Maibock Hurts Like Helles - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.66/5 rDev +20.7%
The kind of beer that's such a sun shiney perfect exemplification of a underrated style that I had to actual sit down and write a review for it, instead of just going "derpa-DOW" and punching the "Hads" button, as has become my recent want. (And yes, jerks, I make a sound effect every time I tick off a Had. You would, too, if you were a real Beer Man.)
Anyhow, this is every goddamn thing I look for in a Helles. It tastes like light. There are dandelion bits floating in it. Dry, sweet barleycorn mixed with weedy yellow hops and all kinds of weird verdant nodes so--to exhaust a descriptor I've been using dumbly for almost a decade--it tastes like a walk through a field at sunset. It's not quite as out-there pollen-y as New Glarus' dead, gorgeous Zwickle, but it's easily one of the very best American-made examples of its style that I've ever had.
06-10-2013 22:17:33 | More by mynie
4.04/5 rDev +4.7%
16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a white head on top. A bit too opaque to see any visible carbonation. A touch of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Initial malty aroma lends a bready and carmely character. The hops lend a bit of citrus and spiciness. Touch of alcohol on the backend.
T: Well balanced mix of maltiness and hop flavor. Starts off with that sweet bread like malt flavor before giving way to a mild hop bite.
M: Very smooth and easy drinking. The finish on this is very crisp considering the amount of flavor in the brew.
Overall certainly a great representation of the style. A nice malt profile that doesnt overpower and a hop compliment. Can always trust Jacks Abby to brew up a good lager.
07-24-2014 23:00:55 | More by CloudStrife
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
I enjoyed this 500 ml in a willybecker chilled
The coolor is resplendent golden with light haze and visibly carbonated liquid with 2 1/2 fingers of snowy white head with thick rings of lace left on the glass and very fine bead. The aroma has plenty of malt with very light herbal hop accenting and moderately yeast driven smell with german lager aromas w/ slight sweet/spicy juxtoposition of malt and hop esters. The feel is excellent with lots of sweet and toasted malt layers with a nice subtle hop spice that balances w/ medium high carbonation and gentle creaminess from yeast with slight mineral quality and semi-dry finish with mild alcohol.
The taste is great- lover the way the malt and hop flavors express themselves and unfold simultaneously with subtle peppery taste from the yeast with gentle alcohol giving a nice amount of balance to the flavor w/ mild malt sweetness adding to the complexity and toasted pilsner malt character with mild breadiness and light floral hop accents adding to the taste. Overall a very good and traditional take- practically flawless with excellent drinkability. I really enjoy this interpretation of the style: wonderful.
06-30-2014 13:44:59 | More by Slatetank
4.11/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours beautiful light amber. In the natural light it is hazy and yellow, pale and with light yellow hues. In the light of the room it has golden amber hues and a firey yellow deep in the center. A stream of bubbles is climbing to the top but it is not effervescent. It is merely organized there in the center The head is cream colored and thick. It lasts and leaves some lace. Does not fall completely because why should it?
Nose is clean and rich with malt. Depth without too much sweetness. Beautiful grain you can imagine that it is as golden as the color of this beer. No hop scents.
Taste is sweet grain. deep and never ending but not heavy. There is but a drop of honey on this one and it is the natural sweetness of the grain that seems to filling the palate with it's it's light toastiness. There is a faint bit of the white grape sweetness on this and to the delight of the palate - a bit of pepper.! SPLENDID! Creamy mouthfeel with a nice little bite from carbonation.
06-26-2014 19:39:45 | More by utopiajane
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
A. Pours a straw yellow, almost clear despite being unfiltered. Thin head, consistent lacing.
S. Smells bready, a little earthy, very typical of what you'd expect of a German lager.
T. Crisp, a little bitterness and not a lot of complex flavors. Rather generic, surprisingly.
M. Nice, medium body, perhaps from the higher abv.
O. Just Ok. Wouldn't seek it out, but then perhaps this just isn't my style.
06-20-2014 00:14:15 | More by HuskyHawk
Maibock Hurts Like Helles from Jack's Abby Brewing
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