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Willimantic P.S. Pale Bock | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 13
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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a rocks glass as part of my beer flight at Willimantic Brewing Co.

A: Medium, golden yellow color with a faint amber sheen and a thin head of sudsy foam.

S: Smells a little smoky and grainy, with hints of orange peel and smoked peat.

T: Flavor has a bit of that smoky flavor as well. A good, slightly muddled malt flavor backed with some spicy notes and that lingering smoked malt husk taste.

M: Medium bodied and slightly resinous. Not exactly crisp, but the gravity works well with the ABV here.

D: Maybe like a rauchbier for the lager fan? Very interesting and flavorful. Went well with the tart, acidic marinara with my calamari plate.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler procured at the brewery and consumed on 3/11/10.

A - Dispensed as a clear amber body with sparse carbonation and a finger's width of off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and no lacing at all.

S - Aroma combines the sweet caramel and toffee malt character of a bock with a prevalent smoked presence. Add a pinch of faint herbal hops and floral notes and you've got a pleasant, subtle complex bock with a smokey character.

T - Smoked hickory notes are apparent, but the sweet malt character of the bock really shines through, adding caramel and toffee sweetness to the meaty, smokey notes. Finishes with a grainy malt character and a hint of perfumy hops.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and light carbonation. Finish is sweet with a slight herbal hop bite on the palate.

D - PS Bock is a really drinkable bock with a pleasant smoked quality and requisite sweetness, however neither is too heavy nor overpowering.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first taste of Willimantic beer - served on tap at the brewpub.

A - Dark amber w/ good clarity - practically no head - does not revive with swirling.

S - Mild smoke aroma w/ subtle sweet malt and hints of caramel and toast

M - Low carbonation, moderately full body w/ slight toasted malt texture accented by smoke and mild sweet finish

T - A bit of caramel and pils malt wrapped in slightly smoky malt flavors which is a good synergy. The taste is not overly smokey w/ a flavor kind of like overly toasted bread, not smoked like meat or briquette

D - A unique bock considering many breweries don't make a lager, let alone a smoked bock - very drinkable at 6.7% - one I would definitely return to if there weren't 28 taps of mostly craft on tap

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ffej for bringing this growler to the Brass Rail.

A: The bockbier is a pale copper color, clear enough to see through. The beer's week in the growler shows itself with a small head that never really goes anywhere.

S: The nose is a pleasing combination of light smoke and sweet malts. The bock aspect is a nice change of pace, as I rarely have lagerbiers any more.

T: The carbonation is reduced, allowing the malty sweetness to linger longer in each sip. Fruity flavors are evident, emerging crisply from the beer. Mixed in with the fruity malts is a very soft smoky flavor with just enough oomph. The combination of smoke and sweet malts sees each sip away.

M: The mouthfeel is bready and full, accentuating the smoke and fruity malts every time.

D: A very accessible maibock, never too strong or boozy. Just an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yesterday (11MAR10) my Mother and daughter Caitlin were hoping to hit Mohegan Sun to lose some coin. Turns out the bus was not operating, so I offered to bring them there. And what to do in the 5 or so hours they'd be gambling? Lo and behold! Willimantic is a scant 30 minutes away! Auf gehts!!

Parked at the bar and led off with this, their smoked pale bock. Shaker pint was filled close to the top with a clear copper liquid. Minimal carbo was espied within, and the head was off-white, thin and fine, leaving some light lacing. Aroma had some light toasty malt and subtle smoke, with hardly any hops noticeable. Medium bodied, the feel on the tongue was somewhat prickly.

Tastebuds first note some caramel and toasty notes. The flavor was sharp and a touch spicy, too. Smoke is present, moreso than in the aroma, but at a decent, non-overpowering level. Floral hops made a brief cameo in the dryish finish. Because of that, I'd more likely characterize this as a straight-up Bock, and not a Mai- of Helled Bock. Anyhow, tasted well, overall; good for a pint, perhaps two, in a sitting. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Willibrew on 2/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant clear and deep copper, with a little over a finger of frothy bright-white head. This stays rich looking, with a solid flareup that leaves thick swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is freshly floral up front, before a gentle (but still fairly assertive) blast of smoke take over, mixing with fruit and malts to help deliver a sweet and meaty twang to the nose.

The smoked malts are much more subtle in the taste, which really allows the deep fruity and maltier aspects of the beer to shine. Just a tingle of spicy and earthy hop character runs along the spine of the profile, helping pull some of that sweetness back just a bit. Smoky sweetness hangs onto the palate after each swallow, giving this a satisfying tangy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and mellow feel to it, despite this Bock being a bit on the heftier side. Maybe just a touch of sharpness to the carbonation lends just a bit of crispness on the tongue.

Very nice Pale Bock here, with a nice full taste, an easier feel despite the ABV, and a well done smoky aspect that didn't overshadow the other flavors. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of erosier
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice orange color with a short and thin off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted and some deeper caramelized malts, hints of a fruit sweetness, and a dash of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted and darker caramelized malts, and then a sweet hint of fruit, pear is what I taste, at the end make it really nice.
M: Very smooth, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I would recommend it if it's on tap. Nice beer!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this as beer #1 on a recent visit. The beer arrives a clear amber color with very thin wispy hbleached white head goig to nothing quickly.
Aroma is slightly sweet and grainy with some caramel and some smoke? Am I imagining that? Aroma is very appealing. First sip reveals an average body with fine fizzy carbonation. Flavor is some grain and caramel with hints of light fruit and again some smokey, not ashy but more like sausage. Not expecting that component, but I like it. Fairly nice beer that is easy drinking, no hints of hops or ABV anywhere. Nice brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.

Shaker pint glass presentation. Small head that didn't last long, but laced alright, over a lightly cloudy golden amber. Aroma was lightly sweet, with a touch of smokiness. Taste continued on the same road, sweet pale upfront, smokiness coming on in the middle, clean close. Mouthfeel was incredibly smooth, and drinkability was superb. Would have had another, but so many brews to experience! And it being a Sunday, so no growler fills to enjoy at home this time.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update: Had this year's version at Willibrew yesterday.

This year's version comes in at 6.7% ABV. Here's my review for this version:

A- Pours with a small head which vanishes quickly. Very little lacing. Color is deep straw to light golden, on style for a Helles Bock.

S- Smell is malt sweetness with some smoke character, but not over the top. This year's version definitely more smoky than last year's.

T- Sweet malt upfront with little to no hops presence. Smoke is more pronounced in the taste, peaty with some whiskey notes. Very pleasant overall.

MF- Smooth and round, although a bit thin.

D- The elevated ABV doesn't really overpower this brew. Not a bad Helles Bock, but somewhat sweet, almost cloying.I'm not sure I'll have this one again, as Willibrew has many better offerings.

Had this at WBC yesterday. This year's version comes in at 6.3% ABV.

Deep straw color with about a half inch head which dissipates to some sheet lacing. No real aroma, surprisingly cannot surmise smoke in the nose. Upon tasting, slight smoke and some bready malt sweetness up front. Not much hop presence. The mouthfeel was very full. I've been going for alot of smoked beers lately. This one is pretty unique, as I have not come across any other pale bocks which are also smoked. The smoke is only subtle, and IMO it makes for a good addition. Probably not for everyone, but if you like smoked beers or bocks, I think you will find this one interesting and satisfying.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dull copper/light maple in color beneath a creamy white head that settles slowly. Delicate ringed lacing that follows the pint.

A semi-sweet, mellow caramel malt aroma. A distinct peat smokiness that cuts through the sweetness.

Semi-sweet honey and caramel flavor prior to the crisp, smokey flavor. This makes for an airy, buttered-biscuit taste with trails of smoke and mustiness. The finish is airy and a touch dry folllowed by a lightly sweetened, malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied; smooth and mellow on the palate. A touch of dryness on account of the peat-smoked malt, but smooth for the most part.

A rather interesting maibock. Unique due to the smoked flavor, and a wonderfully masked alcohol presence. Due yourself a favor and grab a growler of this.

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Photo of nixhecks
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of any smoked beer, so I was excited to try this one. The color was a clear, pale brown. The aroma was straight up malt, with a slight alcohol sweetness to it. I was happy to find the flavor gave me enough of a smoke flavor to satisfy - almost a bacon like hickory smoke flavor finishing with a bit of hops. Now you have to understand, right behind beer my favorite thing is bacon, so I was in heaven. It was strange, but drinking this almost made me feel like more of a man - lol.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale pumpkin orange hue with a thin cropped white lace. Straight up malty aroma with a hint of alcohol and a ghost like smokiness. True to the back style with a one-way maltiness with a long crisp backing, hops are prickly along with the semi-warming alcohol. A very subtle smokiness lingers middle to end and adds a complex layer to the malt character. This went very well with the roasted garlic and borsin cheese plate with French bread.

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Willimantic P.S. Pale Bock from Willimantic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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