Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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German Maibock
Ranked #18
Ranked #18,521
3.87 | pDev: 10.85%
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: First introduced at FredFest 2012. The brewery's first lager is named for brewer Alan Sprints' mother, Lila.

Sprints calls the beer a 'pale bock'. Lagered for 12 weeks.

Dry hopped with spicy Noble Saaz.
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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2019 draft...

Bronze and brass, crystal clear with a gorgeous and unpretentious bone white foam.

Simple notes of toasted bread crusts and dried freshly mowed grass.

Flavor follows with a sweet and sugary white bread, the slightest touch of caramel, and an herbal dried grass finish.

Light and crisp with a bitter favoring over a rustic and simple sweetness. Very easy to drink.

A wonderful example of the style. Clean, simple, delicious, and easy to drink. Can't ask for much more for a Vienna style lager.


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Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-05-26 in Portland, OR at the brewery on tap.

A - Clear gold

S - Vienna malt,

T - Rich malt and earthy spice. Tangy with a touch of bitter.

M - Light-medium body and carb

O - True to German style.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at taproom. Soft and silky, tons of lacing. Pleasant, light malty aroma. Dances on the tongue. Grainy, heady, piquant and savory. A real treat for sure.

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Photo of fizzician
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasting glass at the brew pub, hazy gold color with nice lacing. Sweet, bready aroma. Smooth, creamy, malty taste, sweet without being cloying. Nice on a cool fall day.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a tulip at the brewery.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze. Head is a thin layer of creamy ivory foam leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: quite sweet and malty, which is appropriate to the style. Not complex, but nice.

Taste: light and malty, with a bit of a raspy, herbal hoppiness. Pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: refreshing, though the bitterness is just a tad harsh.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hair of the Dog in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a lighter golden yellow body, one finger white head. Not much retention or lacing. Smells of grass, earth, sweet caramel, citrus, fairly bready. Slightly perfume-y. Flavour is similarly bready, a bit of caramel, mild citrus, a fair amount of grass and earth, with a slight earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy and sticky, a bit on the sweeter side on the finish. Overall, a different type of beer but not my style. Sweet and a bit perfume-y.

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Photo of BigJYoungblood
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites while spending time at Hair of the Dog, very fruity and refreshing taste, by far the lightest looking beer I had tried. Tastes of very sweet fruits, a little bit of citrus, and very smooth hiding the alcohol. Goldish cloudy color but brighter and thinner looking than usual. Very satisfying, tried in a flight sampler.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery today.

Darker than most helles bocks, this beer is a faintly hazy amber with a dense off white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is solid. Initially too cold, this does need to warm up to really open up. Bread, toffee, caramel, and honey are most prominent. This does differ from other maibocks in that the sweetness is more complex instead of that classic liquid bread aroma. Hop character is modest, with some earth And toffee.

The toasted grain character on the palate does make this beer unique. Less sweet than most, there's a blend of toffee, grain, honey and toast. The midpalate has a moderate hoppiness, mildly earthy and a touch minty. Mildly sweet on the finish, this beer is outstandingly soft and creamy on the palate. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light honey and cookie dough. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's just more of it. The beer has some sweetness to it, but there's some light bitterness in the finish that helps to balance that bitterness very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft, lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer.

A nice enough beer, but given the other options at the tasting room, it's kind of hard to imagine ordering this again.

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Photo of vkv822
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room.
from notes.

Burnt orange, brown with a creamy, off white head.

Sweet, floral and fruity with sweet bready malts.

More malty in the taste with sweet floral, fruity hops.

Medium to full body with average carbonation.

A very well done Maibock. Easily my favorite I have tried of the style, and something I hope is brewed regularly.

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Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a taster. Pours a very nice orange/gold color with a good head.

Very well balanced with a good refreshing quality to it and aromas of grains, citrus, malts and some bits of white fruits as well.

Really nice and smooth medium feel with a good malty base for the flavors along with grains and citrus notes as well.

This was a real tasty maibock. Nice and refreshing with nice depth on both the aromas and feel.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap a the brewpub.
My daughter's name is Lilah so this was a must stop for me.

A - Pours a dark and hazy orange with a nice hazy cream-colored head that never really fades much but leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - Some sweet heavy citrus and fruit. Some nice maltiness as well.

T - Very fruity and nice. Dark oranges and red apples. Very hard for me to place.

D - Good heavy body with solid carbonation.

O - Very different flavors here but they are very very welcoming. Glad I caught this fruity, citrusy one on tap.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Nearly) Straight 4 review. 12oz on tap at the brewery.

A: Dark orange with about a quarter thumb's worth of lacing around the rim. Interesting point that when this is swirled, it regains some of its previous head.

S: Spicy and earthy. Lots of peppers, here, both black peppercorns and green/jalapeno peppers. Corn husks and malt. As this warms up, I get a deep citrus scent - mostly pineapple. (This is made with Saaz hops, but they're much more aggressive than my internet research suggests.)

T: Corn husks and grains. More black peppercorn and pineapple. There's a really nice sweetness and biscuit underpinning and balancing this beer. Some wheat and oat.

M: Dry and clean. This lingers on the palate to the point it's almost coating. Quite pleasant.

O: Quite the lager, and certainly not what you might expect heading in, even if it is a maibock, particularly where it comes to the heaviness of the beer. There's a really good mesh between the nose and the tongue, and I'm sure this is going to be a regular on my visits to the taproom assuming it's not a one-off.

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Photo of hopwave
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap the other day at Brouwer's Beer and Burger battle...

What surprised me the most about this beer was how full the body was... after a few Blue-Dots I expected this one to go down like water... it was very full bodied and had a very nice earthiness taste to it... quite unique (as is all HOD beers). I'm no expert in the style but this was excellent! Very glad I got to try/add this one to the database...

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