Maibock | Naked Dove Brewing Company

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Naked Dove Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheBrewo on 06-19-2013

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hogan's Hideaway in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light amber gold, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like sweet bready malt, with a bit of grassy hops, slightly sweet caramel, and pear.

The taste is pretty similar, it's fairly simple, with a nice malt backbone, caramel, pear, and honey, with a slightly grassy bitterness.

This is lighter bodied, with a normal level of carbonation.

Another solid lager from Naked Dove, not their best, but still very nice.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

these handles were all over rochester this weekend, but the beer just didnt do a whole lot for me, maybe my least favorite of the naked dove beers i have had in the past. its clear golden in color, a honey hue, and a nice frothing head on it, looks great. it smells and tastes like cereal, but its oddly sweet for a lager, and i think misses the mark a little bit for what we are used to in the style. it has very little german character to it, the grain is fresh and tasty, but it seems less traditional, or not fermented or matured long enough, its young and its a negative, almost too green. if you can get past that sweetness, you will notice too that the yeast is not seemingly all that german, more generic lager yeast, and it doesnt quite come together the way they probably intended it to. that said, i saw a lot of people drinking this and ordering seconds and thirds, so perhaps those looking for a sweeter blonde type are liking this a lot. those seeking a true german style maibock are going to be let down by this one, but dont let that turn you off to this brewery, all of their other beers ive had have been really tasty.

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Photo of dhmxray
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was served on draft at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Great Lakes pint glass, glowing a dark honey brown. It held a one finger head of cream colored bubbles, showing decent retention. Sheety patterned lacing was left around the glass as it dissipated. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be highly active. The aroma sang of soured meaty warmth, chive vegetals, creamy lactics, cinnamon and black pepper, light booziness, cooked butters, tobacco smokiness, and pale and amber malty base. Our first impression was that the grain was a bit unfinished and raw, and while it was fruit-forward, the booze tended to box some of those nice balancing flavors out. As we sipped, the taste began with tinny metallics, canned peaches, bubblegum esters, pale malts and buttery biscuits, warm toffee, candied apples, sea salt, and a soured garbage aromatic. Lemon pulled us to the peak, where black pepper, vanilla extract, brown and pale malt toast, baby powder, and a clean soapy hop bite mixed. The end came with sweet flashes of white sugar, lemon peel, phenolic plastics, light copper, wheaty wetness, bitterly fusel alcohols, and caramel malts. The aftertaste breathed of tannic black teas, strawberry and plum fruitiness, citric hop bitterness, wax, lavender florals, cranberry airs, and bittered pale and caramel grain, but without any of the bready sweetness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. Each sip gave great slurp, smack, and pop, but with limited cream and froth. The mouth was left mildly coated, cooled, and wet, with no real dryness, pucker, or astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Here, things were kept relatively true to style, with good depth and relative sweetness of the malts, with a decent musky core, and fresh hoppy licks every now and again. To note, the flavoring was much better with warmth, as it has time to open, evolve, and blend. The nose, however, was a bit cheap, with lesser inclusivity and well-roundedness. This is a nice sipping beer for a warm afternoon in late spring, but not an instant classic.

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Maibock from Naked Dove Brewing Company
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