Fürst Wallerstein Winter Bockle
Reviewed by Brady White on January 6, 2015 in Winter Guide
- 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
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.