Before-After Premium Lager (12% ABV) | Rinkuškiai

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Before-After Premium Lager (12% ABV)Before-After Premium Lager (12% ABV)
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Brewed by:
Rinkuškiai
Lithuania
rinkuskiai.lt

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-12-2010

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#44,993
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56
Ratings:
110
pDev:
30.53%
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of BrandonStout
4.35/5  rDev +66%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours really nice with little to no head. It has a golden-honey color. The initial taste is wheat with a bit of sweetness. There's not much of an after-taste. I can't believe this beer is rated so low, it's very smooth and delicious. I recommend it.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +62.2%

Photo of gleemonger
4.25/5  rDev +62.2%

Photo of Nerudamann
4.2/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Look - light amber color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - wow, a very sweet and biscuity aroma!

Taste - very interesting taste sensation. It's sweet at the beginning, and takes on a musky malty presence in the middle, but in the finish, it morphs into having a strong (from the abv) barley quality.

Mouthfeel - the texture is pretty well balanced, not leaning more toward the watery side or the creamy side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Very interesting taste.

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Photo of abriggs1
4.01/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a surprise! This tasted boosey, but not as much as I would think being 12%. Very refreshing for such a powerful brew. A nice profile of caramel and skunky hops. I expected this beer to be terrible, but for less than $3 I was very happy. It went down way too fast for how strong it was. Probably why I'm feeling it so much today. Will seek out more.

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Photo of boxer0029
4/5  rDev +52.7%

Photo of Radome
3.74/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 16.9 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Deep golden color; very clear. Thin white head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass with some lacing.

S - Aroma is bready, grainy, alcoholic goodness. Very clean but very alcoholic.

T - The taste is bready malt; some low flowery hops. Strong alcohol flavor; slightly sweet finish. Very clean and mild for the alcohol level.

M - Medium body; low hops bitterness; moderate alcohol burn. Carbonation is light.

O - This is a very clean, inoffensive, high alcohol beer. It does not have any particular aspect that stands out, but it is pleasing in a generic, high-alcohol way.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nifty label, like the Founders Double Trouble. The 'before' shot (upside down bottle) is some bow-tied homer, the 'after' shot (right-side up) is a lady with much hair.

Appearance - a honey-amber pour, a thin head of foam struggles for coverage, yet manages a few lace legs. This still had a few patches of cover despite some extended minutes of sippage.

Aroma - a heavyish grain aroma, a note of sweetness but a pretty tight nose for the most part.

Taste - pure malt-driven as any uber-bock should be. The sweetness is interesting, brown sugar-like, maybe licorice, maybe it's just the grain showing a touch of roast. The abv is clean, complementary, not really hot like I thought it'd be. Swallows very warm, and the finish is neat with a slight drying and hop bite. It's a doppel on steroids and a little off balance at 12%, but it's pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel - smooth, not too heavy for the style, well done!

Drinkability - a thumbs-up for this Lithuanian surprise. Pretty nice value too at just $3 a half-liter. I'll have to set one of these down for posterity to see how it ages.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.71/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$2.79 for a single @ Merchants. Opens with a very mild "Psssht", pouring out to a limpid golden-orange, not really forming a head. The aroma is of port, mead, and bananas foster. The mouthfeel is syrupy with a very dense body. The taste is a combination of port and mead sitting on top of a lightly boozy huge pale malt middle, with a mild bitterness, richly sweet, and a grainy finish. This is like liquid bananas foster...sweet, syrupy, rich, thick, gooey. 1 bottle is plenty to share. I feel warmth down the gullet. Interesting.

I was a little scared of this beer. I thought it would be a hot adjunct laden mess, but it's actually quite tasty when you're in the mood for something like this. Try it out. It's worth the $3 for sure.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.68/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a clean golden pour with 2 fingers of white head and great lacing. here are lots of bready notes in the scent, banana, raisins, caramel. the flavor is an extremely sweet malty profile with some bready notes. sugary sweet almost like a syrup.
a full body beer with low carbonation, very syrup like. not what i was expecting at all from a lager. very very sweet sugary flavor makes it hard to drink.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.57/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cool bottle... the whole reason I bought it. Very thin head which immediately dissipated. Clear with bubbles rising. Smell is of rich full caramel malt and well straw actually. The taste is of fruity esters in a rich caramel brew... alcohol flavor is not prevalent despite 12%ABV. Mouthfeel is cheap and expected @ 2.75 per 16.9oz bottle. Overall definitely worth the experience and a hella cool bottle.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy slightly dense deep orange body with a thin bubbly head that breaks up soon and is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The soft sweet malt aroma as a melanoidin quality and a touch of honey but is otherwise pretty clean.

T- The slight taste of butter blends with pot caramel and a light melanoidin note to the dry finish. There is some honey notes and a caramel banana ester note that comes through as the beer warms. As it warms the malt takes on a pale malt jolly rancher flavor.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has an alcohol heat that is gentle in the beginning but grows to a full burn in the back of the throat.

O- The clean lagered beer has some nice malt notes with some ester character but this beer is a bit thin for the big alcohol that soon dominates.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.51/5  rDev +34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head that fades fast and leaves no lace.

The smell is fruity, orange and fig with honey and caramel and some boozy smell.

The taste is clean with bitter orange, candied sugar, caramel and honey. Some woody, boozy notes.

Sort of thin but syrupy. Little boozy bite.

Not difficult to drink, and kinda tasty. Just nothing impressive and memoriable.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer with high level ABV

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Photo of Alpha309
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Semi fizzy head fades semi quickly with no lacing and head is completely gone soon, over golden nectar orange color.

Nose plenty of wheat, reddish malts, a light syrupy molasses candy aroma, some dark fruit raisin, fig, dried apricot, little booze.

Taste very sweet, wheats, malts, reddish wheat and malt, syrupy candy, some booze, hot, candi sugar, dried fruits white raisin, dried fig apricot and date, chewy malts. Finishes still semi sweet, lingering sticky malts, bit of fruit too.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, low carbonation, hot booze.

Overall not bad, nice wheat and malt flavors, chewy malts, good fruits, but too sweet and not enough carbonation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.36/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rinkuškiai "After Before Triple Bock"
16.9 fl. oz brown glass bottle, coded "L.08523"
$2.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Having tried a second strong alcohol brew from Rinkuškiai I thought I'd give their "After Before" a chance. And I should point out that I don't have the name wrong. On the neck label it clearly reads "AFTER-BEFORE", as does the back label where it reads "BEER AFTER-BEFORE". It also lists it at 12% ALC/VOL. Perhaps they've changed their packaging and name because I can see from the photo of the lower gravity "After Before" that it's clearly labeled that way. So, moving forward, it's poured a slightly hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of off-white that almost immediately dropped to just a razor thin surface covering and standard collar. The aroma is malty sweet and fruity. It's clean, and no alcohol stands out. The flavor follows suit and it's very sweet. It's malty, and grainy, but not so much so that I'm not curious as to whether some adjunct has been used. It's also fruity with some moderately juicy apple, and that's pleasant. It blends with the malt nicely. In the finish there are some hops, very mild, that gently linger... I don't know if they're actually floral or if that's the alcohol talking, but they're also mildly herbal. In the end, however, it's unbalanced and the sweet malt lingers in the finish with a wash of alcohol - which at this point isn't so unwelcome as it helps to dry it! And the alcohol isn't hot, which is important to note, they didn't just churn this stuff out at a high temperature, but neither was it perfectly controlled. And let's keep in mind, there's a lot of malt here, and a lot of alcohol follows that. I can't imagine what the original gravity was. I'd have to guess it was about 24˚Plato. That's about all you can wring out of malt in the mash tun. Or was it lower to begin with and they bumped it up with sugar. No matter, it is what it is. But what is it? What have they labeled it as? Ahh, yes, "triple bock". I guess that fits. And the one I had earlier, the "Hell On High", that was a "quad bock". It's full-medium in body and mildly crisp. There's not a lot of carbonation to it, which I think hurts it. I understand you can only add so much more in such a full bodied beer but at least a little bit more would have given it some bite to help balance it. What did I miss? ... I covered its appearance, its aroma, its flavor, and its feel leaving only my general opinion remaining. Well, not unlike the "Hell On High" it's a very malty beer, and a strong one, so it should satisfy those customers. It's probably also packing a lot of calories so those who are looking to beef-up might want to check this out. Beyond that it's got some flaws but it's far from the worst beer I've had from the Baltic region, and in fact it's pretty well done in comparison for such a strong ale. That doesn't make it OK though, but on a world wide-level it's not so bad. At least it doesn't taste like they added anti-freeze to it! I can't really imagine buying this again though unless it was as a joke gift or hobo beer, and to be honest, I don't think even hobos would really go for it - and that put's it on the wine level of "Night Train"... they'll take it for the alcohol but they don't really like it. It is better than a lot of malt liquors that have less alcohol though. Tough call. On a world stage it's a little bit better than average based on its maltiness and its alcohol, but not by much.

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Photo of barczar
3.36/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. Aroma is very sweet, caramelly, toasted, and there are actually melanoidin notes. Actually more depth than I expected. There's a bit if fruity fusel alcohol.

Flavor is fairly fruit laden, sharp grape upfront, with notes of dates and figs at the finish. The alcohol burn prevents the sweetness from being cloying.

Didn't hold out much hope for this one, so it's much better than expected.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one, three-finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied (thinner than I expected). Light alcohol and caramel nose, flavor has hints of alcohol, caramel, hops are in background, not cloying. Not as bad as the ratings suggest. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 16.9 oz bottle of this earlier tonight. Poured into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a very clear, medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously and fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when initially poured that settles to a nice film layer of foam on the beer's surface along with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. A little bit of lacing is present. Aromas of fruity esters, including some banana, and biscuity caramel malt sweetness are all present. The taste is pretty much the same, with some biscuity caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some banana and figs. Not discernible hop presence as far as my palate is concerned. Has a hint of a peppery spice note too. Has a crisp, yet also smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Gets better after the beer sits and warms a bit. Not nearly as bad as I was expecting.

Eric

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.28/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear gold, little bubbles on the body. This beer pours like most lagers except the head (white of course) doesn't get out of control maybe 1/4" if that.

Smell: Has a sour smell of yeast little light but still hoppy.

Taste: Heavy strong alcohol taste, almost like a rum feel to the beer. It is bitter but the alcohol offsets it that it makes it a notch sweet.

Mouth: very sticky, not quite the smoothest beer but after lingers with you.

Overall: There are two totally different versions of this beer, one labeled 4.7 with a silver label and the one I am reviewing that is 12% ABV and by the end of the bottle you on an empty stomach will feel the effects. Above average beer that does the job after a long day, Salud!

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Before-After Premium Lager (12% ABV) from Rinkuškiai
Beer rating: 2.62 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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