Ziegenmensch
Schilling Beer Co.

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Style:
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #28
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,193
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 4.19%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
14
From:
Schilling Beer Co.
 
New Hampshire, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Golden in color, richly flavored with Munich malt, with a crisp and clean finish. Slight alcohol warming is present. A traditional Bavarian-style Bockbier as is often served during the transition seasons.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 14 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 4/22/21, into the test glass.
A - Deep amber color, excellent clarity, gentle carboantion yields a very thin cap.
S - Caramel, wheat toast, a bit of brown sugar, a hint of Phenols
T - Dark bread dough, again with a touch of caramel, there is also a lovely earthy hop presence, grassy touch.
M - Medium in body, semi sweet, avoiding the too sweet trap, lovely dry finish.
O - A good Bock from Schilling thats absolutely worth the effort to try

May 04, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from the Packie
Dark gold bordering on amber with a small short lived off white head. Rich bready maltiness with a light toast. Fruity and light apple with some earthy spicy hop aroma and flavor. Light alcohol presence. Pretty nice beer.

Jul 18, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber body; lively carbonation; thick and creamy white head. The smell exudes spiciness and toasted malt with a touch of peppermint. The taste shows off slightly toasted malt notes and reinforces the spiciness found in the nose; well-rounded hop bitterness; clean. Medium body; slick and somewhat warm; mild alcohol presence and a soothing hop bite gives an otherwise gently sweet beer a bit of dryness.

This is a wonderful and delicious traditional German style beer. No frills or gimmicks, just good beer...

Jun 25, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can - illegible date (??/05/20) - poured into a nonic pint at 38°F. Purchased locally for $4.25/ea.

Pours a near crystal clear, deep amber golden hue, topped with nesrly three fingers of dense, rocky, off-white head - good retention, and some lacing left behind. Some slow, but visible effervescence.

Not often can you smell a lager from 4 feet away, but this one certainly permeates. Big aromas of slightly toasty grain and malt set the stage, with some sweet undertones of caramel, dough, lightly toasted dark bread, spicy, earthy European hops, and this subtle, but extremely unique aroma that I can only describe as the cheap rubber Halloween mask smell. It isn't off-putting at all, but I also loved that smell as a kid. There's nothing else I can compare the note to. It isnt plasticy or metallic - it's just a very specific type of Halloween mask rubber. Almost clay-like, or some organic based putty. Not chemically. Very unique. There's some brighter notes too, namely apple and pear.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a big, bold entry. That toasty malt is front and center, leaning some caramel sweetness, some bread dough, nectarine, herbal hops, and again, that Halloween mask thing, which tastes exactly like it smells. The malt base is sweet, but not cloying or distracting. In addition to the malt and hop flavours, there are some estery notes that add a whole new layer. Orchard fruits, like Apple and pear, with some stone fruit character as well. Into the finish, the malt stays strong, but the herbal hops come out a bit, and take on some spicy, resinous notes as well. Eventually, it does dry out, but it's a long, slow fade - sans bitterness, but the hops do linger.

Mouthfeel/Body: Realistically, it's a medium-bodied beer, with a bright, crisp, snappy feel. However, for the style, it definitely pushes into more full-bodied territory, and it certainly has some wholesome, heafty malt weight to it. There's some slight stickiness on the lips, but not on the palate, and although it's a bigger lager, it's still very crisp and drinkable. Effervescence is lower than a typical lager, ir even a typical IPA, but it does the job, and doesn't feel lacking in any way.

Overall: I really have no experience with Maibocks. They're nearly impossible to find. I got excited when I saw this - and from such an esteemed lager brewery, I just had to test the waters with it. How it compares to other Maibocks, I cannot say, but looking at it as simply a sub-category of lagers, with a higher ABV and more body, I absolutely love it, and I intend to return and pick up a 4pk. Very enjoyable.

Jun 14, 2020
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Greenlabel from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Maibocks and there appear to be a few more brands in the stores this year. I don't recall seeing this one in prior years but Schilling products seem to be more available in my general area this year. Fortunately I purchased a 4-pack rather than a single as this has turned out to be the best Maibock tasted thus far in the current spring season. 6.5% seems to be the perfect ABV to assist in bringing out the full taste - noticeable but definitely not offensive. There will be a new 4-pack or case of Ziegenmensch in my refrigerator in the near future.

Jun 05, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 5/05/20
Pours a light fizzy head with low retention, little lacing, clear apple-juice-tan colored

Nose on the more mild side, some sweet malts, a touch of candy, some fruity esters, pome fruits, faint phenol notes and a little smooth alcohol together, sweet blond malts getting a bit richer as it warms, almost toasty like

Taste sweet grainy malts up front, a little toasted grain, sweet characters hinting at caramel but not there, more fruity esters with more pome like fruit, and a little stone fruit maybe candied apricot, again light phenol spices mixing with the smooth alcohol, soft lager notes into a little biscuit and sweet candy again, a bit sticky on the finish, esp for a lager and even for Maibock, light hop bitterness throughout with a little herbal fruity hop character, more mild hop and pome fruit lingering

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med-higher fizzy carb, light warming smooth alcohol, soft lager

Overall pretty good Maibock, a little sticky sweet but it does have that typical young beer character of a Maibock so that's acceptable to have a bit under attenuated like that, and for a young beer no real off flavors, even diacetyl is not present, only the nice fruity esters which come through well, and a little smooth alcohol with phenol notes, although for only 6.5% the alcohol comes through a bit more than I expected

Jun 05, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 16oz pour of this at the Blackback in Waterbury CT during a 21MAY19 visit with Alewife. Currently checked in at 6.50% ABV.

It was a medium-golden color, with a slight bit of haze. Had steady carbo, and a creamy, frothy, off-white head. Lacing was quite nice as well! Aroma was lightly bready with a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied, and medium on the tongue; no problems here.

Taste was bready and then bready again! Like cookie dough, with light sweetness, with a hint of spicy hopping in the finish. Solid! Prosit!

4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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May 29, 2019
Ziegenmensch from Schilling Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 14 ratings