D' Inn'Staade | Innstadt Brauerei

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D' Inn'StaadeD' Inn'Staade

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Innstadt Brauerei

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Luiz0930:
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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Photo of Windigstadt
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear honey amber with an ample white head.

S: Surprisingly for a German lager, the aroma is sugary sweet (like I would expect from a British ale heavy on the crystal malts) as opposed to bready sweet (as I would expect from a German Bock heavy on the Munich malts). A pleasant if unexpected aroma with just a hint of grassy hops.

T: As the aroma suggested, this is a very sweet beer. Flavors of honey, cotton candy and a touch of brown sugar dominate, with just a hint of toasty Munich malt. A slight bitterness lingers after swallowing, but the sweetness remains somewhat cloying.

M: Full-bodied but not heavy or thick.

D: Light enough to session, but the sweetness would probably keep me from going back for another.

Overall: An interesting beer, and not exactly what I was expecting. While listed here as a Bock, it's really its own beer. The label refers to it as "Original Wintersud" (Original Winter Brew) and it's definitely original. I can see them brewing an extra sweet beer for Christmas--particularly as the Reinheitsgebot restricts them from brewing spiced winter warmers. However, it's just a little too cloying for my taste.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fun flip top bottle (typical for the brewery) as a gift. Poured in the glass with a cloudy yellow color, similar to tarnished brass. Bottom line with this beer was drinkability. Not that there aren't BMC macros that are "drinkable," but this was a very one-dimensional, somewhat cardboard-like German lager that, once I had drained the whole bottle, I realized it was really quite good. Very easy drinking. Nothing to write home about, but it would definitely be a nice addition to my fridge if it weren't so expensive (by the bottle).

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Photo of theopholis
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a translucent, apricot color. Very small, sort-lived head. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma- The aroma is subdued, but what there was was a light and fruity. No hop aromas. To fruity and not enough malt sweetness in the nose to be a proper bock.

Taste- Not as sweet as it smells, which is good. Not a great bock, but respectable. Nice malt profile with a hint of buttery caramel. A little earthiness in the middle with a suggestion of honey and apples. Not quite as complexity as I like in my bocks, but this will do nicely,

Mouthfeel- Body was a tad light for the style. Carboantion level was pretty good.

Drinkability- Not a great example of a bock, but an nice, easy drinking beer non-the-less.

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Photo of Erish
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this 1 pt. .9 oz. bottle into a fluted wine glass.

A: hazy orange-amber with gold highlights, the small whitish head quickly subsides into a swirly cap with good lacing.

S: honey, bread dough, caramel, Germanic yeast funk, crisp, mineral note; really a classic Bock profile.

T: clove honey, dough, tart apple, and an phenolic off note up front, the middle tastes like stale walnuts, the finish is crisp, minerally, and reminiscent of cardboard or stale bread. Perhaps infected? The aroma rings true, which makes the taste disconnect even more disconcerting.

M: medium-bodied, mostly watery with some crispness, moderate carbonation.

D: I'm thinking drain pour. At least the bottle will be nice to keep for my home brews.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz purchased at Tres Bonne Cuisine over the weekend.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.... Nice!! A new Bock that is new to me and most of the country!

Good 1 finger eggshell head .. the brew is a lite copper with tons of splotchy lacing...

Aroma is very clean maltiness.. pale malts with a nice touch of toast.. not much else..

Flavor is toasted bready malts and a very clean finish.. slight caramel.. I don't know how to describe the malts other than it definitely tastes "German"... subtle spicy hop notes... very very clean

nice medium body and medium carbonation.. I always have a problem describing a good bock.. but this is a good bock.

This brew tastes very fresh.. I am digging it.

This may be and is probably my new benchmark for the style. For the style, I've tried brewing probably 5-6 bocks over the years... I've never been able to get the style right.. I now just think that I need to let the yeast and decoction do its thing... simple is probably better.

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Photo of drtth
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tall slender Innstadt mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a murky medium dark orange color with a ½" white head that soon recedes to a nice cap of foam on the liquid. That layer of foam on the liquid lasts throughout the entire beer. Initially sipping leaves sheets and legs of foam, later sipping leaves a ring of foam and a spider web of lacing. There is still foam on the last bit of beer.

Smell: The aroma is soft and not particularly strong. I do detect some characteristics of honey or caramel malt and what seems like some floral/orange character.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the honeylike pale malt caramel sweetness with some traces of fruit. It is not a complex flavor and is perhaps too sweet.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with a soft smooth feeling even though the carbonation seems almost non-existent in the mouth. The finish is medium long and ends with a faint dry earthy/herbal bitter flavor but with traces of fruit popping in now and then.

Drinkability: This was OK as a single beer to try but there is enough sweetness that is not balanced out by the bitterness in the finish that I'd probably not have a second. Certainly, this would be a beer to go with a meal that would take away the sweetness. Although I certainly could drink one of these in the future I'd probably not go out of my way for one.

3 December 09

I did have a second one of these today and that's definitely my last. My impression that it is too sweet was reinforced and it just doesn't stand out in any particular way.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, the benefits of being a regular ... For those that may still not have been, despite my routine exhortations, Bridgewaters Pub in Philly's 30th Street Station is a godsend! I always stop by on my way in and out just to see what is new from Beate, their German expat server and the woman in charge of ordering beers. Innstadt is her hometown brewery and they are good about ensuring that she gets their beers. On this occasion, she, Danny and I were thinking that it might be a nice idea to split one of these beers and I thought that it might be a nice idea to take some notes.

The pour created a finger of light-tan head with low retention. Its color was a hazy yellow-brown, like fresh-squeezed apple cider. The nose was utterly sugary sweet and a real turn-off for yours truly. Mouthfeel was medium with a molasses-like taste on the tongue. The finish had an interesting yeasty mustiness. Overall, it was a bit too sweet for my taste, but still worth a try.

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Photo of crossovert
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing-top bottle.

IT pours a clear golden red with a foamy white head that recedes slowly with some nice lacing.

It smells like bread, raisins, and nuts. A good sweet pastry, some people complain that this doesn't seem like a seasonal, it definitely reminds me of the treats you eat during Christmas time.

The flavor is the same. It is a beautiful bock bier, one of the best I have had. It is so deep and luscious despite only being 5.6% alcohol.

Try it.

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Photo of tiffanya
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled 01.14.08 - afternoon

Served cold out of the refrigerator (~44°F) and poured into wine glass. Lovely golden color. Small head. Spotty lacing.

Malty nose with hint of spice.

Sweet, malty flavor, which is reminiscent of cookie dough and sweet bready goodness. Medium mouth-feel.

Kept bottle out to allow beer to naturally warm toward room temperature. The beer had a yummy sweet cookie flavor when it reached room temperature.

Very nice sessionable winter release. Consider starting this beer at room temperature.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml flip-top bottle poured into a stange, on to the beer:

It is a paler, washed-out orange-brown color in the body, muddy, with a big bubbly head on top. It dissipates to whispy suds. In the aroma, it was apples and grass...is this a dunkelweiss? I had no idea at the time what style of beer this was suppose to be. Tastewise, it starts out with a mushy red apple flavor, and a slight phenolic pinch is noticed. The overall flavor is light and dry. A little bit of hop leaf, grass, and grain provide a little variety to the less dominating apple flavor as the beer is consumed. It's a little too bubbly on the palate, and a little too light to boot. Drinks...it's a fair one. It's not great, but it will do. Decent at washing down a BBQ chicken pizza.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of keithmurray
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a dark amber, nearly apple cider color tone

smell - cider, honey, toffee, caramel, slight vinegar

taste - nice malt backbone on this one, apple cider, toffee, caramel, honey

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, appropriate for the style, slightly sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, toffee flavor really lingers toward the back of this one

drinkability - good for the style, cost prohibits this one from being sessionable (~$4 - 500ML), but this one drinks fairly easy, a good beverage that I'm glad I tried

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Photo of drpimento
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems to be a seasonal that doesn't seem to be seasonal or very special. Poured with a small off white head and no lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is beery, and malty sweet. Flavor is the same with a little hop thrown in. Body is decent with good carbonation and the mouth is about the best thing here. Well, that and that it could be a session in the right situation. Ok, clean finish.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a mussy brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has plenty of spicy malt aromas and earthy tones in there too. The taste of the beer was decent, to me it didn't really come off as a winter brew. It had a sweetness in the beginning that faded into a dry bitterness. Nothing too out of the ordinary really. The mouthfeel was average at best, it was lightly carbonated and a bit on the thin side I thought. Overall I was hoping for something a little better like a Celebrator Bock but this one doesn't hit the high notes in my opinion.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml swing-top bottle.

Less than a finger of head atop a almost creamy and bright.... yet hazey copper amber. The aroma is a fake smelling sweet sugar topped, old fashioned white bread. Toasted... with a cheap fruit jelly on top. Very sweet,vvveerryy toasted. Tastes likea pre-fab holiday beer. Sweet, pretty malty, and a few x-mas hebal notes dancing around in their as well. Could be sessionable if they brought the sweetness down a bit and added a little roasted malt flavor.

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Photo of sully42
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours milky yellow brown color, looks almost like apple cider, only not quite as dark. Not much head, but it lasts throughout the entire glass.
S. The smell is faint but good, the aroma is that of honey and malt, its quite pleasant.
T. The first thing you taste is a sweet honey, with several complex fruit flavors.
D. This is very drinkable, but i would not want to drink more then one or maybe two of them. It goes down smooth and easy. Not it has just enough carbonation.

I did not know what to expect with this. It was an impluse buy for me. It just looked interesting sitting in a cooler full of mostly macro 12 packs, away from the normal mix and match section at Abe's. I could not resist grabbing it. I'm glad i did, it is a excellent beer. Although i don't know if i would buy it again, unless it was the best option available. It is most definitely worth a try.

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Photo of stcules
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Full golden hue, slightly hazy, quite carbonated. Beautiful foam hat, sticking to the glass.
Smell of malt, a good maltiness. Light hop, quite fresh, and a litttle pungent. Maybe a light spicy hint, a light itch in the nose.
Essentially malty taste, with a hint of fresh spiciness. Light fruity notes (pear), herbal finish.
Quite pleasant.
Medium-light body.
Herbal aftertaste, and again slightly spiced. The dominant note is the malt.
Overall, quite drinkable.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SShelly
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a low bright white head, small amount of retention, and only a smattering of lace as it recedes.

Fairly strong honey in the aroma.

Mellow malty flavor with light body and touches of honey, fairly unremarkable and not very complex.

Not really a bad beer, but not a whole lot going on either...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly more amber than orange and lighter than the style average. The manila colored head has a richness to it that is appealing. It looks good after the pour and looks even better as it settles. A thick king's crown of lace helps the cause.

The nose is a little musty. If you're a bock fanatic, you'll probably think it's fine. I think it needs more power and more personality. Innstadt Brauerei hasn't impressed me yet and doesn't look like it will this time either.

Actually, d'Inn'Stadde is a better than decent bock. It stays pretty much middle-of-the-road and should be accessible to all as a result. Not that most German bocks are out on the bleeding edge. I'm not sure what this particular beer has to do with winter, but the same can be said about Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

The flavor focus is on pale malt, with a hint of buttery caramel. A hint of earthy-n-herbal hoppiness at the midway point brings things into relative balance. This is simple beer that is also fairly clean. The word 'dull' was considered... and then rejected.

The mouthfeel favors light to light-medium for what should be a fairly malt-intensive style. Despite a healthy 'pffft' when the swing-top cap was breached, the carbonation isn't as lively as it should be. Yeah, average sounds about right.

In the end, this Winter Edition bock is of the same general quality as the other Innstadt beers that have entered my glass. The optimist in me hopes that their doppelbock will finally move the needle on the excitement meter.

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