Paddock Wood Maibock

Reviewed by on May 25, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Saskatoon, SK, CA

  • Rated On: May 25, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Maibock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Saskatoon’s Paddock Wood Brewery releases this Maibock as their Spring Specialty Brew, with lots of German malt and hops.  A sturdy-looking billy goat keeps an eye on things on the label.

This 355ml bottle pours a beautifully clear, medium ruby amber hue, with one thick finger of tightly foamy, and yet a wee bit bubbly ecru head, which leaves a low ebb of spindly lace around the glass in its short wake.

It smells of crackery caramel malt, nutty toffee, a bit of tobacco leaf, soft dark fruit notes, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, hard toffee, black tea leaves, reduced brown sugar, a generic oily nuttiness, and more earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, just a kind of tightly held spritziness throughout, the body a decent medium weight, mostly smooth, and displaying a nascent warm creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, sweetly malty and earthy, the leafy nature (tea and cigar) not far from the forefront.

A pleasant version of the style, the elevated booze not at all obtrusive, and the edgy, gritty offset to the heady malt is quite welcome, resulting in a very easy drinker. And just in under the gun, at that, as May soon gives way to typically summery June.

Brady White

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