
T: Boozy first and foremost, similar to the nose with sweet malt, a hint of butterscotch, earth and spice.
M: Light-bodied and boozy, though the carbonation is pleasant.
O: I too am confused by the dopplebock designation. Pleasant enough overall, although the alcohol needs to be toned down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:45:43 | More by ONUMello
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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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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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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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vandemonian

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Missing Elf is a tasty beer that lacks carbonation.

A: It pours with an orange colour and although I poured it quite vigorously it only developed a 3 mm head that faded quickly to nothing. 2.5

S: The smell is malty and not especially strong. 3

T: Malty up front with hints of raisins and some bitterness. Strong, fruity and nice. 3.5

M: Thick, but lacks carbonation. 3

O: It's a tasty beer but is let down by the little details. 3

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:15:25 | More by vandemonian
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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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Deus1138

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was Christmas gift.

I'm a fan of doppelbocks. This isn't a doppelbock. I don't know why they labeled it a "Double Bock" on the bottle, but they did. If they had called it a "Euro Pale Lager" or a "Euro Strong Lager" instead, it would rank very high in those categories. But when you call a beer a doppelbock, people bring certain expectations, none of which are fulfilled by this beer. That being said, it is an enjoyable, delicious beer. It just isn't a doppelbock.

It pours a light to medium orange color. The smell is mostly of sweet malts. Taste is nice, slightly sweet and smooth. Crystal malts jump to the forefront with a slightly hoppy finish. If it is 9.5% alcohol, it's pretty well hidden.

Like I said, not a doppelbock, but quite drinkable and enjoyable, whatever it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:33:13 | More by Deus1138
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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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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.65/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's labeled a double bock-- but of all of double bocks I've poured-- this beer doesn't really look like one-- more like the usual lager.

It has a slight head with minor lacing.

The nose in my example produced a fruity and malt aroma with hints of alcohol.

The flavor is sort of a "double-bock-wanna-be"-- it has many of the aspects of a double bock but not quite enough flavor "weight". There is the presence of malt, but the beer isn't a bread substitute. There are hints of alcohol-- although I'm through 75% of the bottle I'm not feeling the effects of the stated 9.5% ABV-- is it really 9.5%?

It has a nice long but un-inspiring finish. It's clean, it coated my palate but pretty much the flavor start was the flavor finish.

Mouthfeel is cordial-- It's a nice beer to drink, but the more I taste this beer-- I question whether I'd declare this beer a double bock-- more a strong lager.

Drinkability-- is good-- I don't think it's 9.5%ABV, and that I think is a plus. I like to enjoy plenty of beer w/o getting hammered to my seat. I could drink a few of these.

This was an enjoyable beer, but it wasn't what I'd call a double-bock. Given the "Double Bock" moniker I'd declare "uninspired"-- as a strong lager it may be a different story.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:20:13 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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wiggum21

Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

These were sitting out on display as singles....figured why not grab one.Not the best idea I have ever had. Probably should have picked a different beer to be my very first BA review.

A- Poured an orange/yellow color with no head to speak of

S- Sweet smelling alchohol, malty

T- Sweet, overpowering "booziness", bitter finish

M- On the medium side with low carbination

D- Not for me. One a done and barely one at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 21:19:53 | More by wiggum21
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loren01

Oregon

2.15/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours an orange color, not much head at all.
S: Smell is pretty bad there is some malt sweetness in there as well as B.O. odor.
T: Very sweet...too sweet. Lots of ETOH in this one.
M: Low on carbonation. Medium bodied
D: Picked this beer kindof randomly, I like Dopplebocks but this was not a good beer. Drain pour beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 20:46:38 | More by loren01
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hackmann

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'll grade this as an ale not a double bock. Really, this is a doublebock?
A: Has a pale golden body with a white head that dissipates quickly and there is no lacing on the side of the glass.
S: Nice fruit (melon and touch of banana), sweet grain.
T: Very tasty fruit with a touch of honey sweetness. There is a grainy presence with an interesting hoppy balance.
I like the taste but, if I had to judge it as a doublebock - I would say, "WHAT IS this?"
M: The carbonation is moderate. But, I like the smoothness and the velvety feel. Not much on the aftertaste.
D: This was pretty easy to enjoy. But, at 9.5 maybe two.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 04:57:38 | More by hackmann
Missing Elf from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
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