Poured clear with a tan, tightly packed, frothy foam. Dense enough to probably hold a bottle cap. Retention was well above average. Some sporadic, patchy lacing throughout.
Aroma is faint overall but what I can find seems to be caramel malt, a touch of spice, with some floral and lemon grass pulling up the rear end. Crisp.
Taste is a sweet bite at first with burnt caramel following closely behind and lingering through to the finish. Spice is in the finish with continuing to through to the after taste along with a tad of burnt caramel.
A roof of the mouth tingling carbonation, maybe over done. Light body as it has a sense of thinness.
Not a great bock beer by any stretch of the imagination but it is an average offering that is a good transitional beer from the heavy winter beers bringing on the lite beers on summer. Enjoy!
Admittedly prejudice to bock beers, when you live in the northern climates, bock beer is the first sign of spring to a beer drinker! I have fond memories of Leinenkugel Bock Draft from Champaign, IL from the mid '80s. The beer disappeared and has now reappeared as 1888 bock.
Not a sophisticated beer but an immensely good interpretation of a style: bock. I could drink this day-in and day-out throughout the spring.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers