MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear with a strange color that is akin to putting a few drops of brown coloring into a copper brew. Off-white head starts out well, then fades to a small ring around the edge. Overly simple, clean aroma of fresh malt, toasted bread, and caramel. Flavor is sharp, with a clean and fairly thin burst of bready malt, honey, and singed caramel. Small hint of nuttiness. Surprising amount of hoppiness. Not much malt depth. Finish has a slightly burnt note and some vague spiciness. A bit watery in mouthfeel, with a firm dryness on the tail end. Overall, a bit bland and thin for a bock. I expected something heartier from a winter/holiday bier.
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet and malt in the aroma, pale in color. Fairly hoppy. Not overly thick dryish finish. Nice clean strongish lager, but totally lacking in bock character.
egajdzis (5384) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark golden color with a bubbly white head and some lace. Spicy banana, clove aroma. Very wheaty, reminds me of a dark hefe, and not what I was expecting from this bock.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin dissipating head. Coppery color. Weak flavor with some sweetness, but slightly watery. I am not impressed.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dull amber color with cream colored smallish head. Rich caramel and light peat aroma - seem to fill the Bamberg style. Rich smooth feel. Dry, very dry malt flavors. Some malt sweetness mid swallow, that evaporates to an herb hops acidic/bitter end (somewhat pepper like). I think I need some german peppernut.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange copper hue. Small white head. Sweet almost spicy nose. Weird sweet malts first. Almost syrupy, light to medium bodied, honey, yeast, with a pleasantly hopped up finish. A refreshing bock, a nice winter brew.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear, orange-tan body with a slight amount of lacing. skunky-pils smell. pilsner-like flavor with some bitter hops, malt, honey and caramel. spicy finish.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Clear brownish gold color. Malt, honey aroma. Medium body, fuller tasting than other bocks, spicy hop flavor bite, good malt backing. Not bad, had some spice to qualify as a holiday type beer.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 On tap. Gold color. Malt aroma. Malty taste with some hop and spice. Good seasonal beer.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very enjoyable bock. Nice hop bite. Malty aroma. Nice golden color. It a good winter beer. I enjoyed it.