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Jack’s Abby Maibock Hurts Like Helles

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4259) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
bottle shared by John_Beer, thanks bro. pours hazy bright yellow with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. fresh pale grainy cereals, some fruity sweetness - white grape juice-like, pears - never perfumey - with a honey whisper, sweet hay, noble grassiness, bitter herbs, pepper, hint of coconut and woodsiness. moderately low carbonation, medium body - oily, sweetish and grassy-herbal-peppery finish. good for what it stands to be. nicely crafted.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1223) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Pours a clear golden with a medium white head that leaves OK lacing. Nose is of hay, spices and grapes. Taste is sweet, honey-ish and offers more grapes and some alcohol (surprising for such a "light" brew). Body is medium, carbonation too and mouthfeel is oily. Overall I thought jt was good, not crazy good and it is not a style that I know much about but it was definitely interesting. What is the difference between this and a strong/imperial pils, though?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (2698) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Thanks to Jean-Michaël for sharing this one! Almost clear golden with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is of Welch grape juice along light sweetness, green/herbal presence and grains. Taste is slightly sweet with again Welch grape juice, grains and grassy presence. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Lingering fruity finish. Reading some of the other ratings, I’m under the impression that either we got a bad/old bottle or I have an higher sensitivity to that unpleasant Welch grape juice presence. It wasn’t horrendous, but it was enjoyable either.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear yellow/golden - white head. Bread. Egg. Crispy. Hay. Ok hoppy. Light notterness. Super fresh. Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2685) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle bought @ Ølbutikken. Pours tiny hazy golden with a frothy offwhite head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty, floral and earthy with dark bread, biscuits, moist grass, dried flowers, soil and orange zest. Taste is sweet, bitter, slightly malty and slightly floral with dark bread, lilacs, moist hay, soil, biscuits and orange zest. Mouthfeel is soft, round and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter, slightly malty and floral with dark bread, buttered biscuits, moist hay, persimmon, lilacs, soil and lemon zest. Slightly too sweet which I suspect is part of the style. Exceptional as far as Heller Bocks go!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (1988) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grain, malts, yeast and some pine. Taste is grains and malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (732) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2014
500ml bottle pours clear pale gold with 2 finger head. Nose is rustic grains, corn, cracker, light malt fruit. Taste is crisp clean grains, cornbread, some malty fruit sweetness, faint hints of piney lemon. Finish is bitter crackery malt, corn, grain, cereal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
500ml bottle from Julio’s.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow small head.
Aroma : Spicy with chewy malts. Spicy hops with light floral notes. Mostly malt.
Taste : Chewy malts with honey and spices. Finish spicy with honeyed malt. Spicy hops with light floral notes.
Palate : Soft carbonation.
Overall : Fairly nice malt. A bit hard on honey but nicely drinkable. Nice maibock.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjames317 (69) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Light bodied, straw colored. Almost cider-like in appearance. Scant head with gentle fizz. Aroma is tart, apple cider vinegar, aromatic noble hops; musty basement beer, in a good way. Incredibly drinkable. Hard to pin down what exactly I like about this. Finishes with a bit of astringency, like a fine corn-based spirit. Finishes sweet with fruity esters. Gotta respect Jack’s Abbey for putting their stamp on a segment most breweries would rather not offer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1501) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Taster at the brewery. Light yellow pour with a slight white head. Slightly bready nose. Sweet malt finish. Nice.


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