DrnkMcDermott (2870) - 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. Iím enjoying this on the patio where the neighbor has just cut his grass, so that may be what Iím catching most of in the nose. But then thereís 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.
johnnymusky (466) - 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 (606) - 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 (2444) - 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.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap, clear reddish orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bread, slight yeast into a bit of grain, slight caramel into a bit of grassy, spicy note. Taste was a mix of grass, dough, yeast into a bit of grain, slight caramel into slight earth, finishing slightly bitter, dry.
sigh_borg (89) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear reddish gold with small head. Aroma is sweet malt and a distinctive note of European hops. Taste is sweet followed by bitter. A nice spiciness on the palate. Medium bodied. Alcohol nicely hidden. I actually like this pretty well.
mmahut (1363) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 2, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours in crystal clear pale body with pretty high, long lasting, frosty head. Aroma is malty, grainy, hay, little bit vegetable, not too much, but hints of it. Taste has high syrupy malty sweetness with low to medium noble bitterness, long lasting. Pretty sweet, little bit too sweet. Body is full, heavy, medium carbonation.
Cunningham (5247) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark golden color with a fine off white head. Ok lacing. Malty and a bit herbal aroma. Medium (+) body. Tad sweet and a moderate bitterness. Malty, some toffee and herbal flavor. Decent ok beer. But probably nothing I will drink again. Cool label. Probably the reason I bought it.
[Bottle at SOT Bar & Burger in Trondheim, Norway]
SSSteve (3905) - - DEC 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. cloudy, unfiltered, gold with a large, frothy white head. sweet wheaty, grainy aroma, grassy hops, toffee, peanuts. flavor has notes of un-roasted nuts, butter, toffee, fresh grassy hops. some spicy and floral aspects to the hop as well. creamy body, nice moderately low carbo level. i could throw a few of these back.
cpetrone84 (1602) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour is dark golden amber with lots of white head and some larger bubbles with a fair bit of lace. Nose is heavily malted and a bit stale, lots of caramel malts, overly toasted, lots of sugar. Taste follows suit, a little less stale, way too much sugar, lots of caramel malts and toasted grains, very little hop profile and no clean grains. Syrupy feel, soft carb, too big and full.
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft @ Local Option - Chicago, IL) Clear orange with a frothy white head. Light aroma of sweet malts and some toasted nuts as well. Flavor is light but sweet at the same time. Good malt flavor and a lightly sweet aftertaste.