Rhinelander Bad Hare Winter Bock
Reviewed by Brady White on January 30, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Rhinelander Brewing Company
- Origin: Rhinelander, WI, USA
- Rated On: December 17, 2012
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.5%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: Bock
- Rating: POOR
Rhinelander appears to be a marketing company who are promoting their beers as traditional rustic Germanic offerings (in this case a winter bock) from the deep, dark woods of northern Wisconsin, when in reality, they are brewed by every craft beer fan’s greatest monster, the Minhas Craft Brewery. I’ll let you insert the quotes where you deem necessary.
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark ruby colour, with two fingers of workaday foamy beige head, which leaves a few random streaks of lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away. Not too shabby, but I am way too oft bitten to be anything less than tightly guarded right now.
It smells of caramel/toffee malt, tinged by a sour breadiness, some stale orchard fruitiness, a hard water minerality, and tame dead leafy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, quite musty in its bearing, a weakly generic fruitiness, some of that hovering Minhas house astringency, and rotting forest floor leafy hops. The carbonation is average, a tad frothy, but generally supportive, the body medium-light in weight, and a tad too tacky to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes off-dry, the almost-sour fruity malt still not doing much to make a friend of me.
Baby steps, is perhaps the best thing I can say about this offering – there are real beer notes to be found here, scattered about the lingering, aspirational ethos of the actual brewer. A blend of good and bad, and we all know what happens when you multiply (or add) a positive and a negative, right? This is the answer at the back of the book.