Marduk (4072) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUL 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle as "Rinkuškių Piliakalnio" (Alus Tirgus Bergi, Riga). Clear deep golden color. Small size, beige head, stays. Bready, sweet, malty, perfume in aroma. Bready, damp grassy hops, slightly milky, bready in taste. Sweet bready grass in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Proper Lithuanian!
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml bottle as Rinkuškiai Rinkuškių Piliakalnio. BB 20/02/15. (Elisiejus) Saločiai, Lithuania
Clear golden colour with a small white head.
Typical Baltic lager sweetness and maltiness in the aroma.
The flavour is pretty much the same. Honey sweetness and unpleasant bitterness. Sweetness and bitterness in the aftertaste.
FatPhil (10996) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2015 Tap (Rinkuskiai Brewery Tap) (6:3:5:3:11=2.8)
Odd sweet marzipan, some hint of pulses too, in the aroma. Some marzipan also in the taste. Simple and clean. Being 6%, this has just a bit more body than the weaker filtered ones, so I prefer it. The winner is the unfiltered one though.
Rerate: 500ml bottle - thanks Marduk! (5:3:6:3:11=2.8)
Simple light sweet bready aroma. Ditto taste, clean and tasty bready grains. Nice bitter finish, a gentle tingle from the hops. Very pleasant malty lager.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Green hop subtleties dwell within this lean, dry brew, as faint banana esters make their way into honeyed malt flavors.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear pale blond.
-This is as clean as all other Rinkuskiai brews.
-I don’t see why I would drink a 6% brew with the same flavor profile (very nearly) and body as their 5% Proginis.
-The flavor profile is too timid and near blandness to warrant a revisit soon.
On tap at the brewery restaurant.
estpiwo (1319) - ESTONIA - SEP 15, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden yellow. Aroma is light hoppy. Flavor is some sweet and light hoppy finish.
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden, sparkly. Rich saaz aroma. Palate, though, is lightish and slightly sweet. At least the pale malt flavour is very clean, but only a faint background of hops after that aroma?
omhper (21423) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled draught at Biržai Beer Festival.
Pale golden, clear. Hoppy, sweaty aroma. Medium sweet, fruity but not estery. Medium sweetness. A bit boring.