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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)
Posted by Brewmance at 9:10 PM