Beer: Spring Bock
Brewery: Otter Creek Brewing
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Drinking glass
Primary Consumer: Ally
Sight: Beautiful honey color, slightly hazy, with golden yellow highlights. 1/2-inch foamy off-white head that recedes to a smattering of bubbles.
Scent: Smells like spring–floral and fruity, mainly apricots and lemons.
Flavor: It doesn’t exactly taste like it smells; the hops are the predominant flavor. Some sweet malt flavor cuts it, but the aftertaste is still bitter and hoppy, with some earthy grassy notes mixed in.
Feel: Thicker, almost syrupy, mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.
I will admit: I am not a Bock expert. But speaking from my “regular Joe” beer drinker’s perspective, I wasn’t so impressed with Otter Creek’s springtime seasonal offering. The smell piqued my interest–a Spring Bock that smells like spring! But the taste was an odd combination of sweet and bitter, and not in a well-balanced way. I guess the grassy notes could remind one of a freshly-mown lawn, but I’m stretching it here. The hoppy bitterness stands out, making it more like a Maibock than a regular ol’ Bock, as advertised.
Concluding remarks: This is a limited edition beer…and I’m okay with the fact that I may not ever drink it again.