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Beer Review # 109 Yuengling Bock

The very first beer I reviewed on this site was Yuengling Lager. I figured it was a good starting point as I was born and raised in PA and it is America’s Oldest Brewery. They haven’t added a lot to their beer line-up unlike a lot of craft breweries, but that is because they fit into a different realm of craft brewery. A few years ago they did decide to offer one more beer their their line-up, a seasonable beer named Yuengling Bock. As you can guess, it is a bock so it comes out in later winter to early spring.

I tried it on tap when it first came out thanks to a free sample by my bartender friend and thought it was okay. At the time it was only available on draft so when I saw it in bottles this year I decided to grab one. Yuengling Bock pours a burnt orange color and has a thin, slightly off-white head. The nose isn’t terribly impressive with some slight nutty and roasty notes. I also noticed some sulfur, which is a common odor I get in lagers.

On the first taste I noticed a nutty flavor but not much else. I tried a few more drinks searching from some more flavorful notes, but there were not many distinguishing things to be found. This beer is very light and easy to drink, but doesn’t offer a ton in the flavor world. I was hoping for a bit more from this beer and at 5.1% it seemed sessionable. I liked it for what it was, but it is not a great representation of a bock. (more…)

Michelob Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale Beer Review

When I first saw a case of this beer sitting at my local beer store, I was intriguing. A bit excited to tell the truth. There was a snowman holding a bottle of beer and wearing some sweet shades, all of this to advertise a bourbon cask ale. Sounded wonderful!

When I got home, I threw a six-pack in the fridge and noticed that this beer was made by Michelob. There was no evidence of this on the box (or else I would not of gotten it), but I already opened it so it was too late. I don’t hate Michelob, I just don’t like that they are pretending to be a craft brewery when you are really an InBev product. The bottles read:

“Winter ale aged on bourbon oak casks and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. 6.0% ABV.”

I waited from them to get cold and two hours later, they were ready to drink. When I think of a winter beer, I generally think of something dark and heavy and full of alcohol. I think the same thing when I hear of bourbon and cask. I popped the top to a nice little pfff and poured it into my glass. This stuff was a copper colored!?! Nothing like what I was expecting. It had a thin head that disappeared within seconds.

A bit annoyed, I cleared my head and decided to give the beer a chance to say something. The first smells were sweet and strongly vanilla. There is a hint of malt and no hops at all. Upon first sip I didn’t really enjoy it at all. It tasted like cream soda. There was also a strange metalic taste that I did not enjoy at all. There was also very little carbonation and no flavor of bourbon.┬áSome beers get better as you drink through the glass, this is not one of them. I let about half of the glass sit for a bit to see if it being warmed helped at all; no change.

I was very, very disappointed by this beer. I expected something totally different, and the flavor of the beer completly ruined any positives I held on to. Don’t get fooled, don’t buy this beer, don’t look at this beer! (more…)