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Yonder Bock: Tropical Maibock (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 1,278
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 10
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Tampa is a long way from our home base in Chico, but the guys down yonder in Florida sure can brew a great beer. Our friends at Cigar City find inspiration in the Cuban roots of their hometown, and that Latin-inspired flair is evident in Yonder Bock. This tropical take on the Maibock adds a Latin island flair to this traditional German style beer.

Enamored with the Latin roots of their Tampa home, Cigar City always tries to channel a bit of local history into their beers, e.g. the Humidor Series whose beers age on Spanish cedar as an homage to Tampa’s cigar making roots. Only five years old, this brewery deserves the fast praise that’s come its way.
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Photo of fx20736
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought in the Beer Camp 12 pack awhile ago. Served in a pint at cellar temp.

Look: medium amber, white head, nice lacing

Smell: fragrant, fruity, earthy awesomeness

Taste: thick malt backbone with some papaya sweetness

Feel: solid, good

Overall: little gem of a very nice beer

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL, Yonder Bock is a Latin-inspired twist on a traditional Maibock. Cigar City finds inspiration in the Cuban roots of their hometown, which is a long way from our home base in Chico, but our friends down yonder in Florida sure can brew a great beer. Yonder Bock blends a silky malt body with bright, fruity hop aromas of guava, mango and passion fruit from the use of Calypso, Azacca and experimental 366 hops as a nod to Cigar City's tropical locale." Brewed in the style of a German Maibock. Available in single 12 oz. cans as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2015 variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a biscuity cream shade over a mildly hazy copper-melon body. Carbonation is busy and plentiful. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of piney, earthy and spicy hops forward with a moderate bitterness atop a husky caramel and biscuit malt body with a moderate sweetness. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has an emphasis on malts, with biscuity and bready caramel and pale malts forward finishing on a hop note of earth and piney resins. The hop profile is surprisingly limited on tropical fruit flavors, and I don't pick up on nearly as much mango, guava or passion fruit as I might be expected to. A bit smoother, heavier and more viscous than the aroma suggests, albeit flavorful. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly viscous and mildly dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter and hoppy. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) My biggest fuss with this tropical maibock is the limited "tropical" flavor from the hops. Although the hops are well integrated and generate a respectable bitterness, the hop profile falls a tick short of where I expected it to, exposing a dominating malt profile that leads the flavor all the way. A very drinkable and enjoyable Maibock by all accounts, but the originality of a tropical angle on a German style was what drew me to give this beer a shot and on that note I am quite disappointed that it didn't come through to my expectations. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock (With Cigar City Brewing)

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Photo of Mitchster
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Vienna, Munich, Pilsner, Honey malts. Bittered with Magnum, "Experimental 366 variety". Finished with Azacca, Calypso," Experimental 366 variety". Fermented with a lager yeast.
7.7% ABV, OG=18.8P, FG=5.5P, 45 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear light amber, forming a creamy and sticky yellow head with beautiful retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is wonderful...sticky resinous hops with tropical notes of pineapple, guava, mango and a touch of herbal and pinous hops as well, on the sweet side, not pungent. The taste is quite nice..chewy malts, residual sugars, some caramel, a very subtle husk, the honey malt really shines. The bitterness is quite mild, giving it a sweeter almost cloying mouthfeel, medium-dense body. Tropical fruit through the middle, with a little hop astringency in the finish.

A really nice brew and true to the name..a really hopped up tropical maibock. I would buy this again. Recommended.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

When the Beer Camp series was released, a buddy of mine snapped up several cases and knowing about The CANQuest (tm), he decided to bestow a couple of the CANs to me. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the CAN: "Brewed in Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing"; "Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL, Yonder Bock is a Latin-inspired twist on a traditional Maibock. Cigar City finds inspiration in the Cuban roots of their hometown, which is a long way from our home base in Chico, but our friends down yonder in Florida sure [CAN] brew a great beer. Yonder Bock blends a silky malt body with bright, fruity hop aromas of guava, mango and passion fruit from the use of Calypso, Azacca and experimental 366 hops as a nod to Cigar City's tropical locale."

I Crack!ed this bad boy open and oh, how I wanted to CANduct an inverted Glug, but I CANstrained myself due to its relative age. I CANnot take the ChANce that one of these beers might be CANditioned, so I felt CANpelled to go with a gentle pour. When this only netted me a skim of light-tan head, I CANtinued to employ the bartender's trick and give it a good agitation. Soon, I had two fingers of light-tan head that quickly fell back to wisps, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose reeked of tropical fruit! My first WestPac as a U.S. Navy sailor exposed me to all sorts of fruit, like papaya, mango, guava, plus avocado and throw coconut into the mix and you begin to get the idea. I knew a young Filipina who eschewed perfume in favor of smearing herself with fruit. Yeah, she was a sticky mess, but she smelled great and tasted better! Mouthfeel was kind of thin, which was slightly disappointing. The taste was so fruity that I was transported back to the hammock in the middle of Uncle Sam's B&G in Barrio Barretto where Miriam and I were forced to copulate one night when all of the other racks were filled. I mean, right out in the middle of the so-called dance floor. Mama-san only half thought that I was kidding when I paid Miriam's bar fine, since she had seen a lot of my antics during the past week and a half. My shipmates got into the act by buying fresh fruit from passing vendors and squeezing juice all over us! Mama-san, not missing a trick, began to collect money for the "floor show" and we each got a cut. I did it twice more before we pulled out and my reputation was cemented. I get a chub any time that I am in proximity to tropical fruits and their flavors. The heck with Viagra, I have Yonder Bock! Now, where's #TheOldLady? Back at Beer Camp, the finish was Sweet (that's what she said), but not cloying. My enjoyment might have been diminished by sickly sweetness. Final pour: Perhaps a tad more haziness, but barely perceptible; nose was more pronounced in terms of fruitiness, due to warming or otherwise (?); taste remained fairly equivalent.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper/gold with a big sturdy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of malt
Taste-Sweet toasted malt,tropical fruit, warming finish. A smooth sipper.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, soft head that has surprising retention and laces lightly. A nice soft hop aroma; flowers and citrus. This smells quite nice. A copper/straw color. Starts with a surprising bitterness. Citrus rind, citrus fruit, maybe a touch of pine. There is a slight fruitiness to this. A rich maltiness in the background, though it is subtle. Finish is lingering citrus rind.

Ehhh, this isn't so impressive. I wouldn't have guessed it's a Maibock; a real miss on the style. It's a smooth, hoppy lager that is a bit too overwhelming in the citrus rind flavors.

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Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy dark copper/amber color with a foamy 2 finger light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing, rings as it went down and a tan layer on top.

Smells very fruity up front, like mango, oranges, starfruit and guava with subtle hints of caramel and brown sugar sweetness; there are some light grains mixed in but this nose is mostly tropical fruit and smells excellent for a bock style beer – especially from a can, which makes it that much more impressive.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, wheat bread and then some mixed fruit like pineapple, tangerine and pear – the fruits that come through in the flavor are very different from the fruits in the nose, but this beer has enough malt/hop balance with some mild spices to keep it interesting and pretty drinkable. The aftertaste is a combo of graham cracker, floral hops, pepper, coriander and some yeast funk or metallic elements that trail off with a little bitterness. Some sips are very malty, some are sweet and some are hoppy, which makes this beer unpredictably exciting and very strange at the same time.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with average carbonation, well above average flavor and a slightly grainy, sweet bitter finish that can seem dry or clean at times. This was very interesting and I enjoyed it quite a bit – my expectations were low for a bock/maibock collaboration from a can but this shocked me with really good flavor and pretty peculiar qualities that made for a tasty beer experience. To me this was the “sleeper” brew of the Beer Camp Across America 12 pack since I expected to crack the top and just throw this back, but it was really enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a can of this for $2.75 at beermuda. Into a goblet.

A - Slightly hazy yet nice looking ruby brown. Head is fizzy slightly opaque in color yet takes a while to form a ring. Some sticky lacing looks nice.
S - Not much to say the aroma is tropical with mango like hops, fruity esters, and a touch of lemon. Not too funky but mild.
T - has a sweet vanilla note that sticks out with a dry tone of yeast and brett like sourness. Not overall sweet in the slightest it does have a good hop presence worth nothing.
M - Stingy alcohol esters pay a big part in this making it slightly un enjoyable. Mostly overall sweet and fruity.

Overall a very interesting beer which kind of seems all over the place but is easy to drink. Not worth a second visit though.

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Photo of mirp1
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on tap yesterday (12/24/14) at the Green Onion Pub in Utica, NY. I wanted to review it because a previous rating narrative described Yonder Bock as cloyingly sweet. I find that description peculiar in that I found the taste to be exceptionally dry, showing that it was effectively fermented. Maybe I got an old batch, perhaps it was a mistake batch, or maybe my sense of taste is beginning to wane. The fact is, this beer was dry, almost as if it had a touch of brett in the ferment, though it didn't. Anyway, easy drinking at 7.7, great hop content for a lager, that kind of took it out of the Maibock range, but who cares, adhering to beer style "rules" is a thing of the past. US brewers are making the best beer in the world right now by breaking the "rules", and have been for years. We just want great beer, and man it is out there like crazy. Nice job Sierra-Cigar City.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Copper with 1 finger of head

S - Hoppy, citrus, pine cones.

T - Tastes like a hoppy ale. Citrus notes up front, slightly sweet

F - Light bodied, medium carbonation

O - A tasty brew for sure. Less Mai-bock, more IPA IPO

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Copper body with a small white head. Sweet boozy aroma. Mango comes through with too much alcohol heat. Maibocks are already sweet, and this is too much, even cloying. I didn't particularly enjoy this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/5...BCAA 4/12...pours brownish copper color with fizzy white foam that leaves a layer. Tropical fruit nose, small scent. Taste is a fruity malt blend, with tones of vanilla, cola, root beer, and a prickly cactus like bitter. Full malt. Great.

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Photo of Lard_City
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Malty, sweet, boozy. Drink with an open mind because what you see (Amber) isn't quite what you taste. Good beer but may not please those folks not partial to porters or stouts.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 84/100

A great new twist on an old style. Came out a bit too sweet for me. Overall a fairly nice and potent beer~

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon and grapefruit, and a little mango.
The taste is grainy sweetness with a dank bitter background. Some tropical fruit sweetness at the end.
The texture is thicker.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing pint glass.

A: Nearly clear light copper, with a two-finger white head with good retention. Low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity and malt sweetness primarily. Not cloyingly sweet, but I don't get any hop balancing here on the nose.

T: Fruity sweetness (guava, papaya) up front, with bready malts and some slight caramel character. A low amount of grassy and citrus hop bitterness near the end.

M: Medium body, low carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: Reasonably drinkable, but nothing to get excited about. The fruity flavors and the sweet malts have more of an additive effect than I'd like without much in way of balance. Not the worst of the Beer Camp pack for sure.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, toasted, caramel, bready, doughy, spicy, and lager yeast.

Taste: Definitely hop forward with the traditional malt flavors and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and mild bitterness in the rear.

Overall: Pretty nice tropical maibock. I could only imagine how much more hoppier this was when canned, but the hops have held up well since then.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%

Type: 12-oz.can
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $25.99 for the variety Beer Camp Across America 12-pack
Purchased: Oct. 17, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 17, 2014
Misc.: Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing Company; Packaged June 4, 2014 at 8:45 a.m.

Poured a caramel, auburn, mostly-clear color with five fingers of rocky, khaki-white head. Decent amount of bubble streams coming up at various parts from the bottom of the glass. Semi-layered, sporadic foamy spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Great-looking retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

The various smells seemed to be fighting each other. For me it was caramel, rye, sugary toffee and sweetened iced tea meets mango, papaya, sour green grapes, apple and other tropical notes. Didn’t like the balance. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste had similar qualities to the nose, but was better. Got rye malts, scotch, iced tea, caramel, toffee, mango, papaya, light Tropical Punch Bubble Yum, sour caramel apple, melon, passion fruit and boozy malts. (Taste - 3.88)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 3.88)

This beer really grew on me. Tasty, but a tad boozy at times. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.88)

3.82 | 86 | B+

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Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -5%

A-Cloudy amber orange, not much carbonation, one finger head

S-Rather malty, nice caramel and toffee, none of the tropical notes listed on the can.

T-Malt heavy, Mainly caramel with some toffee. Similar to the nose, still lacking the hops.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, slighty watery as well.

O-Another let down from the SN Beer Camp mix pack

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Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic golden Bockbier color, even a little darker. A grand foam in the Maredsous tall goblet. Loads of lacing. Fizzy and malty on the tongue. Gardenia and a whisper of pines in the aroma.

Label says this is brewed with Calpso and Azacca hops, so already I'm intrigued. Hot and sweet. Mango and Gewurtztraminer. A flavorful fruity mouthful with just a slight hoppy bite. Delicious and tangy. I wish this one would end up on the rotating brew schedule.

Certainly one of the better Maibocks I've ever tasted. From the 12 oz can. One of my favorites from the 2014 Beer Camp pack. I don't care if a lot of these SN experiments are off-kilter, it's a great way to promote beer creativity.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours rich amber with a frothy off white head that settles.

S: Sweet tropical and stone fruit backed with malt sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit up front, mango and pineapple, followed by a big bready malt hit, some fruity and floral notes, and a very light touch of alcohol as it warms.

M: Medium to heavy body, can get a bit syrupy, moderate carbonation.

O: Very cool idea, but I think a bit too malty for my taste.

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Photo of BWED
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a craft tumbler

A- Chestnut with some ruby hues. Tan two finger head has good retention.

S- Sweet malt tones. Caramel and molasses. Tropical notes as well. Pineapple and mango.

T- A little different from the nose. Subdued tropical notes up front. Sweet malt comes at the end, a little bit of fruit juice.

M- Medium full body. Carbonation gives a little bite. Finishes a little dry, almost spicy.

O- Another good hybrid style. Malt bill is bock, but the hop profile is definitely an IPA. A juicy tropical one. This blends well.

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Photo of jlindros
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Yay cans... but haven't been happy with any of the Beer Camp beers, just continue to show how collabs just don't work.

Pours a decent creamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, mild lacing, mostly clear amber tan orange color with a little rosy hue.

Nose brings sweetness, candy toffee but not a ton, bock like candy wheat, touch biscuity and creamy, mild fruity notes, a mild grassy spicy faint citrus fruity hop.

Taste brings biscuity malts and wheat, darker caramelized toffee wheat, a little creamy, a faint coffee caramel like flavor, candy and syrupy. Then a grassy spicy hop, little earthy, faint citrus, and some fruity flavors, not really tropical though, earthy slight piney resinous citrus like hops. None of the flavors go well together, it's like a make-up shotgun of flavor characters that Homer made. Finish is sticky and syrupy, more toffee, weird bitter flavors, a little astringent despite being too bitter, a little toffee and biscuit and wheat also lingering.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy, little creamy, nice carb at least.

Overall bleh, just a mix of lots of so-so flavors that don't go well together. Like a typical collab fashion they couldn't agree on a single direction for the beer, so they all just added random things to make it interesting, and it came out horrible.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Was part of the beer camp 12 pack. Fried told me this was his favorite out of the pack and I could tell why.

A - Deep clear amber with garnet hue. Significant egg-shell colored head with light lacing.

S - Good amount of tropical hops with the standard citrus-fruity notes mingling strongly with the malt and slight yeast character.

T - Significant fruity hop flavor that last through the drink but is driven home by the strong maltiness and crisp lager finish. This beer is not your typical "Maibock" but I like it more than any of the style I've had before because of the dominant tropical hop character. The "tropical" is not a fruit juice character but more of a hop character that just seems to have a more candy flavored profile.

M - Medium mouth-feel with a mild bitter hop finish. Moderate carbonation which helps the malt from being cloying and you can tell that it is a lager from the crispness even though there is a significant mouthfeel.

Overall, definitely one of my favorites in the pack. The way the hops meld with the malts and the lager crispness it is literally the best attributes of a great beer in one. I would definitely buy this one on its own which is not the case with all of the collabs in the pack. And I like the fact that it is in a can. I know that cans are a staple of Cigar City but I just like the SN graphics on a can. I would say that this beer is a redeeming factor for the 12 pack but if you are a purist and really like your traditional maibock I would suggest skipping it.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, Pours a deep copper amber with a off white medium lasting fluffy head. Aroma is grains, caramel malt, fruity notes. Taste is sweet fruity notes, I guess tropical, grains, caramel malt and mild earthy herbal hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is grains, malt some tropical fruity notes with mild bitterness on the end. Overall an interesting and good drinking brew.

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Yonder Bock: Tropical Maibock (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.