Loaded Goat Maibock - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. Best before date of Oct 17/11 in black ink on the neck of the bottle. A little tricky to see, but it's there. Good job having BB's!
A - clear amber with a small one finger head that disappears after a minute or two. Slight bubbly lacing left behind. Obvious carbonation rising within the glass.
S - nice sweet malt on the nose and not much else
T - slightly sweet, but not overly so. Lots and lots of bready malt throughout, but never too much; this does a lovely job of living on the edge.
M - slight heaviness too it, but not thick. Lots of carbonation to balance it out.
D - very drinkable. The slight sweetness doesn't go too far and leaves it reasonably satisfying.
Overall a solid beer from the fine folks at Alley Kat. Nice version of the style.
06-24-2011 22:00:21 | More by DoktorZee
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Clear golden-amber appearance with thick head that quickly disappears but leaves decent lacing. Smell is sweet with a hint of caramel and bread. Picked up citrus and nuts as well.
Taste is sweet with a strong taste of caramel. Fortunately, this doesn't go overboard with sugar. Picked up malt and bread as well along with nuts and fruit (orange?). Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. After taste is an alcoholic sweetness.
First Canadian Maibock, and so far my favorite from the style. It's a strong and flavorful beer but without the malt liquor-like sugar taste. Don't pass up if you find this at a liquor store.
05-24-2011 01:32:10 | More by CrazyMike
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
This is my kind of lager.
A: Bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention leaves a touch of lace.
S: Pleasant floral, slightly herbal hopping with hints of grass and mineral. Somewhat bready with light caramel & toffee.
T: Bready malt has a light caramel & toffee sweetness, but a solid bitterness for balance. The floral hopping is a little herbal, with hints of steelie grass. Alcohol is subtle. Very well done.
M: Well attenuated moderate body is smooth with a crisp finish.
D/O: A really easy drinker for its strength. It fires on all cylinders, but just isn't super charged. ;D
06-19-2011 00:15:15 | More by Derek
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
650 ml bomber poured into tulip 9/6/11
A clear copper with a thumbs width of light tan foam that hangs around for a few minuets but leaves no lace
S nutty toffee with a little fruit that I can't quite place
T a little dark bread to go along with what I smell, a little sweet and the booze is well concealed
M enters silky and fluffs up quickly from the bubbles
O not my favorite style but I think Alley Kat did a decent job and I could see myself drinking it again
I like the big bottle series from Alley Kat and I hope they keep it going
06-10-2011 02:00:44 | More by wordemupg
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
650ml bottle, the second in Alley Kat's new Big Bottle series, apparently a different malt recipe than their previous seasonal maibock Little Bottle (!) offering...and, oh yeah - rather a cute name, given the 7.3 points of sweet, sweet ABV.
This beer pours a clear, bright golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and lazily bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few streaks of arched coral reef lace around the glass as it gradually drifts away.
It smells of semi-sweet, toasted grainy breakfast cereal, like Golden Grahams and sneakily adulterated (say what?) Shreddies, further yeasty dough malt notes, subtle black pepper dust, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is more lightly toasted biscuity caramel malt, this time less Saturday morning and more later Saturday night, what with the ascendency of some edgy warming alcohol, more quite welcome ground table pepper, a touch of waning spicy yeast, and floral, weakly weedy hops.
The carbonation is quite easy-going, and unobtrusive in its generally child-like frothy playfulness, the body a solid medium weight, smooth, and just a wee bit tacky, origins unknown. It finishes still fairly sweet, but in a well-moderated sense - the surface-probing booze and work-a-day hops doing more than enough to stave off any straight-up sugar shock.
A decently flavourful Spring (around here, sadly, it still very well barely is, though not quite the titular May) offering. However, there's still a bit too much sugar in this particular cereal-fest to encourage me to seek out seconds the next time I drop by the brewery. That doesn't mean, however, that you shouldn't try this at least the once to (re)affirm your confidence in AK's old-school Teutonic capabilities.
04-30-2011 23:55:25 | More by biboergosum
3.94/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance - Pours a clear copper/amber with two fingers of foamy white head.
Smell - Bready, biscuity malts, Noble/Saaz hops, hint of fruity esters.
Taste - Strong malt flavour profile with toasted biscuity and bready malts. Low hop content to add a touch of bitterness. Subtle amount of pepperiness.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall - A nice malty maibock from Alley Kat. Would be nice to have just a touch more hop profile in it, but otherwise a nice toast to the spring season finally upon us in Alberta.
05-25-2014 02:29:27 | More by leaddog
3.9/5 rDev +4%
A large bottle of an Alley Kat speacialty that I picked up at Kensington Wine while getting my CAMRA Calgary tickets. $6.59.
Brown with bronze orange hilights, off white head that faded to a thin ring, left a few whisps of lace. A good mix of aromas, floral/herbal hops with bready/caramel malts. Taste starts with the malt sweetness, toffee and caramel, and then is balanced by a flavor filled hoppiness, grassy and floral. A nice blend.
Alcohol is there, but does not distract from the flavors. Good level of carbonation gives a medium body, smooth mouthfeel, clean and dry finish. Easy to drink, nice flavors, well done.
07-09-2011 16:18:31 | More by BigBry
3.86/5 rDev +2.9%
Bomber poured into a tulip glass. A light golden bronze color with a moderate amount of beige head. I am getting various elements on the nose, all expected and of moderate intensity: Honeyed breakfast cereal, a fruitiness like apples, grassy and slightly spicy Noble hops, slightly toasted grain. Malt-forward and with a propensity to alternate between sweet and bitter. Sort of an identity crisis. Palate begins mildly toasted, with a notable dry nutty note and moderate Noble hops providing a tasteful bitterness, although for me things evolve toward a more prominent sweetness, recalling more Honey Nut Cheerios cereal, butterscotch pudding, perhaps a hint of cotton candy, and then the bitterness reestablishes itself in the finish, which is quite crisp and dry, perhaps a tad grainy. Certainly keeps me interested. Moderate body and carbonation. This one's struggle to establish a clear-cut taste identity actually added to the experience for me, although purists might prefer the goat to take a stand.
08-10-2014 16:59:36 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a bomber into a glass mug. A big bubbly tan head on a clear dark amber. The haed soon settlers down to a thick layer with lots of lacing.
Sweet malt smells with some grapefruity hop notes. Malty sweetness with a subdued hop finish.
Very creamy texture. Smooth and fairly dry for a Maibock.
04-29-2011 04:24:12 | More by scott451
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
This is my second bottle of "Loaded Goat". I enjoyed the first one, but I'm not super familiar with what a maibock is supposed to be like. 650mL bottle poured into a giant mug (probably not ideal glassware, but I had to try out the mug!).
It pours a deep amber colour with a good creamy head. This is an appetizing looking beer!
The aroma is roasted malt with some bready notes. It has almost a creamy smell. Alcohol is prominent, but not offensive.
The taste is smooth and relatively mild. It is slightly sweet to start off, but a little hop bitterness comes through with the warm malt flavours. It starts to get more sweet towards the end, and the intensity from the alcohol fills the mouth with a rich toasty sweetness. Alcohol warmth finishes out the aftertaste.
Overall, this isn't an AMAZING beer, but I really enjoy it. I don't know how true it is to the style, but Alley Kat has managed to pull off a very satisfying lager that still has a lot of character.
06-18-2011 23:54:41 | More by evlu1441
3.75/5 rDev 0%
From a 650 ml brown bottle, teal blue label. Part of Alley Kat's Big Bottle limited edition series this year. Pours out a clear bright orange copper hue, creamy off-white head that retains as a thick cap.
Rich bready, biscuity malt on the nose, accented with spicy and floral hops.
Intense bready malt up front in the flavour, augmented with warm alcohol and spicy hops. A fairly balanced triad of characteristics, although overall it seems a bit underattenuated.
Medium-light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, seems fuller than it is and the body does build near the finish.
Nice drinkable Maibock all around, hits all the basic notes for the style. Different version from Alley Kat's last release a few years ago that came in 6 packs. This is one to get your hands on while it lasts.
05-05-2011 02:45:21 | More by IronDjinn
3.75/5 rDev 0%
Pours a copper colour with one finger of off white head that recedes quickly, not much lacing.
In the smell I get lots of bready malts and caramel malts, and some toffee notes, as well as a few citrus notes.
The taste is quite sweet with alot of caramel malts and toffee note up front. There is also a subtle burnt sugar/molasses bitterness that balances out the sweetness. The beer finishes quite dry. ABV is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is quite smooth and almost creamy. However, this beer might be just a tad flat even for the style.
A good beer in the style, and very pleasant.
05-23-2011 00:22:41 | More by QuestionableScum
3.75/5 rDev 0%
Pale amber/orange colour, minimal off white head, no lacing to speak of. Smell is malty, some caramel, light european hop profile, light sweet notes, bread like qualities. Taste is malty and toffee like, lightly sweet, mild bitterness, bread like grains, light alcohol thats quite understated. Full body, light carbonation, syrupy at points, solid feel overall. Fairly solid and easy drinking, ABV not noticeable in taste but believe me its there, quite drinkable, nice stuff here. Thanks to Boney for sending this.
08-21-2011 19:08:54 | More by peensteen
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
A- Pours a clear coppery color with an average looking white foamy head, which doesn't retain overly well, but does settle to a solid layer over the brew. Carbonation also looks to be average for the style...not too overly done, but not mild either. There is minimal lacing.
S- Malt dominates, which is fine with me, but also contains some spicy floral notes on the finish. In the middle, there is a distinct yeast quality that reminds me slightly of raw bread dough...just a bit of a tang. I suppose there is a bit of a hop bitterness on the finish as well, but it's unassuming.
T- There is a decent blend of sweet malt upfront, with a biscuit like middle and finishing with a very noticeable spiced hop bitterness. It's actually quite nice, as the after effects on the palate resume back to a malty taste that shortly lingers before the next taste.
M- This is most definitely a thin bodied beer, but remains smooth and creamy in flavor and carbonation, but I'd like to have it slightly more zingy on my palate, as I feel this style almost needs it.
O- I'm not loving this one, but I would certainly purchase this again upon Alley Kats' next release without regret. I think it's flavorful enough, perhaps a little to lite bodied and/or not zingy enough. I would still recommend anyone to try this and think Alley Kat did a decent job on this one.
09-10-2011 02:48:37 | More by ChrisCage
3.6/5 rDev -4%
A - clear copper brown, short head dissipated quickly and left a ligth lace ring
S - grassy and astringent, light buttered bread, subtle caramel sweetness
T - toasty and burnt malts, grassy and metallic, light licorice note, very different from the nose
M - strong carbonation with an alcohol kick, dry's out with a licorice root feel
O - interesting flavours and worth a purchase as always with Alley Kat, but there is something very different about this beer that makes it both interesting but a little uninviting
06-09-2011 04:15:05 | More by joemcgrath27
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
Much tastier when very fresh. European hops, pilsner malts and lagerish aromas. Lacey. Above average carbonation. Light toastiness, more prounced in bottle version. The bottled version yielded some yeasty taste. Drinkable.
On tap at the brewery, combined review with recent bomber shared with Presario.
05-13-2011 21:41:13 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
Always pleased to take a new Alley Kat offering for a spin.
A - Pours a crystal clear copper colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.
S - Rather mild, but there's definitely some sweet caramel notes, a touch bready with fruity yeast and toasted nuttiness.
T - The sweetness comes through quite strong off the top, the nuttiness is present, as well as a lot of bready and biscuit malt notes. A slight bitterness lingers, but it could use a bit more leafy hops to balance it out. ABV is well hidden, though might be contributing to the sweetness of it.
M - Comes across a tad light, but it finishes nicely with a touch of dryness.
O - A tasty offering, though not one of the best to come from Alley Kat. Worthy for the style, but the sweetness is a little too much for my liking.
05-22-2011 22:16:37 | More by andrenaline
Loaded Goat Maibock from Alley Kat Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.