Bayern Bakken Bock | Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

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Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GeezLynn on 02-21-2013

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by GeezLynn:
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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In honor of the Bakken Oil Formation, a geological boon that in many ways has brought the Wild West back to MT and western NoDak.

Apparently this is only being sold between Billings and Sidney. Wondering if this may be a slight adjustment of their standard doppelbock (have not had in years). Either way, it’s another example of great label art by Bayern.

A: Dark brown with the slightest red hue. No head.
S: Sweet, very malty, prominent lager yeast and raisin/fig-like fruityness.
T: Initially, flavor is heavy on roasted malt and coffee flavors, followed by mild chocolate and bready contributions. There’s also bit of raisin, and a smooth bitterness that balances the malt very well. Finish is long and roasty.
M: Medium bodied, definitely dense for a lager, with moderate carbonation.

Burly and robust, but not at all harsh. Good stuff. In fact, I do need more!

To dark liquids, man-camps (not-so-much), mayhem, and budget surpluses.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrsqc7
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red in colour Bayern is by far the best brewery in Montana and their mastery of malt is amazing. Malt daisy cutter Germanic heroes blasting malt riffs while hops double bass holds the rhythm. One of the best beers you can find in eastern Montana.

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Photo of NodakEric
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 5EKF
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DiggerDahl
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of archyquaffer
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I obtained a few bottles of this beer at a benefit auction for the Montana Archaeological Society in Lewistown, Montana. Apparently it has a restricted distribution, as I have not seen it in my town (Butte, America}. As another reviewer pointed out, the beer name honors the Bakken oil boom of eastern Montana and western North Dakota. I hope it doesn't ruin all those little towns with the oh-so-friendly locals (at least they once were!)

Served from a 12 ounce bottle with a label depicting an oil well in the foreground, with other oil wells, cattle, and a badlands landscape in the background, and the royal Bayern lion in the upper right hand corner. Freshness date of May 2013 (reviewed April 16).

Appearance: Pale reddish-brown with a 1/8 inch head that dissipates quickly. A bit of lacing sticking to the glass, with swirls in the center reminiscent of the crab nebula. Spinning, frolicking bubbles rising to the top, where they explode into the confined airspace at the top of the glass and straight into the nose.

Smell: I have a poor sense of smell, but I can smell this one just fine. There's a bit of an herbal sour smell that reminds me of a Belgian ale, and maybe some molasses. Hops are barely noticeable.

Taste: another delicious malt bomb from this brewery. Every sip tastes slightly different.
Overall, I would say that I detect perhaps some molasses, fruitiness somewhat like a wild plum, and raisins. The hops are in the background, which I generally prefer. Some spiciness and pleasant warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, and producing delicious burps that waft into the nose.

The more Bayern beer I drink, the better I like it. I first sampled their beer in the 80s, and it was quite a treat, I can tell you. When they first bottled it, I was a bit disappointed, because I was expecting it to be like the in-house draft and some of it was perhaps a bit flat (?), but I've been appreciating it more and more lately. Bayern beer is brewed by a genuine brewmeister from Bavaria, who strictly observes the Reinheitsgebot, and they make the best lagers around.

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Photo of reclaverjr
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body topped with a one-finger thick head; white and creamy. Malted milk balls, baker's chocolate, hint of coffee make up the aroma; roasted grain. The taste explodes the hints of the aroma; deeper chocolate flavors; smooth mocha; soothing hop bitterness to cut the sugary edge. Medium-heavy body; semi-sweet finish; smooth and buttery feel.

A doppel bock masquerading as a milk stout! Amazing richness and character ooze from all points. Smooth and chewy with a beautiful subtle sweetness and amazing dark malt headiness. The high ABV doesn't even make itself known as the malt and hops do all the tasteful talking. Simply amazing!

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Photo of eng788
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on a road trip, and very glad I did!

Pours a dark, thick black wuth minimal head. Aroma is molasses, toastef grain, coffee, a bit of spicyness, and lager yeast. Taste is dark roasty malt, espresso, with just a hint of hops creating a nice balanced finish. Excellent dopplebock.

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Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Btip1969
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

perhaps one of the unintended consequences of all this diversity in my beer diet these days (and years really), is that the six pack has become almost obsolete in my world, at least rare as can be in my fridge. i too often opt for an expensive single serve or two rather than six of the same. part of it is my penchant for the new obviously, but another factor is that the most interesting and high quality beer out there often tends to not be in a sixer. all of that is to say that i rarely have six 12oz bottle of beer if the same kind anymore, so a beer like this is a treat in that format for me. with limited selection in rural montana for christmas, this was actually a blessing in disguise. a sturdy malty bock thats quite well made from what i regard as one of the better breweries in the state. deep reddish brown without a real lively head but a fine aroma and flavor of caramelized european grain, rich flavorful lager yeast, and the right amount of booze burn and residual sugar. sure its a little simple as they go, but its also quite traditional. i appreciated it more and more with each bottle, and would not have derived the same satisfaction from this in a single serve format. actually warms up nice but is best when ice cold. a fine autumn and winter brew from these guys, and it packs quite the punch. it has me keen to do more six packs in the near future, i dont want to lose track of one of lifes greatest pleasures (drinking a six pack of beer)!

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Photo of B_B
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle BB Dec 15 at 42 degrees into snifter
From a trade with @JayWhitson
Aroma of roasted malt, lasts entire glass
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, doesn’t survive the pour, into a frothy ring and no layer
Lacing – none
Body dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent
Flavor of roasted malt, slightly sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Bayern Bakken Bock from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 20 ratings