Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As pale bocks go, this is wonderful. Malt is VERY strong in both aroma and flavor, and ever so slightly sweet. Nice honey color. My appreciation for Ayinger’s offerings continues to grow; their weissbiers are possibly my favorites in that style (even after visiting Mu:nchen and trying quite a few), and who can deny the quality of their Celebrator doppelbock? The Maibock is a winner as well...it’s hard to imagine it being much better than this, at least for what I look for in pale bocks (bearing in mind that I am partial to ales, not lagers). Note: my numeric ratings are compared ONLY to other pale bocks.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Astonishing. Incredibly gorgeous to look at, with a wonderful solid-gold medium body and rich-looking cream-colored head. The aroma is incredible, I can’t begin to describe it, full of malt and acidic fruit flavors; and the flavor is almost too much on top of that. Ultra-malty, as malty as the Optimator I had yesterday, but with just a bit of lightness and fruitiness to keep it from being too heavy; and alcohol is nowhere present. Perhaps too quick a finish, but a world-class beer from a world-class brewere nonetheless.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2003 An absolutely delicious and oddly unusual beer! This may well be the best damn Ayinger beer I've had yet. Gorgeous looking and surprisingly sweet. I MUST have this again.
RERATE: Sweetness hides the alcohol content extremely well. Once again, stellar! Thanks Hopsrus.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2001
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit harsh for a bock - bottle was of
questionable age. Plenty of those
bocky toffeish toasty flavors. Malty sweet
in the nose and palate. A bit fizzy - full bodied.
Pale bronze color.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
crisp and strong. lighter color, but thicker/maltier tatsting than i expected
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My last brew of the day and thankfully because it's getting hard to rate with all this beer in me.Nice golden color,very slight head.Aroma was malty sweet,with the flavor being the same but pleasantly so,with some slight fruit tones to it but that could be the last brew i had talking back.The after taste was fantastic malty sweet some of the same fruit tones hard to describe what fruit it is exactly but very nice.i definately need to get some more of these.
boto (1760) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sweet, yet appealing very malty beer. Hint of fruits in the nose. A winner!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 Malty sweet aroma. Orangish color, slightly cloudy. Tasty bock, sweet with a taste that is similiar to aroma.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
All these beers look the same. Good thing they taste differently, otherwise I’d be suspect of Ayinger. This one is above average. Sweetly malty.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an oldie Ive been waiting to taste. Deep gold body. Perfectly tight cream colored head. Seductive nose, big pale malts, and lots of fruit. Pale and sweet, malted milk, pear, pineapple, creamy body, finising with no alcohol in sight. This is quite delicious, and I wish I had a whole bunch more. It seems like it may have changed a bit with age, but this is still quite perfect.