DAB Maibock

Reviewed by on April 6, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dortmunder Actien Brauerei GMBH

  • Origin: Dortmund, Germany

  • Rated On: April 6, 2015

  • Best Before: August 7, 2015

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Maibock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Not a lot of new products hit the shelves around here from established German brewers, so it’s nice to see a seasonal Maibock from a well-known Dortmunder lager producer. Oh well – I am sure of the beer in front of me (and it ain’t no frontal lobotomy).

This 500ml can pours a clear, bright golden yellow colour, with three fingers of rather puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent coral reef lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, biscuity, semi-sweet pale malt, soft, sugary white grape must, floral, lightly herbal hops, and a tamely metallic alcohol astringency. The taste is more reservedly sweet pale bready malt, a fading biscuit edginess, an apple mush and stale stomped muscat grape fruitiness, earthy, kind of weedy hops, and a well sublimated booze warming. The bubbles are generally quite lacking in vigor, the body an adequate medium weight, all without any particularly pithy sugary backwash. It finishes off-dry, the malt sweetness well tempered by the lingering noble hops and lurking heat.

Not a great Maibock, per se, as it’s a bit too muddled, the freshness of a few main ingredients in question. We’re not that far ahead of this style’s seasonality window, so that’s no excuse. Variably drinkable, and enjoyable I suppose, until that extra alcohol either puts you off, or dulls your senses accordingly.

Brady White

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