kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/25/1998ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Source: Beverages & More, SF
golden yellow, lots of tiny bubbles, solid fine white head, sudsy lace, sweet malt aroma with a touch of floral hops, rich malt flavor followed by a hop bite leading to a slight bitter finish, slightly sour twang (?)
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 6/23/07obxdude10 (2395) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Mostly clear, buttered popcorn colored body topped by a small, mostly diminishing off-white head that leaves some blotchy lacing.
Sweet, heavy honey-dough in the nose wraps about the nostrils with a pinch of herbal hoppiness inserted as an afterthought. Vanilla icing and light caramel intensify the sweetness, but add some moderate complexity. The dryness and "lager" character of the beer immediately seem questionable, though as it warms, there is a touch of dry yeast and definitely some emerging breadiness from the malts that "helps" to dry it out. I say helps, but it never really comes off as very dry in the nose. Perhaps a touch of medicinal qualities? It’s tough to separate the yeast character and herbal hops from what might be problematic phenols, as herbal hops and lager yeast tend to be very similar in aroma to certain peppery/medicinal phenols. Anyways, even if it is (doubtful), it’s marginally apparent. Medium strength of aroma overall, with no alcohol present.
Upon first sip, it comes of very sweet, and oddly slick (like oily almost). Partly due to the low carbonation, no doubt, but I’m not sure that’s the only reason. Vanilla icing and overly sweet honeyish malts build up and sort of wallop the palate. As it warms, more of the breadiness comes out and dries the beer, especially on the end, just as in the aroma. But again, it’s certainly got a huge sweetness to it, especially right away, and the sweetness is not a very elegant maltiness, but more of a simple sugariness. Herbal, obviously German hoppiness seems a little less than fresh, and sort of half-assed at that, but does at least provide something else to think about besides the heavy sweetness. I’ve never been a fan of bready maltiness used for balance, and though the style certainly has leeway for being sweet, I just think it’s a bit much. Too much wateriness on the finish, as well. No alcohol noted, however, and definitely nothing phenolic in the flavor.
A bit of a disappointment, a rather bland & flavorless offering from Sierra Nevada, golden color with a small off-white head, a very sweet nose & flavors, but a little shallow, light-medium body, drinkable but a bit flavorless, dry & crisp finish, but missed the mark of a nice bock beer
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Draught: Aroma was medium sweet. Smells floral and hoppy. Smelly like candy or Red Bull. Poured golden in color with a huge, foamy, rocky, white head that lasted throughout. Small lacing. Clear. Golden. Not sparkling. Looks thin. Flavor is on the sweet side. Tastes of bubblegum, caramel malt, corn, toasting, fruit and a bit of lemon. Light to medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Light malt finish. Overall, pretty boring. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Clear golden amber body with a small off-white head. Light fruity malt aroma. Sweet sugary fruit flavor with a malty corn kick.
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
gold with visible carbonation, thin head. slightly hoppy aroma, but pretty weak. Initial flavor is light hops with hints of malt. Finish is more hoppy, but fades quickly. crowern (9) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 24, 2007 does not count
love the ’malt liquor’ declaration on the lable. olde english grown up... a heavy tasting deep golden colored ale. better on draft than in bottle. dratef full of flavor-citrus like while bottle had the bottle taste effect going on. great for the gathering but use caution due to high alcohol and easy drinkability oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 21, 2007
Bottled (thanks to either Degarth or Stoutlover72, I forgot whom I got this from...). I managed to break the neck of the bottle by mistake while digging in my beer cellar... Hazy orange golden colour with mediumsized white head, with some yeast still on the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is sweet malts, US flowery hops, some fresh oranges and slight alcoholic notes. Flavour is fruity and flowery hoppy, grassy, oranges and also some slightly yeasty notes also. Quite nectary and hopped aftertaste. I wouldn’t recognize this a pale bock if I had to try it as a "blind rating". Ungstrup (39105) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 16, 2007
Draft, GBBF 2006. A golden beer with a white head. The aroma is sweet malty with metallic notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and quite fruity notes - especially oranges, as well as metallic notes of alcohol. Not the best Bock I’ve had - too simple. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle, 06 vintage. A golden colored lager with a full nose full of sweet malt aroma, very clean in appearance. A sugary malt presence with a hint of tartness, some hops to provide an excellent balance. Overall this was a very well crafted beer that lacks much of the lager character that keeps me drinking ale. I liked it.