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Werewolf | Rinkuškiai

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Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Vvall on 02-01-2008

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 135
Photo of skeetermoses
3/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
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!!

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Photo of Natural510
1.87/5  rDev -36%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"You must be sure you wanna taste it" on the label. lol...sure, why not?! Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a large-bubbled light tan head. Fades pretty quick to just a thin sheen.

Dont know why, but when I bought this I thought it was a Euro lager. After one sniff, it most certainly is not. Lots of dark fruits are bursting out of the glass as well as a thick malty aroma.

This is actually quite smooth and pleasant to drink. Figs, raisins, brown sugar, caramel and burnt toast come to mind. By far the best beer I have had from the Baltic nations. It is a bit thin and not overly complex, but it is not lacking in flavors and the 8.2% is well hidden. As is warms though, it does get a bit rougher around the edges and mildly boozy. I am thinking this bottle probably has about a year of age on it and seems to have done it some good, however it does not taste like it would age for more than a couple. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would buy it again, for sure.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cream, three-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Almost clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is caramel and toffee. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint. Neck hanger proclaims 8.2% in HUGE letters. Seems that is what the company thinks the draw is, scary.

Pours a medium straw with a nice three finger head that leaves thick clinging lace. Head settles to a 1/3rd inch cap. Perfectly clear, the beer loks above average.

Aroma is roasted malt and mealy yeasty sweetness. Maltose and dextrin are heavy on the aroma. The sweet caramel aromas are very similar to style. There is a little booze aroma present, but not overly bad. Sweet candy sugar, sweet heavy cream and light vanilla ride the aroma, interesting.

Flavor opens metallic and astringent. Husky grain flavor gives way to copper flavor. Middle sweetens up and gives a bit of candy sugar flavor with a bitterness that belies the aroma. Finishes husky grainy and sweet, with an aftertaste of adjunct, most notably corn. There is a little bit of Noble hop flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is bubbely and slick. The stickiness I usually get in a good Belgian aren't coming to the party.

There is a weird bitterness fighting malt roastiness and roasty sweet sugar throwing puches that confuses me. Normally in a Belgian Strong Dark these things work together for a wonderful tasting beer. Here they just seem to be fighting for attention and overall the beer suffers.

Actually the beer tastes like someone took a Quad and mixed it with a skunked and crappy Pilsner.

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Photo of biggred1
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honey amber with a fine patchy white head that leaves fine lace behind. Bubblegum, toffee and fusel alcohol. Sweet and malty with an herbal hop twang that lingers in the mouth. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, finishes hot. While it doesn't measure up to the style (are we sure this is a Belgian style ale?) it is unique. Worth a try.

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Photo of froghop
2.97/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear dark copper with a small white head that dissipates quickly, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, pear, peach, some floral, and some caramel.

taste is thick, dry, tart, sour, malt, grain, some citrus, and some caramel, ends dry and somewhat bitter.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz bottle marked L.67287. Sampled on April 26, 2009.

It pours a hazy copper with almost no head. The head that is there (for a few seconds) is beige and creamy.

The aroma is overly sweet like caramel and sugar. Also there is an element of malts. Most beer lovers would think they were sniffing an ice cream sundae it is so sweet but I actually kind of liked it.

The mouthfeel is typically medium and the taste is outrageously sweet! It was like drinking caramel swirl ice cream. If you like it sweet you will probably like this. But if you are a hops or alcohol fan you might find it a bit too much to bear.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.12/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A beer made by werewolves! How could I pass this up?!

Pours a rich amber color, like the werewolf who made it accidentally spilled some blood into it. I really hope that's not the case. Very cloudy, lots of sediment. Hope that's not fur. Damn werewolves. The pinkish-white head is short lived, no lacing and no cling.

Smells very sweet, bready malts and carmel. Really appealing on the wiffer.

Sugar sweet and biscuit taste. Not a bad belgium flavor. The alcohol seems to come through in the end, not really a pleasant finish but otherwise tastey.

The impact on the palate though... Damn. Hot alcohol taste, virtually no carbonation. Someone should talk to these werewolves, they need to spend less time hunting people down and devouring them and more time paying attention to what they're brewing. If I lived in the area I'd take care of it myself, threaten the bastards with some silver bullets or some shit; that's the kind of thing they respond to.

With the high alcohol content and flat taste, I don't see this being much for a session. I might drink this again if I were strapped for cash (only $2 for the 1.09 pint bottle) but otherwise I'd steer clear of it.

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Photo of Hunter
1.51/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

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Photo of GordonQuid
2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of stockingcpl
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This brew pours frothy leaving a nice thick off white head. The beer itself is a classic amber color. Minimal lacing, but the head sustained quite well. Pretty impressive.

Smell: The body was mederate in strength. There is a faint nutty sweet spice that surrounds the otherwise traditional malt aroma.

Taste: The flavor curve was muffled by an almost sickly sweet caramel. I have looked across the reviews and there seems to be little consistancy. This striked me as a flaw in quality control. The sickly caramel flavor is a sign of improper tmperature control and poor infusion control. The flavor of this particular batch was poor.

Mouthfeel: The post pour flatness was not foreseen due to the healthy head. In any case, the brew was rather flat and this highlighted the less than steller taste. The palate felt clogged after just a sip or two.

Drinkability: The only two things appealing about this selection are the interesting label and the fact that the national origin of this brew is not common. Other than that, I had no desire to repeat this item during a drinking session.


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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.38/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of wvmi
3.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a half-liter bottle into a lager glass. Beautiful amber color, slight haze, 1 finger of tan foam which dissipated quickly, but left nice lacing. (Yeah, the label is kinda hokey, but it got my attention long enough to read the label and pique my interest.)

Malty smell. Hint of citrus and apple.

First taste is much like the smell, but not as sweet as I expected. Alcohol tang that isn't as noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is okay. Good carbonation but not overpowering, a bit of bite at the back of the tongue.

This is very drinkable, keeping in mind the 8%abv. Not sure what the style is supposed to be, perhaps a Vienna lager? Lithuanian amber? I'll buy it again.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.96/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presented with a delightfully hokey/cheesy label of a half woman/half wolf label (SCARY!). The born on date or freshness date or batch number (I'm really not sure which it is), says "L.69116". I seriously doubt I even had a Lithuanian beer before now. This wolf is presented in a 16.09 ounce formatted bottle.

According to the label, this is based on the old recipe of one of the best Biržai beers... Great!!! This will taste like one of the best Biržai beers! I can't wait! Oh - but wait - what the hell is a Biržai beer? Oh, thanks google - you saved the day again, Biržai is a small town in Lithuania. Anyway, moving along...

Tis the season of frights, so let's crack this mystifying beer...

A: Pours like your typical English pub ale. Medium brown and murky with some golden highlights. An aggressive pour produces a ½ tan, creamy head that disappears quickly.

S: Ok, the smell is better than the cheesy label would suggest. Rich, bountiful whiffs of caramelized malts all over the place with a trailing floral finish. Butter, brown sugar and unidentifiable traces of spice can also be picked up. But is this a Belgian Dark Ale or an American barleywine?

T/M: All I get on the taste is a wave of caramelized malts with the smallest dash of earthy hops. This is a medium to full bodied beer with a heavy dosing of malts as the nose suggests. As the beer warms, I taste some apple cider, Belgian candied sugars and small qualities of tea. Light carbonation and almost watery in spots, yet syrupy in the middle (odd, I know). Overall, not a very common feeling mouthfeel - rather strange to my 'foreign' tongue. Not refreshing with the long wet finish pronounced by the lack of bitterness and dryness. Drinkable, yes - but not my cup of tea. The C+ rating given was a bit of a gift, because I've never had a beer from this country.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is sharp and malty with an undertone of apple cider. Color is a clear light mahogany, and it pours with a somewhat thick head that sticks around. Flavor is rather sweet but not cloying and has an undertone of caramel and a hint of apple. Texture is smooth and crisp, and aftertaste has both cider-like sweetness and hoppy bitterness in it.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a huge rocky head. The aroma is malty and spicy. The malt is deep and inviting. The taste is sweet and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would have liked. Overall, this is a highly drinkable brew....pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

snifter. slightly hazy amber color, orange to red. some sediment. slight off-white head. low retention and light lacing. sweet malty aroma, very barleywine-esque. some decent citrus hop aromas. big banana flavors with some clove. good amount of alcohol burn. sweet malts with tons of fruits. a little rough at 8%, but other than that it is a pretty good brew for Lithuania.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.06/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured most of 16 ounce bottle into my pint glass, some remained.

A- Very nice amber color with generous head. Nice.

S- Complex smell. Malts are there. There is also almost a plum smell perhaps even brown sugar.

T- Also complex. Malt are the initial taste followed by some sweetness, not sure how to describe other than plum perhaps.

M- Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, fair carbonation but not heavy by any means.

D- Drinkability for this is good for the style I believe, but also fairly strong in alcohol %. It hides the alcohol very well and after the first couple of sips is pretty good. I don't think it is a beer meant to be a session beer, but one to be savored. Worth a try.

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Photo of Vvall
3.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay to be honest,I bought this for the label...which is a picture of half a woman and half a wolf,and underneath it says "You must be sure you wanna taste it."They meant it.This Dark Ale(?)...I'm not sure if that is what it says 90% of the label is in Lithuanian I'm guessing,is just not for me.It is not horrible by any means,but it is not what I was hoping for either.

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Werewolf from Rinkuškiai
2.92 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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