Oakes (17684) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2003
Sampled on draught at the brewerySammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
Copper-coloured maibock. Malty nose with hay (from the Perle), cherries, and woody notes. The palate shows flashes of the rich malt and vibrant complexity that I look for in a maibock. It's hoped that future batches really take the melanoidins and nuances to this level in a more assertive fashion.
Which bock? Brewmaster said it’s been on since October. There certainly is no maibock called maibock. Even owner at annual Raceway brewfest could not describe it. Looked like a dopplebock, brown but with a thin head. blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Draft at Laughlin’s. Poured light orange with a beige head. Malty aroma with a bit of caramel. Medium body. Flavor is similar to the aroma with maybe a hint of bread. Nice. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
On tap at Coles, Buffalo, NY. Pours a clear bubbly amber-gold with a small lasting white head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit and wood notes. Flaour’s the same along with some hops and a mild alcoholic finish. Decent enough but it didn’t rock my boat. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2009
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Pours a medium orange gold. Taste& aroma is fruity malts, caramel. Decent mouthfeel. Not bad
HogTownHarry (6921) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2006
Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo, NY. Clear amber-gold with a small white draught head. Roast caramel malt aroma, with toasty nut and oats, a hint of Wee Heavy petrol tang, nicely sweet/spicy. Tastes of honey-sweet toasted grain and oats, noticeable hop presence balances out the sweetness, although it has a hint of wildness in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is grainy and a little astringent, average body for a bock - pretty darned nice, I’m not a big one for bocks, but this went very well with my BBQ pulled pork wrap. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Draught pint at Cambridge Common on 4/29/06Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Medium-high clarity in this deeply blonde beer, with some lightly baked straw notes and a hint of amber. White head is lightly creamy, medium in size and quite well retained for a draught beer, providing spotty lacing.
Some sweaty hay, table sugar, and mildly spicy phenols (white pepper-like) are note initially in the nose, the pale malts coming off light, but fluffy, while the dry, hay-like hops add some complexity. Pepperiness on end nips at the nostrils, not too strongly and helps keep things in balance. Not really much in the way of heavy yeastiness or munich sourness (though there is a touch of light breadiness), more of a strong munich helles (but I guess that’s essentially what a blonde bock is, and who’s to say they need to use a large amount of munich malt). Some light creamy sweetness emerges as it warms, and the hops become a touch more crisp, still staying dry and straw/hay-like. Bits of fruit rise up as well, apricots, yellow-cherries and nectarines. Were it not for the crisp, clean yeast on the end (in the flavor) it would almost seem more like an ale yeast fermented at low temps.
The flavor is spicy again, leading to an almost perceived roastiness, though it quickly sinks in to the creamy, honey-rich maltiness, not heavily thick, but definitely notable of a long boil, with some preliminary caramel notes. Soft, moderate to low carbonation is not intrusive, but helps mitigate the sweetness. Light bock-like melanoidins and a touch of sourness, but it’s a very easygoing bock. Phenols are a touch heavy on the finish, as it warms, combining with some dry breadiness, and it begins to overpower the malt, but the carbonation helps keep things fairly well cleansed. I didn’t note any alcohol in aroma or flavor.
Growler from Premier. I guess this was an old growler but it was chilled in the fridge so the age wasnt real noticable. Pours a clear deep gold/light amber with a nice fluffy white head and good lace. Aroma is light skunked hops, herbal and spicy upfront with a muted sweet malt background. Flavor was a little off- slightly harsh and skunked metallic hops with a light malt profile. Needs more malt presence and a sharp light munich bite to it. Ok, but I couldnt really finish the growler. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
On tap. Malty, sweet, some chocolates, some smokiness too. Pours a transparent golden copper color with no head. An ok beer. Sweet and decent for sessions. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Earthy toasted malt aroma with that marvelous sour bock thing going on (what the heck is that called?) and some sweet candi hints. Flavor is nutty, earthy, deeply roasted malts. Flowery hops surface for a second, and then a nice finish