Before-After - Rinkuškiai

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 33.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Lithuania

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-12-2010

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 42
Photo of Hopstronaut
1/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Avoid this one at all costs. It had a $2.99 tag around the 500ml bottle, I should have known. The taste was much too sweet, like fake candy, way too boozy and the aftertaste was like vomit. Almost zero carbonation and a very strange mirky orange color. I drink all kinds of beer but this went down the drain. Too bad.

Photo of tectactoe
1.12/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a deep amber color, mild clarity. Super thick looking, low carbonation, and minimal head, even after an abrasive pour. The smell... ugh, the smell. The alcohol in this beer is WAY too overpowering - smells nearly like rubbing alcohol. Other hints in the nose: musk, mold, cheese, onions, corn, wheat, dirty grains, wet cardboard. The taste isn't too far behind - hot from the alcohol with notes of musty old basement, dirty earth, cheap corn grains, and funky onion. Taste like absolute puke, and I'm trying to be nice here. Sweetness is abundant from the malt, as well, so much so that it's cloying and nasty. Hops? Where are they? It doesn't matter, nothing could save this beer. Thick, syrupy, sticky, and heavier than lead on the mouth.

Good God, this beer is downright awful. I tried, I really did. I muscled down about half the glass and had to pour the rest down the drain. It got far worse as it warmed up. A colossal train wreck of alcohol, adjunct grains, malt, and whatever the hell else is in this beer. Head for the hills, this is the worse beer I've had.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.47/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

500ml bottle - $2.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Crystalline, light golden-amber body with a small, sudsy white head.

Smell: Shockingly corrosive ethanol and a secondary whiff of something artificial, something ominous wafting up from this sad, shameful brew. It's a real feat to pick up any accents of malts or dark fruits.

Taste: Sugar and palate cutting alcohol annihilating any complexities, any subtler flavors, or really any hope for anything beyond a truly dreadful beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Reprehensible before, during, and after.

Photo of MorningDove
1.49/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

bought it because the bottle was interesting... we all make mistakes

Rarely do I pour a beer down the drain.... but this isn't a beer

Malt Liqueur?

Not too hard to get a high alcohol content when your crafting your beer out of sugar.

i'll say that at least the carbonation wasn't bad, but then there is the smell and taste.... I couldn't stomach it, but I suppose I like beer too much to handle it

Don't buy this, buy Steel Reserve, or some other malt liqueur that does a better job than this impostor

Photo of matjack85
1.51/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I found these single, brown, 500ml bottles on the shelf at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $2.51 each. The label is kind of cool. When held with the "before" side up you see a caricature of an ugly woman. Turn the bottle upside down to the "after" side and she transforms into a beautiful girl. No freshness date or any other information about the beer on the bottle.

The beer poured a clear brownish/orange color, but it only made a 1/4-finger's worth of white head that dissipated immediately and left no lacing whatsoever.

The beer smells really sweet with lots of caramel, candy-like sugars, and dark fruits. There is also a very pronounced alcoholic smell, which would be expected in a 12.0% abv beer.

Ugh, this beer is dreadful! Sweetened grain alcohol in a bottle. The caramel and dark fruits are in there but they can't overcome the power of the alcohol. No attempt to mask or blend the alcohol at all. It's terrible.

Thin for a dopplebock despite the sweetness. The low to moderate carbonation level is much too low for me.

I don't like to throw beer out, but this was complete drainpour.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.53/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Dark amber with absolutely no head.

S - This is so heavy on the alcohol that it actually sort of smells like vodka. Grainy, musty, and nasty.

T - Better than the nose. Yeasty, boozy, bready.

M - Heavy and sickly sweet. Not good.

This is really not a good beer. Ugh.

Photo of thekevlarkid
1.55/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I purchased this bottle lured in by the cool optical illusion label and the promise of 12% ALC. Unfortunately, these turned out to be the only highlights of the experience. Out of the bottle the beer was a dark golden color with a very short lived head of tan foam. Minimal lacing. The aroma was of booze, ethanol and some skunked malt. The flavors were about the same, dominated by the booze and ethanol with hints of something fishy and an acidic bite. Pure unadulterated garbage. The mouthfeel was slick, the body medium and the carbonation average. Not worth it and sadly one of the worst beers I’ve had in a while.

Photo of Lauthaha
1.67/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a beer stein.

Appearance: Pours a lot like soda, except without the head. Absolutely no backbone to this beer. Clear, orange/lemon color with very light carbonation. The lack of head disturbs me.

Smell: Buttery alcohol aroma. Some clove action, perhaps, prunes, toffee (or caramel), very malty. It grows on you, just a touch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: An almost undetectable amount of carbonation coupled with the sweet, sickly taste of what may or may not have been sugar at one point make this one a real challenge. Banana, sage. Burnt sage. Goes down thinly, yet oily in its finish.

Drinkability: None. If I were not a man on a quest, it would easily be a drainpour.

The main selling point of this brew was the ABV (displayed in huge lettering on a tag on the neck of the bottle). That, and an increasing interest in bocks. I wasn't pleased, but I have had worse, so I can't fail Before-After.

Photo of Arithmeticus
1.68/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured chilled at the white house in ale glass

A: no head; no lacing; carb action only ok
S: honey honeysuckle; very boozy; vaporous
T: very sweet; malt liquor at its worst; wretchedly sweet and boozy; unpalatable; no hops?
M: dead

Look, if one wishes to get plastered, do it with vodka, not swill like this.

Photo of smakawhat
1.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

With a tag highlighting the 12% abv around the bottle, you know what the marketing angle is for this beer (too bad it wasn't 12% off in price). Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

Off the pour manages a small yellow caramel like head with a hint of orange, doesn't stick around or leave a collar, no lacing at all either. The body color is strange. It's a very obvious orange to some amber, cloudy, even some flakes in the glass also. This looks strange.

Nose is not too bad, but smells mostly like artificial candy and a small dose of cinnamon. Where is the malt, or even something like chocolate? Not even very sweet smelling, just some noticeable alcohol, odd.

Taste is a major letdown but what else with this sense of heat and artificial candy nose coming? Boozy hot, feels seltzer like, over fermented orange juice, not cinnamon candy not in a fun way, more like cough syrup. Fusel alcohol finish, faint malt just barely making a presence but can't make a dent.

Overall, this is really terrible, when you can have standard like Ayinger Celeberator or Weihenstephan Korbinian why would you even want this? Troegenattor please!

Photo of DavidZammiello
1.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My first Doppelbock, as far as I know. I shan't let it color my impression of the style, however.

Head quickly dissipated (due to the high alcohol content?).

After one or two sips, I had that barfy "been drinking bad beer all nite" taste in my mouth.

Avoid this one.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden, dark orange color. Definitely a bit too bright. I must have agitated the bottle a bit on the way, cloudy yeast poured out near the end. Started with a cream colored couple fingers of head, but dissipates to nothing pretty quick. Aroma is malty, fruity sweet. There's some fusel alcohol that burns the nostrils. Same for the taste: some malty, fruitiness and alcohol. There's nothing complex about it. It's straight forward sweetness and alcohol. It's creamy, and mostly full bodied, no real carbonation to speak of though.

It's not the worst thing... but it's not to style even despite the alcohol, and it's just not worth drinking.

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice orange amber with virtually no head no lacing. Sour grain aroma. Taste is light sweet malt and alcohol. A kind of caramel flavor in the middle, but it is overwhelmed by alcohol and an acidic, estery flavor. Not very good. Hopefully won't give me a headache.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.18/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wish I had remembered that I had tried Lobster Lover's beer from this brewery, and really didn't like either version that I tried. I thought this bock was worth a try, but I was sadly mistaken.
In a pint glass this beer was a gold color with just a rim of white head.
Strong aroma of alcohol, not pleasant, with a bit of sweet malt.
Mostly boozy taste, a tiny bit of caramel malt.
The mouthfeel was very sharp. Can't believe this is a bock. It bears no resemblence to a bock.

Photo of augustgarage
2.24/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I've had a decent take on a hefeweizen from Lithuania before, so at less than $3, I'll pay for the jokey label if nothing else. Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger Doppelbock glass.

Brilliantly clear goldenrod body with an active ephemeral head. Poor retention, no legs, and a sticky even layer of tears.

Low aromatics suggest pale malt, adjunct, and a hint of toast. No melanoidins; faint grape-like note, some alcohol.

I was expecting this to taste like a Euro Strong Lager at this point, but there is a surprising level of maltiness along with a touch of caramel. Vague grassy hops perhaps, but no real bitterness. Finishes on the sweet side with a rapidly growing heat from the ABV. Maybe some fusels in the aftertaste, but the overall flavor profile is fleeting.

Insipid mouthfeel - sticky, heavy, and a bit flat despite a steady stream of bubbles.

While not quite an abject failure, one wonders if the producers of this beer have ever actually had anything approaching a doppelbock before. While I can find one or two things to enjoy about the flavor, and I'm able to finish the bottle (only had one or two "drainpours" in my life), this is at best a novelty beer, and a worst a headache in a bottle. Avoid.

Photo of drpimento
2.28/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured with a small, short lived, off white head and no lace. Color is a clear amber. As soon as I opened the bottle I got a whiff of the malt. Aroma also has lots of grain, caramel and circus peanuts. Flavor's about the same and very sweet. Body is like I'd expect from a beer this sweet, full and thankfully there's enough carbonation to cut through it. Finish is like flavor and has some length. Probably won't finish it.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt, sugar and booze. Unfortunately the taste is similar to the aroma. I think it tastes mostly like sugary booze, with some grainy malt noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's syrupy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. This certainly wasn't one of the better brews I've had lately. But I also finished the bottle without a problem so it wasn't exactly awful either. $2.49 a bottle.

Photo of justinp444
2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a semi clear orange with a thin white head. Smell of cheap lager, lots of fruity esters, very strong bready malt, banana, and some tropical fruity hop character. Taste is overly sweet caramel, alcohol, some orange, and apple. Too much alcohol on the backend, light to moderate mouth feel, and a crisp taste.

Photo of Derranged
2.38/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Saw this at a supermarket for $1.49 for a pint bottle. Couldn't resist. I purchased the last two bottles there. Poured into a Krusovice mug.

A- Dark golden/light brown color, much lighter than I expected. Thick white head that disappears quickly.

S- Sugary, molasses, floral notes and cheap adjunct lager. Just a little bit of alcohol.

T- Surprisingly not offense or very strong. In fact, there really isn't much going on. Sweet molasses and malts. Slight vodka and odd astringent aftertaste.

M- This by far was the worst part. Very flat, thin and watery. I had bad memories of 40 ounce bottles of malt liquor. You know when you're taking too long to finish the bottle, and the beer inside gets very flat in that time? It was like that the whole way through.

O- After reading the reviews, I was surprised by how bland this beer was. It wasn't offensive but it wasn't good either. It would be better if it had more carbonation. I have another bottle which of course I will drink when I'm looking for a cheap drunk. However, if you're only looking for a cheap drunk off of beer, your average Euro-Strong lager is a better option. Or, just get some Black Boss Porter or Zweic Porter. At least those beers have some character to it.

Photo of AltBock
2.4/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle with a really weird label. It has a picture of a woman with long flowing hair that has a horn (?) growing out of her forehead. Flip the label over and it's now Richard Nixon with a really crummy fake wig and a bow tie. It doesn't matter which way you view it. It's creepy either way. The back label has all the mandatory US info, a paragraph that talks about the brewery, and a bottle code. My bottle was L.95948.

Since its labeled a Doppelbock, it seemed fitting to pour this beer into my Salvator Pilsner glass. From behind the creepy ass Richard Nixon came a clear as day pale lemon yellow colored beer that had a tiny tint of copper to it. The head of foam was just as weak as the color. On top was a short lived paper thin cotton white head of foam. This supposed head of foam didn't leave anything behind. Not even a speck of lace. Absolutely nothing!

The aroma had everything you expected from of beer of this color. The aroma was extremely grainy with a hint of alcohol and a subtle whiff of juicy fruits and hops. No hidden aroma of any kind. It was mostly grains and alcohol. Not the most complex aroma in the world.

I wish I could say that the taste blew my mind and it was nowhere near the grainy alcohol aroma. The taste was pretty the aroma over again. The taste was grainy and sweet with a super tiny taste of juicy fruits and hops. I do have to hand it to taste. It blended the alcohol into the sweet grains. That was unfortunately the only upside to the taste.

Despite this beer clocking in at 12% ABV, this beer wasn't overly boozy. Sure it was mostly sweet and grainy, but at least it didn't drink like rubbing alcohol. If you want a cheap beer with a lot of alcohol in it, you might want to pick up this beer with the creepy label.

Photo of Bfarr
2.43/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow amber with thin tan head and poor retention. Sweet boozy wheat aroma. Sweet and sour booze with touches of wheat and lager. Slick, sharp bite and a light fuzzy.

One word to sum this one up: Booze. It has one hell of an alcohol burn but what flavor there is (other than alcohol) is balanced but really it's just sweet grain alcohol. Nothing but a buzz in a bottle.

Photo of beertunes
2.43/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Grabbed at the local food coop. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy orangeish-yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was alcohol and bananas. Maybe a hint of rum. The flavors were pretty much the same. The body was thin, yet still managed to be sticky. While not terrible the beer was unpleasant enough to make 10 ounces tough to drink. I'm glad I shared the rest of the bottle. I'm not sure how the guys I shared it with felt about it though.

Overall, a below average beer. Try it for the hell of it, but you won't be missing anything if you skip it.

Photo of jwinship83
2.48/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no freshness information on the label.

A- this one pours out a lighter than expected golden colored body with a small white head on it. the head is quick to fade and doesnt leave behind any lacing.

S- alcohol is the first thing that i notice, and its pretty intense. generic cereal grains. overly sweet. this is starting to be what is expected from a $2.50 bottle of beer.

T- the taste starts out with an overpowering sweetness. lots of bready malts and cereal grains. maybe a little bit of toasted bread. a strongly alcoholic bite.

M- the body is very thin for something this big. lots of warming from the alcohol. the carbonation is just about right.

D- i dont think ill have another of these anytime soon.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Crazy Lithuanians!!! Pours a cloudy amber with zero head and very little carbonation. I assume this will be two things: overly sweet and very slick in the mouth. Nose carries some pineapple and caramel. Really sweet overripe pineapple at that. Maybe caramel-covered pineapple. Tiny bit of spice - maybe nutmeg, in there too. Flavor is to be expected. Very rich, sweet and no carbonation to balance it. Finish is almost non-existant and what there is is kind of unpleasant, like a metallic bitterness. The sweetness isn't as cloying as expected, but the middle carries almost only alcohol. This isn't great, but it's priced well at $2.49/half-liter. Kind of unique but ultimately not satisfying.

What I like Most: The price of $2.49/half-liter and ABV at 12%.

What I like Least: The lack of carbonation.

Verdict: Weird but well-priced and fun.

Photo of bluHatter
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy orange colored. Little to no head.

S: Cinnamon, bark, apple

T: Strong, bitter caramel and apple. Some kind of oak wood. A lot of booze.

M: This one tastes pretty potent - a little difficult to swallow unless you skip the tongue, which kind of misses the point.

O: I expected something pretty potent from the big 12% ABV warning on the neck and the picture of the "before and after" thing on the front... and I was right. However, I hadn't expected the pleasant caramel notes that help make it drinkable.

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Before-After from Rinkuškiai
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