Sunday, April 8

Beer Review: S. Oregon Brewing Holy Water Maibock

Exclusively brewed with German specialty malts, our Maibock is a refreshingly crisp, spring festival beer with a pleasant malt character and a mild spicy hop twist expected from the style.  This German style lager is conditioned for 12 weeks to ensure the perfect flavor profile.

7.1% ABV, Color 6 SRM, IBUs: 30
Hops: German Magnum, Sterling
Malt: Weyermann Bohemian Pils, Light Munich type 1,
Carahell, Caramunich 2 and Melanoidin.


This is a pretty recent release, and I saw a bomber at New Seasons, and bought it. My favorite beer from this brewer was a bourbon barrel aged barleywine which I haven't been able to find for quite some time. Hope there is another release of that one soon. 

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pours a very clear amber. Like a shiny new copper penny-like color. The quick finger of off-white head settled very fast to just some thing spotting resting to one side and a very small ring. Bubbling like the last lager I drank.

Smell: (3.5)
- A very subdued aroma. Grains, bready yeast, light brown sugar and cinnamon. Light esters and aromatic alcohol aromas without the medicine. Leaves the palate waiting, and wondering if there is more.

Taste: (4.0)
- A musky and natural bock flavor. Leather, wood, and bready wheat flour. This contains the malts needed to make a Maibock. Light caramel, and more bread. Light zesty and earthy hop is barely along for the ride, perhaps mainly early boil. This is solid, and seemingly true-to-style.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a medium bodied brew with a somewhat thick cream-like feel. It is forcing it to be heavy, but doesn't hit it like a thick stout. Lots of grain was used obviously, and thus a cloying and chewy feel is present. Well carbonated as a lager, and slightly dry in the finish.

Overall: (4.0)
- A very unique beer. Like an import. I like the fact that this is so close to what an import would be expected to be like. It's filling, used a lot of more rare grains, and is certainly more true-to-style than other local maibocks (which are rare as can be anyway). I'm not a huge fan of the style, or of German biers for that matter, but this is something to behold.

 3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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1 comment:

  1. Funny thing is... I never read what was even used in this beer, and could point out that this was certainly a specialty beer brewed with imported malts. I am sure you will taste the same.