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Jack’s Abby Maibock Hurts Like Helles

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
True Story! Running a brewery can be "bock" breaking. It’s all worthwhile when you have the opportunity to share beer like this. Our Maibock/Helles Bock is deep golden in color with an intense malty almost grape like aroma and flavor. A light noble hop character balances the smooth sweet finish. A long lagering time makes this beer exceptionally drinkable for its strength. Don’t be fooled by its light color. OG 16.2 Plato. April release.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Concealer (1107) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Tap. Hazy gild with a foamy bright white head that lasts and laces. Aromas of wheat, lemon, light spice. Flavor is the same. Light bodied, smooth with a dry end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12862) - Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2016
50cl bottle. Crystal clear apple juice body topped by large white head. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, some bread/honey. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, some spicy, grape, light honey, earthy. Light-medium body, light stickiness, wateriness, pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quick3Beers (781) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Pours an amber from a bottle, a light coriander smell. Sort of a fruity, winey flavor. I don’t know, a strange maltiness and smoothness. Weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (927) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours very clear gold, white light head. Aroma is banana, sweet malt, dough. Flavor is grain, dough, bready malt, med sweet, light booze. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (15819) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 3, 2016
Heller, mild alkoholisch-süßer Beginn. Geringe, eher trockene Malzigkeit, dezente Kräuternoten. Spritzig, könnte voluminöser sein. Langer, süßlich herber Nachgeschmack mit hintergründigem Hopfen. 9/9/11/8/9/9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2015
Older bottle bought online. American Maibock with medium thick, moussy, egg-white, relatively dense and stable head over a peach blonde beer, hazy from the start. Notably ’Belgian’ and in no way ’German’ aroma of crabapple, unsugared yoghurt, milk gone sour, ripe gooseberry, Durondeau pear, ureum and quite disturbingly so at first but quieting after a while, overripe kiwi, cooked grains, passion fruit, soaked white bread, natural rubber, Chardonnay, sourdough. Fruity onset, not unlike ’Belgian yeast’ and in that sense way too estery for the style, with hints of green banana, strong gooseberry and traces of passion fruit along with a green olive-like umami taste, softish carbo, supple and smooth body with lightly bready malt character with caramelly edge, honey-like sweetish accent, gliding easily down the throat, finishing a tad yeasty but primarily honeyish and lightly caramelly malt sweet with a touch of yeast, some retronasal rubber again and a very faint, purely structural presence of very weak, grassy hops not providing enough background bitterness to keep it in balance with the malt sweetness though a light earthy bitterishness does stick to the tongue; ends a bit chalky as well, a feature I strongly dislike usually. I’ve had more than one ’traditional’ German spring Bock and this is nothing like it: too sweet, too estery (top fermentation!) and lacking in balance. It almost seems these guys are mixing up German traditions with Belgian blondes. Jack’s Abby just doesn’t do it for me, I guess, but this bottle may just as well have been too old - honestly speaking, I expected a touch of American hops adding to the basics of this style, and they clearly aren’t there. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4772) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle. Golden appearance with a medium head. Sweetness is the first flavour that hits you and it remains the dominant flavour. This is an your face beer. I can understand people not liking it but I was very impressed. Its my kind of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (8810) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2015
50 cl bottle.
Pours clear golden color with a large white head. Malty aroma with some herbal notes, faint hop notes, clove and toffee. Very sweet malty flavor with faint bready notes, some toffee notes, grassy, slightly fruity at the end. Slick palate, soft carbonation. Sadly not very fresh bottle, quite decent still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Draught at Shaker Mill Tavern, 9/5/15.
Clear deep burnished golden body is topped by a moderate amount of white head that slowly fades to cover.
Toasted malt in the nose is tangy and sourdough-like but stops short of overdoing it, allowing light honey, freshly baked baguette and a good dose of herbal and spicy hop notes to come through. Clean and well-malted as all good German bocks should be, and showing appropriate hop rates with German varieties, as Jack’s Abby is good about doing. No alcohol noted.
Similar flavors abound: tons of biscuits and baguette flavors with a strong toasted malt overtone, which works with the spicy hops to balance the malt. Clean with zippy carbonation helping to lighten things and cleanse the palate on the finish. Very drinkable, very-well executed. No flaws or alcohol, with a medium to medium-full body and malty-to-watery texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle. Golden with white head. Smells like a pissy lager, bread. Taste of bread, dough, caramel. Slightly sweet

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