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King PilsbockKing Pilsbock

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King Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by DrJay on 03-08-2006

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle sent to my by pootz via trade. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A 1 inch head erupts from a vigorous pour, and reveals a darker gold coloured brew pierced by the occasional lazy bubble of carbonation. Very little lacing. The aroma is where this really gets interesting. Very husky and grainy with a hefty saaz aroma, grassy, spicy and floral. Apple sweetness combined with a bit of buttery caramel as well. It seems simple and complex at the same time, but it stays clean and never muddled. Exceptional nose.

Flavour is full of that grainy and nutty malt profile, with the juicy, floral, and spicy hops keeping everything in check. Caramel sweetness in the back, but I'm just loving how bold the hop presence is. Alcohol is evident, but it's a background element. There's a lovely balancing act going on here, and flavour-wise it's so clean and very refreshing despite being a bit boozy. Medium-light body and very dry with a low carbonation. Drinkable as all hell. Keep on doing what you do King Brewery, don't ever change.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Volo. More head than body. Body light yellow. Very creamy head of lace. Sticky and tasty. Both sweet and Drying finish. Hops are there for some significant bitterness and then malted away. Interesting and worth trying again. Lagerish medium mouthfeel.
Unfiltered version at The Winking Judegerated the same.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

King Brewery has finally released a new beer, and it's quite different to say the least. Pours a crystal clear slightly golden yellow, just a shade darker than their pilsner. The head is white and quite large, probably made from the same soft water they make their pilsner with. Smell was a bit of grain, a lot of Saaz hops, and touch of alcohol. Taste was a little to malty and full to be a Pilsner, and a little too light to be a Bock. Quite a bit of alcohol as well, but that's acceptable for a Bock. Crisp mouthfeel with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. It's interesting, it's worth trying just to see the creativity in this hybrid style.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BigBry
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Pootz for the sample.
341 ml brown bottle, no date on label, 6.5% alcohol listed.
Pours a dark golden orangish color, with a white foamy head. Foam thins to a floating cap and left lots of thin trails of lace. Lots of malt smell with light fruity hops. Well balanced flavors, strong maltiness, slightly sweet, then finish with some balancing hops at the end. Slight alcohol aftertaste. Full bodied, solid yet still refreshing, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Derek
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'd call this an Imperial Pilsner (ie. a pilsner with some added alcohol).

A: Crystal clear, golden-yellow; pours with a white head; no retention or lace.

S: Metallic & floral hops and strong alcohol.

T: Warming alcohol through & through. Metallic & floral hops with a slight toffee sweetness. Seriously lacking any maltyness to call this a bock.

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: I didn't finish it.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Thanks to Pootz for the beer.

Golden and clear with a big 1 inch white head on the pour. Settles to a steady 1/8 inch cap with steady lacing.

Aroma is toasty-bready with a nice balance of Saaz hops.

Taste is a solid pilsner profile with the malt kicked up a notch. Herbal and Saaz hops at the start. Bready malt through the middle. Semi-dry finish of noble hops. Interesting to get both Czech and German pilsner qualities. Aftertaste of noble hops is long lasting.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The malt backbone stands up to the liberal use of hops.

Very nice beer. I didn't know what to expect from a "Pilsbock" but I thought it would be darker with more prominent dark malt aspects. This is more like a suped-up pilsner than a hoppy bock. None the less, this would make a great summer brew.

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Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow, small white head forms, disappears pretty quickly but leaves a ring and some spots of lace. Smell is sweet, honeylike, fruity/floral aroma, some spice, little bit of alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet up front, some honey, grassy herbal/floral, wheat, little bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. Pretty dry finish, lots of warmth going down. Great winter beer, a fine effort from King Brewery, they don't make a bad one.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pootz
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the brewer...this put a deep golden lager in my glass with a wonderful frothy white 2 finger cap that retains well then reduced to a surface-clinging cap which lasted out the drink and laced the glass ....(lots of malt in this baby!)

Aroma punctuated by large sweet pale malts, a wee hint of fruits like a peach cider, some floral hops and a whiff of alcohol.

Full bodied....very smooth delivery. Big crystal malts up front...like biting a fresh baked biscuit, a little sweetness, saaz hops sit in the background until the finish where they show up with some balancing grassyness. After taste is slightly sweet, bready...and warming.

Not a dry pilsner...and not intended to be...the finish is rather wet and sweet like a bock...but there is enough Pilzen character here to distinguish this as a pilsner-bock and not a helles bock. The wonderful malt spine in this bock and in the rich dunkel from this brewer, has to be the result of decoction mashing...a German and Czech brewing art...glad to see a Canadian micro brewer using this process to get great malty lagers .

This seasonal double pilsner is a great effort by this brewer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear gold with a short white head that reduced quickly to a thin skim of fine bubbles. Some lacing. Light sweetness balances the aroma of floral and spicy hops very well. Malty sweet backbone supports moderate bitterness, which gains strength towards the end. Sweet, short finish with very mild alcohol warmth, very subtle alcohol flavour. Medium body, slightly syrupy, very smooth and balanced with an off-dry texture. An interesting new brew.

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Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with DrJay upon its release, spring 2006, and "fair" was the word that continued to come up. I could detect little - if any - bock characteristics, if not for the alcohol percentage listed on the bottle. I could not detect the alcohol in the beer itself, very well hidden. Surprisingly nice aroma. Some light hops. As clean of a mouthfeel as appearence - your standard typical clear, golden shade. Taste is fair. Pretty complete but very standard. Falls apart quickly, hardly any finish. Could there be more? Well, it seems to make a pretty good pilsner (I prefer it to their regular one) but I don't know how well works out as an "Imperial Pilsner" (whether it's a real style or not) Final thoughts concur with the initial impression: all in all, very fair.

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Photo of bobsy
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful burnished gold body sporting a hefty bone white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves curtains of lace. Sweet malty aroma, with some spicy hops is almost reminiscent of a barleywine. Seems to use their excellent rendition of a Czech pils as a base, but amps up the alcohol and concentrates the flavour somewhat. This has resulted in an exceptionally smooth beer, with a warming alcohol sweetness and exceptional balance. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation seem to suit this winter brew.

Another fantastic beer from King Brewery, who are Ontario's lager-style experts!

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Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cratez
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle from a six pack purchased at the brewery. Pours a deep golden hue with an amber tinge, a sliver of white head, and globs of lacing on the footed pilsner glass. Smell and taste are cherry cookie and medicinal aromas, bready German malts, wheat, sticky bock sweetness, spicy, herbal, and grassy Saaz hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, silky, tingly hop bite, dry grainy aftertaste. Quite refreshing despite the high ABV. There's nothing amazing about this beer but it's very tasty and quaffable. Moreish in the sense that I always want to take another sip. A unique and original concoction, which is hard to come by in Ontario. Cheers to King Brewery for making something different.

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King Pilsbock from King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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