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Provisions Series: Bierbauch - The Bruery

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82
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84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
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: 84 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by bashiba:
Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 -5.5%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant yellow and light orange pour, crisp and fluffy virgin white head, one of the most exceptional looking bocks I've ever seen. Gold standard. Aroma was bready with a heavy oak presence, mild yeast accompaniment.

Taste still delivers a heavy dose of first time use oak (I already used the adjective virgin), light body, mild hopping (although more than usual for style), more breadiness, a quant almost belgianesque yeast that stays far away from clove or banana (yeay). Carbonation was delightful. Hid the alcohol amazingly well.

A great beer for the beginning, or even the middle of summer. Very light and crisp, with plenty of flavor. One of my favorite bocks, any fans of SN XXX series hellesbock should check this out.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jsanford
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a clear, orange-amber with a thin white head that leaves a tiny bit of lacing as it recedes.
S - Straight-forward aromas of sweet caramel malt and spicy yeast with perhaps just the faintest trace of the barrel-aging.
T - More sweet bready malt with a surprising amount of bitter orange peel and pine resin hops. Probably one of the hoppiest Bocks I've had, kinda odd. Again, not much in the way of barrel-aging, just a small trace of vanilla and oak.
M - Slightly sticky and syrupy with medium-low carbonation.
O - A very unique take on a Maibock, no surprise given the Bruery's track record. I do wish the barrel came out a bit more.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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 womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a fairly clear golden orange color with a large white head.

S: Smells of yeast and bread for the most part. Not a terribly complex nose, even with the barrel aging. Some oak and vanilla are there, but that is just about it.

T: A moderate level of sweetness with most of it coming from bready malts. Plenty of oak flavor and some sweetness coming from vanilla as well. Somewhat bitter, at least moreso than expected.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not really great in any way. I wasn't too crazy about this one.

Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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App- This was very corn yellow. A little light, a little dark, right in the middle. A one finger head with some nice cling to it.

Smell- A little bit sweet and malt forward. Its a maibock for sure. A little faint smelling and not overpowering. No trace of the barreling on this.

Taste- This had a ton of malts behind it and was even a bit spicy the further you went on each sip. A little bit of hops to balance but not much. Nice tasting beer, but nothing that blew me away.

Mouth- This was a medium bodied and a medium carbonation. Nice malty after taste.

Drink- I am glad I got to have this on tap vs having to buy the bottle. Nice beer. A different style variant for the Bruery but still pretty tasty none the less for something different.

Photo of roodie
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: pours a beautiful light golden brown, almost orange, very sparkly, almost fluorescent, with a 1 finger white head that didn't last very long. minimal lacing.

S: smells like a lager, but you can tell it's been aged on wood, that distinct oaky character is obvious. some citrus on the back end.

T: slightly bitter up front, in a good way. oaky flavor is dominant throughout.

M: smooth on the tongue, moderate carbonation makes for a spicy feeling on the tip of my tongue.

O: a refreshing brew, one I'd have on tap if I saw it. Aging is not going to make this better, but it's a tasty brew right now, especially when it's hot out.

Photo of beagle75
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Cavery
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with SundaySour @ Provisions

Flight #2 into tasters

A: Deep cherries and slow moving saps. Black jams with flarings of red light. Very good looking off white head (~1 1/2 finger).

S: Nutty nutty roasts. Almonds, Hazelnuts, and walnuts work harmoniously together. A late sting of warming booziness warns you to sip.

T: Warmed chestnut centers, glazed with globs of butter and pinches of butterscotch, served on a slab of warm oak. Really just a delicious mush of nuts. Creamy Hazelnutty decaf (it's a lager!) coffee makes an appearance. More depth than I would expect from a maibock!

M: Typical lager-esque airiness. The lightness of this dark lager contrasts the depths in the flavor. It is shallow, but oh so light. This intentional contrast makes the mouth come off like whip cream. It is the marshmallow on my smore.

O: Really I thought this was very good. There was a truly great mouth-feel to pair with the rolling nuttiness. The combination of creaminess and lightness puts this in the context of desert, while remaining light enough to go beyond that. This can be the cup of coffee with any meal, or the chocolate shavings on your cake. An interesting and versatile beer.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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 DCon
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA for $7. Tapped into a 12oz Tulip/Wine Glass and has The Bruery(HA! Spelled Wrong) BIERBACH Heller Bock written in White on the chalkboard of Guest Taps.

Aroma- Moderate malt aroma with a clean smell. Everything very low key and doesn't call attention to itself.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that stays for a good amount of time with the bubbles. Light golden color body that is clean and leaves almost no lacing.

Flavor- Has light malty taste from the start and almost tastes like a Czech Pilsner. Very clean and has a dry finish. No real sign of hops or any other attributes.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, Clean, and leaves a bit of peppery taste on the palate but nothing big.

Overall Impression- I was really hoping to have something MUCH better from The Bruery... As my first beer of theirs, it was average but will be having more this week! This was easy to drink and was almost like a lager and pilsner mixed together. Very bland when it came down to it but can appreciate this.

Photo of nhindian
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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 johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around for a while, but suddenly disappeared when I wasn't looking. Smells of bready sweet malt with that pilsner malt aroma. Hints of vanilla and a sweet floral smell in there as well. I was expecting a bit more of the barrel to come through in the aroma. Taste is sweet with bready malts up front. Mid way through I get the oak tannins with a some vanillin. A bit of a harsh alcohol burn and hop bitterness linger in a long thick finish. Spirited amount of carbonation surprisingly can't fully cut through an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to thick bodied beer. Certainly an interesting take on the style. I enjoyed it but the sweetness and the burn were a bit much for me. I will revisit in the future with a bit of age.

Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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 -2.2%
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 cosmicevan
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Phelps
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
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 dngilb
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I made my first trip to The Bruery tasting room. Not a disappointment. I did a flight of 6 beers. All seemed to be of an exceptional caliber!

The Bierbauch was one of my favorites of the day.

A: An average golden color.
S: Fragrant.

(I put way more weight in the taste and mouthfeel of a beer than the other attributes... this is why I drink it!)

T: Wonderful balance of hops and malts. The thing that stood out most to me as unique and desirable was the very floral notes. I would have sworn there was lavender used in the brewing process, but there isn't. It's all a quality of the yeast. It was magical. One of my favorite beers in the summer is Orval. This fits into this niche as well. I loved it. It also had a fair amount of the usual flavors you come to find in oak aged beer, I'd guess they age this in the barrel on the shorter time range as it wasn't over bearing, but very pleasant.

M: There wasn't anything shocking about the mouthfeel, but it went very well with the taste. Not syrupy, as to subtract from its refreshing quality. Perfect amount of carbonation for my desire in a summer brew.

The Bruery ROCKS!

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Provisions Series: Bierbauch from The Bruery
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