Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Bottle pours a crystal clear dark amber color with a nice head and some lace. The aroma is malty and somewhat floral. The flavor is bock like malty, but with an ale like hop bitter. The palate is medium rich. Overall, this is pretty low on the scale. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Light copper color with a thick white head. Sweaty stale malt bock aroma. Body has a caramel malty sweetness to it and a touch of rauchmalz, with a more bitter, lightly spiced smooth finish. Mildly flavorful, but uninteresting. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Light amber hue with a small beige head and little lace. Aroma hinted of pumpernickel bread, caramel, floral hops, funky band-aid, and earthy yeast esters. The taste was straight forward classic malt and yeast, slightly sweet and smooth. Strange bitterness on the finish, didn't seem to match the other flavors well. Watery and soft mouthfeel. Very average stuff. PeterA (342) - EL SALVADOR - DEC 9, 2003
Coppery color, not much head. Some malts and fruits in the aroma. The taste is sweet and malty. Feels slightly sticky, but with not much aftertaste, maybe just a touch of something bitter. Pleasant enough, but nothing great. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 (draft, sampled 1/12/05) Clear copper body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, nutty, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, nutty, some herbal, finish with some rauchbierian smoke. Medium lightly sticky body. Seems closer to a nut brown ale than a bock. (7/3/7/3/14). (bottle, sampled 12/9/03) Crystal clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet (molasses), caramel, butterscotch, toffee, and some floral. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some earthy, and noticeable alcohol. Medium watery body. (6/3/5/2/11)
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Not crazy about this Bock. Sweet, malty, and spicy flavors. Dry, bitter sweet, and crisp finish. hopscotch (11247) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 Bottle... Sparkling clear, deep golden lager. Quckly dissipating, fizzy, white head.
The nose delivers some orange blossom honey, butterscotch and after-shave.
The flavor is decently-balanced, but a bit bland and a touch too sweet. Light chocolate and honey notes.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet finish.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2003
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 (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2003
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 (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
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.