Fürst Wallerstein Winter Bockle

Reviewed by on January 6, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus

  • Origin: Wallerstein, Germany

  • Rated On: December 22, 2014

  • Best Before: June 17, 2015

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Bock

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Fürst Wallerstein is a brewery/forest/real estate firm in south-central Germany, and this is their Winter Bock brew.  Is it just me, or is it often hard to discern a lot of normal German letter renderings – that’s a ‘B’ there on the label, is it?

This 330ml, swing-top bottle pours a clear, bright red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of unfinished dinosaur skeleton lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready caramel malt, boozy, and indistinct dark fruit, edgy yeast, a bit of candy bar nougat, and earthy, mildly leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, slightly doughy caramel malt, a just less than metallic cold alcohol sheen, generic orchard fruit notes, and a weak earthy, weedy hoppiness. The bubbles are pretty much AWOL, barely a minor frothy tremor detectible at outlying times, the body an adequate medium weight, and tacitly smooth, a tame booziness poking and prodding, to no real effect. It finishes on the sweet side, the near overwrought caramel malt’s dance of doom with its ABV-enabled co-conspirator sealing that and this deal.

Yeah, more than a bit too sweet for my liking – the hops and alcohol not exactly aiding and abetting as they do in the better versions of the style. Drinkable, to a point, that being when your palate just get tired of hearing the apologies of the inane – and considers creating the search anew for winter beer enjoyment.

Brady White

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