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. Thanks!