Dax Maibock | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Deuane on 05-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask via gravity fed firkin @ the 9th Annual Sly Fox Bock Festival & Goat Race @ Sly Fox (Phoenixville, PA) on 5/2/10 in celebration of Dax, the 2-time champion goat. Served in a commemorative mug.

Pours a slightly hazed gold, with a thin head of eggshell-white foam. This actually stayed fairly rich from the cask, leaving some thickish spotty lacing behind. The aroma is sweet and grainy in the nose with notes of caramel and bread, while fresh hop character adds some floral tones and a touch of citric fruit to the proceedings.

The taste is mosty sweet, with notes of caramel and a honeyed sugary character. Toasted bread is present as well, with a touch of diacatyl giving it a buttered feel. Hops are fairly light, giving notes that are more on the earthy and herbal side. Finishes with some dryness and light spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall but the cask gives this an unreal creamy texture that mellows and pulls the flavors together to the point that it seems like they are melting in your mouth. Really impressive feel here that was probably the big highlight of this beer for me.

Perfectly acceptable Maibock here with that cask feel really putting this over the top. I could have easily nibbled on multiple mugs, which could have gotten dangerous with this near 7%. Really tasty stuff here!

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Photo of claspada
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear deep golden color, very slight bit of haziness. Small, quickly dissipating white head, leaving a slight bit of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with toasted bready, slight sweet honey and spice. Fairly muted overall. Some slight earthiness and yeast esters emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with pilsner, grainy maltiness, with accompanying toasted bready maltiness. Earthy and herbal notes accompany the emerging German yeast esters. Finish is fairly clean with lots of lingering pils malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is bordering slick and sweet.

Overall, this was passable but not overly enjoyable. I wouldn't even call it good overall. Too much pilsner graininess coupled with sweet light bready pale maltiness. No defining characteristics. Flavors profile is bland and really bordering on unenjoyable towards the end of the pint. Not undrinkable, just not worth revisiting anytime soon or hopefully ever again.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Phoenixville yesterday. Had a glass of this freshly tapped under the outside tarp, no more then 5 or 10 minutes after the winner (Dax) crossed the finish line. I didn't stick around to see the disposition of the of the loser.

The beer pours a bright, solid gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The beer looks rather attractive in my $7, newly purchased, .5L slyfox glass. The beer smells pretty sweet and malty, which of course it is. So naturally this is a pretty sweet/malty tasting beer, but with just enough of a hop presence to keep it from becoming dull or tiring on the palate. The mouthfeel is actully fairly light with a crisp finish, and with the alcohol well disguised.

Nothing special or out of the ordinairy here, but nevertheless, this is an easygoing, easy to appreciate maibock. Not sure I could drink a lot of it, but one or two glasses would be easy to take. This is really pretty nice.

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Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dax Maibock is in honor of the goat, Dax, winner of the 2009 Sly Fox Bock Fest Goat Races.

A-Clear, deep copper with a thin off-white head that left spotty lace.

S-Sweet caramel malt and a nice overlying aroma of clover honey.

T-Rich and hefty caramel malt with nice support from the honey like sweetness. You would think with all of this sweetness it would become sickly....but it never does.

M-Medium body with a decadent smoothness. Silky but rich never becomes sticky or sickly sweet.

D-Served right out of the pin with the tap running wide open as eager race attendees held their glasses underneath to grab a pint of this sweet, luscious nectar. A wonderful example of the style with tons of malt/honey sweetness and extreme smoothness. A fine tribute to a fleet footed goat!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the 2009 goat races in Phoenixville, PA. served in a 23oz willybecker.

A - A medium amber w/ thick inch cap of white comprised of fine bubbles-drops to a ring. The clarity is very good

S - Malty light pils smell w/ the odor of fruit and light hops notes w/ subtle lager yeast aromas. The bock is malty and grainy in the nose

M - Crisp, smooth and moderately highly carbonated w/ a subtle overall sweetness -semi dry and simple spiced hop note w/ a clean finish

T - A refreshing malt toastiness w/ pils character and nice hoppy herbal mild accent. The gentle flavor of toasted malt adds to the complexity and the is a granola-like quality w/ a sweet tip of light caramel. The flavor also has gentle vegetal elemnts from the hops

D - A very tasty, crisp and refreshing beer with full body. A very good maibock since it has all of the elements yet none of them clash and is traditional style wise. A very high quality lager-cheers!

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped from the firkin at the conclusion of the annual Goat Race Festival.

A-Clear copper with hints of honey gold. A generous white frothy head leaves some good lacing.

S-Malty sweet with some fresh floral notes.

T-Delicious. Sweet malt with honey and floral honeysuckle notes.

M-Medium bodied and a little bit rich.

D-Really excellent. Like last year's Jasper Maibock, this one is a real crowd pleaser. Fresh, refreshing despite its sweetness, this is one of my favorite Sly Fox seasonals.


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Photo of AltBock
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at the Phoenixville location on 5/9/2009. If you don't know already, it's named after the 2009 goat race winner. They served it to me in a 12 oz. slender Pilsner glass.

Dax Maibock poured a semi clear pale sunshine yellow with a tiny speck of amber along the sides. On top was a minimal 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch head of pure white foam. This small head of foam had decent retention that left behind a tiny string of white rings and miniature spots of lace around the glass.

The aroma was lightly toasted with toasted malts, a quick spatter of juicy fruits, and a subtle whiff of bitter hops at the end. In other words, it's your run of the mill Maibock aroma.

The taste was nice and crispy with toasted malts, a hint of juicy fruits, a dash of black pepper, and then this beer ends with great lightly bitter finish. It was just a simple great tasting beer.

This was a light bodied beer with crispy carbonation and a tiny aftertaste of toasted malts, juicy fruits, and bitter hops.

If Dax the goat drank beer on a regular basis, he would be proud to have his name attached with this beer. It's just an easy drinking session beer. You can easily drink 2 to 3 of these in a sitting and not get bored with it.

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Photo of jp312
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the firkin at the Sly Fox Goat Race & Bock Fest on 5/3/09.

A - Poured a caramel-colored, copper-tinged body with a finger of foamy off-white head that left a bit of lace around the glass.

S - Nice malt presence with sweet caramel and toffe notes as well as an apparent honey sweetness. Trace amount of hops are in the background.

T - Sweet but not cloying, Dax is a caramely, honey-infused Maibock with underlying rich toffee notes. Hops are very faint at best, but the flavor never becomes too sweet.

M - Medium bodied with a soft, velvety mouthfeel and slight syrupy texture. Rich and sweet on the palate, but not overly so.

D - Another fine Maibock that is a fitting tribute to the fastest goat of the bunch at the 2009 Goat Race... one of my all-time favorite beer festivals! I was even lucky enough to get my picture taken with the celebrity of the day!

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Dax Maibock from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 9 ratings