Missing Elf | Rinkuškiai

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Missing ElfMissing Elf

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Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by yemenmocha on 12-21-2009

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Photo of cuvtcuv
2.52/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Spikester
3.62/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep golden color with two fingers of off white head. Some splotches of lace.
Smell is grain bin with some sugary notes.
Taste is big sweet grainy malts. Any hop bitterness is almost an after thought.
Mouthfeel is medium to full and good carbonation. Finish is slightly wet and mostly sweet.
Overall would I buy this again? Maybe as a winter warmer. Pretty tasty higher end Malt Liquor.

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Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kerry4porters
1.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of BurdockBoy
2.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vladdswrath
2.67/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange with a big but quickly vanishing pale white head after an aggressive pour. It smells of sweet malts with a hint of banana bread. Taste is just like it smells, very sweet with a big bready finish. The alcohol isn't concealed at all, this could very well pass as a malt liquor. Mouthfeel is slick, but not super heavy. Overall, I'd be fairly disappointed in this had it cost me more than 99 cents...but it didn't.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I was down in DC around the 2015 holidays (ostensibly) to visit my aunt & uncle, but partially to seek out new beers to drink. I was on my way back to their place from the Friendship Heights Metro station when I saw a window advertisement for World Market and something flashed in my mind that they carry a small assortment of beers & so I went in to take a look. The selection was not all that impressive, although I managed to build a mixed sixer and on the way out, I spied this bottle sitting on a clearance table. While most people might run in the other direction from such things, for me, it was a clarion call!

From the bottle: "European Beer"; "Brewery Rinkuškiai was established in the year 1991 in Birzai region known as Beer Country in Lithuania. Rinkuškiai ber quality is the result of old traditions of Beer Country, experience of the past generations, and innovations of the modern days. That makes Rinkuškiai beer one of the most exclusive in Lithuania. Beer Missing Elf is naturally fermented, the most heating and famous beer of Beer Country." Phew! That read like they fed a whole buncha verbiage into Google Translate & hit "Enter".

A Pop! of the cap, a heavy-handed pour & I was off and running. The resulting two fingers of frothy, bubbly, bone-white head exhibited great retention & left some nice lacing behind in falling. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. I was interrupted in my thoughts by the arrival of the Gelt Gang - Croesus, Mammon & Midas, all wanting a taste and I am not one to turn them away, especially since there was 1 Pt. 0.9 Fl. Oz. of it, which is 500-ml more than I probably need. Nose was very sweet, almost sugary, with an underlying fusel alcohol burn. I see where this is taking me. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was VERY sweet, but actually not too bad. It had a definite burn on my tongue, but it gave 'way to a honey-like sweetness that was at least indicative of a lager. I really think that it was much closer to a Maibock, but I am not going to argue with their labeling. The finish had the warming quality of which they spoke on the label, not really hot, per se, but that warm glow in one's belly that lets you know that alcohol was involved. Was it worthwhile? Heck, yeah! How often does one get to drink Lithuanian beer in the U.S.? It was a curiosity that I purchased at a clearance rate, so unless it makes me feel as crappy as a Manjit & Ravinder Minhas product does, it gets a passing grade. Again, think of it as a mislabeled, cheap Maibock and you will be just fine.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.19/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a clear gold with a one-finger, milk-white head and extensive lacing. It's lighter in color than most doppelbocks I've tried. It smells of malt with a whiff of banana. It tastes better than it smells with bready malt and a lot of sweet pear but it finishes with some smoke and hoppy bitterness. It's light in body and heavily carbonated. The 9.5% ABV packs a punch. Overall, this is an interesting and pleasant doppelbock. It makes a nice after-meal sipper.

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Photo of OldTime
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bmjivi221
3.54/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GFJABO
4.34/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fishguyac
3.41/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Farm
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Drknight
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of hophead81
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of ImperatorScab
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of bundy462
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

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3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Latarnik
2/5  rDev -28.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
1/5  rDev -64.4%

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Missing Elf from Rinkuškiai
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