Friday, June 26, 2009

Sprecher Mai Bock

Tonight is a review of Sprecher Mai Bock. This is a seasonal brew for the spring, hence the name Mai, which is German for May. True to the style, it has a nice orange-gold color and white head. At temperature, it has a nice sweet smell with a slight hint of hops. There are also hints of yeast esters. The tip of the tongue is met with this mixture as it washes over.

Mid-mouth, the beer remains a bit sweet and the alcohol makes itself present. Esters and malt sweetness swirl around with the very slightest of hop presence. The beer finishes with some hop bitterness and something that reminds me of vanilla.

Overall, this is a nice example of the Mai Bock style. Nothing really stands out. It is better than some, but not as good as others. Next time, I'd like to try this brew a bit fresher. It isn't really one that will keep for long past the season.

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