Goat-Toppler Maibock | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

4 Ratings

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish in color with some light brown undertones. About a half inch of head immediately after the pour, but is quickly gone. Smell is all malts with some toffee. Taste is more of the malts, essentially no hops are present at all. Very good caramel malt and decent amount of toffee. Not a lot of carbonation and incredibly easy drinking, smooth. A little watery and thin. Seems that most of the flavor is a bit muted.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unblemished apricot beneath a sponge-like cap that was some combination of pale orange, beige and alabaster. It looked as though a solid sheet of lace would be deposited, but the glass ended up displaying thin, feathery rings that marked each mouthful.

The aroma was too laid back initially. Despite becoming a little bolder with warming, it never did stand out like the rest of the beer. My notes read 'lightly toasted', 'fruity hops', 'slightly sweet', and 'nice balance'. That pretty much covers it.

The flavor score was not an easy call and wasn't settled on until the trip home from Rock Bottom. The reason for the 4.5 is that Goat-Toppler is the best maibock that I've ever had. Any beer (of a style that I don't normally care for) that can impress me this much deserves to be rewarded.

This maibock/helles bock was slightly darker than the typical maibock/helles bock. It wasn't as dark as a bock, but was at least halfway there. That's what happens when the malt bill contains Vienna and Munich is addition to pale. The flavor profile was made up of whole grain toast drizzled with dark honey, assorted herbs and spices, and a shaving of bitter orange rind.

Since no herbs or spices were added, that aspect of the flavor profile must have been due to the Summit and Mt. Hood hops. Although the bitterness of the hops added yet another dimension, the beer was all about the contrast between sweet and spicy. Not too sweet and not too spicy, but juuust right.

Thanks to the generous amount of malt sugars and the close-to-perfect carbonation, the mouthfeel was outstanding as well. No wimpy lagers here. The beer was medium-full for the style, with tremendous volume and big, graceful, rounded edges.

Is goat-toppling like cow-tipping? I have never toppled a goat, but there are goats that topple themselves. Google 'fainting goats' and watch the videos. It seems that the poor creatures fall over stiff-legged whenever they're shocked or startled. Goat-Toppler Maibock has startling quality and drinkability, so the name fits.

Bottom line: this latest West Des Moines Rock Bottom seasonal is not your typical maibock and is probably a better beer for it. If they all tasted like this, I'd be a massive maibock fan.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew was released three days ago so I got to sample the origional batch.

It was a nice light brown color with very little head. That's where the comments stop.

Overall, I'm not impressed with this at all. It had almost a sour flavor to it, like the ingredients weren't up to spec. Not going to try again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a nice looking bronze color. A finger of head churns up after the pours evens out. A thin soapy head puts some thin sheet lacing on the pint glass.

Aroma - a light toastiness and grain sweetness with some florals thrown in for good measure. Fresh but simple.

Taste - malty sweet grain, some light toast to it as in the nose. Alcohol is warm and evident but not overbearing. Light fruity hops balance quite well on the swallow. I didn't pick them up until the second pint from the growler, but they make for a nice lengthy finish and pair up well with some malt toastiness at the end. A fine maibock.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, a little muted by the bigger maibock body, but that's cool. A nice smooth beer.

Drinkability - the first half of the growler went easily during a bbq tonight. The second half will go a little slower as the abv makes a statement before too long.

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Goat-Toppler Maibock from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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