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BADERBRAU RED VELVET

Brazenly musky German-styled bock (bottled by Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Brewery) seems somewhat reminiscent of England’s once-dominant Watney’s Red Barrel with its sludge-watered mineral graining and dewy earthen moss complementing sweetly creamed chocolate malting. Tea-like residue at back end picks up wheat whiskey snip. Recessive black cherry, raisin and grape nuances waver below. An excellent strong lager that’s easy on the palate despite its perfectly ‘skanky’ and dirty overall appeal.

 

MENDOCINO BOCK BEER

Copacetic malty dessert treat contrasts buttery caramelized molasses sweetness against coarse mocha fruited dryness. Brown-sugared fig spicing, prune-stewed raisin pureeing and almond-toasted coconut oiling saturate busy brown chocolate midst. Tertiary red grape, brown pear, apple strudel and bruised banana illusions tempt backend brandy-soaked whiskey boozing.

SCHNEIDER MEIN NELSON SAUVIN

On tap at Mews, commendable hybridized weizenbock with ‘freshly mown grassy hops’ brings exotic citrus souring to creamy crystal malting. Tart lemon-seeded orange rind bittering reaches buttery vanilla-sweetened banana-clove midst. Floral highlights decorate ancillary white-peppered gooseberry, blueberry, green grape and white pear illusions as well as tropical pineapple, mango, passion fruit, cantaloupe, melon and nectarine effervescence. Uniquely complex and daintily peculiar moderate body will appease white wine dabblers.

HEINEKEN TARWEBOK

Uniquely sweet wheat bock (a.k.a. German-styled weizenbock) contrasts the usual dank bittering of Heineken’s best known international fare. Sugary honeyed molasses creaminess sets the tone above mildly sweet barley-roasted chocolate malting and sweetly soured red cherry tartness. Toffee, maple, hazelnut, banana and fig crowd brown-sugared rum spicing before medicinal alcohol-burnt cough medicine aftertaste takes hold. A sweet dessert treat.

 

   

AYINGER WEIZEN-BOCK

Affirmative medium-bodied winter seasonal bock brings honeyed yellow-fruited nature and caramel-crystal malting to casual herbaceous whim. Vanilla-sweetened banana-clove entry receives uppity lemon tartness and white-peppered menthol-eucalyptus-ginger freshness. Dry banana leaf illusion, musty barnyard grassing, and strangely irrelevant compost waft affect sugared fig-date recess and tertiary orange-apple-pear-pineapple fruiting. Here’s to another well-defined, interestingly enjoyable Ayinger brew.

GRAND TETON HOWLING WOLF WEIZENBOCK

Decent 2009 cellar-reserved bottle-conditioned ‘strong wheat beer’ with pleasant citric acidity and surprising mocha tenacity bides time as loud 8% alcohol luster gets heard. Creamy caramel-cocoa-chocolate malts ride above peppery clove-spiced fig-sugared vanilla sweetness and orange-bruised banana tartness. Molasses-like Sugar Daddy keepsake forges doppelbock-like character over musty yeast-creased candi-sugared Belgian ale peculiarity.

ABITA BOCK

Drab sunset-hued Mardi Gras fave fails to impress from its washed-out pale amber hue to its ridiculously inappropriate mildness. Astringent honey-soured caramel malting, musty orange-banana-cherry trickle, phenol spicing, and caraway seeding make for ineffectual Maibock or Helles bock traits.