Hofbräu Strong Bock

Beer:  Strong Bock
Brewery: Hofbräuhaus
Style: Hellesbock
ABV: 8.5%

 Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Stein
Drinking Establishment: Loreley, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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.

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