Reviewed by Brady White on April 6, 2015 in Spring Guide
- 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 !
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.