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Provisions Series: Bierbauch - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
82
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2011)
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jerz

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-16-2011 06:15:38 | More by jerz
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MrFootstones

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-15-2011 17:11:49 | More by MrFootstones
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-15-2011 02:51:56 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-15-2011 02:32:07 | More by imperialking
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

11-14-2011 22:35:39 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rock4sc96

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-14-2011 21:11:45 | More by Rock4sc96
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Skuter

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-14-2011 18:53:39 | More by Skuter
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dksl16

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-14-2011 17:04:59 | More by dksl16
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:43:57 | More by drabmuh
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:02:52 | More by trxxpaxxs
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DovaliHops

California

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 07:26:49 | More by DovaliHops
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brystmar

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 17:27:44 | More by brystmar
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Trilogy31

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:25:07 | More by Trilogy31
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 03:33:17 | More by nhindian
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GregSVT

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 03:34:31 | More by GregSVT
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cosmicevan

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:51:00 | More by cosmicevan
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dgilks

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 10:49:06 | More by dgilks
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 04:17:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:03:27 | More by glid02
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roodie

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:14:50 | More by roodie
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DCon

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 05:46:54 | More by DCon
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 17:16:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Cavery

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 05:31:54 | More by Cavery
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SundaySour

California

2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 05:05:14 | More by SundaySour
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Retsinis

California

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 23:40:39 | More by Retsinis
Provisions Series: Bierbauch from The Bruery
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.