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Provisions Series: Bierbauch - The Bruery

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 85
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
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 craytonic
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of SundaySour
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with Cavery at The Bruery Provisions. And also reviewed from notes.

A: Smoky black and red with a dense cream colored head. It's like looking deeply into the eyes of a dragon.

S: Smells exactly like an oak barrel rolling down a grassy hill while on fire. That aforementioned dragon is angry, and this is what his nostrils smell like.

T: Shortly after tasting, I grew a full patch of chest hair, thick enough to braid. It tastes like oak, pepper, and gun powder from the Civil War. It finishes like a burnt steak, and is almost too badass for me to handle.

M: Burns. Burns like I stuck a curling iron into my pie hole.

O: Strong, smoky, and probably poisonous. The flavor is truly impressive, but next time I'll reach for a bottle of liquid smoke.

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Photo of DCon
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of roodie
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a sudsy, foamy head. Smells slightly of grass/hay, much more strongly of sweet sugary malt. Bready yeastiness abounds.

Taste is straight-forward. Maybe a hint .. just a hint of woodsiness, but mostly sweet malt and a bit of grass mixed along with it. There's a mineral zest to it that I don't care for. I think it's a bit too strong for the base beer.

A nice beer. Quaffable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a deep goldenrod with a solid white head, good lace and retention.

S: Definitely oaky, some vanilla and sweet malt.

T: Good sweet malt with solid oak character. Light hopping adds some balance, a hoppy oaky maibock is what you get.

M: Full-bodied, biting carbonation, solid overall feel, a tad boozy.

O: Not my favourite style, but The Bruery did a good job. The oak is prevalent, clearly a maibock and style, if you enjoy maibocks certainly something to try.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

511th review on BA
@Bruery Provisions

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.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

Had this on draft at the Bruery Reserve Society Clusterfork tasting # 4.

A: The beer pours a cloudy copper/light orange color, with a white 1/2 inch of head. Very light lacing.

S: Didn't get too much off the nose. I picked up scents of spiced carame, as well as some light yeast, and oak.

T: Sweet malt, mild hops to balance. Dry, oak, mild coriander.

M: Dry, medium carb

O: Good spring/summer beer. Not a beer to go crazy over, but easy on the palate, and great by the pool. I've been looking for a light and crisp beer with flavor for the summer, and this hits the spot for me. I filled a Growler of this before I left, and am also glad I got the full allotment of bottles of this too.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Cavery
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Provisions Series: Bierbauch from The Bruery
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