Missing Elf | Rinkuškiai

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

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of Mario61Aler
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of hackmann
3.97/5  rDev +41.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +40.6%
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.

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Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.65/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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

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

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 jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of Deus1138
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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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 samie85
3.4/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of aakerman
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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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 puboflyons
3.17/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.17/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev +6.8%

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