Big Sweet Life (AKA #005) - Wisconsin Brewing Co.

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Big Sweet Life (AKA #005)
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 22.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: steveh on 04-21-2014

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of robear
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I've had a few bottles of this with very different results. First bottle was a sticky, sweet mess- tasted oxidized and lifeless, but forced a sharp cheddar type flavor across my palate.

Second bottle was damn near divine. Bready, some light caramel. I usually prefer maibocks to be a tad darker in color, but this seems pretty true to style.

Photo of martyl1000
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thin, faded gold pour with a substantial, fluffy white head. Well carbonated. Head vanishes quickly. A bit of lacing.

In the nose it's a surprising flash of fruity, white wine aroma, though the cereal grain then takes over. A bit of sweetness, too.

The fruitiness is a big surprise. It's like a bready sauvignon blanc. A ghostly hop presence keeps it real. (Or am I confusing hops for the fruit on the front end?).

Very smooth, medium body.

I'm not getting the "bock," here. Still, a decent session beer.

(Actually, as it warms, the fruit disappears, and the maibock flavor establishes itself as traditionally understood. Warmer, it's actually iconic. Well-done, Wisconsin Brewing!)

Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, hops, wheat, slight alcohol, hint of biscuit, and cream. Fits the style of Maibock / Helles Bock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, biscuit, hops, wheat, pale malt, and a hint of cream. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and decent blend.

Photo of KFBR392
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden yellow color with some accents of orange. Dense head of about a finger on the pour. Bright active carbonation as to be expected from the style.

Smell: Creamy buttery yeast and mossy herbal hops on the front. That yeast front reminds me a ton of their #001 Amber Lager. Vegetal notes with some grassy hop additions are unique. Doesn't have the cleanliness I normally expect from a Maibock but this is nice.

Taste: Yeasty, buttery front with some pleasant herbal hop additions hits on the nose. There is a creamy almost lactose sweetness that is really tough to put in exact terms, but it adds an incredible drinkability. The finish is mossy hops, potent yeast, and malt creaminess.

Mouthfeel: As already stated, that creamy sweetness picked up throughout adds an incredible drinkability. Carbonation fits well.

Overall: Another great Lager from Wisconsin Brewing Co. Lets see this beer pop up in those 12pk cans very soon. Certainly would drink again.

Photo of Lemke10
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear, dark amber color with a bubbly, off-white head with nice yeast pockets rising to the top. The aroma is a little yeasty with banana but not as strong as Belgian-style brews. The flavor is smooth and bold with grains and malt. Pretty decent stuff that leaves a linger malty after taste.

Photo of TheSSG
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, soapy head that fizzles down and laces lightly. A sweet, floral aroma. Dark gold color. Starts with a floral hop brightness and malt sweetness, flashes into booziness, then back to a medium floral hop bitterness. A wave of biscuit overwhelms the sweet booziness, and floral hops and malt sweetness into the finish.

This isn't too shabby. Nice balance of assertive hoppiness, sweet maltiness, and booziness.

Photo of steveh
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A new, yet familiar style from Kirby Nelson and his new brew-house at Wisconsin Brewing.

Web site says production on this beer is "limited," but I'm hoping it becomes a regular seasonal.

I can't recall if this is what Capital's Maibock tasted like when I first tried it many years ago, but that doesn't matter because I now have the Big Sweet Life as a choice.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a dense off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Yeasty and bready with some mild spicy hops and peppery alcohol back.

T -- Same breadiness up front with a nice sweetness to it that fades to a dry -- almost phenolic, but not quite, alcohol pepperiness and a dry finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to crisp with a chewy, medium body.

O -- A very nice rendition of the style from the Midwest's Lager master.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I saw a lot of buzz about this one in a thread, and the buzz quickly faded. I had to try this one for myself.

Appearance - The beer was a golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. Little lacing was let on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was pretty straight forward malts with a hint of sweetness.

Taste - On the initial taste, the sweetness is what catches my attention. It reminds of a cream ale in that I believe I detect notes of corn. Just as quickly as it appears, the sweetness disappears. What is left is watery dry malts. It is drinkable, but it would not be the highlight of most people's day.

Mouthfeel - The creaminess of the initial taste lends itself well to the sweetness. But as the sweetness fades to nothingness, the mouthfeel is rather irrelevant.

Overall - If Milwaukee Brewing Co. is supposed to be an improvement on Capital, I must be missing something. My initial impression of Milwaukee is that this is on par with Leinenkugel's.

Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this would be a good selection for my review #2000 as I am having a harder and harder time finding quality lagers these days from local breweries.

New Glarus has some....Capital used to but not anymore. Schells does them well. A few others I'm sure I am forgetting to mention but it is nice to see the former brewmaster of Capital Brewing harkening back to his hey day of delivering some of the best lagers made in the U.S with this effort from Wisconsin Brewing. I would like to see more along these lines rather than session IPA's (good knock) but maybe you can't make it doing it that way these days.

As for this beer.

-Honeyed, bready maltiness....light hop impression which is great as I have too many maibocks where the hops overwhelm the malts and it should not be that way in my opinion...

Drinks like a maibock rather than a double....slightly sticky but not overwhelming....

Would love to see more beers along these lines in the future from all but Kirby probably does it better than most anyhow so it is a treat to see him turned loose to do this style again.

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Big Sweet Life pours a copper color with a nice large lacing head, lots of bubbles. There is a stale aroma, with lots of adjuncts, corn syrup notes. The taste is stale, lots of corn syrup and adjunct flavors, crisp but rather offensive. Taste is present, but its offensive, but nice body feel. Overall its syrupy, stale, and tastes a bit like a big brew.

Big Sweet Life (AKA #005) from Wisconsin Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.