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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   ABV: -
For the 8th beer in our Stag Series, we’ve teamed up with Gold Ochsen Brauerei in New Ulm’s sister city, Ulm Germany. Both cities are also host to fifth generation family-owned breweries and both breweries were founded by men named August. Working in collaboration, we decided to brew a Blonde Doppel Bock. Both breweries uses specialty malts from Weyerman with each brewery using their own base Pilsner malt – Rahr for Schell’s and Schwabenmalz for Gold Ochsen. Both breweries use Emerald, Tattnanger and Saphir hops during the boil and then each brewery uses a different newer German hop variety in the whirlpool and as a dry hop. Schell’s uses Polaris hops and Gold Ochsen uses Mandarina Bavaria. Both beer are then fermented with the respective brewries’ house lager yeast and matured for a couple of months before packaging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Quite pleasant aroma is grassy with scents of green grape, tart white wine, caramel, and apricot, at first. Some dirt or clay dryness. Later sniffs bring lemon, saffron, cumin, and salt. Aroma evokes both breakfast and dessert. Complex and multi-layered aroma. Pours a bright, shiny, clear brass with a few scattered rising bubbles. Small to moderate amount of short-lasting, yellow-ish-cream-colored head. Appetizing and appealing appearance. Surprisingly dry taste at first features a touch of champagne and a vegetal, herbal finish. It gets sweeter upon multiple sips and, by the end, is probably a bit too sweet, but the taste remains very good overall. Dry aftertaste. Medium to full body. Smooth and oily in the palate. Moderate to pretty good liveliness. August’s Bock is a very well made and enjoyable beer. I am quite impressed. It is strong across the board and very enjoyable. As a full-bodied, big lager, it gets toward being a chore toward the end, costing it a point in the overall score that I am granting it. Ideally drink about 6 to 8 ounces of it. This beer has been getting respectful but ultimately middling ratings here, perhaps due to the fact that it is in a style about which people are hesitant to gush. It really is quite, quite good, a happiness-inducing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Dark gold almost amber bock with a thin white head. Aroma is grassy and fruity hop over biscuit and caramel malt. Nice medium malt body, grassy/herbal euro hop. Light fruit finish with a hint of alc. I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4020) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Pours a very deep golden color with a thick white head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a good leaf rot character, it’s got some herbal happiness, and a mild sweetness. It’s defiantly got some alcohol character, but it’s not brash or uninviting.

The flavor is really very nice, it’s not as sweet tasting as the aroma lets on but is certainly malt forward with a nice apple skin character and a good dosing of herbal and leafy happiness. It’s got a little bit of toastiness and a light but warming alcohol presence. Nothing is overbearing, everything seems right in it’s respective place.

Most defiantly right up my alley as far as lighter colored doppelbocks are concerned, not that that’s a style I have a lot of exposure to/experience with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Copper color with a large head that quickly falls. Musty hop aroma. Bready and buttery malt flavor. Unexpectedly bitter with a noticeably vegetal hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2014
A light colored doppelbock. Well hopped for the style. Typical of the lighter bocks, the alcohol is perceivable and the malt flavors are much drier than in the darker versions. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle, pours a clear amber body with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, grass, and faint citrus. Taste is similar, although more happy than expected for a bock. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Draft. Amber pour. This is suprisingly good stuff, it has a cream of corn feel but it is drinkable enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is malt and some piney hops. Flavor is quite malty with a decent piney hop presence and hints of yeast, straw, and fruitiness. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (6482) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2013
Pours out of the bottle in a clear amber colour with low head and medium body. Nice aroma of hops and flowers. Taste of mild hops, straw, vanilla, flowers, citrus and herbs. Dry finish. Nice and surprisingly different (lighter, fresher as usual) Bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Reddish Amber with white head. Aroma is grassy, lemon, malty sweet. Taste is malt and sweet, lemon herbal hops.

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