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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
87
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
20.43%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
18
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 87
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a clear amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of mildly sweet caramel malts with hints of spicy oak. Also present are very slight amounts of dried pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malts up front are joined quickly by earthy hops and dry pear flavors. Midway through slight amounts of bready flavors and oak come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall the beer was greater than the sum of its parts, as the oak was nicely integrated into the flavor profile. A drier beer than most other maibocks and a solid beer that’s worth a shot.

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Photo of roodie
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: pours a beautiful light golden brown, almost orange, very sparkly, almost fluorescent, with a 1 finger white head that didn't last very long. minimal lacing.

S: smells like a lager, but you can tell it's been aged on wood, that distinct oaky character is obvious. some citrus on the back end.

T: slightly bitter up front, in a good way. oaky flavor is dominant throughout.

M: smooth on the tongue, moderate carbonation makes for a spicy feeling on the tip of my tongue.

O: a refreshing brew, one I'd have on tap if I saw it. Aging is not going to make this better, but it's a tasty brew right now, especially when it's hot out.

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Photo of DCon
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA for $7. Tapped into a 12oz Tulip/Wine Glass and has The Bruery(HA! Spelled Wrong) BIERBACH Heller Bock written in White on the chalkboard of Guest Taps.

Aroma- Moderate malt aroma with a clean smell. Everything very low key and doesn't call attention to itself.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that stays for a good amount of time with the bubbles. Light golden color body that is clean and leaves almost no lacing.

Flavor- Has light malty taste from the start and almost tastes like a Czech Pilsner. Very clean and has a dry finish. No real sign of hops or any other attributes.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, Clean, and leaves a bit of peppery taste on the palate but nothing big.

Overall Impression- I was really hoping to have something MUCH better from The Bruery... As my first beer of theirs, it was average but will be having more this week! This was easy to drink and was almost like a lager and pilsner mixed together. Very bland when it came down to it but can appreciate this.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant yellow and light orange pour, crisp and fluffy virgin white head, one of the most exceptional looking bocks I've ever seen. Gold standard. Aroma was bready with a heavy oak presence, mild yeast accompaniment.

Taste still delivers a heavy dose of first time use oak (I already used the adjective virgin), light body, mild hopping (although more than usual for style), more breadiness, a quant almost belgianesque yeast that stays far away from clove or banana (yeay). Carbonation was delightful. Hid the alcohol amazingly well.

A great beer for the beginning, or even the middle of summer. Very light and crisp, with plenty of flavor. One of my favorite bocks, any fans of SN XXX series hellesbock should check this out.

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Photo of Cavery
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with SundaySour @ Provisions

Flight #2 into tasters

A: Deep cherries and slow moving saps. Black jams with flarings of red light. Very good looking off white head (~1 1/2 finger).

S: Nutty nutty roasts. Almonds, Hazelnuts, and walnuts work harmoniously together. A late sting of warming booziness warns you to sip.

T: Warmed chestnut centers, glazed with globs of butter and pinches of butterscotch, served on a slab of warm oak. Really just a delicious mush of nuts. Creamy Hazelnutty decaf (it's a lager!) coffee makes an appearance. More depth than I would expect from a maibock!

M: Typical lager-esque airiness. The lightness of this dark lager contrasts the depths in the flavor. It is shallow, but oh so light. This intentional contrast makes the mouth come off like whip cream. It is the marshmallow on my smore.

O: Really I thought this was very good. There was a truly great mouth-feel to pair with the rolling nuttiness. The combination of creaminess and lightness puts this in the context of desert, while remaining light enough to go beyond that. This can be the cup of coffee with any meal, or the chocolate shavings on your cake. An interesting and versatile beer.

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Photo of SundaySour
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with Cavery at The Bruery Provisions. And also reviewed from notes.

A: Smoky black and red with a dense cream colored head. It's like looking deeply into the eyes of a dragon.

S: Smells exactly like an oak barrel rolling down a grassy hill while on fire. That aforementioned dragon is angry, and this is what his nostrils smell like.

T: Shortly after tasting, I grew a full patch of chest hair, thick enough to braid. It tastes like oak, pepper, and gun powder from the Civil War. It finishes like a burnt steak, and is almost too badass for me to handle.

M: Burns. Burns like I stuck a curling iron into my pie hole.

O: Strong, smoky, and probably poisonous. The flavor is truly impressive, but next time I'll reach for a bottle of liquid smoke.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

Had this on draft at the Bruery Reserve Society Clusterfork tasting # 4.

A: The beer pours a cloudy copper/light orange color, with a white 1/2 inch of head. Very light lacing.

S: Didn't get too much off the nose. I picked up scents of spiced carame, as well as some light yeast, and oak.

T: Sweet malt, mild hops to balance. Dry, oak, mild coriander.

M: Dry, medium carb

O: Good spring/summer beer. Not a beer to go crazy over, but easy on the palate, and great by the pool. I've been looking for a light and crisp beer with flavor for the summer, and this hits the spot for me. I filled a Growler of this before I left, and am also glad I got the full allotment of bottles of this too.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In retrospect, one bottle probably was not enough. Pours a dark orange with a little white head. Some alcohol aroma, sweet malt, floral and spicy hops, a little oak. Tasty, solid hop character but on the sweet side. A little vanilla coming in. A delectable and princely mouthfeel, rich and luscious. Well, there it goes.

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Photo of jsanford
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a clear, orange-amber with a thin white head that leaves a tiny bit of lacing as it recedes.
S - Straight-forward aromas of sweet caramel malt and spicy yeast with perhaps just the faintest trace of the barrel-aging.
T - More sweet bready malt with a surprising amount of bitter orange peel and pine resin hops. Probably one of the hoppiest Bocks I've had, kinda odd. Again, not much in the way of barrel-aging, just a small trace of vanilla and oak.
M - Slightly sticky and syrupy with medium-low carbonation.
O - A very unique take on a Maibock, no surprise given the Bruery's track record. I do wish the barrel came out a bit more.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around for a while, but suddenly disappeared when I wasn't looking. Smells of bready sweet malt with that pilsner malt aroma. Hints of vanilla and a sweet floral smell in there as well. I was expecting a bit more of the barrel to come through in the aroma. Taste is sweet with bready malts up front. Mid way through I get the oak tannins with a some vanillin. A bit of a harsh alcohol burn and hop bitterness linger in a long thick finish. Spirited amount of carbonation surprisingly can't fully cut through an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to thick bodied beer. Certainly an interesting take on the style. I enjoyed it but the sweetness and the burn were a bit much for me. I will revisit in the future with a bit of age.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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App- This was very corn yellow. A little light, a little dark, right in the middle. A one finger head with some nice cling to it.

Smell- A little bit sweet and malt forward. Its a maibock for sure. A little faint smelling and not overpowering. No trace of the barreling on this.

Taste- This had a ton of malts behind it and was even a bit spicy the further you went on each sip. A little bit of hops to balance but not much. Nice tasting beer, but nothing that blew me away.

Mouth- This was a medium bodied and a medium carbonation. Nice malty after taste.

Drink- I am glad I got to have this on tap vs having to buy the bottle. Nice beer. A different style variant for the Bruery but still pretty tasty none the less for something different.

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Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a sudsy, foamy head. Smells slightly of grass/hay, much more strongly of sweet sugary malt. Bready yeastiness abounds.

Taste is straight-forward. Maybe a hint .. just a hint of woodsiness, but mostly sweet malt and a bit of grass mixed along with it. There's a mineral zest to it that I don't care for. I think it's a bit too strong for the base beer.

A nice beer. Quaffable.

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Photo of dngilb
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I made my first trip to The Bruery tasting room. Not a disappointment. I did a flight of 6 beers. All seemed to be of an exceptional caliber!

The Bierbauch was one of my favorites of the day.

A: An average golden color.
S: Fragrant.

(I put way more weight in the taste and mouthfeel of a beer than the other attributes... this is why I drink it!)

T: Wonderful balance of hops and malts. The thing that stood out most to me as unique and desirable was the very floral notes. I would have sworn there was lavender used in the brewing process, but there isn't. It's all a quality of the yeast. It was magical. One of my favorite beers in the summer is Orval. This fits into this niche as well. I loved it. It also had a fair amount of the usual flavors you come to find in oak aged beer, I'd guess they age this in the barrel on the shorter time range as it wasn't over bearing, but very pleasant.

M: There wasn't anything shocking about the mouthfeel, but it went very well with the taste. Not syrupy, as to subtract from its refreshing quality. Perfect amount of carbonation for my desire in a summer brew.

The Bruery ROCKS!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a fairly clear golden orange color with a large white head.

S: Smells of yeast and bread for the most part. Not a terribly complex nose, even with the barrel aging. Some oak and vanilla are there, but that is just about it.

T: A moderate level of sweetness with most of it coming from bready malts. Plenty of oak flavor and some sweetness coming from vanilla as well. Somewhat bitter, at least moreso than expected.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not really great in any way. I wasn't too crazy about this one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a deep goldenrod with a solid white head, good lace and retention.

S: Definitely oaky, some vanilla and sweet malt.

T: Good sweet malt with solid oak character. Light hopping adds some balance, a hoppy oaky maibock is what you get.

M: Full-bodied, biting carbonation, solid overall feel, a tad boozy.

O: Not my favourite style, but The Bruery did a good job. The oak is prevalent, clearly a maibock and style, if you enjoy maibocks certainly something to try.

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