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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
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.

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 85
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 UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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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 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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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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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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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 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 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 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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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 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 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 Phelps
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Provisions Series: Bierbauch from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.