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Germany Hofbrau Maibock-bottling date?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by jibjib513, Feb 16, 2013.

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  1. jibjib513

    jibjib513 Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Ohio

    I was at a local grocery store here in Cincinnati and a 6 pack of Hofrau Maibock caught my eye.

    I thought this was a score because it would be a really fresh batch of a seasonal and it was $8.99. Though it seems early in the season for Maibocks, I know how breweries seem to push their seasonals earlier and earlier.

    Well, it wasn't until I got home that I began to worry that I had, in fact, picked up a sample of last year's Maibock but I can't be sure.

    The date on the bottle reads: "L 033 L 09:57". I take the 033 to be a Julian date which I would think is February 2nd, but is the L telling me the year, and if so, what year? 2012??

    If anyone has any knowledge in this area, any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. TreinJan

    TreinJan Initiate (135) Apr 13, 2006 Netherlands

    L generally stands for Lot nr. (batch nr.)
  3. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,934) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    I've seen the HB Maibock on shelves for a year or more here in the Chicago area. If it's old it will have some oxidation in the flavor (voice of experience), sort of a wet cardboard character.
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