February 27, 2009

1888 Bock.

Okay, I know I normally do the beer reviews on Wednesday, but that didnít happen, and I wasnít about to let it go three weeks without one. This is a beer that was given to me by Petey of Peteyís Powderhorn. He really wants to be the first enabler to hit 24 beers donated! HAHAHA! He had given me a box filled with various beers to try. The reason I selected this one tonight was because at Winter Camp Petey and the rest of the gang from his neck of the woods showed up with cases of it. I did a quick evaluation of it up there, but I held off on a full review until I got home. Tonight Iím reviewing the 1888 Bock by the Leinenkugelís Brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI.

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It came in a standard 12 oz brown bottle. The label is green and yellow and itís hard to tell, but it appears to be a stream running along the edge of a forest, or in a clearing, or something. Itís hard to tell because the name of the brewery and the beer take up most of the label.

There is a nice dark reddish brown/burnt amber coloring to it. Itís clear and light passes through it easily. Yet it is dark enough that you canít make out images on the other side. The head poured was about a quarter inch thick. It was made up of fine white bubbles, and faded to a film on the top of the beer. Minimal lacing formed on the edge of the glass.

The smell is a basic combination of caramel roasted malts with a slight toasted nut scent. A very mild fruit scent can also be detected. The taste has a thin taste of roasted caramel malts with a hint of a hop bitterness. You can also detect a bit of a grape like fruitiness to it in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit of a week bitter fruit combination.

Itís got a thin body to it. There is no coating to the mouth. There is a mild carbonation that fits this style of beer.

Overall, Iím less than impressed with this Leinieís creation. A lot of their beers are pretty good, and this one is not bad, but itís not what I would expect from them. Itís a sub-par beer for them. Itís not a bad beer, but I just donít think Iíd go out of my way to grab one. If you are a leinieís fan, then I would recommend trying one, if notÖ Iíd avoid this one. I give it 4 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at February 27, 2009 09:04 PM | TrackBack

Hey- do you have the Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy? I had it last week...um, I'm with the 4 out of 10 scale on that one too.

Posted by: Rave at March 1, 2009 07:49 AM