The Hoppy Boston style of the month for May is actually a combination of styles, Maibock/Helles bock and Helles lager. I felt the need to combine the two because there were a limited number of examples for each style that I could easily obtain, especially when you factor in the beers I’ve already reviewed. Maibock and Helles bock are synonyms for the same style of beer, a paler and more heavily hopped version of the traditional German bock. Maibocks are brewed for spring festivals, particularly for the time between the last melt of snow and when plants start to bloom. It makes sense that many of the American breweries who make Maibocks brew them as spring seasonals. Troegs Brewing’s spring seasonal is Cultivator, a Helles bock brewed to celebrate the beginning of hop growing season. Troegs Cultivator is available in the spring on draft and in 12 oz. bottles and cans.
Troegs Cultivator Helles Bock pours a clear deep gold with a small white head. The scent is a mixture of bready malts and floral hops. The flavor is also very balanced. A full dose of malts contributes notes of whole grain bread, crackers and honey. This is complemented by a solid hit of Old World hops that add touches of grass, herbs and earth with just a hint of bitterness. The beer is medium bodied and very smooth but packs a little punch at 6.9% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with a very mild and balanced aftertaste. Overall Troegs Cultivator Helles Bock is a very nice version of the style, tons of flavor and very easy to drink, perfect for warm spring days (that I hope are coming soon)! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
Previous Troegs Reviews:
Troegs Nugget Nectar, Troegs Mad Elf, Troegs Troegenator, Troegs Sunshine Pils