DrnkMcDermott (2778) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gotta give it props for how it looks in the glass. Deeper gold color than a "regular" beer, lots of bubbles feeding frothy head. Like a Schlitz gone native. I’m enjoying this on the patio where the neighbor has just cut his grass, so that may be what I’m catching most of in the nose. But then there’s a pretty rich German malt underneath. taste is full of biscuity, well-turned, but still lightly kilned malt. Alcohol is pretty up front, and may even be a distraction. Hop bitterness is largely there to counteract malts, like a well-behaved German noble hop would. Though I think Local Option only pays lip service to meeting style guidelines, this is indeed a "bright" bock that others could learn a thing or two from.
CaraCurtis (116) - Nevada, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden pour, smooth, bready, well bodied, frothy, somewhat dry, balanced, sweet.
574deadzone (994) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a thicker eggshell head that leaves some soapy, spotty lace. Nose involves sweet malt, hop spice, cellar character, with light peach and citrus tones. Quite sweet, fairly bitter. Medium to full bodied, fairly oily, active, with fair spicy hop bitter finish. Good stronger lager.
zacgillbanks (2120) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is a hazy golden coloured beer with tart citrus and toffee flavours, peppery hop notes and a spicy lemon fruity finish.
DrSilverworm (6002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dutch’s. Mildly hazy golden orange color. Thin off-white head, theta leaves good thicker lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Light slick finish. Good full feel to it. Nice big bready toasty malt, some good lightly spicy and herbal hops, hint of orange. Moderate sweet taste, very light bitterness. Pretty solid, hearty helles bock.
kermis (4793) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Klooster, Delft. Pours hazy golden with an off white head. Aroma of grain, cardboard, yeast. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
superspak (2443) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced earthy hop, bready malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of earthy hops, bready malts, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good maibock. Robust and well balanced earthy hop, bready malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Maverick34 (2172) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy gold pour white head. Leads with grass but blends into caramel malts. Pretty good.
Braudog (5581) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep, rich and golden, with a frothy but thin top. The aroma is quite clean, malty but without any off-putting sugary side. Solidly firm drinker with a sharp, super-clean finish. Rich malt backdrop and with an evident kick. I absolutely love well made American lagers ... especially in this age of "nothing but IPAs." Well done. (#5507, 5/5/2014)
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half liter bottle from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville. Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a large foamy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy hops, bready malt, yeast. The taste is bready malt, herbal, grassy hops, a faint bit of fruitiness. Medium bodied, high carbonation, dry, nice balance. Nice beer.