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The Stein Bach | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beveritt on 09-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TravelinJones
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of pub-exclusives I had to choose from at GLBC. Back on tap in the brewpub only.
Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark gold/liht amber and clear, with a small white head that mostly dissipated.

Aroma: Caramel; inviting bready/toasty malt aroma. Slight noble hop aroma detected.

Taste: Mostly malty as a Mai Bock should be.. Slight hop bitterness and flavors to balance the sweetness..

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth and creamy on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very well balanced malty beverage. Good example of a mai bock; although not outstanding. I could drink a couple of these.

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Photo of kels
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the 5 pub-exclusives I had to choose from when I was at GLBC for their big anniversary party. Review from notes:

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very, very reddish brown. Little to no head to speak of, but it could have disappeared as the server was bringing it over. Didn't notice any lacing hanging around either. The beer is quite clear - no cloudiness or hazing.

Smell: Very little odor at all, probably because the head had already disappeared. Did note a faint, warm, caramel malt presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very caramelly, malty taste - much bigger than the smell led on. Slight hop-citrusy taste freshens the darker, fuller taste of the beer. The alcohol taste is strong even though the ABV is only 7.5. The mouthfeel is a little creamy, but not heavy in any way - somewhere between rich and refreshing, but not quite either.

Drinkability: Goes down very smoothly and is really satisfying. Could definitely sit back with a few of these.

Overall I liked the Stein Bach, but it was generally unremarkable. A good, solid beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes as I enjoyed this on-tap "pub exclusive" at the GLBC several weeks ago now.

Drawn into a mug, this beer is a clear, medium amber/copper color with lighter highlights when held to the light. White head about 1-2 to 2/3 inches when served, quickly settles to a decent ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lace here either unfortunately. Has a sweet, caramel and biscuit malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavors dominate followed by an almost slightly minty, citrus flavor and some light hop bitterness. Very good. has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink in the way that well crafted beer needs to be. Another winning beer from GLBC!


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Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the sis(kels) for picking this up for me during her recent trip to Cleveland(For big time wrestling, no less. What a loser! :P ) Poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a fire tinted amber with decent visibility. 1 1/2 fingers worth of off white head forms and holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Loads of bready and biscuity malts. It has a rich sweetness to it and a touch of light alcohol in the back. Husky. A bit of clean, floral and lightly earthy hops.

T/M: Big malts, bready, husky, grainy all with a bit of sweetness. Enough hops to had some balance to the strong malt bill; crisp, clean, floral and very earthy. A bit of toasted nuts and maybe a touch of toffee. A bit of an alcohol warmth sensation. Body is medium to medium full with a smooth, almost creamy feel. Moderate carbonation aids in the feel. Finish a touch on the dry side.

D: Tasty bock. I think I like this one better than the Rockefeller bock. The 7.5% could sneak up on ya quick though... this one is pretty drinkable. Another high quality brew from my boys up north.

PS - We need our Lineman back!

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Photo of beveritt
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: I picked up a growler of this at random yesterday while having lunch at the brewery, just to have something to try later. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of nearly white head. This settles quickly into a few islands of foam and a ring around the glass. A little lacing as I drink. The beer itself is a rich, red copper color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Caramel malts with a slight metallic note.

Taste: Decent CO2 bite upfront, especially considering this is from a growler. Very slight sweetness to the biscuity and caramel malt. An almost citrusy pucker. Finishes with mellow and low hop bitterness. Alcohol is hidden well, maybe a little warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good, nice and viscous.

Drinkability: I think I picked a winner. Malty and flavorful without being sweet or cloying.

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The Stein Bach from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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