Missing Elf | Rinkuškiai

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Brewed by:
Rinkuškiai
Lithuania
rinkuskiai.lt

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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Avg:
2.81
pDev:
29.18%
 
 
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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 UCLABrewN84
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of chinchill
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sunny haystack gold with lemonade colored trim. This has to be the lightest doppelbock in the history of doppelbocks. The crown is several fingers of yellowed ivory foam that looks decent enough. More lace would be nice, but it wouldn't have resulted in a higher score.

The nose is exactly as expected for a primarily malty beer that is yellow in color. In other words, there isn't much to go on. A hint of musty Euro hoppiness is about it. Almost no alcohol and no overt nastiness are surprising.

Missing Elf tastes like every other Euro strong lager that has ever come down the pike. Who knows what the brewers were thinking when they called this beer a Double Bock. Then again, they probably don't subscribe to Beer Advocate style nomenclature.

Flavors include barley soaked in grain alcohol and bitter grasses. That's pretty much it. This big lager is close to hot and harsh, but tails off just enough on the finish to avoid offending (if you have a forgiving palate and a strong stomach). Time will probably take the edge off the bitterness and might soften the solvent-like alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel is firm (thanks to alpha acids and ethanol), but manages to avoid being ragged or loose. Proper carbonation is the reason why, though it can only do so much.

It's a shame that a picture isn't present as of this review. The label shows Santa nailing a 'Missing Elf' poster on a tree, while the elf in question is wedged between his butt cheeks. Too bad the beer isn't even one-tenth as imaginative.

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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 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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of Latarnik
2/5  rDev -28.8%

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 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 GraduatedCashew
2.5/5  rDev -11%

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

Photo of Drknight
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of homebrew311
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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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 bacher468
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of nrbw23
1.78/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
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

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Photo of MacStinson
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of ONUMello
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Missing Elf from Rinkuškiai
2.81 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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