porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 31, 2005
(22 oz. bottle) Body is medium amber-orange, head is thin and fizzy, no lacing. Aroma malty sweetness and honey. Mouthfeel pretty smooth, some bitterness in finish. Flavor pretty good, mild malty sweetness. Nice, not spectacular. A little thin if this is supposed to be a bock. Bocks aren’t ales, so why is this named as an ale? Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours a light brown with very small tan head. Heavily carbonated. Nothing stands out in the nose. Floral, earthy notes. Malty. Bitter finish. jdjuice (502) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - OCT 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Bottle of White Crane Ale. Kind of crappy, Japan-macro like aroma. Taste is a bit surprising, a bit better than the aroma led me to believe. Strong but not overpowering hops, an interesting sweetness and nice mellowness make this a pretty interesting and drinkable beer. Not bad. ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Pours a red-orange color with a quarter inch head. Aroma is a blend of hops and citrus. Flavor is similar to smell. A good balance of hops with a fruity back end. I also detect nutmeg riding the back of an acoholic twinge. Despite the higher alcohol content, this beer is smooth through the finish. A good bock overall. Lots of bold flavors to explore. I actually drank a full one first before writing the review on the second bottle. I’m sure I’ll find more to explore on the third. FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2005
This has become the standard by which I judge all ales. Perhaps not spectacular, but still pretty great, it will leave you coming back for more and more. When I think ale (as vague as that term is) this is what I think of. Not for everybody, but everybody should try it at least once.
gdoak (23) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2005
wow, this has a ton of ratings. anyway, i’ve had this in 12 oz. bottles, 64 oz. jugs, and on tap. Though I haven’t had a huge number of mai bocks, this is my favorite. a little sweetness, nice color. shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
To be honest... this was overrated the first time I tried it but it grew on me after that. I found myself wanting to buy it again. It had that dry, light caramel taste that I wa slooking for. That said, it is not -fantastic- but drinkable again. brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 A good beer, but a bit overrated. Based on my friends telling me how good it was I was expecting something better. I am a huge fan of Rogue beers too, but i prefer their other beers to this. Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2005
out of the bottel pours a slightly murky amber hue. A lazy circle of white foam serves as a head. Smell is very strong of hops, grass, pepper and corn. the pepper makes my nose tingle. Tastes of burnt toast, grass and honey. The mouthfeel is silky but of substantial weight. The aftertaste is bread and the pepper remains in your nose. overall a very interesting combination of yeast, malts, hops and other ingredients, but the pepper is too overwhelming. AND it finishes way too dry! Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours a hazy coppery color from the bottle, head lasts long enough. Aromas of corn and a hint of caramel. You can taste the caramel, finishes lightly bitter and dry. Not too bad.