etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
clear dark amber with a small but strong head that slowly disappears but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. lots of bubbles were clinging to the sides of the glass. Head wasn’t large enough and retention wasn’t good enough, but still it did well. Predominately sweet malt with some toasty and spicy notes as well. Clean and quite nice. Good for the style. Wow! It actually tastes like a bock. Even more so than Shiner Bock and this is a Helles. A solid malty flavor with the hops pulling through in the end to a dry and bitter aftertaste. Some toasted and alcoholic notes are also detected. Well balanced and interesting. This is a good representation of the maibock style. Finally! An Abita beer that isn’t too carbonated or watery. I am very particular about mouthfeel, more so than a lot of factors and I had to remind myself I was trying to review the mouthfeel, because I kept going back to the taste. I like it when I don’t have to think about mouthfeel. A nice prickly sensation from the moderate-low carbonation complemented the flavor nicely. My only complaint is that it turned just a tad watery towards the end. This would be my year-round session brew if it weren’t a seasonal. Just downright tasty and I got this stuff really fresh. I didn’t expect it out till January. A great beer for Mardi Gras and football. Well done, Abita. A near flawless stylistic represenation with great attributes that bring it beyond its stylistic descriptions. I really liked this beer and wish that Abita made it a year-round brew since their Purple Haze is awful, their Amber overcarbonated, and their Turbo Dog too watery.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A light amber-tan colored head sits atop this brilliantly clear copper colored beer. The aroma is subdued with notes of sweet malt, a hint of sweet orange peel, and a bit of alcohol; not really much there though. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a body that seems both thin and slightly full at the same time. The predominant taste is of sweet malt with a bit of caramalization to it; overall, like in the aroma, this beer is pretty bland. Certainly there is not anything wrong with this beer just a bit uninspiring.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is metallic and almost like a bloody steak. No head to speak of with a golden color and obvious carbonation as the bubbles rise quickly. Malty, sweet and biting in flavor. Actually tastes nice! Nice balance of hops and malt. Really great poundcake like flavor with nice medium to full body, although the beer is not heavy. Pretty well done beer.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Transparent gold in color with a thin, bubbly white head. Aroma is of a dime-a-dozen brewers yeast, corn husks, caramel malts and lemon biscotti. Taste doesn’t spur any complexity, in fact, it looses points. Newly harvested corn on the cob and cornmeal, and grainy with an irking sweetness. Bah.
heemer77 (5153) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 A light amber colored body. Aroma of maple with some fall leaves, grass and socks. The taste is dry cherries with some walnuts. Finishes a little soapy. I had this one again and got about the same impression. A decent bock.
thegreenrooster (3417) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pour is a nice orange with a white head. Aroma is faint hops and malts. Flavor is almost to faint to even get a good rating. Theres malts in there but they do not even stand out. The beer looks great but is blah after that.
wxman (1519) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild malty aroma, golden amber color, moderate head with some lacing. Malty sweet flavor with some hops. Not overly flavorful but quite refreshing, but not really a Maibock IMO - - more like Vienna lager. Palate is clean. Good thirst quencher w/o much alcohol warmth in spite of 6+ ABV.
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous glass ... bronze and bubbly with a big poofy pillow of a head. Sugar-alcohol aroma ... the flavors are initially disappointingly faint ... but the more you go, the more it settles ... very light caramel malt, a hint of the alcohol, and an overall well-balanced brew. I’d say it’s a pretty decent blonde bock.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark straw pour fluffy white head that laces the edges of the glass. Aroma is sweet malts with caramel overtones. Not really a whole lot of aroma. Caramel flavor and not much else going on with this one a little sweet on the finish. Very carbonated for a bock I thought. It is drinkable but just nothing great..
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yellow with a big white head. Aroma and flavor are a little sweet and malty. But seem pretty similar to BMC