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

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Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 104 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
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

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 BWED
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pokal a rich deep bronze with a nice tightly formed sticky white head that lasted for almost the duration.Lighter aromas with some light caramel and toast,the tropical fruits were light but were noticable after it warmed.Caramel butteriness mixed with tropical fruitiness stood out most on the palate with some drying and toast in the finish,it never got overly sweet.A pretty good first try of the Beer Camp pack,different in a good way.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter, the beer was a cherry amber color. There was a thick tan head. There was a hint of lace.

Nice aroma of tropical fruit. Some sweet malt and spice.

Nice taste. Guava and papaya. Some caramel malt. Peppery.

Medium-bodied, well-balanced.

Halfway through beer camp, and this has been my favorite.

Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clear light amber with a huge rocky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary malts and tropical fruit with a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet roasty / smokey malts with a lot of fruit and a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall, a nice maibock. I like the fruit addition.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

I was surprised how much I liked this beer. The fruit is very subdued and the overall impression is one of smoothness and great balance. The ABV heft is very well masked and it would seem that one could quaff this for a while; until it catches up with you! Had on draft at Hunger-n-Thirst in Lancaster and it is still there (as of 18 Sept). Highly recommend!

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Pint glass

Appearance: Clear copper with decent head at first that quickly recedes to a thin line.

Smell: Sweet ripe fruit, bread & toast, general spiciness. Smells like a good Maibock. Not getting much tropical notes.

Taste: Strong bread and toast backbone, with sweet, overripe fruits. The sweetness is quickly balanced by spicy and floral notes at the finish. There are some tropical notes that also rear up at the finish and linger, such as grapefruit and mango, but is fairly subdued.

Feel: Full body that is pretty smooth. Decent carbonation. Dry finish despite the sweet taste. Nice mouthfeel overall for a bigger lager.

Overall: Even though some unorthodox hopping was used, it I fairly subdued, meaning that this mostly comes across as a standard Maibock with an interesting extra layer. However, it is a damn fine Maibock.

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a tulip

A - It pours a deep amber color with a 1 finger head with good retention and decent lacing. Clear with no legs.

S - Unique smell. I get the malt profile of a bock with the super sweet base but there is a nice fruityness to the hops. I think calling it a tropical maibock is appropriate. Apples, lemon, and grapefruit in the nose.

T - Flavor. Overload. Follows the nose. Very cool how the bock malt profile melds so well with the almost IPA-like hop profile. It's funky but it works. I think the most forward flavor I get would be sweet apples. A little lemon tartness. Mildly bitter grapefruit. Very unique.

M - Like all the BCAM beers I've had so far, the finish is super clean. Mild bitterness.

O - Very different but it works. The alcohol is non-existent and I could drink a few of these.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. 6 oz. serving as part of a flight.

Appearance: Color is a deep amber orange. Moderate bubbles and a small off white head.

Smell: A fruity, grainy, and fairly sweet aroma with hints of citrus, caramel, and biscuit. Toasted malt with bready hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, cracker, and yeast. Scent of citrus fruit with hints of orange, pineapple, and lemon. Also some earthy hop hints with some light grass. A pretty solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a balanced fruity, grainy, and sweet taste with notes of biscuit, citrus, and caramel. Upfront toasted malt with bready notes of grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, cracker, and yeast. Fruity taste of citrus with notes of pineapple, orange, and lemon zest. Subtle background notes of grassy hops. A solid balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Bock. Nice kick of citrus comes out from the Bock malt notes.

Photo of Mantooth
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The second beer I've popped out of the beer camp box, did the two cans first. The color is off the charts, almost like orange Kool Aid. The balance is nice,. but it's called a tropical maibock for a reason. Wow - loads of citrus on top of an oily malt backbone. Like biting into fresh fruit. The cans have both been great... on to the bottles.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting a golden colored maibock, this is more of a ruby amber beautiful color to it though. Large bubbled thicket of massive foamy head, leaves speckled lacing behind sporadically, but retention is pretty damn good.

Aroma definitely kicks up some interesting hops notes like tropical fruit naming pineapple flesh, star fruit, and citrus notes awesome aromatic hop profile with pale biscuit/bready malts backing it all up. Throw in some experimental hops what a way to liven up a traditional maibock!!! These hop notes aren’t in your face but the complexity and nuances in this nose are impressive and enjoyable.

Flavor, well after inhaling the beer through the nares for at least five minutes I’m ready for a taste. Really tasty juicy hops and malts married in each sip, low residual hop bitterness biscuit malt sweetness and perfect crisp expressive malt presence going on in this tropical Maibock. This definitely has lingering tropical fruit more citrus, star fruit, even a bit of passionfruit. Mild acidity, rounds out as the citrus pith bitterness mellows, and waves of juicy malt cross the palate combine with the interplay from the tropical fruit notes…tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is pleasurable I’m getting what they describe as a “silky malt body”, as the tropical fruit flavors and slightly sulfur notes mellows it ends up leaving a nice pineapple flesh finish between sips semi dry but enough juicy malt to make the mouthfeel really great, carbonation carries everything well even keeled not overdone, you will definitely have some nice hop burps from this one.

Overall, I’m a Cigar City fan and I’m way too excited to try this whole collaboration pack, I think the Beer Camp was extremely well executed this year. 12 different collaborations plus a bonus DIPA if you can find it sold separately, my case was a meager $46 bucks for 2 of each. My buddy wvsabbath is getting half the case so it cost us $23 bucks to try 12 new beers!!!

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can-- packaged date 4 June 2014 -- served in a snifter.

Pours deep red-mahogany in color; clear; the head has moderate durability and ;eaves fine lacing.

Aroma: sweet and medium roasted malts with tropical fruits.

Flavor: Medium roasted and caramel malts up front with tropical fruit notes from the hops. Good bitter/sweet balance. Some alcohol esters.

Feel: medium body and near medium soft carbonation.

O: a slightly hoppy but definitely recommended version of the style.

Photo of timontheroad
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Dark gold, almost red hazy brew, kicked up about an inch of fluffy white head that dissipated to about a quarter inch, nice retention. Aroma was sweet malt, caramel and toffee, with some spicy hoppy notes. Also got a little bit of mango or something tropical on the back end. The taste was caramel, and sweet bready malt, with just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth, nice lingering on the back of the palate. Overall, this a pretty nice beer, although I expected a little more fruitiness, since it was a "tropical" Maibock.

Photo of Auraan
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear, deep amber orange with three fingers of fluffy off-white head that receded to a one finger off-white head that stuck around, eventually giving way to a cap of off-white foam that left abundant lacing down the glass. A very nice looking beer. Scents of tropical fruit, including notes of passion fruit, mango, pineapple and hints of guava, hints of lightly toasted malt and caramel with a faint presence of alcohol in the background. A very nice aroma profile, strong in tropical fruit aromas as advertised but with a traditional maibock character present in the background. Very appealing. Flavor begins malty sweet, with bready malt flavors mingling with slight hints of toasted malt, notes of tropical fruit and a slight bit of alcohol and a medium-low bitterness level with slight floral hop flavors. This moves into a middle that rich in bready malt sweetness, with notes of mango and noticeable alcohol presence. Finish is medium-dry with flavors of bready and especially toasted malt balanced by earthy and floral hop flavors and alcohol. Aftertaste is toasted malt and a slight bitterness. A fairly good flavor profile, not as tropical as the aroma but certainly present with a nice balance of sweet malt and earth, floral hops. Quite nice and very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and semi-drying with low carbonation. This makes it quite easy to drink. Overall this is a pretty good twist o. The maibock style. The aroma is uniquely tropical with a more traditional maibock flavor that still contains a tropical presence and a mouthfeel that is quite pleasant. A pretty nice offering and worth trying.

Photo of azorie
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: dark amber in color. poured a killer 4 inch head, but it died quite quickly. left quite a bit of lacing, I then finished pouring the can into the mug. frothy top of the beer. lots lace on sides as we drink it.

s: smoky dark malt, bready yeast. I smell some hops, but they are not very strong. they say they should be like guava, etc. to be fair I been cooking slow smoked bar be que all day, but that is them breaks. i will tweak on the next go around. maybe

t: nice roast like dark malts and bread like dark toast. lots of malt backbone, slight boozy. there is a hop kick there in the smoke, but I have no idea what it is.

m: thick, rich, medium carb.

O: humm, strange overall wang to this beer. the jury is still out on this 1.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Beer Camp Across America 12-pack. 12 ounce can poured into a stein.

A- Frothy, pale white head. Tons of lace scattered 3-4 inches high about the glass. Amber-colored body with blonde hues, very similar to the Canfusion rye bock.

S- Indeed very tropical. Smells like orange peel and other citrus notes. Maybe even a hint of pineapple. Certainly fruity. Much more of a hop presence than most bocks I'm familiar with.

T- A good blend of bready and yeasty with sweet citrusy fruit. It has an almost candy-like quality to it. Ok, maybe not candy, but it's like a sweet orange juice, but with a healthy dose of bready malt.

M- It's pretty easy-drinking. There's a slight bitterness that lingers, but mostly it's heavy on the sweet, bready maltiness. The carbonation is pretty tame and doesn't stand out in any way, but that's okay.

I like this beer. It seems like a hybrid citrus IPA meets a sweet, bready bock and it works. Very good.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautiful crystal clear copper red with a sandstone colored 2-finger head. Good retention, giving way to a thin, broken layer of suds on the surface.Lacing is spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - Lightly toasted bread off-set by a plethora of fruit aromas; pineapple, mango and orange. Maybe even a bit of red apple.

Taste - Flavor is interesting, to say the least, but not too aggressive. Bready sweetness with faint hints of grain and caramel. Plenty of mild tropical character, with light pineapple zing being most prominent, along with mango and a citrus character that get stronger toward the finish. Aftertaste touches on faint orange pith bitterness and toffee sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with tingly carbonation. Smooth, silky body. Goes down easy with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty delicious, and a nice twist on the traditional maibock style. One of two cans found in the variety pack, and it's one of the better beers from the pack thus far.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass - Part of "beer camp" box

A- Clean filtered redish-copper with think off white head
S- Definately tropical fruit here - mango and pinapple
T- Sweet with a bit of acidy hops in the middle to help and a fruit finish. Not too fruity, but works pretty well with the hops.
M- Good consistency. Leaves the saliva a bit sticky

O- I wouldn't have expected it, but this is really nice. A refreshing kind of beer with good balance of acidy hops and sweet tropical fruit.

Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

did not expect this to be so good, refreshing...and such a heavy hitter. expecting a light touch with the tropicalismo theme....nope.

deep orangey bright color...smells of hearth baked bread with extra 'toasted' yeast....maybe buttered toast....taste trumps the nose and ups the ante with a rich mouthfeel, chewy enough but not thick. really phenomenal. maybe the super wide pilsener glass is do its job. the abv is sure present but so well woven into the rest of the profile and the mouthfeel. incredible surprise from this expensive, but so far, interesting limited edition case.

Photo of secondtooth
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a silky amber, with a thick head of off-white suds. Thick line of spiderweb lace, too.

Nose is clean and bright tropical hops and a sweet malty/grain presence. Very interesting and enticing.

Taste is very heavy on the palate — big malts up front, but along the finish there’s a tropical fruit twist that’s unique and delicious. I get mango, pineapple, and even a note of lime. An inventive and unique brew that’s quite delicious and balanced between malts and hops.

Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very clear copper brew, with a nice, big, fluffy off-white head. Good retention; scattered lacing. Transparent beer with nice center action.

Aroma is slightly fruity, with an emphasis on caramel malt. A hint of brown sugar.

Flavor follows: light all around. Definitely some caramelized brown sugar; a light, flowery citrus note; pale grains. Extremely well balanced bitterness. Toffee and dark biscuits.

Extremely drinkable beer. Very lively; medium-light, with a slightly syrupy feel at times. Fairly short finish.

This is a pretty tasty, easy-going beer. The ABV is a little high for what is otherwise a supremely drinkable beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally a tribute to the under represented helles bock! Pours a clear golden orange color with, a couple fingers of off white head, good retention, and some spotty lacing.

Smell is fruity and floral. Definitely smells of pineapple and some kind of floral hops. Also some caramel in the nose.

Tastes great; malt forward as expected. A nice bit of toasted grain and a little caramel, some of that pineapple as well, and a tempered dose of hops to keep it clean. I like it.

Mouthfeel is excellent- medium body, modestly carbonated. Too bad this is a one off! Get the 12 pack while you can!

Photo of PRLRetailDrone
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange tinted amber colored to the beer. Gentle pour yielded a fluffy cap. Awesome aroma that streams out of the glass. Best component of the beer. Taste is a good balance of sweet malt with a little hop bite. Weird vegetal note mid palate turned me off this beer. If this beer came in a six pack I doubt I would buy it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Deep orange. Small white head. Settles to nothing.

Smell - Really doesn't smell like much. Some caramel malt with a light floral character.

Taste - Still not exciting. Caramel and some grapefruit. A touch of stone fruit. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but tastes sweet because there's almost no hop balance.

Overall - Blah.

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. can served up in a globe glass. The Yonder Bock pours a clear copper/light amber in color and sports a half inch of tannish foam. Some droplets of lace fall after the pour settles to a light cap.

Aroma of muddled caramel initially and sequeing to more fruity and piney hop notes with warming.

Taste is bready and spicy with a subtle candied apple caramel flavor. Darker than expected on the pour yet there isn't a lot of sweetness on the tongue that the color might suggest. Finish is dry and offers a light crackery bitterness. Feel is again a bit thin with regards to what the color/flavor/style might suggest. Overall an easy drinking brew, rather hoppy and dry for the style and with a body that doesn't quite define itself in a traditional sense. ABV is hinted at but never obvious nonetheless. A nice take on the style and reminds me of Weihenstephaner's Festbier in a sense. Atypical yet perhaps more to my liking as for lack of buttery sweetness.

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