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Sol Bock - Harriet Brewing

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 11
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
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Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Harriet Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: FightingEntropy on 04-26-2012

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 11
Photo of KarlHungus
4.61/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer arrives a clear spun gold color. The head is half an inch of bright white foam that recedes into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of baking bread with some nice grassy notes in the background. The taste is similar to the aroma. Bready, grassy and spicy with a mild bitterness in the finish, and a very pleasant mineral quality that enhances everything else. The mouthfeel is medium bodiex with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is exactly what I want a maibock to be.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Harriet SolBock Maibock. Available only at the brewery, debuted at SolBock Revival 2012, April 21, (unfortunate that there was virtually no "sol" that day), the official "hard open" of the Taproom, and for sale currently in growlers or on tap in aforementioned room.

I do like a good maibock from time to time, but would never consider it a "go-to" style for me. I'll still turn to one if the time is right, and it's well made. So, let's look at this one:

Bright golden color, slim white head. This is the second day for this growler. I opened it last night, but didn't feel like writing just then. My memory tells me that the head was larger in a fresh pour.

Aromatics: a mostly malty affair, with plenty of cereal grain, and whiffs of honey. Traces of malt sweetness.

Taste: Bright, full of flavor on the palate, big, shiny hops, and major malt, but all done in light, sunshiny fashion. Medium-bodied, light and highly drinkable, but with constant flashes of tastiness. After a while, it comes back to me, and I get it, as the hop bitterness gets more prominent, and stays long on the palate. This is not even close to a "traditional" maibock in any sense, and Harriet calls it a "Harriet-style" maibock, as the single hop employed is the tropical fruit-y American hop Amarillo. Long lasting bitter touch to match the buttery sweetness. German-style IPA? Or just a clean malty lager, with persistent hoppiness? Mmmm and ahhh, zesty, malty, and a joy to consume.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the new Harriet taproom. Poured into a special "Sol Bock Revival" glass.

Pours medium golden yellow, very clear, with one finger of white head. Good retention, nice lacing on that dedicated glass, and some little bubbles racing each other to the surface.

Smell is faint, with a bit of toasted malt and some distant hops.

Taste is kinda bland. Bitterness is higher than I'd expect for a maibock, and I don't get much else from the hops other than the bitterness. And I just don't get much flavor at all. Tastes like a mildly bitter lager, without a whole lot more to it.

Medium-bodied, slightly chewy, good carbonation.

An okay beer, but a bit of a disappointment compared to most of the other Harriet beers I've had.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried a sample of Sol Bock on site when I picked up some growlers and it seemed worth a try. For some reason, I am not a fan of maibock as a style and maybe I should stay the course. The sample had promise, but I'm not as crazy about this beer at home.

Golden ale that turns amber without back lighting. Nearly white head falls to a film. Nose is bready with prominent citrus and spice of the advertised Amarillo hops. Light body is toasted caramel and bready malt with an overlaid spice from the hops. In maibock, there's a mineral or musty flavor that I don't enjoy. While Sol Bock is well brewed, I won't be trying it again in a growler but could be convinced to try it on tap.

In spite of my maibock bias, this is a good beer that I suspect will do well locally. It's smooth plus a bit of punch from the Amarillo and 6.5% ABV, which will make it popular with a lot of folks. Listed on the website as Harriet-style Maibock, it's different enough to be a great addition to the local spring beer line up.

Picture at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2012/04/sol-bock-harriet-brewing-minneapolis-mn.html.

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Sol Bock from Harriet Brewing
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