Leipziger Holzbock
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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German Bock
Ranked #107
Ranked #37,479
3.56 | pDev: 16.29%
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BDeibs and I opened this bottle together. Agree that at one time this was likely very good and would get a higher rating. Still carbonated; still some brown sugar and molasses and still some carbonation and body texture. But, clearly over he hill and past its prime. Still drinkable if you like older beer; but, not one to cellar any longer!

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Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this out of a large bottle into a wine glass. The beer smells and tastes very old. I think at one point this was a very good beer as it has some good structure, but sadly it is now past its prime by a good deal

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle acquired at K&L Wine in Hollywood. 6.8% ABV confirmed. I've visited this brewery and was none too impressed. "Oak Storaged Bock Beer." 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown, oddly shaped (with a very slender neck) brown glass bottle with standard green pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are really low; the last weird barrel aged beer I had from this brewery was abominably bad.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Bottle yielded a strangely satisfying glug-glug sound during the pour; it's a minor touch, but I see why they chose this bottle shape.

A: Pours a three finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (6+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a cloudy orange copper. Abundant yeast particles are clearly suspended in the beer; I like that. No bubble show. Appealing and surprisingly light for a bock. Maybe it won't be so bad after all.

Sm: Clean malts. Light clean oak. No vanilla or subtle oaky touches here - just straight oak wood. Floral hop character. Actually somewhat refreshing. Buried biscuity yeast. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. It does come off a bit muted, though. No alcohol is detectable.

T: A caramalt/bock malt build with a delightfully oaky third act. Creamy throughout, with a hint of lactic sweetness on the climax. Robust and malty. The woody notes are particularly well executed, coming off clean and as a tone rather than a distinct note. It's seemingly simple - but really it's rather subtle for a bock. Hop character is minimal and floral. A bit sappy. Honey notes. A touch of true vanilla (not some vanillicin extract). Its simplicity does hold it back, but overall it's well-bodied brew that tastes pleasant. I can't fault it for that.

I guess you could call it bland. But bocks aren't really known for their variety of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Filling, in classic bock fashion. Yeah - I could sustain a fast with this by my side. Good body and palate presence, even if it does lack depth of flavour. Carbonation is great.

Dr: Drinkable but brutally simple. Probably the least complex oak-aged beer ever brewed. For a bock, it's rather good. Hides its ABV rather well. It's anything but traditional, but I like to see a German brewery break from tradition and experiment a little bit. This goes to show what kinds of positive results can occur.

High C+

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming out of Leipzig is this bock, bottled in the 750 ml format. What makes this different is that this was aged in oak barrels. Whoa, scratch that!! I don't believe it. Are my eyes playing tricks with me? Barrels. German beer. Together. I thought it was a myth, but it isn't. The world can rest easy tonight. And now on to the beer:

As summer offically approaches, the colors of autumn lay in this glass. It is a burnt orange/lighter brown color, and an orange hues mixed in that shines. The head forms thick, eventually dropping to a small lace. The nose is nice. I swear I can pick up some of the barrel character, but it is on the subtler side. Sweet bread and a good dose of malt, here's a kiss of vanilla to distract you.

The oak takes over the flavor. It's a nice flavor, and it brings some sap, oak, and woodsy notes. But where's the bock? There's little of the bock aspect to come through. At first, this beer looks a little dissapointing. With time, the woodsy flavor is acquired and all is well. It's medium bodied, slighty boozy and bitter, and lingers an oaky and bitter note in the aftertaste.

Sure, the bock aspect could have played a bigger role, but despite that, Holzbock remains a good one. Those looking to try a fusion of American barrel aging with the traditional German bock should keep their eyes out for this.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle shared by jdiddy. Pours a hazy, burnt orange with a loose head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles. Nose is very mild - light, toasted malts and slightly herbal character. Taste reveals the distinctive German lager skunk as well as some hints of oak. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, bright carbonation. Overall, just not my cup of tea. Not something I need to revisit and the pricepoint is just a bit too high in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep amber color with a very thin looking white head on top. There really isn't much in the way of lacing on this beer. The retention is minimal also. The smell of the beer has some good malt aromas to it and it's a little on the sweet side. The taste is also a little sweet with some minor vanilla flavors in there also. The mouthfeel of this beer is a little on the weak side for me. Not much carbonation and it's a little on the dull side. Overall this brew isn't terrible. I'd like to try it again someday if I happen to come across it.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber/orange hues. No head.

S - Malt syrup and honey. A lagered yeast and cold brewed notes. Sweet honeysuckle present too.

T - A nice chewy balance and malt and hops. Light floral and sweet hops with a semi bitter taste. A nutty lagered aftertaste.

M - Crisp, refreshing and cold.

O - A decent bock bier, no flaws here just not one to wow.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed coppery gold color, moderate soapy white head, decent retention. Scent is mildly malty sweet up front, oak aging takes over with notes of wood and vanilla, scent ends up oddly musty and sweet. Taste again is confused by the process... smooth mildly malty sweet as expected from the style, but dry tannic wood, vanilla and musty earth take over the middle, some sweetness comes back in the finnish. Medium bodied, dry tannic finnish. Drinkable yes, memorable no.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Style: bock
Brewed by: Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Rating: 3.6
First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Seems this beer is a bit hard to find, and unfortunately I don't remember too much about it. This might have been a cask pour, but I don't remember. I just remember general good malty bockiness with flavors of oak retained from aging.

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Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's something you don't see all the time. An oak aged bock from the vaterland. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty sweet and malty, but with some noticeable vanilla as well (from the oak aging I assume). The flavor profile replicates the nose, except the vanilla is even more prominent and tends to dominate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, lightly sweet finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though if anything the vanilla and somewhat noticeable alcohol detract just a bit.

Not sure aging this beer in oak was a good idea. The oak flavor tends to dominate everything else, and frankly "vanilla" really isn't one of those flavors I look for in my German lagers.

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Leipziger Holzbock from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 20 ratings