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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Heller Bock
Vorchdorf, Austria
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional bock-beer-speciality of Castle Eggenberg. This beer is brewed only seasonally and therefore available during Christmas and Easter holidays. Careful and slow fermentation and maturation make Festbock a desired beer not only in Austria but also in Italy, where it is exported in 30 lt. kegs.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 1, 2005
17 oz. brown, tall bottle. Freshness date of 02/2006 on back label. Still fairly fresh then. Apparently people don’t appreciate what it takes to brew a beer of this magnitude, judging by the low scores it has received. It is right exactly on the money, style wise. Poured out a bright, pale yellow color, with a frothy, sticky white head. Aromas are of fresh Pils malts, with some DMS from those malts. Slight, background earthy hops, but aromas are very subdued. Some aromas of Vienna malts as well. Thick mouthfeel, but actually a thin beer. Malty to a fault, followed by strong hop bitterness. Rich, earthy, and superb overall. You should really try to appreciate it for what it is. A world class Maibock.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2621) - Finspång, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2005
Golden coloured with a frothy head. Malty aroma with notes of boiled vegetables. Sweet-ish malty flavour, slightly thin and metallic. The alcohol tickles the tongue.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2005
Bottle. The colour is clear yellow; the white head is compact and three fingers thick.

The smell is a bit weak and there are fine notes of some malt and dry bitter hops.

The carbonation is OK for a lager with fresh small bubbled. However, it is rather short.

The first taste is one of sweet malt, some body and some bitterness in the background. It develops into a vanilla-like soft flavour with some alcohol and a growing clean bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet and warming with notes of white bread and a long lasting (rather anonymous) bitterness.

This is a good representative of this style with the alcohol well hidden behind the strong malty flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (6004) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2005
Bottled. Golden with a large, white head. Sweet, malty nose with some metallic notes. A bit too much alco-feel to be in my taste, but rather fresh with fine maltiness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (13190) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2005
Golden/yellow, white head. Dry hoppy nose along with marcipan, malts and apples. Quite smooth at first. malty and hoppy with fruity notes, Alcohol well hidden but shows in the finish along with a pleasant but somewhat weak bitterness...

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2005
Bottled. Golden colour, good, almost creamy, head. German Style Pils nose, along with grain, eggs and hops. Rich malty, clean flavour, pure grain. Like a maltier pilsner. Vague bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (20931) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2005
Bottled. Clear pale golden, rich but brief head. Concentrated grassy hop aroma along the lines of a richer south German pilsener. Hearty, buttery maltiness, solid fresh moutfeel, unusually richly hopped for an Austrian beer. Restrained malt sweetness. Pleasantly bitter finish. Thoroughly well made!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geiserich (3677) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 12, 2004
Light golden, small head, normal carbonation. Aroma is malty and herbal hoppy. Light sweet, malty flavor, metall notes, quite bitter finish. Alcohol is well balanced. A little bit to bitter for me.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2004
Has a golden yellow color with moderate carbonation and little head. Smell is light sweet malts with some fruit hop aroma. Taste is similar to the smell with light malt and light hop bitterness. Overall it was a bit too thin for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
Well I may be rating the flavour a little high here but I had just spent the day in the car driving from Toronto to Washington DC and it really hit the spot. Extremely pale, essentially translucent yellow with a big white head and tons of carbonation. The aroma and flavour both belied the appearance of thebeer and hit you with a bit of substance. I found it spicy and floral - like a grassy meadow full of malts and I'm not sure what. Lingers a little through a fairly crisp finish. OK.


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