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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Spring   ABV: -
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"Bock to our lips and spring to our souls." The "Festival Bock" name is a tribute to Bockfest, an Over-the-Rhine celebration that pays homage to Cincinnati’s spring traditions of bock beer and bockwurst. Generous amounts of Munich and Vienna malts are used to achieve a rich caramel flavor with just enough German hops to balance the malt. This is a new spring seasonal following up on the original Hudepohl Bock (released in 2007) and Hudepohl Amber Lager (released in Aug 2010).


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2011

2/13/2011: Hudepohl Festival Bock... Aroma: Malty with notes of caramel and fermented apple cider. Appearance: Shiny honey color; clean complexion; small, but thick and frothy beige-colored head; really attractive-looking Bock! Flavor: Sweet, bready maltiness with some caramel and toffee; the middles has some yeasty creaminess and some frumpy apple cider-like flavor (not an uncommon characteristic in German bocks/beers); there is a gentle bitterness in the middle throughout the finish to keep the sweetness level subdued. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; calm mouthfeel with a bit of heft; quite smooth going down; very sessionable. Overall: This beer is better than expected and I actually quite like it; this is the best Hudepohl offering to date and they did a really impressive job of producing a beer that actually looks, smells, and tastes like an authentic German bock!

12 fl. oz. bottle from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Rating #1 for this beer.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (4440) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle to half-pint glass. Looks good; a transparent amberish caramel with off-white head that dissipates into lacing pretty quickly. Smells sweet and malty with notes of caramel, candy, and a touch of bread. Tastes like it smells, only more robust and well-balanced, and without the bread. Pleasant on the palate. A good example of the style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rangerred (861) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger white head. Ok head retention but not really much in the way of lacing. Aroma has a good bit of cooked caramel along with a certain corn character. Some burnt toast and metal. The flavor is quite sweet right off the bat along with a large amount of caramel. Burnt toast and toffee along with the same metal that was present in the aroma and is a bit distracting. Bitterness is light but the sweetness is not and that is something I found a little unpleasant. The sweetness really hinders drinkability and almost becomes cloying at times. Overall, a fairly poor excuse for a bock. The sweetness is a bit extreme and the metallic taste is bad. Not really one I would pick up again.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (1546) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2013
Clear medium amber with a persistent head and light streaks of lace. Taste is mostly sweet caramel malt. Midway through the palate carbonation enters to provide an edge that brings things into balance at the finish. A lot of flavor, but pretty one-dimensional.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pint on tap at Arnold’s during Bockfest 2013, $5. Totally clear, dark amber color. Much lighter in color than the Schoenling Bock I just had before it. Great creamy creme-colored head, with great retention. Looks good, at least from the top. Flavor is distinctly on the macro-side, though. A metallic kind of skunky macro bite in the finish, especially at first, but it mellows out after a good bit of pretentious swishing and time to sit and warm. Much smoother during the second half, but maybe the bocks were getting to me. Good lace. Light bitter sweet taste. Light toasty malt, little dark fruit. Lightly earthy. Mild hop. Mostly just kind of watered down. Alright bock.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Draft at Arnold’s for Bockfest 2013. Pours a semi-cloudy bright orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Malty aroma but the malts are hard to distinguish from one another; some toast and caramel. Flavor has toasty and caramel malts along with brown sugar. Long, sweet malty finish. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a coating mouthfeel. Decent bock.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Red-amber...thin tan head. Slight toffee nose,....a little vegetable note..... Taste is sweetly malted, toffee, buttery, feel is sugary, sticky....rich. High quality.... believe it. Well done beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2012
Bottle. Toffee malt aroma with a hint of smoke and astringency. Dark amber color with small head. Sweet toffee malt flavor with mild alcohol astringency. Very good - fine dunkler bock

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2612) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Light caramel malt aroma. Orange amber with no significant head. Sweet caramel malt, spice, and light bitter vegetal flavor. Medium body and carbonation

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chudwick (1789) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2012
12oz bottle - pours amber with lots of tan head and thin lacing. Nose is caramel and floral hops. Flavor is toasted and bread with more caramel(almost toffee). Sweet taste with light bitter finish. Dry end with sticky texture. Aftertaste is nutty. My favorite so far from the Hudepohl collection.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1340) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2012
On tap. Pours a pale amber with a nice off white head. Taste is sweet caramel malt and a nutty and buttery charachter. Really very good - smooth. Could drink this all day.


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