Lagunitas / Moonlight - Secret Agenda
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Style:
German Maibock
Ranked #121
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
82
Ranked #36,433
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 11.39%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
23
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
One-off
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
82
Good
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 23
Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is billed as a pale bock. 'Tis the season?
Looks like a pale ale, with a vigorous foaming. Hint of malt and caramel, assertive hopping dominates the body. Drying finish with just a touch of sweetness. Hoppy bock?

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Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow brew with an abundance of foam in the IPA glass. Mild and faintly fruity aroma with a grainy finish. Clean malty flavor. There's a hint of hops. Something like wintergreen with a note of apricot.

This is better than many Bock beers for not being overly sweet. It still has a nice malty mellow taste but it's enlivened by a bit of acidity. Just a slight bitterness, like grape seeds, in the aftertaste. It's all quite light and bright. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in the far Northwest.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas Brewing Co mason jar

A: Pours golden yellow amber with a frothy eggshell white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some thick lacing.

S: Yeasty, toasty bread, floral, fruity, hints of white wine, tropical and orchard fruit, and citrus, spicy herbal notes, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: First hits big time floral, opens to an interesting fruity side, white grape, apricot, peach, currant, papaya, and a hint of melon, citrus zest, tangerine and lemon, spicy, grassy, and herbal notes, toasty bready malt, and a little caramel and sweet cream.

M: Just a bit on the fuller side of medium body, somewhat lively carbonation.

O: I'm having fun with this one; it's pulling me all over the place. Nicely balanced, with plenty of bitterness and some fun notes from the hops, but I feel like it could stand to be just a bit lighter.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this at Winco for $9. Not the biggest fan of bocks, but the price was right. Pours a good light amber and golden color. 3/4" white head. Good clarity. If there is something wrong with the appearance, I couldn't find it. Aroma had that nuttiness to it, impressive since there isn't exactly substantial roasting to the malt here, much less a nice lagery yeast presence.

Taste was, say, better than Dead Guy Ale (prolly the next most popular after Shiner's?). Still carried a slight caramel nutty presence, I didn't find it to be as hoppy as some people perceive. Good middle of the road breadiness. Carbonation was well done. I dunno, I think this is gonna be a positive rate deviation for me. There are no off flavors. I keep splitting these with people, I enjoy it 6oz at a time. At $1.25 a beer, its a good pickup, especially for people who don't like bitter/hoppy beer.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

L: Light amber/copper in color. A slow and steady pour yielded a whopping 3 fingers of a dense and frothy cap that showed prosperous retention. Heaps of residual lacing coats the glass. Looks great.
S: Bready and malty on the nose with aromas of rose petals, pine cone, tree bark, raisin and cinnamon. It's a whirlwind of smells but it works.
T: Have to admit, I am let down by the flavor. The bready malt flavor is there, and it is somewhat sweet like Hawaiian bread. Finish has a citrusy floral concoction with slight sweetness that carries over to the aftertaste.
F: Really nice. Soft, smooth and easy to drink. My favorite part of this beer experience, apart from the appearance.
O: It goes without saying that I do not feel the need to drink this again, nor do I want to. I am glad to have tried it, but I expected more. But hey, that's the name of the game. I am very glad to try regardless, but I can't say that I recommend. Cheers!

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Like drinking Grandma’s bowl of potpourri to freshen the bathroom. The “innovative” hop changes that ruined what might have been a decent German Maibock just take over the flavor completely. There’s a sickening fruitiness that is completely unwelcome in the style and no matter how many times I remind myself there’s good breadiness in there too, it’s ruined. It’s like a lovely chocolate cake to a chocolate loving purist but then oh damn, they put fruit in it.

Exceptional appearance was quite enticing, and the beer name is bound to induce curiosity. They managed to release it at the proper time of year as well... but... they Americanized it, unfortunately. Trendy hops begone!

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Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with four fingers of bone color head. Rings of lace appear as head drops.
Smell is pungent resin and bready malt.
Taste is bready malt with floral hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is mildly dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty brew and easy drinking.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice - clear amber gold with a big inch+ head, great retention and nice bands of lacing. Man, I'm just not fond of the aroma - I get the malt and all the hops, but altogether it smells like tire rubber (probably a harsh, exaggerated observation).

Taste is better, sweet malts with some floral & citrus hop flavors. Feel is decent as well, clean finish with a bit of bitterness.

Overall, not something I'd pick up again - Dead Guy Ale is readily available around here and leaps & bounds better for the same style.

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Photo of sjrider
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle, clear deep gold with white head leaving frosty lacing. Nose is sweet malt and mild clean hops. Taste follows and is on the sweet side with a mild hop bite. Moderate carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Strong Northwest style hops with strong mint and grapefruit scent. Clean smelling and mostly Pilsner malt. Scent of soda cracker.

Starts out sweet and savory. Tastes mostly of malt like it should. Distinct mint taste. Some grapefruit flavor. Caramel, nuts and vanilla flavors but quite subtle. Light hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is OK. Lagunitas REALLY should have used traditional hops for this style instead of throwing C-Type Hops in it anyway.

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Lagunitas / Moonlight - Secret Agenda from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 23 ratings