Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2006
An interesting hybrid beer, basically a "steam bock". I’ve been thinking about making a steam style doppelbock, so it’s nice to try something similar. I’m not sure why the ratings for this one are so low...it’s actually good, I thought.
Ruby red color, white head. Malty/oaky sweet aroma. Flavor starts out like a malty bock, not too sweet, then finishes with a pale ale type hop bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel, more fizzy than your typical bock. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
A light tan head capped a copper/red body. The aroma was malty, Granny Smiths, toffee, pine hops. Fizzy in the mouth. The flavor was without much character. The elements of Bock were overtaken by a tinny taste. A forgettable beer. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Brown Coloring with White Ring. Dried Fruit and Dark Bread Aroma. More Fruity Notes on the Tongue...And Some Wheat/Rye Notes...Pretty Thin Mouthfeel.. Not Bad but Lacking any Depth That Would Normally Attract One to a Bock. badgerben (5177) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Red color with a thin head. Dry malt aroma. Here’s another sour apple taste from this brewery. Might be an infection in the works. No traces of actual beer flavor, let alone a bock. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 12oz bottle.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Slightly hazy dark auburn with sediment -- inappropriate for the style. Thin tan head soon dissipates. Decent aroma of sweet caramel malt, dry grain, and sour fruit. Flavor sharply acidic and a bit metallic -- infected. Ugh. Guess it serves me right for picking up an unpasteruized spring-release beer in November. Light dry grain aftertaste (and other ratings here) suggest this beer was generally on the right track. Will try to find a fresher sample of next year’s batch and re-evaluate.
<P>EDIT Nov 16 2005: Having now read the commercial description that was recently added, knowing this beer is actually an ale instead of lager goes a long way toward explaining the acetic, apparently infected character of the beer -- it may have actually been intentional, or at the very least, tolerated. Not only does this beer taste nothing like a bock, it turns out to be brewed nothing like a bock either. Given this and their "Milkhouse Stout" which is not a milk stout, misleading labels seems to be a recurring theme with this brewery.
Bright reddish copper body, frothy tan head.
Aroma is a dry, husky sweet malt.
Sweet, and slightly biting strawberry, sour fruit hops. Some papery caramel.
Its okay, but maybe a little worn from age?
PorterPounder (7965) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee, WI. - 12 oz bottle. Pours like dark iced tea with a persistent off-white head. Lots of sediment floating about. Aroma has touches of molasses with an underlyng presence of alcohol. Interesting little bock, has a spicy nature to it and is very fresh tasting. Pick up some cinnamon, a touch of ginger with an underlying background of molasses. Has somewhat of a spritzy mouthfeel. Very decent. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pours to a slightly hazy reddish brown body with a foamy tan head that disapates all but an oil slick left on top. Decent lacing. The aroma is very sweet and caramelly. I get herbal/vegatable aromas and a grainy aroma too. I agree with dave on this one. Kinda freaks you out when you take a sip. Very tart flavor. Cranberries and tart ground cherries take the forefront on the flavor. There are a bunch of grains too that blend well with the tartness. Xena should be a Flemish mistress... not a Bock. :) The palate is almost hurtful. Overall, a surprise oddity from such a small brewer. The more I try to finish this beer, the more I dislike it. Updating rating... DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Dark brown body with a reddish hue. Foamy tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma with grain dust and faint herbal notes. The beer could pass for a bock up to this point, but it’s quite a shock at the first sip. There’s a doughy malt base with tart cranberries and dark bread crust on top. Dry finish. An odd beer, but still enjoyable. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 23, 2005
The label indicates that this a "Xena Bock" ale? Lightly cloudy, dark copper color with a airy light tan head. Dark caramel malt aromas along with a light fruitiness. Has a real alt aroma. Mild sour dough flavors mixed with rye bread and hints of cranberries. Too tart and "unclean" for a real bock. Nearly a mild flemish.