DrnkMcDermott (3008) - 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.
hayduke (4948) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sent to me by Strykzone. Pours hazy, no make that murky, orange-brown-gold with a white head. Nose is bread and citrus. Body is between medium and full, and there is a spicy mouth feel. The flavor is bread with a good dose of overripe fruit, some citrus and spice. The finish is earthy and shows citrus. Very tasty beer and quite enjoyable.
Strykzone (6760) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint bottle poured at 58.8F into a Recess Oktoberfest dimpled mug. A big beige head of shaving cream consistency. The beer is orange brown and cloudy. The aroma is full of fruit and bread and is almost fruit cake. The flavor begins with complex fruit and some sourness. One balance here is between sweetness, sourness, and dryness. All are tasted. A little spice, light grapefruit bitterness, and earth. Dark fruit comes late. This is good stuff and more than enough complexity to make it fun to drink.
weihenweizen (3182) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Refrigerated 0.5 L brown bottle poured into a glass. Cloudy light orange with little head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium/light body, lower carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is caramel and some herbal hops.
TorbenJensen (1464) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Voku Hila is a bock brewed in the United States. It has a beautiful white and firm persistent foam. The aroma is like bread, fresh grains, spices and perhaps something similar to corn. The taste is fresh and rich. Light caramel notes mingle with its light malty flavor of fresh grain. It’s carbonated soft and comfortable, so its many flavors really get room to roam. It is not quite as sweet as bocks otherwise well may be, but it does not destroy its type correctness in any way. The hops are in fine balance with the malt and thereby the precise as a light bock should be. United in flavor, high in flavor, soft in the richness and all in all a wonderful bock,
chinchill (4336) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle poured into lager glass. No bottle dating found.
Pours lightly hazy, amber-orange in color, with a good bit of visible carbonation. The body is topped by a moderate size, dense off-white head with good retention. Some streaks and spots of stickly lacing clings to the glass.
Aroma: grassy, herbal and lightly earthy hops mix with some yeasty aromatics. Hints of apple juice and baked bread.
Taste: towards the bold end of the spectrum for style. Aromas carry over to the flavor to which some honey and light pepper are added. Mild bitterness even on the finish More malt than the aroma reveals.
Feel: Medium carbonation and body; Smooth, with a somewhat crisp finish.
Overall: a good, relatively robust and earthy, maibock.
tnkw01 (1728) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark, clear, gold in color with a medium head. Aroma is bread and grains. Taste is well balanced with a malty sweetness up front and a slightly bitter finish.
onceblind (7495) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brilliant deep golden with a persistent white head. Rich nose of Germain malt and lagery toast, and a fair bit of old world hop spiciness, nearly herbal bitterness. Robust and very full flavor with a big helles bock flavor, golden toast, Germain biscuit, gentle German hoppy biscuitiness and maybe a little touch of honey before an herbal bitterness dries it out. Very full and packed with stylistic flavor.
johnnymusky (935) - Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from dusty...ok beer not really my style...grainy...after a few sips definitely gets better...(#450)
krumbum (991) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell like opening a fresh pack of cigarettes warm tabaco smell in a good way. Pearescent Amber no head. A big light roasted grain flavor smooth and fades nice. Dry finish.
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. Aroma of grainy malts, some metals, fresh grass and some citrus. Flavour of strong herbal notes, mild alcohol notes, metallic notes, spices and grass. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a warming, nicely hopped and spicy finish.