Maibock / Helles Bock

Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Beer No. 23 – Rogue Dead Guy Ale

STYLE: Maibock / Helles Bock

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Conventionally orange, hue of brown, and moderately fizzy. There’s not much head or lacing. Special, no. Adequate, sure.

NOSE: Burnt saddle, dog hair, banana skins, honey, white pepper. A solid 100 on the “what the fuck” scale, it ain’t bad.

MOUTH: Pear and apple, where were you on those nose? Malt vinegar, salty, dry, refreshing. Reminds me, really, of a sandwich favorite — grilled cheese with good sourdough, shredded cheddar, bacon, green apple, and spicy mustard. Quite good.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

Hayward Abbey Rating: 83

Christian Moerlein Saengerfest Maibock

Beer No. 16 – Christian Moerlein Saengerfest Maibock

I’ve done my part for the betterment of the community today. This decent, but not overwhelming brew is 6.5% ABV, at least according to the online menu of the restaurant Christian Moerlein just opened in Cincinnati. I submitted an update to the powers that be at Beeradvocate. You’re welcome.

STYLE: Maibock / Helles Bock

ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Golden orange, iced tea. Nonstop rush of bubbles.

NOSE: Malty dominance, bitter honey, walnuts.

MOUTH: Bananas, lemon, bubblegum. A little too banana maybe, which says to me neither “Spring” nor “Cincinnati.” Whatever. There’s a dry, not altogether pleasant finish that’s a tad too sharp to follow the sweet fruity notes.

Beeradvocate Rating: Not available

Hayward Abbey Rating: 75