Block (1824) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much lighter than I expected for a bock. Not bad but I was definitely expecting more. Couldn’t taste much honey. Seemed pretty regular.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear gold color with a finger-thick white head and visible carbonation. Aroma of sweet malts, honey, straw, grains, and the faintest of hops. Flavor is also big on honey and sweet malts, with some grains and hops, sugar and grass. Light-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Dry and sweet. Not bad, but certainly overshadowed by a few other things I tried at the brewery.
bpreo (2187) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m drinking this a little too late, as the last of the winters snow has melted. While I have been anxiously awaiting the summer for months, this beer temporarily brings me back to the nostalgia of a below 0 winter day. Snow, mountains, a roaring fire, and bottles of Cabin Fever.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of joet. Thanks, Joe!! Pours a very bright, effervescent, medium-golden color; very bright appearance; fine-bubbled white head with good retention and attractive lacing; great-looking pour. This is lovely. Perfectly balanced aroma, showing lively citrus, crisp malty notes of honey and cereal, hay, hints of grass, and delicate noble hop character; the honey presence is quiet, well-integrated, and nothing close to cloying. Medium or medium-light body: creamy texture in the mouth, with moderate amounts of carbonation; the honey notes ring clearly upfront, along with mineral and spicy bitterness, creamy cereal and hay-like malt presence, everything just beautifully put together and cleanly presented: gorgeous heller bock, and shows much of the charisma, balance, and liveliness that something like the Sierra Nevada Glissade doesn’t quite reach; damn, this is tasty stuff. Medium finish, showing lingering honey, mineral and spicy bitterness, and just a nice reminder of the clover honey and noble hops that define this beer; clean, hugely drinkable, nicely balanced ending.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour was light to medium golden with a nice white head. Aroma was crisp with honey, light malt, and some bread characters. Flavors were well blended with a small toasted character, slightly sweet malt background, and a medium to low character of sweet honey. Good brew.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a light yellow gold wit a thin white head. The body is clear with visible rising carbonation.
Aroma: Spicy hops, dry malt and honey suckle.
Taste: Spicy hops, sweetness (somewhere between sweet corn and honey) and some crusty bread notes.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: Great, smooth, slightly sweet lager. Reminds me a bit of Full Sail LTD 02 Lager, which is one of my seasonal favorites.
meisterbrauMHB (69) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a good, balanced aroma. Pours clear, sparkling with an even white head. First taste was of a pale lager. But then it finishes with a complex, citrus, honey flavor that is long lasting. Nice blend of hops that adds interest to this beer. Another good beer from New Glarus! Worth buying again.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear golden color. The head was three fingers high with decent retention. Some lace was left behind on the glass at the end. Smelled of honey-touched cereal grain and subdued grass. There was also a whiff of yeasty bread dough. Light to medium bodied and delicately sweet without any significant bitterness. Carbonation was low to moderate creating a relatively smooth mouth feel. Tasted of biscuit with a dram of honey.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Nice dark golden pour wit ha thin white head. Aroma was sweet malt, a little caramel with a touch of something floral. Favor was really mild with a good sweet kick and a super smooth mouthfeel. Really easy drinking pleasant Bock.
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to noncaloric for sending a pair of these in a trade. I almost drank both in a single night because this is one of the lightest easiest drinking bocks I have tried that still has enough flavor to set it apart. It still falls near the bottom of the spectrum for New Glarus but that has more to do with their upper range and the style. If I could still buy New Glarus locally there would probably be a six pack in the fridge as I type this.
Aroma / Appearance - Golden yellow with strong carbonation the body sparkles with life. Delicate, the foamy head bobs like an ice floe above the liquid supporting it. Honey drizzled over toasted white bread and a mild sweetness gives this some flavor. It is somewhat weak; however it was just enough to meet my expectations.
Flavor / Palate - Honey, dry white toast, and a trace amount of sugary glazing put this a step or two above Totally Naked. Still fairly bland the finish is about what you would expect. The only unusual thing is the mouthfeel which is heavier than anticipated for what is a lightweight beer. New Glarus hasn’t exactly hit a home run but this is just what you would expect for something that appeals to the masses.