Beer: Strong Bock
Sight: Clear golden yellow, with a 2-finger fluffy white head that leaves noticeable lacing.
Scent: Sweet, like honey and citrus, with notes of malt as well. Actually, it smells exactly like a German bierhaus.
Flavor: Initially, you taste the sweetness, in the forms of honey and caramel (the malts); but then, the bitter hops hit the back of your throat; and finally, a bready/yeastiness seals the deal.
Feel: Crisp, with moderate carbonation.
Concluding remarks: Hofbräu brings another great beer to the table with its Hellesbock. (Kerensa gave their Maibock a 4-Pint-Glass rating earlier this month.) The Strong Bock is like the stuffed bretzen–er, pretzel–of beer: sweet bread, filled with a center of hops. It’s a well-balanced brew, quintessential of its German style. The Strong Bock is a rare import, so get down to Williamsburg beer garden Loreley ASAP. Have it with a side of Bavarian pretzels like we did, and you will have a well-balanced meal on your hands. And in your stomach.