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Provisions Series: Bierbauch - The Bruery

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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.

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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!

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 FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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 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 GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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 dragonWhale
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In retrospect, one bottle probably was not enough. Pours a dark orange with a little white head. Some alcohol aroma, sweet malt, floral and spicy hops, a little oak. Tasty, solid hop character but on the sweet side. A little vanilla coming in. A delectable and princely mouthfeel, rich and luscious. Well, there it goes.

Photo of dgilks
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
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 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 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 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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of JazzIPA55
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 Skuter
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tjfinkle
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of MrFootstones
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Rock4sc96
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dksl16
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Provisions Series: Bierbauch from The Bruery
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