Spaten Holiday Bock - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
I did not even know that they [Spaten] made such a thing! Imagine finding this gem at a train station! The mind boggles.
It arrived with two fingers worth of a fluffy, bone-white head. Its retention was decent, if not stellar. The nose had a distinct lager-like sweetness. The color was a sunflower-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium, but approaching fullness. My first though upon tasting this was, "Honey!" No, really. It had a very distinct honey-sweet taste on the palate.
It was only on the finish that it occurred to me that this was a no-playin'-around bock from the very people who know precisely how to produce such things. The warming glow of the alcohol was suddenly upon me. It was perfect for a chilly, Winter-like evening in early November.
If you have not experienced this beer for yourself, seek it out. Highly recommended.
11-14-2007 10:15:48 | More by woodychandler
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
A - Deep golden color. 1/2 inch bright white head. Beautiful lacing.
S - Sweet malt, honey grain, subtle grassy aroma.
T - Rich sugary malt, fresh grass, sweet grain, mild tartness, moderate spicy hops that compliment the malt perfectly. Wonderful clean finish.
M - Lively carbonation, medium creamy body.
This is a exceptionally balanced. Drinkability is off the charts. It's not light or heavy. Just an excellent balanced beer. This went great with my Hunter's Schnitzel with a side of red cabbage. Don't pass this one up.
07-29-2010 18:23:57 | More by StaveHooks
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Served in a tall slender 0.5 L Spaten Holiday glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a clear golden color and has a 1" fluffy white head that recedes slowly but surely. This is clearly an Helles bock. Lots of streams of bubbles rise through the liquid to feed the head. Even midway through the beer there is still a ring and patch of foam on the surface of the liquid and sipping leaves patches of lacing.
Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean and with light malty sweetness and with no trace of hops or alcohol. The sweetness has a light honey, caramel and bready character to it.
Taste: The flavor has some nice sweet light caramel and bready character. It also has a component of grassy, earthy hops that don't really show up in the aroma very much but which provide a good counterpoint to the malt and give the beer a reasonable degree of complexity in its flavor.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and smooth with light and persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length, beginning with bisquity malt sweetness and tapering off to grassy dryness at the end.
Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer and a great choice for serving with a meal and having a steady supply of around the house. The beer is, as I expected from Spaten, a pleasant tasting, well made beer that would go well with an evening meal and lots of good conversation with friends. While I won't make a special effort to go find more of this I certainly could enjoy another and do look forward to sampling it again.
12-10-2009 18:25:08 | More by drtth
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
It pours a vivid, sparkling clear golden yellow, dashing and carbonated. Two fingers of stark, pristine-snow-white head lingers fluffy and long. Sticky rills of lacing trickle along the inside of the glass.
The aroma is notably sweet with pale malt, candy sugar, and the merest swirl of caramel. A mild peppery spice note joins a stripe of vanilla as the alcohol warms ever so slightly.
Upon tasting, the malt is again sweet with sugar, but this time there's honey and a distant fruitiness as well. The hops assert a bit more here, and as a certain asset, as the peppery bite compliments a more general spice note. Vanilla comes through again, but this time as part of a toasty alcohol warm breeze. A mite of residual malt sweetness and a dab of biscuit precede a finish of balancing bitterness that hangs around as long as it needs to satisfy and cleanse. This is a fun, especially enjoyable cold-weather companion with a fair serious side.
Medium bodied, it was almost sticky and certainly creamy, with a glowing fullness that occupied but didn't obsess.
I'll admit, my hopes were so-so when I ordered this Spaten offering, but once I'd had a couple tastes, I was suitably impressed, as it warms and soothes and happifies. The combination of sweet, savory, and comfort makes this a fine seasonal selection. The ABV is, as mentioned, warm, but it's a necessary part of the presentation, and it does nothing to hinder ready and willing consumption. Never again will I dismiss any Spaten product. I will try anything new willingly and without reservation.
12-26-2007 21:29:43 | More by Foxman
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Enjoyed at Siegey's in Tulsa with a nice plate of wurst & spaetzle
Poured an effervescent golden/honey color with a pinky of ivory head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Breadyness, peppery & herbal hops, some honey as well
T: Follows the nose, honey malt & rich breadyness dominate up front. Peppery hops and breadyness dominates as this warms along with some nice pear notes. Finishes dry, slightly grainy, fruitty & bready with some hints of pineapple & honey
MF: Rich with low carbonation, slight warming sensation
Drinks very easy, one of the better beers I've had from Spaten
08-05-2010 04:28:34 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Served on-tap at Gilligan's in Harrisburg, PA.
A: The bock is translucent, showing no imperfections through the yellow-brown body. More precisely, the color looks like a slightly watered-down apple juice.
S: The nose is spicy, with honey and vanilla note appearing prominently. Alcoholic warm exists just below the surface, adding an additional layer of depth.
T: The first sip reveals a surprising depth, a winter warmer of sorts with the malt backbone of a lager. Vanilla and honey again are prominent, with a sweet graininess that is unafraid to show off its alcoholic side. The spicy profile remains throughout the glass, creating an excellent drink.
M: The bock profile is spot on, showing off some of the sweeter notes of a maibock with the alcoholic strength of a doppel.
D: The lager refreshes while it warms, I am amply impressed here.
11-18-2007 20:24:42 | More by akorsak
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
Spaten Holiday Bock pours a mainly clear golden body with a tan cast. The short head of creamy white foam holds fairly well before dissolving to a thin ring about the glass. Lacing is limited.
Grainy and bready malt appears in the aroma, along with a suggestion of herbal/floral hops and a smear of alcohol.
The flavor follows the aroma with a rich, straight-forward grainy malt that's bready and just slightly toasty, and livened with hints of herbal, floral, and perhaps spicy hops, and then some thinning alcohol (which may be the source of the spiciness, and not the hops - perhaps it's a combination of both). It's clearly utilising some Munich malt, and it's sweetish with an almost honey-ish side; essentially it's a Munich helles bock.
It's rich maltiness keeps you coming back, and its sweet/spicy balance allows it to retain drinkability. The malt and hop balance is remarkable. Quite nice!
01-03-2009 00:29:51 | More by NeroFiddled
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
On tap at Bridgewater's in 30th St Station in Philly. Served in an official Spaten 0.5 liter glass.
A: It pours a brilliant golden color with deep, rich honey tones. It has two fingers of head and terrific lacing. Lively carbonation.
S: Sweet malts. Maybe a little caramel and/or toffee. Some alcohol warmth.
T: It tastes very much the way it smells, rich and malty but not overly sweet. The caramel and toffee notes are more pronounced. This is a finely balanced beer. It has just the right amount of bittering hops which arrive mid-palate, and a spicy hop finish that leaves you refreshed and wanting more. The menu said the ABV was 6.4%.
M: The mouthfeel is rich, creamy and silky smooth. It is really one of the finer points of this beer.
D: Spectacular drinkability. I could drink these all day.
12-01-2007 00:53:24 | More by Boppar
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA
Poured into a tall mug, a clear, golden brown with a large, frothy head that receded quite a bit and left some nice lacing. Sweet malts and honey in the aroma, with indistinct spicy notes. Taste of toasted grains and malts, honey on toast, with touches of peach and cherry, followed by crisp hop bitterness that never comes completely to the foreground, but carries a little peppery spice with it. Medium mouthfeel, very tasty and drinkable.
06-20-2011 18:41:17 | More by Rifugium
3.6/5 rDev -15.3%
interesting seaosnal from spaten here. pours gingerbready redbrown with minimal head. smells like a german malt bomb, with hints of fruitiness and candied sugar, but this one doesnt taste too sweet at all. more of a marzen beer than a bock for what its worth, the discernable difference being the oktoberfestiness of this one, which it really does taste like. expensive pints at the blue tusk in syracuse, but got it for free on a mistake pour. worthy seasonal beer no doubt
12-15-2011 22:32:04 | More by StonedTrippin
Spaten Holiday Bock from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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