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Provisions Series: Bierbauch - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
82
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85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 39
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot going on. I get some oak and vanilla notes, as well as some biscuit malt and a little bit of grass. The flavor is more complex. I still get the oak and vanilla notes from the barrel aging, but they are complimented by some biscuit malt and grass and earth from the hops. There is also a good bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Dark, clear yellow with a thin off-white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass.

Sweet grains and breads make up most of the aroma, along with a bit of vanilla and a very mild wood presence.

The sweet malt and grains make up the largest flavor component, with a bit of vanilla and honey complementing things. There's definitely some alcohol harshness throughout, even after the aging.

Medium bodied with moderate/high carbonation, though it's a bit prickly and not entirely pleasant.

Decent enough, but unspectacular. One of the few average beers from The Bruery.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that leaves some streaks behind

Smell: Malty and oaky, with a faint grassy and herbal character

Taste: Opens with toffee malt that adds an oaky element before merging with the herbal and grassy flavors at mid-palate; a touch boozy, after the swallow, with a nice flavor merge into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though I am not a fan of Maibocks, I found that the oak and herbal elements made this beer rather intriguing

Thanks, Madirish76, for the opportunity

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a big frothy finger of white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of oak, with some malty and grain sweetness, citrus and floral hop, lemon zest, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of oak with some sweet malts and grains and some light fruit notes. Through the middle, some floral and citrus hop flavor comes through with some bitterness and corn. The finish is a mix of oak, sweet bready malts, light fruit notes, floral hops, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and malty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very much an Imperial version of the style, and the oak goes nicely with the beer. The malt and other flavors are nicely balanced.

Photo of beagle75
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with less than one finger of white foam head that collapses to a nearly-continuous residue. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mid-range grain is metered in intensity. The smell has a tangy edge to it that suggests sourness, or possibly something metallic. Oak is strong although occluded by other early qualities. Spirit is suggested, but not truly boozy.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined toasty malt and moderate latent acidity. Unaffected and fairly fresh oak is distinctive throughout--even defining--while spirit qualities are de-emphasized. Malt becomes more soft and bready toward the finish where bitterness is slight.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft on the palate but acidic at times, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This bock is about as-expected: similar in many ways to Rogue John John Dead Guy but more refined. It sips effortlessly enough, but also provides fuel for the argument that more reverent applications can be found for oak barrels.

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold with a slight soapy head.

Aroma is caramel malt, hints of dark fruit, and alcohol heat.

Taste is bready caramel malt and hints of brown sugar up front. Generous dry oak and vanilla. Mild plum and raisin dark fruit sweetness. Finishes surprisingly hot. Lingering orange peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a pleasant malt bomb. Alcohol comes on strong in this one, but I don't mind exsessive alcohol presence.

Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clean amber with a light white head..

The smell was light and oaky, a touch sweet and bready.

The flavor is good, but a bit mild, sweet and oaky with a light vanilla touch. Very bready and malt centric.

Has a nice dry oaky mouthfeel.

Good, but not great and a bit non descript.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sitting in the frig for a while now, time to try this one.

A: Pours into a Bruery tulip. Hazy, slightly yellowish orange with an initial 1" with a chunky head which fades to the edges. Some clumpy lacing is present at first but vanishes along with the head.

N: A dominantly oaky blast up front followed quickly by malty/yeasty notes and eventually the floral and citrus hops bring up the rear.

T: Lots of oak aging evident here. Bready yeast and grainy malts combine well with a nice hop finish. Somewhat like liquid bread. The tannins impart a bright profile without the acidic undertones. Some spice notes either from the oak or hops. Very hearty brew.

M: Medium body. Carbonation seems prickly but is most likely an effect of the oak aging and malts. Some alcohol heat is present as it warms. Bitter and very dry finish.

O: Complex and well done. The semi-sweetness of the malts is balanced by the oak and hops. Nicely refreshing transition from winter to summer = spring is just a couple of days away. Prost!

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I wanted to keep this beer until May. But then it became March, and I forgot which month was which, and the bottle was suddenly open. So here we go.

Poured into a snifter, the brew's the color of peach skin, very cloudy. A little lighter and clearer at the edges. One inch of bubbly off-white head thins down to a fuzzy top layer, but there’s not much lace.

A blend of alcohol, apricot, some green apple and a surprising floral note. The oak is vinous and green, imparting a brightness that’s almost tart. Some sweet burnt sugar and alcohol.

Less sweetness in the flavor, and it’s pretty bland until the swallow. Very light apple and biscuits in the front. The swallow delivers deeper yeast notes, like not-yet done-baking bread. Apple cider is in there, as is the oaky character that’s become a little less green and a little more toasty. Nice bits of vanilla and toffee can be picked up.

The body’s soft, but a little watery and insubstantial. Soft, massaging carbonation breaks the brew into a little fizz. The finish is clean, and the alcohol is impressively unnoticeable.

A tasty maibock overall. It could maybe use a little more oak, but it’s got a nice, clean flavor.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled August 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich, bright amber color that shows a mostly clear, orange tinged, copper hue. The aroma smells of toasted whole grain, concentrated pale malt sweetness that is almost more rich than sweet smelling, some toasted oak notes, hints of butterscotch and vanillin and just a big, toasty, cracker / biscuit like malt character; this last seems to get bigger as the beer warms up.

The beer is somewhat sweet, but the malt sweetness has a savory character to it and isn’t all that cloying. The finish has some bitterness to it as well as a sharp astringent oakiness; this last really lingers. The malt sweetness combines with the oak character to almost form an orange like note, but I really think some of the buttery notes from the oak are accentuating this suggestion of a flavor. The oak character plays a big role here with a substantial woodiness that is both spicy and quite woody. This has some almost heat to it in the finish, some of it is alcohol, but much of it is really from the spicy wood notes.

An interesting beer, the oak has likely improved this over the base beer, though it does not seem to have been an incredible beer from the beginning. Still, it is enjoyable.

Photo of craytonic
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: orange-copper with a large off-white head that quickly fatdes

Smell: Toasted bred and yeast, a bit of caramel malt. Not much else, I am not getting any oak.

Taste: Malty-yeasty-caramel mix, perhaps some weird corn notes? Touch of vanilla and a bit boozy. Not much going on here.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but good carbonation

Overall: Good to see they retired this one.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a hazy golden color with an off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. No lace on this one. Smell is of oranges and other citrus fruits and some nice oak aromas. Taste is the same but better with very nice citrus and wood flavors that work together very well. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that I enjoyed very much. The combination of the citrus and wood is very well done in my opinion.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Maibock, on tap at The Bruery Tasting Room. A nice orange colour with generous retained head. a good malty aroma that yields a good malted experience in this lager. Above average mouthfeel, good drinkability. Something I could have again, but perhaps later in the evening because of the abv. Demonstrating skill in a variety of styles by this brewery.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of my RS membership. Thanks to my trustee for getting it out this way. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a slightly-cloudy very light copper color with a thin white head and no real lacing. Thin collar as it goes down. The nose brings some bread and faint earthy hops. Light malt sweetness as well. Flavor is bready with light caramel. and semi-sweet malt. A bit of booze. Chewy medium body with average carbonation. Nothing special and a bit boozy.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bruery tulip because why the hell wouldn't I? Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head, small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, mildly oaky, interesting, not what I was expecting.

Decent beer overall, medium body, wet finish, the lager yeast is subdued by what I assume are hops, the beer is pretty sweet, a little too sweet for me but it comes together nicely. I won't have a problem drinking the other bottles I have.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SwillinBrew for this extra.

A: Pours a cloudy honey color. There are deep golds and soft reds showing in this beer. There is only a thin head, but it seems to like to cling to the glass as it drinks.

S: Smells of sweet malt, yeast, lemon, candied ginger, spicy rye and vanilla.

T: Starts off sweet with a touch of alcohol. There is some serious spice coming through (rye?), but it's balanced from the oak barrel treatment pretty well. The vanilla overtones seem to mellow and meld all the flavors nicely. It finishes with some lemony hop bitters.

M: I'd have to call this beer full bodied. It may be semi-translucent, but it has some serious heft. It starts off sweet and coats the palate. But it finishes bitter and dry. Really dry.

O: I think this is a decent beer, but I'm not overly impressed. The spice is a bit overwhelming as it drinks. I'm very happy to have tried this beer, but I wouldn't go after it again.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color with a lot of white head that hangs around for a bit. Scent is very spicy with faint hops and some bready malt aromas. A bit of nuttiness as well. Taste is a lot like is smells...a little sweeter than I expected with some graininess as well. Mouthfeel is dry and creamy at the same time, which works nicely. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer was very enjoyable, but just wished notes from the barrel came through a little more.

Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes; shared 4-ways at a recent tasting.

Pours a cloudy gold color with plenty of white head; active body. Funky yeast greets the nose instantly along with pine, malts, pineapple, grapefruit, and hops.

Taste is fruity and refreshing. Plenty of hops and other spices, leading to a dry finish. Boozy warmth as it descends. Deliciously complex & inviting!

Body is on the heavier side of medium-bodied brews, adding to its creaminess. Drinkability peaks ~55°, and I certainly wanted more after my portion was gone.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden sunset orange with a fine finger of foam that dissipates quickly leaving little traces of any lace. The nose is sweet bready malts, a touch of vanilla toffee along with slight grassy herbal notes and a kiss of hidden citrus. The taste brings nice, rich bready malts, a slightly dry caramel taste, red fruits and wildflowers. The mouthfeel brings refreshing carbonation that paired well with sausage and potato salad, thr oak is barely present though the light tannins do add balance.

Photo of nhindian
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Bottle generous provided by BigTomZ as an extra, thanks Tom!

A - Pours a sunny, bright orange with flecks of yellow near the edges. It's completely opaque, with an unfiltered haze to the body. About a finger of cream-colored head arises, but recedes fairly quickly. The lacing appears to stick at first, but then rapidly falls down the edges of the glass.

S - The aromas wafting from this beer are very floral and grassy, bringing to mind images of my trip to Europe, scouring the countrysides of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. A decent malt bill comes forth at first, providing a somewhat spicy breadiness. Finally, a squeeze of lemon and citrus round out the nose.

T - The flavor of Bierbauch definitely carries on the tradition that the nose set. An almost rye-like spiciness leads off the malts and flavor, creating an interesting transition through the palate. Again, lots of bread all throughout the start, which definitely falls in line with a traditional bock-styled beer. As the hops come in, the floral qualities exude freely, with a kiss of grass and even some vanilla and oak from the barrels. While the hops do seem a bit faded, they still add a slight citrus kick in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. Really full-bodied and filling, with a bit of alcohol heat permeating the palate in the aftertaste. A tad bit syrupy due to the thickness without a comparable amount of carbonation.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Maibocks are definitely a style of beer that I don't have a lot of experience with, but this is definitely up there in one of the best I've had. I'm loving the use of oak to add some complexity, but I feel the alcohol is a bit hot at times. Overall a solid beer from a brewery that is quickly rising up my rankings!

Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweet and bready. Nice notes of vanilla, light toffee, grain, and bready malt. The oak makes it's presence known from the deep vanilla aromas.

T: Oaky vanilla is definitely at the forefront along with sweet malts and a slight hop bitterness on the finish. The hops actually balance out the sweetness.

M: The feel is crisp, a bit creamy, and medium bodied.

O: I love the big vanilla aromas and flavors the oak adds and that makes this a pretty good brew. The ABV is no where to be seen, in fact this is pretty refreshing and I could get in trouble drinking this.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CAbeerCAbeerCA for being such a solid link to reserve brews! Very much appreciated.

a - opened and filled my bruery tulip. poured a deep semi transparent copper with a nice frothy foamy white head. visible carbonation could be seen through-out, really attractive looking. I'm a big fan of bocks, but never had a mai/helles and this was not what I was expecting, but according to the description sounds pretty spot on. has that good quality beer look to it, kind of like the way an ommegang beer looks. semi-sticky lacing.

s - WOW, very festive. nice floral hop arrangement mixed with subtle spiciness and a medley of sweeteners. very spring-like...very fresh fruit-like.

t - kind of like alcohol candy. somewhat syrupy flavor...grapefruit-like hop character...strong malt presence. nuttiness. hint of vanilla or caramel toffee that must be coming from the oak barrels.

m - rich for sure. a bit boozy. dry. somewhat bitter.

o - i did some poking around and seems like i have had a maibok or two in the past. this one is pretty good. nothing to go crazy for...the oak seems to be a bit in the background and i wish it would step up a bit more in the flavor since it seems to be the highlight of the beer.

Photo of dgilks
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour with a tiny, shortlasted white head.

Chocolatey, oaky aroma with plenty of pale malt. Mild fruity hops. Very complex and interesting.

Smooth caramel malts with a light chocolatey edge. Mild hop character and plenty of malt. Fairly dry. Actually a little odd but amazingly good.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A really cool beer with lots of interesting flavour and an interesting malt profile. Love it.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle poured into my Bruery Taster glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a two and a half finger off-white head. Good retention and rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Yeast, spices, and some oranges.

T - Woody belgium yeast, spices and some citrus.

D - Lots of carbonation, light body.

O - Higher Abv, but good drinker for a hot night in the NW.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a clear amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of mildly sweet caramel malts with hints of spicy oak. Also present are very slight amounts of dried pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malts up front are joined quickly by earthy hops and dry pear flavors. Midway through slight amounts of bready flavors and oak come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall the beer was greater than the sum of its parts, as the oak was nicely integrated into the flavor profile. A drier beer than most other maibocks and a solid beer that’s worth a shot.

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Provisions Series: Bierbauch from The Bruery
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.